Phew, I made it! I’ve been waiting for this tour for a year now! And it’s with utmost excitement that I welcome you to my blog, and encourage you to visit http://coffinhop.com/ to see the list of all the participants.
I started my writing journey with these folks, and have grown since then… Just a little, I admit, but enough to have published two books. The first one, Stories from the Underworld, is an anthology of horror short stories. The second one, that will be released in November, is called 32 Seconds, and while using some horror elements, is a psychological YA paranormal novel.
Halloween is around the corner! The spooky and scary comes in many shapes and forms. To me, nothing is scarier than insanity. The world can collapse around me, and all material things can disappear, if I lose my mind, I’m done. Therefore, as a teaser for your taste buds to celebrate the release of 32 Seconds, I will focus my blog tour posts on insanity.
At the end of each post, please write a comment and tell me what scares you the most to be entered into the list of contestants to my Halloween raffle (don’t forget to put your name and email so I can get in touch with you once the tour is over)! The three lucky winners (with the scariest answers!) will each receive an autographed copy of 32 Seconds and the first prize is a $25 Amazon gift card!
Hop on! The tour has begun!
Day 2 – Personality Disorders
Personality disorders are scary because there are many of them. The American Psychiatric Association has defined three main clusters of personality disorders, which contain several sub-disorders.
Cluster A (odd disorders)
Paranoid personality disorder: characterized by a pattern of irrational suspicion and mistrust of others, interpreting motivations as malevolent.
Schizoid personality disorder: lack of interest and detachment from social relationships, apathy and restricted emotional expression.
Schizotypal personality disorder: a pattern of extreme discomfort interacting socially, distorted cognitions and perceptions.
Cluster B (dramatic, emotional or erratic disorders)
Antisocial personality disorder: a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others, lack of empathy, bloated self-image, manipulative and impulsive behavior.
Borderline personality disorder: pervasive pattern of instability in relationships, self-image, identity, behavior and affects often leading to self-harm and impulsivity.
Histrionic personality disorder: pervasive pattern of attention-seeking behavior and excessive emotions.
Narcissistic personality disorder: a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.
Cluster C (anxious or fearful disorders)
Avoidant personality disorder: pervasive feelings of social inhibition and inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation.
Dependent personality disorder: pervasive psychological need to be cared for by other people.
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (not the same as obsessive-compulsive disorder): characterized by rigid conformity to rules, perfectionism and control.
Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer, was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with many of his later murders also involving necrophilia, cannibalism and the permanent preservation of body parts—typically all or part of the skeletal structure. Despite being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, he was still found sane to stand trial and was executed in 1994.
If that doesn’t give you the chills, I don’t know what does…
Tomorrow, we tackle suicidal depression.
32 Seconds by Johanna K. Pitcairn
To the average onlooker, the city of Los Angeles represents glitz, glamour, and the celebrity lifestyle. But to seventeen-year-old Julie Jones, the city is a vast host of problems she’s longing to get away from. The latest? An unfortunate disagreement with her ex-boyfriend Mark—one that could land her in some serious hot water.
So rather than face the troubles that torment her, Julie decides to run away from her old life and start fresh somewhere new. But her parents aren’t on board with the plan, and she soon finds her bank accounts frozen and her wallet empty.
With just seventy-five dollars and a full tank of gas, the troubled teen is far too stubborn to turn around and head home. So what’s a girl to do?
What Julie doesn’t know is that her travels are about to take her somewhere unexpected—a place where she’ll be forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past in order to secure her future.
A tale of redemption, hope, and freedom lost and found, 32 Seconds is a thought-provoking exploration into the human spirit and the nature of forgiveness.
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Not sure if you want us to keep posting about our fears, but I will admit that when I was younger, I had a distinct fear of clowns. Never trust anyone with a painted face!!
I like to know all your fears… LOL Clowns are scary no s***. Rob Zombie definitely used a clown as a psychopath! Thanks for stopping by!
Sounds wonderful! (the excerpt, not the disorders… though that was very informative and well worth the read)
LOL yes, multiple personalities is always scary right? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by again!
Interesting and informative post. As for what scares me, I found “Fight Club” pretty terrifying. (Spoilers, I guess) The idea that you might have an alternative personality, working behind the scenes, doing all sorts of crazy and destructive activities unbeknownst to “you,”–very nightmarish.
Alternate personality disorders… That one is tough and scary! Yeah Fight Club angered me more than it terrified me. I think the whole concept was just too much for me. I get it though. If I watched it again, I wonder if it would anger me or just make think long and hard. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
The thing that terrifies me most is losing my ability to care for myself and those who depend on me, for example Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.
Yes dementia is scary. Losing memories is scary too. Losing my mind is scary!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
32 Seconds is very interesting. Can’t wait for it to come out! As to what scares me: if I were – to the outside world – in a vegetative state, but still conscious of the fact I couldn’t move, speak – or otherwise signal I still had conscious thought. Being trapped in one’s own body and unable to get out of it even by death, is scary.
Ah yes, that’d be scary indeed. Great idea for a horror novel? I think the idea has been used for many horror movies and horror stories in general, but most of them were kinda over the top. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
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ooooooh that’s a great one too! 🙂
It’s funny that you mentioned insanity. I have always had this weird fear of ending up in an insane asylum. I even had trouble watching American Horror Story Asylum.
Yes AHS Asylum was a bit over the top. Real horror is much more tame. LOL Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Another great post!
I think Paranoia is a very scary thing…especially little every day things and small events that can drive you to feeling paranoia.