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 6 – Paranoia
Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is a mental disorder characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others. Individuals with this personality disorder may be hypersensitive, easily feel slighted, and habitually relate to the world by vigilant scanning of the environment for clues or suggestions that may validate their fears or biases. Paranoid individuals are eager observers. They think they are in danger and look for signs and threats of that danger, potentially not appreciating other evidence.
Paranoia is also a movie from 2013, and not even worth mentioning because it was a flop at the box office.
Conspiracy Theory (1997) is definitely a better example of paranoia. And to Mel Gibson’s advantage, his character’s paranoid personality disorder actually pays off!
We all suffer a little bit from paranoia, but this disorder is just the scary stuff!
Tomorrow, we write about sociopathy.
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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You are really killing it this year! I’m having a blast reading all about this disorders. Paranoia is a nasty one and probably among the most pervasive in modern society. However, I find it less scary because of how easy it is to spot. You can always realize the guy in the corner over there is acting just off, and if there were any doubts, after 15 minutes of conversation you know he’s plain crazy. These are not violent people unless they detect you as a threaten, so I suggest you just go along with him. Then say you need to use the restroom and run!
LOL good! Yeah like I said, I tried to just push the boundaries. I learned a few tricks myself. Always good research for the next book. Yeah I suffered from paranoia myself, but it was mostly induced by alcohol and drugs. On the regular, I’m pretty laid back. Good thing I cut down the other stuff lol. Always go along, even with the psychopath! Come on, we all know Hannibal wouldn’t have thought twice about killing Jodie Foster, had she not agreed to follow him in his evil mental process to find the killer she was looking for. Sacrifices, sacrifices! Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂
Paranoia is another excellent choice. I think that we are all paranoid to some degree – the right button just needs pressing; for that to become a disorder is something altogether different. Conspiracy Theory was a great film, and Mel Gibson’s character had a distinct disorder – a valid one in the film that turned out to be validated in the end. That isn’t the case with most paranoia’s – they are usually (and very unfortunately) a figment of the sufferer’s own mind.
Yeah that’s where us authors come in, and spice things up, play with a mental disorder that brings absolutely no good to the sufferer on a daily basis, and transform it into a gift. I mean having OCD isn’t fun, but once you watch Monk, you’re like crap, it’s actually cool! Thanks for stopping by every day Nina! You’re rocking the hop! 🙂
Paranoia can be such a dangerous thing… Great post Johanna!
Paranoia is terrible. I have experienced paranoia from growing up in South Africa and having experienced hi-jacking (car-jacking), home invasion and stalking/mugging. Even though I left SA 14 years ago, to this day I am paranoid at night. It doesn’t help that I have acute hearing or an active imagination. 😦
Paranoid personality disorder would be terrifying and debilitating.