Once upon a time, I blogged more about my crazy and weird adventures. I miss that. I’m not exactly promising two blogs a week, but there will be more, starting now. A conversation with Caitlin (@Cait_Greer) over on Twitter made me think about how I went from relatively normal to spooky.
Growing up, my mom was a huge fan of Stephen King and Anne Rice. Horror was nothing I hadn’t already been exposed to. I’m pretty sure it was part of my infant vaccination process. However, I was thinking back to my first injection of monster madness and I realized it wasn’t my love affair with Edgar Allan Poe or Labyrinth or picking up the weird horror novels on mom’s bookshelf.
It was the Backstreet Boys.
When I was nine, I was a ballerina. Actually, when I was four, I was ballerina, and I didn’t quit until I was thirteen. I did tap, lyrical, and jazz, too. When I was nine, we did a jazz number to “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and I was THRILLED. I’m reasonably certain that music video sparked my love for monsters.
All my boys are there: the Wolfman, Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, the Mummy, and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.
I’m going to be completely honest right now: I thought Kevin/Mr. Hyde was the hottest thing I’d ever seen.
Maybe it’s the scales. It’s probably the glasses. I just…
…I liked it.
The show we did involved coffins, and we were undead, and I remember wanting to be a vampire so badly.
I was not. I was a zombie girl. The parents turned down the audio to bleep out the word “sexual” because we were nine. It was hilarious.
We did the Thriller dance, and I loved it. For the record, yes, I knew the music video dance.
MAYBE I STILL DO.
It wasn’t until I was in college, and having a terrible day, when my roomie broke out the “Oldies, Yes Ma’am!” cd her friend had burned her and we rocked out to BSB again. I rewatched the video, in all its cheesy 90s glory, and a tiny part of my creepgirl soul thrilled. I love those monsters, especially the little “shout-outs” to the Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s monster.
Bonus: AJ’s Phantom makeup totally trumps the shit they pulled in the 2005 movie. Actually, all the make was extremely well-done.
Super bonus: They acknowledge the Phantom’s name, which is Erik.
I still want to be a vampire. My love of monsters has only grown, influencing the ever-expanding weirdness of my life. That song is in my iTunes for when I need it.
So now you know my “origin story.”
Tell me yours in the comments below or give me a shout on Twitter @EquisitelyOdd