These are my answers to my questions. I don't think anyone should lj-cut here, unless it's photos or anything huge like that. On top of that, things I put up as admin won't be this long very often XD.
1) My definition of horror is not the amount of blood, but the dynamics of terror/death itself and the route that led up to it. I prefer intellectual and tactical supernatural stories as opposed to thriller supernatural. Maybe it's because I don't like having people-cut-with-chainsaw action thrust down my throat. I prefer something more like "How do I save myself from a 300yr old vampire and his zombie horde long enough to either escape or kill him?".
2) I've seen a whole slew of them from the early 1920s to the current 00s. Each has its own qualities, but for me to list each movie here that I've seen individually would be some kind of textual tragedy. I'm one of the original NRC, if not the sole one who came up with it, heh. Go figure.
3) I have quite a few. Mine are more of the dream-type creepy experiences. A good one would be the one I had a few weeks ago: I was sitting at my computer typing up some kind of report that would expose someone. My door was open, so I could see down the hallway but it was all dark and I couldn't see for a few feet. My power started flickering, I look to the door, and this shadow starts melting into my room. My dream self-didn't know what to do even though I knew what it was, so I pretty much charged it--I have very little fear in me. It tried to rip me apart, but I knocked it clear off it’s ‘footing’ and somewhere in there I figured out that it was afraid of light. So I fought it and managed to get to my bathroom, which had the brightest light in the house. I flick it on as it tries to pull me back through the door an it lets go in fear. I back into the bathroom and turn around and it's this black wraith-like thing with purple electrical eyes. It wouldn't dare take over the room, but it was taking over the hall and I could hear my parents screaming. My dream self got quite angry and started murmuring incantations I don't remember ever learning in a language that I've never learned but somehow knew...and that's where I woke up.
4) Night Ride for me is the uniting of good friends, good food, good spook-ery, and a good time. Celebration of the things we most fear or cannot explain, and an attempt to understand their purpose and how they shape our lives. Also, getting out and away from the city life and under the stars. I love the country-side, and it seems that FL scenery is much more beautiful in the dark. If I were somewhere else I think it wouldn’t be the same, but the unsettled dark jungle has an ensnaring aura to it for me.
5) Right now I'm in the planning of my ever-desired "Black Boot Social". It'd be movies, philosophical debates, scenario troubleshooting (Zombie Invasion, etc.), fashion expression, role-play, music, dancing, cooking and feasting, games, and of course, the core is a night ride. But this time we would have more than a car (maybe a van or even TWO cars) a destination point, and this would not be just from 10-2, but from sundown to sunup. I’m thinking 6/6/06 would be a horrifically awesome time to do it, too. It’d make it very memorable. The one thing must be made clear on this though: this is an all night arrangement, which would mean no sleep until dawn. It’s kind of invitation/inquiry and RSVP right now though, since it’s an idea that will be put through the works this weekend, though I do know of people who would like to see this through. I’ll post later on about this as well in greater detail.
6) Gothic is more of a stylistic concept that spawned what I like to call a genre that has sucked me in since before night-ride: Rue Morgue Style. To me, ‘goth’ has nothing to do with gothic, because most Goths are still kids in their mid-teens who got attracted to the hard rock scene and don’t understand that it’s a lifestyle, not a look. If one were to look gothic, it’s not just about the black and the fishnet. One actually becomes a nocturnal human being, maybe returns to the higher ages of Paganism though this isn’t necessary, shuns conformity in the search for one’s individual understanding of the world for themselves. Gothic for me also has to do with the inherent fear that humans had during the middle ages of things that they could not explain. God, vampires, ghouls, sudden death syndrome, so many things that their primitive science and even their soothsayers and herbalists could not cure. Only after centuries have the learned to understand what they could not…but somewhere in me I say that we are still in a state of fear. Understanding the unknown only demonstrates the greater unknown.
7) My favorite current band is not really a title to be won, since I’m an audiophile and the composer of the night ride soundtracks. However I can say the vibes of Opeth (“Blackwater Park”), Lacrimosa (“Inferno”), and Stone Sour (“Inhale”), Theatre of Tragedy (“A Rose for the Dead”) all have a really strong night vibe to them and give me a yield of what I think an NRC run really is in music very well. The new fourth collection I’m working on will be a reversion back to the first style of NRC soundtracks, and will be much more high-fidelity in terms of creepy than any of the others.