Let’s talk suspense

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have Karen Blake-Hall talking about what gives her that adrenaline rush when it comes to suspense.

Here’s Karen!

What causes you to keep reading long into the night? When you go to the movies, what causes you to grab the arm of the person sitting next to you? Hopefully it’s the person you went with but in my case not necessarily.  🙂

Adrenaline rush.

We define it as suspense and/or horror but it’s the rush we love to feel. It’s different with each of us but it causes us to suck in our breath, scream out loud, look away and jump in our seats. It’s what we laugh about and talk about after the show with our friends.

I love moves that take my breath away. I know the bad guy will get caught but still I’m on the roller coaster ride with them throughout the movie.

So where did I develop my need for this rush of adrenaline? It’s very simple – old  TV shows. As a kid I watched all the Alfred Hitchock Presents shows. Then I graduated to his movies on late night TV. To this day, when I see a flock of birds sitting on a hydro wire, I get creeped out.

Rear Window is my most favourite movie of all time.  I still jump in places even though I know what is coming. I still cry out “Be careful, watch out”, even though I know it won’t make a difference to the outcome.

In my opinion, that is great story telling. When you can live the story over and over again and you don’t get tired of it.

Another favourite show I watched as a kid was Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. I was terrified and mesmerized at the same time and no matter how many times I said I wasn’t going to watch it, I was glued to the TV at the same time every week, getting my adrenaline rush.

I’ve told you mine, now tell me what causes your adrenaline rush.

Karen is one of sixteen authors with stories in Nefarious North.

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Karen Blake-Hall’s sharp-bladed fiction cuts to the heart of the emotions driving her characters in desperate situations.  Her first short story ‘The Hunter’ was featured in The Whole-She Bang.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter. Please visit her website: karenblake-hall.com



Cindy here again.

Great post, Karen. I loved watching Twilight Zone too. And I love horror movies!

Until next time…



4 thoughts on “Let’s talk suspense

  1. Joanne Guidoccio

    Hi Karen,

    Interesting post! While I don’t like horror movies, I love sinking my teeth into a psychological thriller. Right now, I’m enjoying Kelley Armstrong’s latest: Omens.

  2. Joanne Guidoccio

    Hi Karen,

    Excellent post! While I don’t enjoy horror films, I love reading psychological thrillers. Right now, I’m sinking my teeth into Kelley Armstrong’s latest, Omens.

    Joanne 🙂

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