I'm typically not a superstitious person, especially when it comes to Friday the 13th. I also think its pretty silly that pretty much no building in this country has a 13th floor. Don't people on the 14th floor realize that they're just fooling themselves? Anyway... since it is a scary night, I figured that I would share some of my favorite scary stories with you.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Growing up in upstate New York, its hard not to know this story. (Sidebar: Sleepy Hollow is only considered upstate if you're asking someone from the city or the island.) If you haven't read this one yet, do it soon. Or if you're lazy, watch the Johnny Depp version.
I also love Edgar Allan Poe (really, who doesn't?). My family moved to Charleston, SC when I was 11 and in my 7th grade literature class I learned that Poe himself lived in Charleston for a while. In high school I found my favorite restaurant, Poe's Tavern, which happens to be right near Goldbug Island (the location of one of Poe's suspenseful stories). Needless to say, if you want a scare, Poe is definitely a good choice. On that note, so are the graveyards of downtown Charleston.
After living in Charleston for quite a few years, you'd think I would be more willing to believe in ghosts and the like but honestly, I was still pretty skeptical. Until I went to Saint Mary's College. Any of you alumnae out there know exactly what I'm talking about... the nun who walks down the steps of Le Mans to turn out the chapel lights, Mary and her tricks in Queen's Court, the eerie way the St. Michael lights go out every time one of the sisters dies... all of them can be found in this book. A must read for anyone associated with the school.
I hope you all enjoy Friday the 13th with whatever you do! I may actually pick up a Poe story myself...