DISCLAIMER: The history narrated in this work is fictitious and was constructed for the purpose of this work.
The history of horror stories can be traced to a man called Richard Perlicks. Perlicks was from a little village called Swaltz, in what is Portland today. He was born in a family of 5,both parents, two elder siblings (male and female),and himself.
His father was a Carpenter and his mother was a local seamstress.
Perlicks lived what could be called a normal life until his early adult years. Not that anything happened to him, but his sister’s life,Sarah, became to be characterized by so much distress. That became a major frame in the life of everyone in their family.
The horrors you watch in movies and read in novels were the normal experiences of Sarah. It may be a thrill on a movie screen or in a book, but when the scare is real to you or to someone around you, life itself becomes horror.
The opening and closing of doors, the cruel laugh of little children, blood splattered on the wall and on the floor, a man dressed in black standing outside the fence. None was real, but that and much more were what Sarah lived through.
Perlicks’ journal was not found until in 1746. No one even knew he was writing. He saw it all, how better could he has narrated all his family lived through.
His sister suffered what later came to be known as Schizophrenia. She was never cured. She lived with the voices until one of them told her to walk deep into the river not too far from where they lived. At the young age of 31.
Sarah at one time believed strongly their mother wanted to kill her.For so long, she insisted on sprinkling salt over her food to make it edible. At one time, she hide at the farm house for many weeks because she believed it was wartime. All the times she pointed at things no one else saw. Or heard things no one else heard. Times she ran hard and fast(in fear)even when no one was in pursuit. That was the life of Sarah.
A movie Director bought the rights to Perlicks’ journal. Somehow, the experiences were made into a form of entertainment. The first movie made from it was titled “Aisle in the Dark”
That became the first ever horror movie. Viewers enjoy the thrill because they know that all the scream, pain, scare are unreal.
But to Sarah Perlicks, they were not.
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