BOO! Does that scare anyone any more? Did it ever? I’m guessing not. But it’s an acceptable lead in, as it is Halloween and all, so I’m going to let it ride.
A couple of weeks ago, the Internet was aflutter with these photos of people being scared in a Haunted House near Niagara Falls. Take a look at them. These people are absolutely terrified—all of them. Does that look like fun to you? Remember, they paid good money for the privilege!
That’s not for me, man. No way. Too much.
With that said, I do enjoy some horror movies, and I love roller coasters—the bigger and scarier, the better!
Whether it’s reading a horror story or standing at the top of a ski run that you haven’t been ready to try before—you probably enjoy some activity that involves a bit of fear. We like being scared when we know that there is no risk. (Well, in the case of skiing and other “scary” sports, the risk is minimal, if precautions are taken.) It’s the rush we get during and especially after the initial scare is over. It’s energizing. It actually feels good.
And then, of course, there are those who are willing to take greater risks to feed their fear addiction—the people who participate in the most extreme sports, the people who take risky expeditions to the most dangerous places on earth. These are the people who thrive on fear. No monsters, no ghosts, no creepy crawlies, just incredibly risky and thrilling lifestyles. These are the lives and stories we examine in Heinemann-Raintree’s Extreme Survival series.
--Adam Miller, Senior Editor at Heinemann-Raintree