I used to love terrifying movies. Remember the one about the mad dog Cujo? That little kid trapped by a rabid dog? These days horror stories don’t have the appeal they used to have. Why?

Do you outgrow the need to feel terror at make believe? Modern life is a horror in itself, but plenty of younger people are still avidly watching horror films. Let’s take a survey: how many older people still enjoy horror films?

Please use the open space below to share your first 50 words on the topic “mad.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

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  1. Mad is a bad word , in our family . For several , good , compelling reasons . My brother succumbed to Schizophrenia at the age of 26, my mother was diagnosed with depression , shortly after he left . So , you see, there was no real shortage of “mad ” people out there . My grandfather suffered with senile dementia for four last , agonisingly long years of his life .

    To top it , I started having sleep problems . People were quick to jump to convenient conclusions . I was called “mad” , or at least one in the making . Out here , I think , we still live in the neanderthal age of psychiatry .

    There is a real social stigma , that looms large. There are dangers of ostracisation , and whispers behind your back . One must beware of stone pelters in all sorts of garbs.

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