I hate mirrors. I find them incredibly scary. Probably it goes back to Stephen King and that short story of his in which there’s some black smudge in a mirror if you’re going to die.
But finally, I have a mirror that doesn’t freak me out. See, this mirror is so strange that I expect it to be creepy and so its creepiness isn’t a problem.
I mean, once a mirror has a baby arm on it, is what you see in it really so shocking?
Really old mirrors creep me out, especially if they are hung in the original owner’s bedroom — like at colonial house musuems. I always feel a little possessed as I stand in that intimate space, my image floating in the room where they had stood to pull a lace or powder a wig. It’s sort of like reading a very old letter. You realize, as it lays on the table before you, that you are sitting in the position of the writer of that message. You touch the paper that she once touched. It’s just a tiny traveling of the soul when that happens.
Where the heck is the mirror part??? I’m I totally missing it? I’m freaked out by dolls, so seeing the arm is really creepy for me!!!
Dolls creep me out too – so that freaks me out to no end more than any mirror. Did you make this, or find it somewhere? Do the other things on the mirror have a special meaning?Back in the days of yore, I used to spend some time in an old house and sometimes spend the night. The house was by a street lamp so the front bedroom always had some light in it at night since the blinds weren’t so hot. The owner had hung a mirror directly across from the bed, so if you got up at night to go to the bathroom or something, you could see shadowy refletions in it. Mirrors don’t creep me out normally, but my compromise with my over-active mind was to never actually look in it or around it when the lights were off. If I had, I’m sure I would have developed a mirror phobia.
Is that the voudou mirror you wrote about a year or so ago? I think it is, because I remember the bit about the chicken.Yes, I find mirrors creepy, but at the same time intriguing.
Sorry. I should have taken a picture of the whole thing so that you could see how it’s situated. This part is at the top of the mirror and then the mirror is tall and narrow beneath it.I got this at one of the artisan fairs here in Nashville. I’m sure the stuff has meaning, but I don’t know what.
I have this thing about seeing my reflection in a mirror in the dark. It’s just very creepy to me so I’m always averting my eyes if I have to get up at night to answer nature’s call, or answer’s the baby’s call, etc. Now that I have "my grown-up bedroom" complete with mirror over the dresser, it’s become an even bigger issue for me. I basically just try to ignore the fact that there is a mirror there in the night.
I completely agree. The mirror in the dark thing is so freaky I have to close my eyes when I go into the bathroom at night, just so I don’t inadvertently catch a glimpse of anything that shouldn’t be there.
Put down another vote for completely ignoring the bathroom mirror. We have a mirror at the top of the stairs in our house, and every time I walk by it at night I think of some extended preview I saw for the Skeleton Key where they interviewed some local woman and she said, "We used to cover up all the mirrors during a thunderstorm so nothing would come out." I have to remind myself that I am not going to see anything creepier than a cat barely balancing on the landing at the top when I come upstairs, simply because I refuse to notice anything more suggestive of anything creepy.
I’m so glad to hear so many people also have this ‘mirror-in-the-dark’ phobia. I hate it when I have to get up to pee in the night because I just end up getting freaked out by sitting in the dark with the mirror, and so the heart rate goes up and by the time I scamper back to bed I’m pumped full of adrenaline and wide awake. I have developed a night-bladder of steel as a result.Dr. J
Off subject a teeny bit, but which Stephen King novel/short story was it from?
Well, I haven’t been able to force myself to reread it since I was in junior high, but I think it’s "The Reaper’s Image" in *Skeleton Crew*.
I really am terrified of mirrors…not just at night. During the day, if there are other people at the house, I can deal…but alone…*shudders*