You can't get to my age (52) without experiencing some "horror or suspense filled" moments in life. One horrible moment was when my sister called to tell me our father had had a heart attack and was on his way to the emergency room. I got to the hospital before the ambulance did, and I'll never forget seeing the EMTs pulling the stretcher out of the back of the ambulance. The respirator was just sitting on my dad's face, and no one was trying to revive him. I knew in an instant that my dad was dead. A suspenseful time was right after the birth of my first niece. The birth went well until my brother-in-law cut the umbilical cord. My niece did not cry. She sort of mewled and started turning blue. A quick-thinking nurse got her under a respirator so she could breathe. We discovered that she had been born with transposition of the great arteries and would need major heart surgery very soon. She is now 16 and very healthy!
My wife just suffered a minor heart attack, and I can assure you it was one terrible experience--watching her suffer in pain without being able to help her, and then being told by a doctor that she was indeed suffering a heart attack. It was like an outer body experience, and I was in shock for hours afterward.
My response is that I have different kinds of terror filled moments in my life. Two concern my children. One was hearing that my daughter might have a brain tumor, and the other hearing that my son might have cancer, but most certainly needed surgery for a growth on his neck. The surgery was 9 hours while they planned cadaver bones to rebuild his neck and waiting to hear if he would be able to move the right side of his body. Both turned out well, but scary stuff.
The other kind of terror was related to being in the mountains in Bolivia. We were being tourists with our Bolivian son in the rain forest in the mountains which was gorgeous but with terrible roads. Visualize narrow, rutted, rock filled, no guardrail or space for one roads, no space for two vehicles except in special spots, and animals wandering all over what road there was. The worst part came when we were headed home, as the brakes in the jeep didn't work, and my son had to drive using the engine as a brake in our descent. When the engine got too hot, he would stop and pretend we should look at something along the road. He didn't think I knew what he was doing or that the brakes were bad, but I did. I sure was glad to get to the bottom, and get out of that jeep! The pictures of the "road of death" in Bolivia in the commercials are much like this road we traveled. What an experience--exciting and yet fearful of going over the edge and falling thousands of feet to the bottom!
I am glad I have not really seen anything really horrible personally. However, I have had many suspenseful moments not connected to actual horror where I think I feel the same things. Will I get that job? Will I get asked on a date by so and so? Does my grandfather have cancer? They can be good and bad. I tended to be really nervous until I knew the answer.
I too was in a car accident on a major highway in Ontario, Canada, and it did terrify me as well. I did escape without personal injury - the car didn't - but it was a frightful experience.
In addition, in the late 1980s, a friend and I were vacationing in Mexico and we were in a town square one night walking around and the police authorities conducted a drug raid in the square and somehow we were embroiled in this take-down. They started to march me down to the police station for questioning.
My friend went to get help for me. Just before I reached the police station I managed to convince the officer that I was a tourist and had no involvement in the drug activities. He let me go upon my showing proper I.D. and such and proving I was just an innocent tourist caught in between the issue with the locals.
My fear was rotting away in a dingy, dirty Mexican prison and being forgotten. Probably the scariest incident in my life.
I was once in a car accident on a freeway in Los Angeles. The experience was terrifying, though no one was hurt. Traffic went from moving at 70 mph to zero in just a few hundred yards and an accident took place.
No one was hurt, but one car was totalled and there easily could have been more damage or harm given the traffic speeds.
I suppose the moment in my life that comes closest to horror was when a casual friend of mine (played tennis with him a lot) told me he was a convicted sex offender. My immediate reaction was like an out of body experience. It was like I could see myself standing there talking to him from a point outside my body. It was very freaky.
Thank you for the responses.. If there're any other don't foget to say.. :)
yep, a lot of times. There's this big exam of ours that decides our future career and what happened was that the result was out but wasn't published for a day. It got me and my friends horrified, excited but nervous and what not.
There might have been others too but it is the recent suspense filled moment in my life.