Jessica Peralta, CA

Junior Writer

From a young age, Jessica has had a passion for animals, writing, and … horror. As a journalist, she’s had the great fortune of exploring all these passions and more. With over 15 years of journalistic experience, Jessica has written and edited for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She’s covered an array of topics, ranging from raising dogs holistically to Halloween haunted houses. Between her work and her pets – German shepherd, Guinness, and black cat, Riot – she keeps herself very busy.

As a Story Terrace writer, Jessica interviews customers and turns their life stories into books. Get to know her better by reading her autobiographical anecdote below.

Monster

I was breathless, sweaty, wild-eyed. I’d never done this before, but it felt natural, right.

As one woman walked by me through the maze, she averted her eyes.

I wanted more. I wanted her to scream. So I turned my head to the side – fully covered in ghastly makeup and framed with my crazy mane – and stared at her intently. She scampered off.

As more guests walked into my room, I became more bold. I walked up to them and followed them, gazing at them hungrily. I kneeled on one of the beds serving as a prop in the asylum-themed maze, looking manic and disturbed.

What fun!

Guests, with large smiles on their faces, looked at me before quickly averting their eyes. Others had their faces buried in a boyfriend’s or friend’s neck, wishing they’d never agreed to come along. And still others, looking quite at home, carefully examined the room, the scare actors and props in complete admiration.

Meanwhile, as I started to find my scaring rhythm, I adapted my technique.

“AGGGGGGGHHHHH!” I screamed.

Too much of that though and my throat quickly got tender.

OK, another approach: the pop-up. Play dead and then jump up for a satisfying startling scare. Worked like a charm.

I also had a fake severed foot I would gnaw on intermittently and gross people out.

It was on this night that I knew I was hooked. Someway, somehow, I’d be back to thrill Knott’s Scary Farm guests during the Halloween season.

True to my word, on one night every year, I let my inner monster out to roam free.

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