How Horror Movies Helped Me Grow Up in a Single-Parent Home

First of all, before I start this, I just want to point out that my childhood, despite various factors, was still really great and I’m truly grateful that I grew up the way that I did. My circumstances allowed me to learn a lot and grow to be fiercely independent, and much of that is still something that I carry with me. But the reality is that I did grow up in a home with only a single mom (for most of the time), which meant my childhood was a lot different than many kids I grew up with. And at times, I felt like the odd girl out—but all that changed when I really got into horror.

I spent the first 14 years of my life living in a trailer park in Des Plaines, Illinois, practically a stone’s throw away from the O’Hare International Airport. We

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