... they are tasty." ~ Albert Fish
I do not like children, mostly because of the noise. That's one thing I hate! All the noise, noise, noise, noise! But there's a weird curiosity too. Something unnameable I can't quite put my finger on about being a kid that provokes my envy. I appease some of it by making puppets and surrounding myself with old vintage toys, crayons and comics. But there's another ingredient I keep looking for, sniffing the air. Something magical, mysterious, scary, somber. Impermanent, haunting. Neil Jordan got it in Company of Wolves. So did Rusty Lemorande in his adaptation of The Turn of the Screw.
"The essential and defining characteristic of childhood is not the effortless merging of dream and reality, but only alienation. There are no words for childhood's dark turns and exhalations. A wise child recognizes it and submits to the necessary consequences. A child who counts the cost is a child no longer." ~ Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot