I was reading one of my favorite blogs this morning, and the blogger had mentioned a book that I remember vividly from my childhood.
It was a book filled with scary stories, but one story in particular always stuck out for me. It’s one that I continued to tell well into adulthood to creep people out.
A young woman was sunbathing on the beach and was just about to drop off to sleep, when she felt an insect running along her jawbone and then down her neck. She brushed it away, and thought nothing more of it.
After about a week, she noticed what she thought was a pimple growing and growing. The skin was inflamed and it looked like a blister. Then, one day, she was blow-drying her hair and hit the inflamed spot with her hair dryer. The blistered skin broke open and hundreds of tiny white baby spiders and pus came pouring out of the wound!
It seems that while she was sunbathing, her pores had enlarged enough that a mama spider could deposit her egg sac in one. They incubated under her skin until she smacked herself in the jaw with the hair dryer!
I know, it’s gross. Maybe it’s true, but it’s probably not. It totally gives me the heeby jeebies and when you mention this book, it’s always going to be the first thing that comes to my mind.
I was surprised that someone remembered this book as well, so I just had to comment with my cliff’s notes version of the story.
Look at me, ruining someone’s day as early as 9:16 am!
And now I’ve probably subsequently ruined your day as well.