I've been trying to stave it off by watching some of the DVDs in my collection, reading graphic novels and non-graphic novels, and watching shorts on YouTube.
The last one isn't helping. There is some real crap out there, masquerading as short horror, and it just all the more makes me want to make something really good and post it.
Don't get me wrong, there's some good stuff out there too. You have to hunt a bit to find it, but it's there (do a search for "horror short" on YouTube to see what I mean).
I have no budget, so any shooting would have to be done at the house or the surrounding area where I know I can shoot without a lot of problems. And right now I have no time.
If I wait until next year, I can hopefully have an actual garage studio to work in so I can have a bit more leeway for effects, sets, stuff like that. And the Big Broken Box™ will be more user-friendly and capable of being used for actual location stuff.
But the need to do SOMETHING is building.
No, it doesn't have to be horror, I'm just bent that way. It could be sci-fi, or suspense, or something similar, but I tend to want to push the edge in special effects, and I have a thing for dramatic noir-ish lighting. And really, I'm much more likely to paint my walls to look like a spooky old mansion than the inside of a spaceship.
Well, most of 'em anyway. I've thought about the basement as being the inside of a spaceship. Gives me good reason for all the pipes and stuff.
I do have a couple of projects in mind. One certainly has to wait for the Big Broken Box™ to be finished, or nearly so. The other one is more outdoors, but has some reliance on some visual effects elements that I need to test first.