Boo! What books scare you?
My husband is a huge fan of horror movies, eerie music, and shows about hauntings. I don’t much mind his horror obsession; I suppose it could be worse–gambling, beer guzzling, or glue sniffing are some vices that come readily to mind.
The only problem is that he’s forever trying to cajole me into watching a nightmarish movie. Listen, I’m all for a little scare every once in a while, but 100 solid minutes of a chainsaw-wielding madman is too much for my constitution. I can’t justify paying $9 for a movie ticket and then watching said movie through my fingers.
No, I’m not a scary movie fan…but do love to read a scary or suspenseful book every once in a while. Stephen King couldn’t write books fast enough when I was in high school–I read them all. It, Needful Things, The Shining, Christine, and Pet Sematary stand out for their freaky-factor fifteen years later. I’d stay up until all hours, my mind racing with fear. Every noise in the house was a potential serial killer or bogeyman. If a book got too scary, I’d skim ahead a few paragraphs until my pulse slowed.
These days, psychological thrillers or child-abduction stories freak me out. The Road by Cormac McCarthy frightened me with its bleakness. My husband submitted In A Dark Place by Ray Garton (released as a film called A Haunting in Connecticut) as the scariest book he’s ever read.
Do you read scary books or like horror movies? What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read?