I haven’t always been a fan of scary books. In fact, when I was younger, I avoided watching scary TV shows and reading scary books; but if I did end up watching a scary TV show (like “Sensing Murder”), I swear that when I went to bed, I could distinctly hear the sound of someone breathing right outside my window (clearly my imagination), and would end up having a terrible night’s sleep.
So it’s fair to say that I when I was younger I was very easily scared, and thus be very, very nervy.
Now I am pleased to say that I have managed to get over that fear.
It took a while, and I have been testing my limits as I have gotten older. I started off reading Stephen King’s books because someone told me they would give me nightmares. I wanted to test my limits, so I started reading them. I absolutely love his books, but I haven’t found any of them terrifying…yet.
After falling in love with Stephen King’s novels, I then moved on to different authors who write in the same or similar genre(s) to him.
That’s when I fell in love with the horror genre. (I do love books in general).
I would always read lists of the scariest Stephen King books or lists of the scariest books…ever! And if a book or books from those lists caught my eye, then I would add them to my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads.
The aspect of the horror genre that I love is not so much the gore and stuff (not a massive fan, but sometimes it is necessary), but the way in which people react when they are in a really bizarre, scary, weird, disconcerting, terrifying situations. The dormant emotions inside each character that bubble their way to the surface over the course of the story can be fascinating for both the reader and the writer. A character that was nice at the start of the story could turn out to be the most evil because of the way they react/act in different scenarios. On the flipside of that, the most evil character at the beginning of the story could turn out to be the one with the purest intentions.
As a writer, the characters unravel as you continue to plan/write, so it is very interesting. It can go in several different directions. It’s brilliant!
Reading and writing scary books also keeps you guessing. I love to read and write a book that keeps me on my toes. It’s got to have some unexpected twists and turns
I am still looking for a book that will scare the shit out of me. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!