Day 19 of the 40 day book challenge is ‘a book that scared me’.
As you know, I’m a big wuss and I generally don’t read scary books. But I wasn’t so sensible in the past. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris really scared me – I remember trying to read it with my eyes shut. (It didn’t work.)
I had to read a Stephen King book at uni – Desperation – and it totally gave me the heebie geebies. I read Misery voluntarily and although I thought it was brilliant, it still scared me (I should read it now that I’m an author, but it might tip me over the edge! I have had the odd message saying “I’m your biggest fan” and while that’s absolutely lovely, of course, I still hear it in Annie Wilkes’s voice.). There’s another Stephen King book, Insomnia, which I thought was brilliant but terrifying.
I think Stephen King is a great writer and a brilliant storyteller which is why every now and then I scare myself with one of his books. I have tried a couple of his non-horror books but haven’t enjoyed them – if enjoyed is the right word – quite as much.
I’m sure there are lots more I’ve missed – I’m thinking I’ve surely read some ghost stories, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head.
What about you?