The Book Reader’s Question
Tis The Season Of The Scary .. Right?
In October’s Episode of 12 Bloggerz Question 2 was this …
|What do you think makes for a really scary fiction story that would prevent you from turning off the lights before you went to sleep??|
.….. and we got some absolutely stonking answers from people which l shall share here now ..
|Jennifer of Paperkutz||A serial killer that is in my area, but authorities have no idea about who it is or even what he might look like..|
|Vic Crain||The monsters in my head do a better job than anything I’ve read!|
|Lauren of ISS Attitude of Gratitude||Anything with people being chased by violent marauders.|
|Sadje of Keep it Alive||I think it would have to be a really well-written story about someone breaking into your home that would scare me to that extent.|
|Christine of Stine Writing||That the main character is getting ready for bed, maybe reading, and there is a clown or a creepy doll under the bed.|
|Ian Kay ofThe Moon Is Rising||When I was a young boy, I had a fear of the dark. This would mean going to bed with the bedroom door ajar and the light outside the door on; until my folks went to bed.|
When I was a little older and more self-conscious, I cured myself of this embarrassing phobia. I don’t think there’s anything fictitious that would bring me back to that state of mind.
|Stephen Blyse Writes||It was already written and I can’t finish it for some bloody reason the book scares me and I like scary shit lol. I couldn’t sleep even with the light on I have tried to read it front to back numerous times and it just messes with my mind. The book you ask James V Smith Jr Beaststalker.|
|Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind||Anything that ‘sparks’ (hahah) my imagination enough to bring on a nightmare. I take certain medication to help me sleep anyway, and even if I’m ‘scared’ (which I deliberately avoid before bed) by reading or watching something, I’ll still fall asleep. With the light OFF. |
But I have woken in the morning with only a vague recollection of turning the light on at some point. I don’t know if it’s a fear thing or what I call ‘drug brain’ making me do that. I can’t sleep with a light on (not well), so it’s irritating and frustrating when I find I’ve done that.
|BernMusings||I’ve been too exposed to horror movies/stories since I was young, they don’t have that effect on me anymore. Doesn’t stop the stories from continuing/evolving in my dreams, though.|
This is the book that Stephen Blyse Writes struggles to read …
Christine of Stine Writing and l enjoyed a good conversation of the subject of what freaks us out and we agreed that Annabelle comes damn close and l shared with her this .. short Horror Movie – l feel sure many of you have also seen it.
I can no longer watch horror films – as l said to Christine – July 2015 mid morning – bright sunny day – 15 minutes in to watching the Annabelle film, l freaked out – l haven’t been able to watch a horror film since then, although l ‘juuuuuuuuuust’ managed to watch The Haunting of Hill House in 2018 on Netflix – it also scared me [l had a big cushion] – but it was well made.
Now prior to this l could eat, drink and sleep horror movies – not any more. I can read horror fiction … but l find this quite pointless these days because it doesn’t seem to be a genre that is written into that well … l used to be in the 80’s – millenium a huge fan of many of the big horror crafters in the business of writing frights – but l haven’t read a good quality scary book for years. I will look up the book Stephen is trying to read …. but prior to that – the scary books l last read were
|Pet Sematary||Stephen King|
|Ghost Story||Peter Straub|
|Amityville Horror||Jay Anson|
|The Exorcist||William Peter Blatty|
|The Entity||Frank De Felitta|
So what makes a scary story really scary ….
…. from a writers/readers point of view?
How many of you read horror fiction and how many of you write horror fiction?
What do you think a writer needs to include into their writing style to make a story suspense filled, fear driven, frightening and so on?
As a reader, what do you look for in a book to provide you with the right edge of seat fear factors?
Finally, what are in your eyes, seriously disturbing and frightening books to read or you have read?
Let me know below…