I am the first to admit that I am an absolute wuss when it comes to scary things. I can’t watch scary movies, I don’t like walking around in the dark and every single damn time I step out of the lift into someone stepping in I jump. I’m pretty much your standard definition of a scaredy cat so it comes as a great surprise to me how many horror books I read. I love Stephen King, even tho his books can be so frightening that I often have to delegate them to the ‘day time reading only’ pile.
Q loves Dennis Lehane so when I said I had never read anything by him he gave me a couple to try. He’s written a series with a private detective and I read the first two but I’m honestly not sure if I’ll be able to stomach the rest. They are..gorey. Quite graphic in their descriptions of horror, something that is easy to avoid in a film but practically impossible in a book if you want to follow the narrative.
I’ll probably give these another go at some point. During the summer. With a blanket to hide under if things get rough..
The End of Alice by A.M Homes was a book recommended to me by an old friend. We have vaguely similar reading tastes, and I knew the premise of the book before I read it (it’s about paedophile, essentially) but it still caught me off guard. It’s written in a very tender, almost loving way – which disturbed me greatly given the contents. There is no doubt that this is a difficult book to read and I felt a little grimey after finishing it, but I think it was a good book none the less. I don’t think I’d read it again, once was really enough.
I just finished reading Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King and it was definitely one of those books that I had to relegate to day time reading. This book is comprised of four stories and although there was actually only one of them that made me shut my eyes the graphic descriptions of a decomposing body stayed with me for days. Thanks Stephen. You’re a gem.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing if a book is disturbing, but I’m glad I don’t stumble across them too often. I have too many nightmares as it is.