It is that time of the year… Halloween is very near…and we’ll see (most of us depending where we are from) spooky decorations, horror movies marathons, and every scary related recommendation that there is…(I won’t be the exception 😜 I’m doing my scary books for Halloween Rec too). Therefor why not make a good Halloweeny discussion to get us in that festive mood?
I love Halloween, always have but when it comes to books I’ve always found myself wondering Is there really such a thing as a Scary Book? As readers most of us are used to going through the emotional roller coaster that a good book can provide you with…Whether is heartbreak due to a Full on Angst book, or Laughing out loud moments with an amazing comedy, or Head twisting mind fuckery with a good thriller…
We can experience all these emotions between the pages of our current reads, however, in my experience I’ve never really been frightened by a book. I have never felt fear at reading a horror story. Disgust? Yes, I have felt it when I have read the few slasher kind of books that I have come across (Sometimes too descriptive of the gore), Amazement? That too, when it’s good twisted story (It would probably have saying “What The F”#& did I just read??) But Fear? No, not at all.
I do appreciate a good horror book (I used to be quite the Stephen King Fan, and I have read a lot of Lovecraft, Edgard Allan Poe and other Horror Classics) But I always feel detached from the story somehow, which might be the reason why they don’t really have the impact necessary to scare me. I don’t connect with the story the same way as with any other genre (funny enough)…
The atmosphere is totally different as when I’m reading an overly emotional book, there’s always the chance that I might become a blubbering mess while reading (even if it’s not that common for me either).. Not with Horror books, I don’t feel the slightest bit of fear not even a little shiver down the spine.
It’s completely different when I’m watching a Horror film (a good one of course) I can get scared, it does leave a more lasting impression than a book does. Which makes me think that I might need more stimuli to feel scared (Sound effects, creepy music, and the common jump scares) I might be more visual in order to make a connection when it comes to horror..
Which brings me back to my original reflection, Can a book Truly scare you?
I guess it would depend on how sensitive you are, or how easy it is to immerse yourself in this type of stories, to make a connection with the characters and situations, since I can only speak from my experience the answer to my question would be no…At least in my case a book cannot scare me.
But how about you? Do you feel scared while reading a good horror story? What are your favorite kinds? Let me know in the comments below..
This post has been link to the October Discussion Challenge hosted by the amazing gals Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight(Go check out their blogs they are really good and sign up for the challenge)