How do you feel about spooky books?

For October 2018, we will be reading supernatural and/or horror/spooky tales.
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How do you feel about this month's genre? Does it make you excited? Nervous? Neither?

I've never really read an adult horror novel (like Stephen King), so I'm always uncertain of picking up something that's more than children's or YA for this genre. I don't know if that's silly or if this is a problem others face too.

As a kid, I saw several horror movies (with my parents nonetheless) and they left me having several nightmares (and one where I couldn't sleep at night for an entire summer! Thanks a lot The Exorcist!). I'm sure this adds to my reluctance of giving adult horror books a try. :?
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I like spooky read, as long as they aren't too scary (someone said Stephen King??).

I have read a few Stephen King books, but not his scary ones. I watched the "The Shining" when I was a kid, and it gave me nightmares as well.
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gali wrote: 01 Oct 2018, 10:41 I like spooky read, as long as they aren't too scary (someone said Stephen King??).

I have read a few Stephen King books, but not his scary ones. I watched the "The Shining" when I was a kid, and it gave me nightmares as well.
Yeah, I'm thinking at some point to read a Stephen King book, but maybe something less spooky like you said. I won't touch another scary movie now :lol:
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I love spooky books, especially at this time of year! A word about 'The Shining' though, it is VERY scary, beware of nightmares! I didn't have any after reading it, but can remember how scared I was reading it as an older teen. Not to date myself, but that was around 35 years ago now. It definitely leaves a lasting impression!
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BookReader+6 wrote: 01 Oct 2018, 11:19 I love spooky books, especially at this time of year! A word about 'The Shining' though, it is VERY scary, beware of nightmares! I didn't have any after reading it, but can remember how scared I was reading it as an older teen. Not to date myself, but that was around 35 years ago now. It definitely leaves a lasting impression!
That's awesome that you enjoy spooky books! Hm...yeah, perhaps I'll stay away from The Shining, especially if it that much an impression 35 years later :shock: :lol:
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I enjoy horror.

I've watched and read it all my life, and never had any negative effects. I long for something that could actually give me the creepy (preferably fiction, real life is scary enough!). :lol:
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Gravy wrote: 02 Oct 2018, 02:36 I enjoy horror.

I've watched and read it all my life, and never had any negative effects. I long for something that could actually give me the creepy (preferably fiction, real life is scary enough!). :lol:
That's great! Sometimes, I wish I could be like that - not have negative effects toward horror. I don't think that will change anytime soon, though. Oh well :character-cookiemonster:

I agree with you, though, real life is scary enough! :shock:
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I used to be a big fan of horror books. I also realised that they were a LOT scarier than horror movies. When you're lying in bed at night, with no one around, with a wonky bedside lamp, reading a book that describes a spooky scene down to the last drop of sweat... and your dog sneezes.
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I don't mind spooky books, although it isn't my go-to genre so I don't read them very frequently. It's probably because I tend to enjoy reading before bed most of the time, which I can't do with horror books because they can give me nightmares. It's the best time of year to give them a try though :)
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hsimone wrote: 02 Oct 2018, 08:25
Gravy wrote: 02 Oct 2018, 02:36 I enjoy horror.

I've watched and read it all my life, and never had any negative effects. I long for something that could actually give me the creepy (preferably fiction, real life is scary enough!). :lol:
That's great! Sometimes, I wish I could be like that - not have negative effects toward horror. I don't think that will change anytime soon, though. Oh well :character-cookiemonster:

I agree with you, though, real life is scary enough! :shock:
Trust me. It isn't all it's cracked up to be. I literally cannot experience that which horror is supposed to inspire.
Every other genre gets me just fine. Crying/laughing/whatever... :lol2:

A good middle ground, where you're scared but not too scared, would be the best.
Having things scare you too much, or not affect you at all...just no fun.


I'm beginning to think I should ask everyone what the scariest book they ever read was. :lol:
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Bianka Walter wrote: 07 Oct 2018, 14:27 I used to be a big fan of horror books. I also realised that they were a LOT scarier than horror movies. When you're lying in bed at night, with no one around, with a wonky bedside lamp, reading a book that describes a spooky scene down to the last drop of sweat... and your dog sneezes.
Well.
It's the end of the world.
Yes, I can see how creepy reading a spooky book at night would be... :shock:

Aww...poor puppy had no idea sneezing could affect someone so much, especially while reading a scary book :character-grommit:
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Harley-Panda wrote: 08 Oct 2018, 02:59 I don't mind spooky books, although it isn't my go-to genre so I don't read them very frequently. It's probably because I tend to enjoy reading before bed most of the time, which I can't do with horror books because they can give me nightmares. It's the best time of year to give them a try though :)
Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of is nightmares :shock: You are right, though, this is the best time of the year to try out some spooky books!
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Gravy wrote: 08 Oct 2018, 07:02
hsimone wrote: 02 Oct 2018, 08:25
Gravy wrote: 02 Oct 2018, 02:36 I enjoy horror.

I've watched and read it all my life, and never had any negative effects. I long for something that could actually give me the creepy (preferably fiction, real life is scary enough!). :lol:
That's great! Sometimes, I wish I could be like that - not have negative effects toward horror. I don't think that will change anytime soon, though. Oh well :character-cookiemonster:

I agree with you, though, real life is scary enough! :shock:
Trust me. It isn't all it's cracked up to be. I literally cannot experience that which horror is supposed to inspire.
Every other genre gets me just fine. Crying/laughing/whatever... :lol2:

A good middle ground, where you're scared but not too scared, would be the best.
Having things scare you too much, or not affect you at all...just no fun.


I'm beginning to think I should ask everyone what the scariest book they ever read was. :lol:
That's good to know :)

I agree, a good middle ground would be good. I'm doing a read-a-long with gali and I find that the scary parts in the book are enough to get me a bit spooked, but not enough to give me nightmares or really feel scared after I'm doing reading a chapter.

If you want to start a topic asking about the scariest book that people have read, I say go for it! It's an awesome and very appropriate question for this month. :)
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That it is!

I just may do that. :)
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Gravy wrote: 09 Oct 2018, 19:45 That it is!

I just may do that. :)
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