I generally don’t like to be scared. There’s not much to it that’s appealing to me, so I don’t often seek out horror movies and books. Sometimes, though, something appeals to me. For example, I heard so many great reviews of American Horror Story last year that I decided I should give it a shot this year. So far, so good, but I’ll have to wait and see.
When I was 13 or 14 I decided I should read the Exorcist…at night…in our farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It goes without saying that I couldn’t sleep well at all until I finished the book. But something slightly more surprising is that the movie, and in particular the head turning all the way around scene, didn’t scare me. I must have prepped myself for the scary parts with the book.
So for this Halloween, here’s a list of horror books I probably won’t be reading.
The Shining by Stephen King
It by Stephen King
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Omen by David Seltzer