Monday, October 15, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions: Scary Books (Oct. 15, 2012)

Book Blogger Confessions is a new Monday meme started by Tiger at Tiger's All-Consuming Books and Karen at For What It's Worth. With Tiger moving away and changing the focus of her blogging, Pam from Midnyte Reader will be joining with Karen to host this meme. The purpose of the meme is best stated by Karen here:
"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?
This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. One of the hosts will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.

This week's question is: Happy Halloween!  Do you like to read scary books?  Why or why not?  If so, what is the scariest book you ever read and why does it deserve that honor?

I really try to avoid scary books. I have too much imagination and live alone. I can scare myself enough with everyday living. I don't need to give my brain fodder for nightmares.

I don't buy books that people say are scary. If I start to read one, I am most likely to set it aside and not finish it. I avoid authors who write horror. I have never read anything by Stephen King or Peter Straub. 

Luckily, there are not too many young adult authors who write scary books. Let me know if I am wrong about this but I don't recall any young adult authors who write horror. R. L. Stine is a real favorite of my students but I find his "scary" books to be more humorous than frightening. 

I do read a lot of mysteries and sometimes the ones that feature really creepy serial killers are kind of scary. But I don't deliberately go out looking for the scary ones. I like the puzzle aspects of mysteries more than the creepy characters.

Bonus question! Just for fun – have you ever dressed as a literary character for Halloween? Brave enough to show a photo if you have one?

I haven't dressed as a literary character. I tend to dress up in my Star Trek uniform if I dress up for Halloween at all. Our school encourages wearing black or orange rather than costumes for Halloween so that the little kids don't lose pieces of their costume or wear something that interferes with the other activities of the day. 

What about you? Do you go looking for scary books?


  1. I love scary books. I think because I can put them down, or stop, if I need to. I really don't like scary movies. Too visual, I think. I don't like to be "shocked" by things jumping out at me. That doesn't happen as much in books. But I do like the creepy factor in books. Great thoughts!

  2. to each their own with scary books ...I love the star trek costume idea :)

  3. I used to scare myself when I was much younger, but now I just don't get scared no matter what. I like the puzzle aspects of mysteries too. I especially like it when mysteries and horror combines.

  4. "I can scare myself enough with everyday living" I love this lol

    I rarely get scared with books or movies. It takes something realistic, that COULD happen to me to freak me out but then I probably wouldn't read/watch it.

  5. I like your answer. I feel the same way and ya it is the reason I have never read a Stephen King novel or never watched the Exorcist, however I must say I have watched many scary movies and have read scary books and I liked them so ...hmmm..

  6. I used to think R.L. Stine was so creepy and awesome. Then I grew up and I now find them humorous as well.


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