The stuff of nightmares
I am a highly emotional person. I laugh easily and often, tears are always just under the surface. I get very involved in what I read (and watch) so there are some books I have come away from with an intense feeling of dislike because they made me either too scared or terribly depressed. Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance is my least favourite of all the books I have finished (I’m sure I have started books I have disliked more but did not persevere with them) because the ending was so wrist-slittingly depressing. You often find it on a top 100 list.
Stephen King’s horror books are also favourites for many and I did read them as a teenager but what I liked about them was not the scary story but the way he wrote about American life. I rather lost my taste for America once I hit my twenties, and do not enjoy being scared, so haven’t read Stephen King since, though I have very much enjoyed quotes attributed to him about Harry Potter!
If you like to be frightened, there are so many options!
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
1984 by George Orwell
Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the classic regency romance – now with ultra-violent zombie mayhem by Seth Grahame-Smith
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Don’t get me started on movies, I can’t watch those or I’d never sleep!
Which stories have frightened you?