I’m one of those wimpy Halloween spoilsports who doesn’t like any of the scary stuff. When I was younger, I forced myself to play along a little more—I went to haunted houses with my friends occasionally and I saw all the (now) classic Halloween movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween. But, I don’t think I’ve seen a scary movie since college and I never go to haunted houses, much to my husband’s chagrin. I just don’t like to be scared.
It might all stem from the fact that I saw a bunch of really scary movies when I was way too young. I think I was 8 or so when I went to a friend’s sleepover and she played horror movies all night. I don’t remember everything we watched, but I distinctly remember seeing Poltergeist and The Exorcist—images of Linda Blair’s head spinning have been forever carved into my brain. (Can you imagine someone showing those sorts of movies at a kids’ sleepover nowadays?! I think the mom would be run out of town!) Ever since then, I’ve been kind of terrified of everything.
But, strangely, books don’t seem to spook me all that much. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t read straight horror—the last actual horror novel I can remember reading was Stephen King’s It, which I read as a teen.* But I sometimes read reviews of books that I’ve read where people say, “Read this one with the lights on,” or something similar, and I’m always a little surprised. I just don’t ever really feel scared when I read. But I’ve seriously always thought of myself as a scaredy cat, so why don’t I get freaked out by the scary parts of books? Maybe my imagination just isn’t vivid enough? Does anyone else find this to be true? That scary movies freak you out to no end (I seriously just looked at some images of Linda Blair in The Exorcist and felt a sense of absolute horror), but books just don’t seem to do all that much. Or is it really just that I haven’t ventured out into truly scary books.
I’m not sure, but I’m kind of tempted to try a book that everyone else says is scary to see if I’m truly immune or not. This makes no sense, since I already told you that I don’t like to be scared. As I’ve told you before, I don’t claim to make sense!
So, I’m curious: Do scary books freak you out? Any good scary books I should try for Halloween to see if I can scare myself after all? Do you love Halloween, or are you a spoilsport like me? I want to know!
*I do think I remember being scared when I read It, but it’s just a vague memory. Nothing like the memories I have of horror movies past.