Have you ever read a book that had you looking over your shoulder?
A long time ago I read a book by Peter Straub, "Ghost Story" and it was so terrifyingly eerie, I had to sit with my back to a wall as I was so creeped out while reading it. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up as they say. It is a great thriller and draws you right into the eerie scenes. I loved it. Even Stephen King said it is one of the best horror novels. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
He was a great seller in my book store way back, one of the top so I would have read at least one of his because that is what I did to truthfully say I had read this or that author but truthfully I don't recall the book. I could not stand Stephen King (too scary!) but read a couple of his but Dean Koontz was my favorite writer of fiction books of that type.
I usually read True Crime though and those are ones that have you looking over your shoulder. lol You start looking at people differently knowing someone perfectly innocent looking could be a murderer or rapist because this is true. I haven't read them in years now but it was really a great reading time in my life. Books always beat the movie in my opinion.
Yes, I think he didn't hit it big until this book came out way back in 1979! I've only read a couple of Stephen King too. Oh, yes, Dean Koontz is best. Oh, I know those True Crime will have you looking over your shoulder big time. Books rule!
"The Fall" by Albert Camus is philosophically scary. The book makes you think. It makes the reader point the finger at themselves. "The Fall" was the last of three fictional novels written by Camus and is considered his best work.
Can't recall scary books, but I have to say I read Billy Buc's manuscript, 'Shadows Kill' and it was REALLY scary. I felt a ton of emotion and fear many times throughout. I have also read parts of his second novel, "Shadows Over Innocence" which I find to be riveting and nail biting. He promised he would send the finished draft in the future. Both affected me because it was not about vampires or zombies...his stories were true to LIFE, and could REALLY happen...AND I admit I DO look over my shoulder, a lot, especially since I go to the movies and the reality of at least three movie shootings in the United States. Recently I went to a real early morning matinee and I was the only one in the theatre. I watched a thriller, and I was looking behind me ALOT. I felt unsafe alone in the theatre because I sit only 3 rows back from the screen.
Speaking of movies, the movie, "I Saw What You Did" scared me so much I have never gotten over it, and that was when I was in my twenties.
This is a great question, Faith! God bless always and you and your family remain on my prayer list. My computer is ILL and dying, but I have your last email in my inbox and will answer soon. Sparklea
Hi Sparklea, Wow, sounds like Bill accomplished what he set out to do in his writing! I am not into zombies and such, but the real deal stuff is what truly creeps me out too, for as you say, it can really happen. Thank you for the great answer here.
Faith I never attend vampire movies, no interest! friends of mine loved the Twilight series but I just couldn't get into it
Hi Lea, yes, it seems the younger generation are really into the Twilight series for sure. I watched them, and they were okay. I am surprised that I loved Abe Lincoln's Vampire Hunter. I didn't want to watch but I found it interesting.
I remember reading some scary books in my childhood that had me look over my shoulder. Written by my father and one more partner, they were 20 books in series in our Telugu language. Dealing with evil spirits and ghosts. The books were named "Mahaamaaya". I inserted two 'a's to stretch longer the pronunciation.
Regarding movies, I watched many movies in our Indian languages and some in English which made me look over my shoulder - "Avatar', Godzilla', 'Mad Max', 'Aliens' watched in 3D.
I read the book, Turning of the Screw, in the 10th grade. It was night, and both my parents were working the night shift. The window in the bathroom was open and the void of darkness reflected in the enormous mirror when I turned on the light. I slammed the window shut, grabbed my poodle, and ran into my room feeling like something was about to grab me. I had to finish the book. Everyone in my class freaked out reading that book.- Then there were the Grimm's Fairy Tales my brother always wanted my mother to read to us. The originals are very scary. After reading some of them as an adult my verdict is the same they are still horrible.
Hi Judy, Yes, that is exactly the feeling I am talking about especially reading, Turning of the Screw! Thank you for the great descriptive answer. The Grimm's are grim ...
You're welcome. Thank you for the great answer and telling exactly how reading those books spooked you.
I also read "Ghost Story" and it had the same effect on me as it had on you. It terrified me! I loved the story but I literally got goose bumps while reading certain parts. I love a good horror story so I totally enjoyed the book!
Hi moonfairy, Yes, exactly! The way it is written is just so eerie to me and creeped me out when I was reading alone in the house. Thank you for sharing that with me and I am glad to know someone else read that book and it had the same effect.
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