Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I invite you to FREAK ME OUT
I heard about RIP IV on Tempting Persephone and My Friend Amy today, and I just have to sign up. This is a Halloween challenge hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. I'm always up for reading more supernatural stuff. Plus my Dystopia Challenge ends on August 31 so a new challenge is just what I need.
But here's where you come in. I need some freaky, scary book suggestions. Something that's going to make me afraid the dark; my own shadow; my mother! Something that will raise the hairs on the back of my neck when I read it home alone. Or perhaps some dark fantasy. Or Gothic mystery. Something with teeth and dank, dark dungeons, and things that go moan in the night. It doesn't necessarily have to be young adult, either.
Saying that, I don't like anything sadistic, or excessively cruel, or with hateful, violent sex. I picked up a Poppy Z. Brite book of short stories in my teens and I've never been the same since. And not in a good way. I'd just finished reading everything that Anne Rice had ever written and was looking to branch out. One story (rather regrettably) has stuck in my mind. One character sodomized another with a shotgun, and in the heat of passion the gun went of and blasted the poor boy's guts all over everything. I'll probably still have the memory of this story when I'm eighty.
So apart from stories that deal with shot-gun sodomy, I'm open to suggestions! Sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, ghost stories, horror (cruelty free, please) thriller and paranormal.
So go ahead. Freak me out.