Crowdsourcing Horror Stories

I’m dreaming up another book and I’ve decided on something a bit strange for me:  Horror

I say strange because I am the world’s biggest wimp. The dark is a nightly foe and falling asleep is almost always preceded by moments of intense fear even if I haven’t watched/read/imagined anything scary. I assume this is a combination of an overactive imagination and my sleep disorder, but the point is, in that place between sleep and wakefulness, I am always afraid.

I figured that might make me an expert at horror.

I started to think about this last Halloween, when creepypastas began popping up all over my usual website haunts. They scared the shit out of me. And I kept reading.

I love the Cthulhu mythos and its idea of madness. I love the idea of tackling and amping up the anxieties of puberty with the supernatural. And I love the idea of writing something truly unsettling, something that doesn’t pander to teens, something that might make them feel at night the way I always do.

I want to collect people’s scariest stories – “true” ones, ones you heard about online, ones you don’t usually see represented in Steven King novels or jump-scare flicks. I know no one reads this blog yet because come on, there’s not much to read. But if anyone does:

What really scares you? What gets into your bones and waits there quietly until you’re trying to fall asleep at night?

Please, tell me.

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Super quick reviews!

I read four books in the month of February, mostly due to the fact that I was overseas and, when not working, I was very bored.

Life After Life, Kate Atkinson: B+. Solid and engaging, very human characters, but the point of the novel didn’t show up until about 9/10ths of the way and then was over as quickly as it had appeared. And what was up with that ending?

Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson: A-. Not only fun and a thrillride, but a great glimpse into Middle Eastern cultures and mythology. Though I did find Vikram’s character arc very unbelievable.

The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker: A. Meticulously researched and detailed, with two very different but empathetic leads. Dragged a bit on getting to the plot, but satisfying once it got going.

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern: B-. Yes, I’m way behind reading this book. The descriptions and worldbuilding were beautiful. The characters were thin as paper, and the fact that no one realized that the duel wasn’t a friendly competition made them look monumentally stupid. I didn’t believe the love story at all. But damn do I want to visit that circus!

Hey nonexistant readers! Any thoughts?