It being Halloween and all that, I was trying to think of the scariest thing I could write about. But that would be an IRS audit (Ba-dum-BUM from the drum set in the corner).
Back to writing. Whose writing has scared the bejeebers out of you? To be honest, as much as I love Stephen King — and I do — I don’t tend to get particularly scared by much within the horror genre. Feel free to take that as a challenge and tell me what books within that genre have made you sleep with the lights on. No, the scariest novel I’ve read in recent memory tends to play on the deep-seated terror of parents everywhere: the randomness of losing your child. Not “losing” as in a euphemism for death, but “losing” as in she is there one minute and the next she’s not.
The novel I’m thinking of is called PLACE LAST SEEN by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman, and without giving away too much, it revolves around the search for a young girl with Down syndrome who goes missing when her family is on a camping trip. Considering I still recall many of the salient details of the book despite the fact that I read it probably close to a year ago, I’d say that qualifies as good writing.
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Talk to me. What writing has scared you senseless?