Spooky . . .

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, cover place last seenand 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?

4 Responses to “Spooky . . .”

  1. Barbara Brink Says:

    Oftentimes, what’s scary to one person is not to another because of where we’re at in life. A book with the theme of child abduction is of course more terrifying when your kids are that age. Mine are older now, so when I read, The Pact, by Jodi Picoult, it was very scary. Truthfully, teenagers are naturally scary creatures in most situations. But that book brought out the fear I had as a parent that I couldn’t always protect my kids from what I didn’t know they were thinking, feeling, or doing. The part of us we don’t show to others is always the scariest, in books or otherwise.
    For creepy books, I think Dean Koontz is scarier than Stephen King, but that’s just me.

  2. toddiedowns Says:

    Ooh, Dean Koontz is a good one. Another spooky writer that popped into my mind after you mentioned him is Peter Straub. And the book that he and Stephen King wrote together — BLACK HOUSE — very tense.

    Incidentally, in the land of TV, the series KINGDOM HOSPITAL that Stephen King was involved in was really good. But it was adapted from a Danish miniseries called THE KINGDOM (directed by Lars Von Trier) that was utterly bizarro and scary and mesmerizing. I think I’m about one of five people who saw it, but it’s well worth seeking out and watching.

  3. Betty Olson Says:

    It would make good sense to think that we are most frightened by a scenario that feeds into our individual, personal deep fears. As in most instances, my own thoughts on this topic make no sense to me whatsoever. I sometimes find myself reading a novel that is too disturbing to even finish (and I hate that). In general, though, I have never been able to read any of the Harlan Coben novels and get to sleep. Trite, perhaps; but he clearly has a way of developing characters and plots that are much to realistic for my aging mind to handle.

    By the way, Toddie……….I’m having a bit of difficulty dealing with the “feral sheep” background you describe………for reasons you well know!

  4. toddiedowns Says:

    Betty (aka Mom) –

    According to Dictionary.com, “feral” means undomesticated or wild. I’m not talking rabid or anything. As for the creative license I’m taking with my upbringing, please know that it is not meant as a criticism of the truth:). As you well know.

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