So, I really wanted to write more posts for the spooky month, but I’ve just been cooped up with long hours at work and… yeah. But I’m here now to contribute to Spooktober with another post, a much more personal one. This time, I’d like to share with you a personal story regarding an event that was unexplainable at the time. Perhaps it could’ve been my imagination, or perhaps not. Yet, we can all agree that the scariest stories are more than often true ones.
You can also share your own creepy encounters in the comments below. Now, let me share with you a creepy experience from my childhood.
Spooktober is in full swing! Yay! So, what’s there to do aside from blogging Halloween themed posts and stories? I’ve been a horror fanatic since the days of borrowing Goosebumps books from the school library, to now. Anyway, the title of this post is pretty self-explanatory. Your ordinary Louse is here to provide some suggestions on how to write in the horror genre, from a horror fan’s perspective. This is for anybody who wants to dip their toes into the icy cold, kelp-ridden waters of creepiness, or for a seasoned horror writer wanting to see things from another person’s perspective. Without further ado, let’s goooooo!
It’s been a while since I posted on here, and I’d rather post something filler-ish rather than nothing at all. Now that it’s Halloween season, I decided that I’ll do a book tag that’s all about my favourite spooky author of all time! The credits to this tag go to Jessie, a fellow book blogger at Book Ballistic, who also translated this from French (if you are reading this, thank you so much!).
So here it goes, and as the Tenth Doctor would say, Allons-y!
The Stephen King Book Tag
Q: How many Stephen King books do you own?
Freakin’ lots (to the point Dad started calling me Stephen). Can’t be bothered to count them right now, sorry not sorry.
Q: How did you discover this author?
When my aunt gave me her copy of Pet Sematary. She was reading on a flight, and since she was done with it, she gifted it to a young Louse.
Q: What is the first book you read by him?
Pet Sematary, of course!
Q: How long have you been a fan?
Ever since I was in Year 5, so like 14 years or something close to that.
Q: Which one is your favourite book?
Don’t be fooled. Don’t be FOOLED.
Hmm… I’d have to say Night Shift. I enjoyed most–if not all–of the stories that were in this particular collection. In other collections, however, the individual stories are either a hit or miss for me.
Q: Who made you most afraid?
Y’all better start praying you don’t encounter this guy.
The eponymous entity from the short story The Man in the Black Suit. There’s something’s superbly eerie about this story… not to mention, there are many true stories about encounters with strangers who gave off disturbing vibes to the point that some of these stories feel too supernatural to believe. But I think this particular story taps into this specific fear of being approached by a stranger when you’re alone, and that this stranger may be quite… devilish.
Honourable Mentions: Pennywise (no duh!) – IT, George Stark – The Dark Half, the creepy black dog demon thing – The Sun Dog, the creepy, ever-so-changing painting of that woman – 1408.
Q: Which book did you like the least?
Joyland. I ended up dnf’ing it because I simply lost interest and stopped caring about it. It just wasn’t my cup of tea, plot-wise.
Q: Do you have any Stephen King books in your TBR pile?
Yeppity yes. Several of his new ones, mainly Elevation,The Outsider, The Institute, and Sleeping Beauties. However, I don’t have my copies of the last two just yet. Oh, and I also want to read Nightmares and Dreamscapes, but the book shops never have copies (sad face).
Q: What is your favourite new book?
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (does this count as new? Well, it’s new-ish, I guess). While I do love Stephen King’s long novels, I really adore the various short stories this man puts out. The short stories just prove how versatile his writing is.
Q: What do you think of adaptions? What is your favourite?
Well, taste in movies is subjective. I like some adaptions and others are kinda meh to me. My favourite would have to be Stand By Me, and I’ll shamelessly admit that this is a film I’ve watched over and over again. So yeah!
Anyway, that was fun! Although I’m reading another novel at the moment, I’ll definitely get to my Stephen King books in my TBR pile. I’m also looking at purchasing more short story collections in the future (looking at you, Nightmares and Dreamscapes). But I’ll have to conclude this post here.
For a few years now, Australia’s jumped on board the Halloween celebration train, and since it’ll be the 1st of November tomorrow (Aussie time), I’m planning on hitting the shops and buying some sweets that’ll be on clearance. Gotta get that sugar in me!
Until the next post, stay reading and stay creative (and if you’re in the USA and anywhere else that participates in trick or treating, I hope you have enough candy to hand out to the kiddos. But if I was there, I’d be wearing a Ghostface mask and screaming at them to get off my lawn).