For people with huge, over reactive imaginations such as me, it doesn’t take a lot to scare me witless! But, of course, what creeps the heck out of me only makes me want to read/watch it more, even if it’s between my fingers and I miss out on the scariest parts (truly, I can think of much scarier torture/haunting/murder scenes than what actually happens). So, when I saw Carl’s catchy R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (R.I.P.) Challenge (what an awesome name!), and saw how many people were joining, I fell for the hype and joined up.
Here’s an excerpt from Carl’s blog about the Challenge:
I find that kind of melodramatic fear to be a delicious intoxication, one that makes this time of year an especially enjoying time to be a reader. There is enough bad fear in the world: fear of losing one’s job, fear of the state of the world, fear of failure…the list is endless. It is time to reject that fear, embrace hope, and while doing so embrace the fun kind of fear–the kind that had us sitting around camp fires as children, listening to adults tell us ghost stories. The kind that made you want to stay up past your bed time to peek at the late night scary movie on television.
I love that!
So, I’ve got Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book coming in by mail soon. And I’ve read some of Wilkie Collins’ works (has anyone read Heart and Science?) hence the second pick, The Moonstone. And now that the rain thumps down in buckets through the night, and the fog slinks out of the river for a prowl, and those crackly leaves are starting to skitter across the ground like little creatures (don’t you love that sound?), and things starting to die do so in a flash of blazing color – I can’t deny that Autumn is such a great season for readers. That’s the kind of stuff that makes me want to write or read a story with ambience. Anyway, I’m jumping a little ahead of the weather (it’s not that Autumn-y yet). Can’t wait to read these spookers!