I sat down to write a review for a recent request the other day. I will sometimes physically write out my reviews before typing them up and posting them here. Well, in the process of writing the review, I found that I had went completely off on a tangent and decided to post the short blurb separately in the hopes of generating some discussion on this topic. Despite your reading preferences, I will be curious to hear your thoughts on this subject matter!
Ahhhh . . . the horror genre! Why does it tend to have such a bad reputation? For me, it has always been one of my favorites and one that I tend to gravitate back to often. I hear people say, “Why do you read such scary stuff?” or “How can you stand to read those books and still sleep at night?” or “Why do that to yourself?” I won’t deny that I’ve been scared by some of these books. I’ve had to put books aside a few nights when I’ve been home alone. And, I’ve been jumpy at sounds of the house settling or the cicadas making their racket outside! For me, fear is the emotional or mental state that many avoid. For these authors of horror, they get these fears out in the open and delve deep into them, publicly nonetheless. They normalize the fears and they explore the worst of the worst. They may scare me, but because of them, I do sleep better at night (on the whole!) knowing that I’m not alone in my fears.
Do you read horror? Why or why not?