I’m not big fan of horror movies—those purposely created to elicit fear. I’m no longer queasy due to the fact I’ve been exposed (too much I supposed) these past few months. I’ve been watching series with, you can say, quite violent theme; blood and gore do not bother me that much anymore. It’s no longer a problem with me. Although among the pool of genre associated with the titles I had watched includes horror, I can say it was horror just by the theme and not it’s because it was frightening. And to be honest, I did enjoy it (at some extent).

Any scary books to recommenced? It’s Halloween, you guys!

When it comes to book I’m not that quite interested not because I’m scared and it just do not appeal to me. I’m curious at the same time I’m not that motivated (even without the book slump). It’s for the same reason I’ve been neglecting books that even though I heard quite a handful of praises, I kind of disregarded it because, well, I’m just flatly not interested.

For readers of this genre, is it scary? Do imagination and description enough to produce the same reaction as when you watch a movie? Or is it a different experience? Are movie/television/visual formats have more advantage? What do you think are certain elements that could only work visually? And those could only work on books? This is really got me interested.

Maybe I should try reading Anna Dressed in Blood and see what the fuss is all about. And maybe it might change my view. And since it’s almost Halloween, it’s very theme appropriate right?


21 Responses to Random, Halloween-related sorta prompt!

  1. Diana says:

    Anna Dress in Blood was okay. I didn’t love it as much as other people. If you don’t like scary, scary books I’d suggest checking out The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman or The Spook’s Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Those are pretty good and not terrifying (on the more interesting side too). I also liked The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (she has a few good horror-ish titles). Happy reading!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I like spooky books not those scary books, and I always hear good things about Neil Gaiman’s books, plus I love Coraline so maybe his books? Thanks Diane. 😀

  2. Finley Jayne says:

    I love horror book,s and there’s been plenty that I’ve read, that have truly scared me in a good way 🙂 I just finished one that was really good-Engines of the Broken World, by Jason Vanhee. I’ll be blogging about it later this month but dang-it was intense! One of the best books I’ve read this year 🙂

    Anna Dressed in Blood is also a great choice!

  3. I don’t read many horror books, and usually when I think I’ve read one I later find out that most people consider it paranormal but not horror. Even so, as a scarier halloween-esque read I think a good one would be ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’ by Holly Black. 🙂

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I tried The Coldest Girl in Coldtown but didn’t like it. And you know what you’re right, people sometimes label them horror but in truth they’re just paranormal books.

  4. There have been several books that scared me, especially if it’s about a realistic subjects or ghosts. There is something about ghosts stories that really gives me the shivers. For some reason I really like scary books, but I can’t deal with movies.

    Anna was good 🙂

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m scaredy cat myself but when I watched horror movies, it turns out it wasn’t scary as I thought. Movies are too…visual? That’s why it can successfully present the scary aspects. I wonder how book does it? *ponders*

  5. Sydney says:

    I truthfully have yet to read a book that genuinely frightened me. The “most Halloween” book I’ve ever read was A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, which is a book in a Gothic setting, which adds to the creepiness. There’s also really creepy stuff that happens, but it isn’t a terrifying book. I would recommend it though! It’s well-written. 🙂

    I haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood. I’ve heard mixed things about it so I haven’t really made the effort. :/

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’ve heard of A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libra Bray but didn’t know it was horror. I thought historical, romance. Now I’m intrigued!

  6. I’ve heard nothing but glowing things about this Mitchii, but for some reason I haven’t read it yet; despite adoring other books by the author. It definitely sounds like it’s perfect for a Halloween-timed read, and I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it! Thanks for sharing! <3

  7. Kezia says:

    Girl, been a real while since I last went here. *bows in apology* You know what I’ve been doing though, right? Haha.

    I am not a huge fan of horror movies as well. I think I do okay when I’m watching it on DVDs or with my friends in a bright and crowded room — though it still gives me creep here and there. But it’s definitely not as extreme as when I’m seeing it on the cinema. The blasting sound effect and gigantic screen and on top of that utterly dark theater somehow made it 1000% worse…

    I have read a few horror books though, and I admit that I enjoyed them. But I should probably read Anna Dressed in Blood as well since I loved Blake’s other book Antigoddess xD I’m not against going out of my comfort zone to read horror stuff but I guess I also need some recs since I’m not that caught up with the horror trend.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I also want to read Antigoddess but my sis said that Anna is so much better.

      No apology needed, in my book watching anime & reading manga is A-OK! 😛

  8. Megan says:

    Eh, I have to admit that when it comes to horror, the YA genre is seriously lacking. I like horror not because I like fear, but because it’s kind of exciting scaring myself… but most of the time I’m too chicken to actually, like, watch horror films or play horror games by myself, lol.

    Anyways, what little horror books I’ve read have been disappointing. They’re not scary at all, and most of the time they don’t even have that much horror elements in them, except for ghosts. I haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood yet, though! Like Zoe said, I’ve heard loads of amazing things for it, but for some reason haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. So if you do read it soon, be sure to let me know what you think, ‘kaaay? 😀

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It does, doesn’t it? YA books that genuinely is scary are very rare.

      I’ve been wanting to read Anna for years, let me just get out of this slump & then will see! 😀

  9. Shannelle says:

    I think what makes horror books scary is your imagination, or if you focus on certain details. There were some descriptions in Anna that really had me tensing up, and there were loads more in Antigoddess. My only advice is to just read it slowly and digest each word if you really want to scare yourself!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh my, my mind is extreme when it comes to scary stuff, so I think it’ll increase the intensity by tenfold.This is sound intriguing.

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  11. I love scary movies, even though the feeling they give me can be not so nice, haha. I just like that thrill I get when there’s a creaking door or an axe wielding murderer XD

    As for scary books, sometimes I think they can elicit the same sort of response. Sure, there’s no music or creepy ambiance and you can’t see the murderer/ghost/whatever creeping up on the MC, but some authors can write scary really well!

    I remember reading a book called Grimoire by Kim Wilkins and being SO scared every night after reading it and putting it down to go to sleep. It was just so creepy and spooky and it really got to me.

    I haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood, but have heard it is pretty good! I bought a copy a while ago and I still haven’t read it ‘-.-

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh my gosh, I didn’t know you have penchant for axe-wielding themes! LOL

      I think it needs a very vivid imagination with a combination of great writing to pull it off, not really into scary books but the response intrigues me!

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