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Old 01-12-2013, 09:32 AM   #46
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I'll third Splatterpunk, Indie, and Adventure which has nothing to do with traveling.

Interested in reading quite a few in the nominations this month!
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:15 AM   #49
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:27 AM   #51
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Don't worry. It'll never get chosen .
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Maybe in October.
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Please no! Horror is bad enough (but a perfectly reasonable genre for October), I'd hate for it to be gross too!
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Please no! Horror is bad enough (but a perfectly reasonable genre for October), I'd hate for it to be gross too!
I am not saying it should win, just that if it has a chance in any month it would be October. There was a vocal minority who really disliked the choice from last year and were saying it wasn't scary, so maybe they would be more inclined for this - at least there would be a guaranteed amount of gore.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:38 PM   #56
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Please no! Horror is bad enough (but a perfectly reasonable genre for October), I'd hate for it to be gross too!
Actually, Horror is a terrible genre. Well, not really, but the winning horror books have been awful. They've been terrible. Not a single one has ever been scary. I've nominated books that should be scary, but they don't win and lame books win that are not scary one bit.

So, we might be better off with gross. At least then we'd have a better chance of getting a scary book.
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I struggle to find a single book that's actually scary - except maybe Koko by Peter Straub, and I don't think that's technically a horror.

Has anyone actually encountered a book that really is bone-chilling scary?
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I struggle to find a single book that's actually scary - except maybe Koko by Peter Straub, and I don't think that's technically a horror.

Has anyone actually encountered a book that really is bone-chilling scary?
I found some of the Dennis Wheatley satanist books genuinely scary, but that was many years ago in my early teens, and I haven't revisited them since.
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I struggle to find a single book that's actually scary - except maybe Koko by Peter Straub, and I don't think that's technically a horror.

Has anyone actually encountered a book that really is bone-chilling scary?
Perhaps horror has a very individualised effect on specific readers--rather as is the case with humour. I find the stories of M R James quite scary simply because horror invades the ordinary so effectively and the spernatural elements are understated--others simply find them boring.

"Green Tea" by Le Fanu is another tale that conveys immense psychological horror for me. The concept of an utterly malignant entity existing unseen within oneself and undetectable to all but oneself has an element of horror which is magnified by the fact that the external narrator doesn't believe in its existence either. It leaves a very uneasy feeling in some readers.

Another example is "A Rose For Emily" by Faulkner. On the surface it's about a decadent Southern family and a reclusive spinster. But when one reaches that astounding final sentence--the horror explodes and a re-reading throws everything in a different light.

Lovecraft attempted to create horror by eliminating the supernatural machinery used conventionally and substituting a cosmological mythos in its place. He was trying to create horror stories for atheists. I find his mythos very interesting but he doesn't scare me as much--if at all-- as he did when I was {significantly} younger. .

More successful than Lovecraft is Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery". Here is genuine horror. The setting is small town America and the people are sympathetic everyday types. There is nothing of the supernatural only the working of human nature in recognisable character types. Ray Bradbury has come up with some genuine horror stories which I find effective. Among them are "The Veldt", "Mars Is Heaven" and the utterly horrifying "Small Assassin". Still, I'm sure there are readers who would be unmoved by any of these examples.

I think that one must simply live with the fact that the same things are not going to scare everyone. And some people are going to be very hard to scare at all!

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I think that one must simply live with the fact that the same things are not going to scare everyone. And some people are going to be very hard to scare at all!
Which is why I don't bother complaining about the horror selections we have in the book club.
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