Although I like to think of myself as someone who doesn’t shy away from the horror genre, there are just some books that completely terrify me and that I refuse under any circumstance to read. The very thought renders me speechless and by the time I am done with this post, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be checking and double checking all the locks.
1. I watched a lot of scary movies when I was a kid and one that had a really profound effect on me was Stephen King’s It. The thought that there was some clown down in the sewer made me stay clear of those drains because the last thing I wanted was to hear my name.
2. Second on my list of books I won’t touch is any horror book featuring alien abduction. This is simply horrifying. I don’t care what anyone says if I was faced with a choice between ghosts being real or aliens, I’d choose ghosts. I don’t do fictional alien abduction stories and I definitely don’t do non-fiction. This book cover makes it look like the alien is smiling at me. Oh gosh, it’s smiling at me.
3. This list is going to take a very serious turn as I am about to confess my greatest fear to you: Pinhead. No villain, no monster, no boogieman excites a level of fear within me like him (yes, I am purposefully not typing his name again). You ever hear of people being frightened to death? Well, if he showed up at my door, I would die of fright. Apparently the movie is based on Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart and there is no way I would ever read it. Ever.
4. Cannibalism. I don’t do cannibalism. Thinking about it makes me ill, so never ask me to read a book involving this practice.
5. And because I would really like to end on a lighter note after composing this list, I’m going to mention how much I dislike the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I know it’s a weird to be scared of the movie and I know most people love it, but when I watched it as a kid, I was terrified. I still will not watch it and that means the book is out of the question.
Are there any horror books that you refuse to read? Have you read any of the books on my list? Are they as petrifying as I am imagining them to be?