Today is Stephen King’s birthday, and to honor the occasion I thought my blog topic this week should be horror.
So how do you take yours? Blood, guts, and chainsaws?
I like mine with a psychological element. No slasher films here. And really, that’s what most of King’s work is – psychological horror, especially my favorites like Carrie, IT, The Shining, and Bag of Bones. I get chills just thinking about them.
Horror, thriller, aestheticized violence. Whatever you call it, we can’t seem to get enough. It’s huge right now – in novels, TV, and the influx of movies ready to be released for Halloween. And for some, the more gruesome the better.
Recently, a friend of mine was asking for book recommendations for her daughter. I asked what she liked and the sixteen-year-old said, “Murder.” But when her mom gave her a look of concern and shock, the girl quickly amended her answer. “I mean mystery,” she said.
Yes, from Dexter to American Horror Story; I Hunt Killers to Anna Dressed in Blood; even, Revenge and Pretty Little Liars. We love to be scared. So at the kickoff of the spookiest season of the year, I plan to get my creep on.
On the nightstand:
Lisey’s Story, Stephen King
The Diviners, Libba Bray
Carnival of Souls, Melissa Marr
Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
On the DVR:
666 Park Avenue
I may even get out to a spooky movie or two. I’m intrigued by the House at the End of the Street. Yes, bring on the monsters and murderers… tis the season. And Happy Birthday, Stephen King!