Halloween #Blogtober post 24. The scariest book I’ve read so far in my life.
“How is that the scariest book you’ve ever read in your life? That is a children’s book.” Yes, I hear the disdain and disbelief in your voice and I can only assume one thing – You have not read this book.
The first time I read it, yes, I was a child. I tool It out of the library and my nan read it to me. And then read it to me again, and again, and again. And then I extended my library loan on it. And then my nan read it to me again and again and again… You get the picture. Then I forgot about it.
For no reason whatsoever it popped into my head, 16 years later while I was on holidays, lounging next to the pool in a villa in Costa Del Sol. As soon as I got an internet connection I ordered it. It was waiting for me when I returned home. Ominous. Looming. I wrapped up warm and took to the garden steps with my pack of cigarettes (back when I was an avid smoker) as the light was fading. I read from the first word to the last word. I was transported back. I was terrified all over again.
Honestly, if you can get your hands on this book, BUY IT. There are some not so great stories in there, but there are some that have never left me. My favourites are Widershins (also I learned what Widershins was from this book!), Mine, and Siren Song. I don’t know if it’s the content, the style of writing, or the general feeling I get from reading them. They never fail to give me goosebumps though.
Also – I find that being scared overrides anxiety when it decides to flare up. I once had to come home from work because of a massive anxiety attack, and when I got in I made duvet fort and sat under there with this book and a torch and a cup of tea. After that and a nap I was pretty much reset and back to normal. Makes me ask myself – is there anything this book can’t do?