Friday, October 31, 2008

The Wimpy Author Weighs in on Scary Books

Tip of the day: Happy Halloween - be safe out there!

Okay, confession time. I am a total and complete wimp. I do not like scary. At all.

When I was younger, I watched my share of scary movies. You know the ones. Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I found when I was home alone I would be totally FREAKED OUT and somewhere along the way, I decided no more. Because it is really no fun AT ALL to be home alone and to be freaked out.

So it's actually kind-of weird that I wrote a book about a girl being haunted by a ghost. Except, you know, he's a fairly nice ghost as far as ghosts go. However, the book I'm working on now has TWO ghosts. And one of them ain't quite so nice. EEK! What the heck am I doing?

Anyway, we're supposed to be talking about books we've read, not books we're writing.

This one, CARRIE, by Stephen King, totally freaked me out when I was a teen. Come on, we have to mention it. It's a classic!

And the movie!? Did Sissy Spacek do an amazing job in that movie or what? If I was into watching scary movies on Halloween, I'd totally rent that one. But no, when I'm done handing out candy, I'll go up to my room, crawl into my comfy bed, curl up with the book I'm reading now (GIRL HERO, by Carrie Jones) and do everything possible to NOT think about anything scary. Because I'm old and tired and I need my sleep.

I recently read an ARC of a great book coming out in Spring, 2009. I wasn't sure how I'd do with it, but it was really good and even though there were a couple of scary parts, I managed to make my way through and at the end, I could honestly say I really enjoyed it. Maybe you've heard of it? THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan.

It's got zombies in it! (Although they are called the Unconsecrated in the book). And they want the humans in a really bad way. I know a lot of people are going to love this book.

Hey, maybe in a month or so we can talk about our favorite Christmas books! I'm planning on picking this one up next time I'm at the bookstore. John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, all in one book!? Can't wait! Yeah, pretty wrapped packages and nicely decorated sugar cookies I can get into. Blood and guts? Not so much.

~Lisa, Miss Pinch Me I'm Pubbed


DeenaML said...

I can't wait to read FOREST! And, uh, yeah, what are you doing writing a book with two ghosts? :)

Kate Fall said...

FOREST is on my wish list, too. And tonight I'll watch Harry Potter ... that's about as scary as I plan to be. Although maybe I'll luck out and Nightmare Before Christmas will be on TV.

I guess ghosts are only scary if you make them out to be!