I haven’t read much horror this year, something I didn’t realise until I was writing my last blog post and looking back to see what I’d read. I’m shocked, I started reading scary books when I was a child (amongst others of course) and that continued on into my teens. In honour of the season I thought I’d share my story.
The first scary books I remember reading where the Goosebumps books. Today they have seen something of a revival. I loved the ‘give yourself goosebumps’ books, a sort of choose your own adventure book, you start reading and are asked what you would do and turn to the relevant page.
I started reading the Point Horror books next, I can still remember how much I enjoyed reading them and how creepy some of them were. Then I just read whatever teen horror books I could get from my local library:
I can’t really remember what all these books were about but I kept a little notebook with the books I’d read written down. Around this time I also started reading vampire books, I’ve a lot to say about these so this will be in a later post.
I discovered Stephen king reading Carrie and then various other novels until in a book sale one day I overheard someone talking about James Herbert. Before this I read anything I could get my hands on in the library. When I started reading James Herbert I didn’t stop, now I’ve read all of his novels. He is a master storyteller and an undervalued horror writer.
Sometime inbetween I read books by Richard Laymon, but haven’t been able to get back into his stories.
I loved horror, I love being scared (by media!) and I still enjoy them to this day. I’ve read so many that it’s impossible for me to remember which ones I’ve read. I wish I’d kept a record of all the books I read but I only kept a note of the ones that left an impression in my pre-teens.
Have you read any of these books? What were your favourites as a pre-teen/teen?