This week, we are talking about Non-Horror Books That Scared You. And yes, I am aware that is is already Thursday. 😉
I have not done this weekly tag all month. I just feel uninspired. Not just over this… but with everything — reading, writing, watching anime, crochet… life, in general. Most of my reading this month is either manga or audio book. Origin will be finished by the end of the month, for sure. But I think I hyped myself up so much over that that it sent me to a sort of slump. A slump that stretched to all aspects of my life. But I’m slowly crawling back and here we are with the final T5W for October.
This was sort of a struggle for me. As you know, I don’t get scared easily. Movies, books, TV shows, in real life. Well, real life is a different story but in fictional media, I’m pretty chill. In fact, I like horror movies. Asian horror movies to be specific. There are some horror books that freaked me out but the deal with this week’s topic are book NOT under the horror genre that scared me. I managed to think of 4 that freaked me out a bit and I just have to throw in one actual horror book/short story collection to round up five titles.
Warm Up by VE Schwab
This is a companion short story to Vicious. It’s not going to make sense if you haven’t read Vicious but let me tell you… THIS is how you make a companion piece. It was eerie, atmospheric, and pretty dark. VE Schwab was able to put so much in less than 20 pages and it was so good.
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
It’s not about paranormal scary but more of scared of the situation. Grace was sent to an insane asylum with several forces working against her and she must find a way to outsmart it all. But if you’re supposedly sane and then sent to a mental institution by powerful people, how can you convince them that you are not crazy?
Armada by Ernest Cline
Alien invasion. Tell me, who won’t be scared by that? But this novel is pretty cool. I don’t get why it get so many low ratings just because people expect Ready Player One V2.
Confessions by Kanae Minato
This one is really blood-chilling. It’s technically a mystery thriller but in the usual Japanese fashion, it’s pretty damn dark. I can’t tell you why this novel scared the hell out of me but when you read it, you’ll know why it’s terrifying.
And for my actual horror pick:
ZOO by Otsuichi
I believe I have a full review of this where I talk about all the short stories in this collection. Like I said, I don’t get scared easily but this book had me from the first short story all the way to the end.
What are you dressing up as this Halloween? I have a comic convention this coming weekend and I might dress up. 😉