Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Musing Mondays - June 23rd

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

I just finished reading a book by Dean Koontz - Darkest Evening of the Year - last week. A couple of years ago I discovered Dean Koontz and went through around 15-20 of his books. I just could not get enough of him. Around the same time I was also very infatuated with Stephen King's writing. Both these writers write some of the creepiest books of all time. Both of them have different styles of course. Koontz's writing seems more supernatural in nature where as Stephen King's books delve deeper into the dark recesses of Human nature.

I enjoy both styles. Anything that makes me think and if this thinking leads me to be a little (OK maybe a lot) scared, I absolutely love. I  know of quite a few people who will not touch a horror book with a 10 foot pole. But these books also sell like hot cakes? Why do you think that is? I mean why do we intentionally read books that scare us so much we want to sleep with a night light on?

For me - it is the excitement. These books just get my adrenaline kicking, and not in the way a good thriller does. And these books are about a side of us that does exist - the darker side. We all have it. But these stories remind me that we can overcome that side and gives me hope. That is what these books boil down to - the world has horrors, that is true. But there is also good in the world. the good doesn't always win over the bad but it does enough times to make it worth living.

I know a lot of people might say I am reading too much in to a horror story, but this is how they make me feel and that is what is important.

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