On Horror

I mentioned back in my post “It’s a Kind of Magic” that I’m not a fan of horror. That isn’t necessarily true. While horror isn’t my favorite genre, I do read it on occasion. I do not watch horror movies, but I will occasionally read a horror novel (or manga). Some of them I even count among my favorites.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is one such book. I first heard about the book a couple of months before it released. The concept intrigued me, made me want to read it despite its genre. It would be a couple of years before I got to read it. I loved it! I was drawn into the world from page one. The first time we met Anna, she was terrifying. I mean wet-your-pants terrifying. (Minor spoiler [it happens fairly early in the book]: She rips a guy in half. See? Wet-your-pants scary.) Later in the book, we learn just what happened to her, why she’s the way she is. It’s twisted and freaky. That’s all I’m going to say on the subject. Just thinking about that part of the story – Anna’s history – makes me shudder. (It also pisses me off. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know why. If not, what are you waiting for?) I also read the sequel, Girl of Nightmares, but I didn’t like it quite as much as the original. (I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads. Anna got 5 stars.)

Inu-Yasha and Ceres, Celestial Legend are both classified as horror manga, but are among my favorite series.

All three books/series mentioned have something in common: an element of the paranormal. Anna has ghosts (and a ghost-hunter). Inu-Yasha has demons. Ceres has angels (and demons, I think – it’s been a while since I read any of this series). I’ll read dang near anything paranormal.

Generally speaking, I don’t care for realistic horror. There are exceptions of course, but far fewer. In fact, Chelsea Cain’s Gretchen Lowell (Beauty Killer) series is the only thing that comes to mind. Oh, yeah, also the Baby-Sitter series by R.L. Stine. I read those in back elementary and middle school. The first three of them; I didn’t know there was a fourth one! Now, do I really want to read that one? I’m not sure. I’d need to re-read the first three as I barely remember them, so maybe not. Maybe later.



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