Or let me tell you about my latest DNF...
As a teen, and even into my college years, I loved horror movies. The scarier the better! Oh the memories of curling up under the covers at sleepovers to watch The Exorcist, or It, or The Shining. And even younger than that I couldn't get enough of R.L. Stine's Super Thrillers. And remember Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Loved those when I was a kid!! One of my favorite shows when I was young was SNICK'S (Saturday Night Nickelodeon) Are You Afraid of the Dark? And as recently as the Saw movies and the most recent Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, I continued to be addicted. I could go on.
But then somewhere along the lines, I guess in the last few years, I became an incredible wuss. While I can still enjoy some movies like the traditional Halloween, I no longer jump to see the latest horror movie whenever I see a preview. In fact, it's not uncommon for me to turn away from the tv when a preview comes on.
Even though I didn't specifically join any reading challenges, I thought I would still read some spookier reads in the spirit of October. Two years ago when I joined the R.I.P Challenge one of the books I chose was Worst Nightmares by Shane Briant. I was really excited about reading it but I never got around to it so I was sure I would do it this year.
Well, it turned into a DNF for me after maybe 25 pages.. but not because it wasn't good. Because I am a WUSS! And during the reading of those 25 pages, I must have asked my husband at least 3 times if I should continue. The premise is that Booker prize winning author, Dermot Nolan, is past his deadline for his newest book and has yet to write a page because of a really bad bout of writer's block. Then this mysterious man leaves a horror story manuscript in his mailbox. Dermot thinks it's ridiculous but his wife keeps telling him to read it. Clearly, I didn't get very far. But in the 25 or so pages, I read some of what I assume was in the manuscript. Along with the narrative about Dermot and his wife, another story is being told of innocent people who log into a website, worstnightmares.com (I don't know if it's real and I'm not looking), to document their worst nightmares. The "dream healer" is on the other end listening to their worst nightmares and then kills each of these people via... their.worst.nightmares. So what's your biggest fear? Whatever it is don't tell the dream healer! So I assume that the stories of these people being killed is what Dermot is reading in the manuscript. What I think the rest of the book is about is that Dermot ends up using the manuscript pretty much as his own but learns that the things in the book really did happen.
Now, writing that description I still feel like it sounds so good and I want to read it! But maybe it's just this specific topic but I couldn't do it. I read about maybe 3 people already at that point who had documented their worst nightmares. And the book is graphic and tells me exactly what is happening. Gave me the heebie-jeebies! Maybe it's that angle and the gore of it (although I'm sure that compared to many books it really isn't that gory) that scared me from reading on. In a way it sort of reminded me of the Final Destination movies which I liked when the first one came out but those quickly fell off my list of movies to watch because they were so morbid and awful.
So all that being said, it seems like a good enough book and still had my interest when I stopped reading it, but I just couldn't go on because I apparently have become very picky about scary books! My husband still wants to read it so I'm holding on to it. In the meantime, I've moved on to other fairly spooky but much more neutral books! Although I am attempting a foray into Dracula later this month... I hear that's pretty scary as well. Wish me luck!