This month is all about scary books with the lead up to Halloween and I’ve seen so many other readers putting together spooky and scary books to get themselves in the mood.
Horror is a genre that I never ever thought I would read as I’m a big scaredy cat but upon branching out, horror is so much more than slasher and paranormal horror and it’s become a genre I really appreciate. Thrillers and crime novels are also some of my favourites so I’m excited to be participating this month!
Without further ado, let’s look at some of my top 5 non-scary tropes:
Top 5 horror/thriller tropes that don’t scare you
I don’t believe in vampires so they don’t scare me. Now, don’t get me wrong, a vampire book could terrify me, but it wouldn’t necessarily be the vampire that’s scary – it’s more about the threat, the anticipation and the unknown that are the horrifying things.
To be honest, I haven’t yet read a lot of sci-fi horror but again, because I don’t believe that aliens are going to suddenly descend on earth and abduct us, it doesn’t terrify me.
I am a little squeamish, especially when I see bloody horror on TV or in films, but the amount of crime novels I’ve read where the dismemberment of the victim is written in quite detail means it doesn’t really scare me. Churn my stomach – yes. Terrify me – no.
Yay – she lives! That’s not scary! But the horrid after effects could be. I really want to read The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix to challenge this.
Satanic Cults cliches
I feel like this has featured in so many episodes of Criminal Minds! It’s always a fake and the local population are always ridiculously pent up about it. Nah.
So, what things do scare me?
I’m scared of anything that could be plausible or that play into fears from my childhood. For example, pandemics, stalkers, alone in the dark near the woods, ghosts (really not sure I believe in them or not but the prospect is scary), creepy children… quite a few things really! Next week I’ll be telling you about some books that really did freak me out…