October 2021, readathon

Hour 15 – Laughing with the Spoopy

I’m not a fan of scary stuff. There, I said it. I was the kid who had to leave the theater during Jurassic Park! I don’t handle scary stuff well.

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Over the past several years my SO has been working with me on being able to watch scary stuff. I’ve learned that I can handle scary stuff better when there’s a strong sense of humor with it. John Carpenter’s “The Thing” was the first scary movie I watched the whole way through because there were a lot of opportunities to laugh off the fear and paranoia. I can’t play scary games but I sure can watch them being played by funny people.

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When I read scary books, it’s the same deal. World War Z left me with nightmares for a long time, but Tales From the Gas Station was so enjoyable I want to read the rest of the series. Basically, if you’re gonna scare me, let me laugh some of it off!

How about you? What’s your relationship to the spooky and scary? Not your for (which is perfectly fine)? Your lifeblood (which is perfectly fine)? Somewhere in between (also perfectly fine)?

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5 thoughts on “Hour 15 – Laughing with the Spoopy”

  1. I have a fairly high tolerance for disturbing stuff, but only in books; that way I don’t have to watch it!

    A few years ago, I read A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny, a classic horror/fantasy that I think fits the bill for spooky and cozy.


  2. What I DON’T like are psychological thrillers where the protagonist doubts his/her sanity, especially when they MAY be being gaslighted. I am a fan of Stephen King’s however, basically because I am constantly appreciating his writing skills and techniques that I forget to be scared when I read his books. Strange…but accurate.


  3. I often find horror boring. I need a good plot with some suspense and good characters. Or, if I read something really bad, for example Meg by Steve Alten, it needs to at least be funny (even unintentionally) to hold my interest.


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