I hate questions like that.
“What is your favorite movie?” “Who is your favorite author?” “What is your favorite food?” Questions that often are impossible to answer, or does have an answer but needs a complex explanation. They are limited and doesn’t do the topic justice.
That’s why I love to ask them.
And the answer to the question is not something I can deliver with ease. I have read a lot of horror fiction in my days, often in different sub-genres or categories. So in order to answer that question, I would have to give separate answers depending on what genre we’re talking about, or even make a “top five list” so I won’t miss something out.
I can, however, tell you one book that had a huge impact on me:
Except for The Dark Tower series, I consider It to be King’s greatest novel. This is a study of horror, how anyone’s individual fears can influence your way of life… and how people choose to forget certain episodes of their lives, because the memories are too painful. It’s also a beautiful tale of true friendship and powerful bonds that neither different paths of life or memory can erase. And of course, the representation of man’s individual fears in this novel is the grotesque Pennywise the Dancing Clown, who forever will be an argument why you should be afraid of clowns and their false, mocking smiles. This creature is the focalpoint of the story, but interestingly, he is most often hidden in the background. The story is as much about the horrific creature as it is about the group of friends, their bond to eachother, and the confrontation with their own painful unresolved problems and memories.
Of course, there are many more books I could write about (and I will), but this was the first one I had in mind for the beginning of my blog…
…And yes, I know, it’s a slow start.
But the summer is almost at an end, and the darkness of autumn will soon be upon us…