How I Became Obsessed: The Nightmare Corner

I know a lot of people have that one book that impacted them and made them realize this was the type of book they like or this was the book that got them into reading, but I never remember specific books like that. I can remember ones that helped it along, sure, just not the turning point.

Believe it or not, I hated the Goosebumps series. Let’s clear that up. I was scared of them. I know some people start reading Stephen King when they’re eight. I was not one of them. To be honest, that probably would have scarred me forever. I still think about those scary stories to tell in the dark. The one that the person had spider eggs in her cheek and they hatched? Terrifying. The one where the person is literally scared to death by the drums? Kind of freaked me out.

I LOVED Fear Street though. I have no clue what caused this change but I started reading a book a night when I discovered Fear Street. I literally just sat and read them cover to cover. Fear Street will always hold a special place in my heart because of this.

When I was in high school I had a friend who loved classics and off-the-wall books. She gave me a list of her top twenty-ish books to read and I still have it somewhere (since I haven’t read them all yet) but it had two Stephen King books on there (at least). So I picked up The Shining. And thus began the Stephen King obsession. I have had one hang-up on his writing and that is all the background but I’m actually learning to love it.

Around the end of college I started reading again after a couple years of reading just for school and doing reviews for the school paper. I got approved for an e-arc of Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz. I devoured that thing so fast. Then I just needed more. Since then I haven’t really stopped reading thrillers. They’re my go-to when I’m not motivated to read, there’s so many different plot lines and when those twists are done right it’s perfection.

I’ve always loved the books and movies that kept you wondering what was going to happen next and as I grew older I needed more mystery than any other type of book could provide. I wanted more of a will justice be served or will the killer be caught or will the main character make it out alive type stories.

Basically what I’m saying is there wasn’t really a starting point, I kind of grew into loving thrillers and horror the way one grows into anything else. The love was generally there but some authors helped push it along.

What genre are you into? Do you have an author or time of your life that drew you to it?

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