Reading Frenzy

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Jeepers Creepers

Creepers by David Morrell

Remember sitting in the dark with a flashlight reading something that scared you out of your wits? Psycho—read in a strange basement in Seattle when I was about 15 was terrifying…..Some of Stephen King’s books made me awfully uneasy: Cujo, The Shining, Pet Semetary. And when I first moved to Connecticut and read Dan Simmons’ Summer of Night I think it was the combination of dark days and old buildings that resembled the descriptions in the book that gave me nightmares.

Just a few miles from here an
old psychiatric hospital that has been empty for years. Since its closing there have been tales of “explorers” searching out abandoned rooms and tunnels looking for ghosts. So when this book crossed my desk I had to take it home even though this could have been the wrong week since I’m by myself mostly, but I didn’t get the scare I thought would. Great cover, great premise—five urban exploreers set off on a dark and stormy night to explore an abandoned boarded-up hotel set for demolition and run into “danger, terror and death,” but it didn’t fulfill its promise. More gore than scare maybe--and ultimately unsatisfying. But hey, it got good reviews, maybe I wasn’t as much in the mood as I thought.


At 4:01 PM, Anonymous adrienne said...

All scary books with pets in them were too scary for me. Were? Are.

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Kate said...

I know what you mean, but I'm better with books--on the screen I can't deal with pet problems at all.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger TW said...



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