I’ve already talked about The Book that inspired my love of all things dark and twisty. Here are some other books that I would be nowhere without. The books that influenced me as a writer more than anything else.
This was my gateway book to the master of cheesy horror, the one and only RL Stine. This lead me to Goosebumps (which I shared with my brother and we had a blast talking about how scary and equally corny they were). His books totally fed my love to scare my own socks off. And while I’m here, I would like to give an honorable mention to Christopher Pike…I never understood your endings, dude, but I loved the ride.
This book made me so freaking mad, I had no choice but to start writing novels and do it right. Lol! Still, I love this book. Jo was my idol until she married that old guy. (And really, I would have strangled Amy. Every time I watch the movie I want to strangle her. STRANGLE her. Lol!)
(LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE) Don’t ask why. I don’t know. Some of them were stupid. I just loved the mystery and the flawed characters and the high creep factor. I couldn’t put these books down. I didn’t buy them all, but I still have the ones I did and lemme ya, well worn books. What can I say. I lurve this crap.
THE WITCHING HOUR
It took me forever to read this freaking 1000 page book because the first 50 pages were dull as crap. Being 1000 pages, I gave it until page 100 to get interesting…it was a rule, like 10% of the book or something…got interesting on page 60-something…not kidding. Once it got going, it rocked my little boxed-in world. ROCKED it. I was 17, probably too young to read it, but I turned out okay….O_o
Yes, one of the oddballs in this list that have nothing to do with what I write. I first read this when I was 10. I didn’t understand body dysmorphic disorder at the time, but I’ve read it several times since; it’s one of my favoritest books. What I loved was how skewed the MC’s view of the world is, and how sometimes, things are nothing like what they appear. And while it’s a contemporary book about a teenager with an eating disorder, it really opened up my love for science. Yeah…not what you were expecting me to say, huh. Lol! Science led me to the supernatural which led to the odd and paranormal crap hiding in plain sight! Yeah, that book spawned all that crazy stuff. I ripped the bottom half of the cover off because it had a skeleton putting a cookie in it’s mouth and I hate skeletons. (I was ten. Lol!) But I still have it…it’s also worn out. ^_^ (And I still remember exactly what the other half of that cover looks like!)
In Closing: Today is my birthday. ^_^ *cue chorus*