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The Book Corner / Re: Why would you return a book?
« on: August 02, 2011, 05:21:51 AM »
I've never returned a book, either print or e-book. I spent years as a journalist, and we received a steady stream of free books at the newspaper for review purposes. I read a lot of bad books while working at the newspaper, but learned that even the worst books have something to offer: If nothing else, you wonder how someone was able to publish (not all the bad ones were vanity press).

Learn from the good. Learn from the bad. It's all about lessons.

The Book Corner / Re: Where has Horror Gone?
« on: August 02, 2011, 05:13:50 AM »

Okay, so since this is a horror thread, why not discuss what exactly we find scary.  Is it nutters with guns?  Is it surreal monsters?  Is it the threat of horrible things to come?

For me, it is being trapped in a dark, tightly enclosed area without the ability to move and knowing you will die there.  I have not seen that latest movie about the guy buried alive with a cell phone.  That's too horrible for me to imagine.  One day, maybe I'll face it.  Kill Bill 2 kept me away for almost a year before I forced myself to watch it and get through that scene.  So, what is it for the rest of you?  Curiosity abounds. 

Truly scary? I'm think that what really scares will be far too mundane for folks. I dread getting old and being forced out onto city streets to beg and eke out a living. To me, that's the ultimate horror: to be old and have nothing - living on the streets as a bag lady. To make it worse, I'd be sane. Without a psychosis to wrap around me, I'd have to face each and every gritty day in all its gray reality.

I appreciate the welcome, and I've already found a place to swap opinions in a horror thread. It's nice to find like minded readers and an open door.

The Book Corner / Re: Where has Horror Gone?
« on: July 30, 2011, 07:41:22 AM »
I remember Koontz's Watchers. That was the one that made me swear off serial killers. That story was too close to real. I also remember Barker's Hellraiser, and thoroughly enjoyed it. For me, that was surreal - far beyond the realm of possibility, yet so well written that suspension of disbelief was easy.

I like my monsters a little unbelievable and not too close to reality. Combine an unreal monster with a talented writer, and you've got a tale worth reading. Even if it strays into gore.

The Book Corner / Re: Where has Horror Gone?
« on: July 29, 2011, 04:55:05 PM »
I've seen a couple of words pop up throughout this discussion that I ascribe to horror: uncomfortable, and creepy. I would add "disturbing."

One of the last books that truly disturbed me was by Poppy Z Brite - Exquisite Corpse. I'm re-reading the book, and it's having the same effect. Creepy and disturbing. I love every minute.

Typically I don't like books about serial killers. Indeed, I go out of my way to avoid them. But the way that Brite (and sometimes Koontz) give you passage into the mind of the psychotic is truly amazing.

To me that's horror: To be stuck in the mind of something so totally alien you want to stop reading, yet caught by words so beautiful that you can't put down the book.

I got my daughter a cat years ago, when my child was just four years old. My daughter immediately pronounced the cat, "Rainbow." The cat got its name because my daughter thought the cat, "pretty as a Rainbow."

In an unrelated story, we later found my four year old trying to pick the cat's nipples off, "because they look like ticks!"

Introductions & Welcomes / New to the Board - Long Time on the Net
« on: July 29, 2011, 01:29:10 PM »
Hello, folks. I am Diana Trees, and I'm new to this board.

I write horror - more accurately - vicious horror. Not splatter, nor slasher. But my vampires don't sparkle. They eat people.

My mission is to wrest the vampire from the hands of those who've turned her into a love-lorn whiner, and return her to the glory of violence and destruction.

Good to meet y'all.

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