I Can’t Handle Scary Things!

Posted August 28, 2015 by Jana in About Me, Discussion / 21 Comments

I can’t read scary books at night because I’m a wimp! For example: Shadowlands by Kate Brian. I read this book over the summer, and it was SCARY. I chose to read it when I did because I was on a road trip with my mom and sister, and I knew I would be sleeping in the same hotel room, driving in the same car, and basically not being alone ever. I read all my mysteries on a cruise ship for the same reason. I’m never alone. I’m this way with a lot of books, hence the reason I pretty much never even touch the horror genre. I was a wimp reading Rebecca last October, and it wasn’t even that scary! Same with The Caged Graves! I’m a total baby. Once upon a time I watched a scary movie and slept with my bedroom door locked. To be extra safe, I made my boyfriend at the time sleep on the couch downstairs by the front door. I love scary, but I can’t do it!

October is coming soon. I love the idea of reading eerie, atmospheric, slightly creepy books during October because it’s getting cold and it’s fall and Halloween is coming. This is why I read Rebecca during this time last year. But I just. Can’t. Handle it! What do I do!? I just finished Daughter of Deep Silence last night and was scared to walk down my dark hall to go to the bathroom. So I didn’t. I just went to sleep buried under all my blankets. COME ON JANA. Suck it up!

What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read? And how do you HANDLE them? Teach me your ways! Not Being a Chicken 101 begins now.

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21 responses to “I Can’t Handle Scary Things!

  1. When I was a pre-teen I was obsessed with horror novels, especially the Fear Street series by RL Stine. But, I haven’t really read many horror novels since then (I plan to change that this year, finally). I’m kind of nervous because I’ve become a bigger scardy-cat now than when I was 11 years old! I unfortunately do not have any advice other than keep a flashlight close and occasionally make loud noises (I read in a book I had when I was a kid that monsters HATE loud noises…sissies).
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  2. I generally don’t get scared anymore by movies and books (especially after I’ve put them down). But I will say about a month ago I watched Dark Places OnDemand and the second the movie was over our power went out. And the power didn’t make the usual sound it makes when a box blows somewhere or whatever… and it wasn’t storming! It like silently went out. I looked out of my window and thought the neighbors lights were still on and had a mini heart attack (it turns out they turned on a really bright lantern). I thought that someone (the guy about to kill us) had cut our electricity and also I had NO idea where my phone was because I couldn’t SEE. It was fine and the power came back on 10 mins later, but the rest of the night I couldn’t sleep bc I was certain someone was going to break in and attack us.

    Sorry for the long comment, but I just wanted you to know that I totally get what you mean about movies and books making you paranoid and scared to be alone. I don’t know how to get over it… there’s probably no real way :( Just read when ppl are there and you’ll be safe :)
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    • Jana

      So glad to know I’m not alone! Your experience sounds so scary! I might have had to leave my house. lol. Power going out after a scry movie sounds like the worst thing that could happen! I’m chicken enough with all the lights on. Haha.

  3. I get in moods where I want to read scary books and most times it does take a lot to actually scare me. Mostly psychological thrillers do it. I recently read The Dead House and it freaked me some. I have no advice on how to not get scared! I would say don’t read at night but that’s when I do all my reading.
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    • Jana

      I’m definitely the worst when it comes to paranormal or psychological thrillers. The Dead House sounds SO SCARY! I do all my reading at night after everyone has gone to bed, so I’m in a bit of a pickle it seems.

  4. Kj

    I AM SO WITH YOU!!! I can’t do scary things – Anna dressed in blood, dollhouse and and Between the Devil and the Sea, almost terrified me to death to read – I read them all in one sitting. I couldn’t stop because I had to reach the ending so I wouldn’t be so terrified. I once watched an episode of CSI and had nightmares. I am the biggest scaredy cat ever! I don’t know why people like feeling scared. They’re crazy!
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    • Jana

      THAT’S HOW I AM!! I have to read scary books in one sitting or I drive myself insane! CSI definitely gives me nightmares, too. I don’t know what it is either! I know people who only read horror, and I have no idea how they even function.

  5. Jennifer

    I can’t really help you because I avoided for a long time watching or reading scaring things. Then I switched to a bit of that but when it’s daytime alone in my room but when I can hear people around.

    I don’t remember the scariest one, except it was a story in Egypt with a curse.

    • Jana

      Ooo… Curses and Egypt. Sounds intriguing! I guess I just need to make time during the day to read my scary books.

    • Jana

      YES! Oh my goodness, it’s so nice to know I’m not alone! lol. I’ve read some wonderful books that scared the crap out of me, so I don’t want to write them off… I just need to get to a place where I’m not scared! Noises are awful! I live in an old house and it creaks for no reason. And yes, it’s like every sense is heightened.

    • Jana

      Books are definitely easier for me than movies or TV. I can’t even watch previews for some movies without wanting to hide!

  6. Oh man, I love Horror! I have been reading it since I was young and it’s really hard to creep me out now days so what probably scares you wouldn’t even bother me. I use to not like to watch scary movies till I had a friend in HS who loved them and that is all she watched, then I just got use to them after a while and now I like them. :) Maybe try a lesser scary book and work your way up. :)
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    • Jana

      Yeah, that’s good advice. Maybe I can dull my senses by starting out slow. lol. I want to read so many books that sound so scary, just because I like being scared a little… I just don’t know where to draw the line at this point. lol.

  7. This is SO me!! My imagination is sometimes my worst enemy. So often I’m reading in bed at night and I freak myself out to the point where I have to be in the center of the bed. Like I literally get so freaked out that I can’t even be near the edges. And one of my bedroom walls is all mirrors, so of course that never helps. My fiancé always asks me why I read them if they’re scary and I just say because I like them!!
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  8. I’m also a chicken ?
    I’m planning on reading some creepier books in October and I don’t know how I’m going to handle myself… ?
    I wish I could watch/read something scary and not be scared out of my mind. UGH THE STRUGGLE
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