Hi, I’m Jeanette. I was actually, legitimately afraid of vampires until I was 24 years old. I almost didn’t read Twilight for that reason, but then my desire to be a snarky jerk took over and I read them. While I regret being such a mean girl now, I definitely don’t regret reading Meyer’s series because at least now I can get within 20 yards of the horror genre without feeling like a big ol’ baby.
Which is not to say I’m not a big ol’ baby: I totally am. I was traumatized in my adolescent reading life by R. L. Stine’s first novel for adults. I don’t remember the name of it, okay? I don’t want to, and I refuse to look it up. There was a murder so horrible at the beginning of it that I still shudder sometimes when I touch a wet paper towel.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I give you a list of creepy-ass novels that got me just to the sweet spot between “I legit have the creeps right now” (or to be very Southern about it, the “jim-jams”) and “HOLY FUCK I’M TERRIFIED OF SLEEP RN.”
Just FYI: These are all Borrows to make up for my recent round of all Buys.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
There’s a lot of blood and dismemberment, sure, but there’s something so lovely about this book. I haven’t read it in years, so I’ll let you rely on the synopsis for plot details. Just know that I’m a wimp and I only had minor nightmares after reading this.
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer – Is this the one where they go to Italy and the scary Italian vampires lure the unsuspecting public to their lair to eat them? If it is, THAT ONE. My husband used to have a job where he worked out-of-state for a couple of weeks at a time, and that was the wrong time to read this book at night, in bed, alone in our apartment in a not-terrific part of town that always sounded vaguely like crime outside after 10 p.m.
Fledgling by Octavia Butler – It’s horrifying, yes, but in that psychological way that always makes me feel like I’m learning something. I don’t know how to explain it better than that. Can you even IMAGINE how horrifying it would be to have it slowly dawn on you that you’ve become a vampire?!