The books that scare me

Elizabeth Donald
13 min readOct 30, 2023

It probably sounds weird coming from a horror author, but I’m really hard to scare.

The best horror is that which takes the things we are afraid of in real life and turns them around into monsters that can eat us. Stephen King expounds on this philosophy at length in Danse Macabre, his nonfiction overview of the horror genre published in 1980 (significantly before the many twists and turns of the horror genre in the past 40 years, but it holds up remarkably well as a template, in my opinion.)

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Elizabeth Donald

Journalist for more than 25 years, freelance writer, editor, photographer, and fiction author. Subscribe at patreon.com/edonald or visit donaldmedia.com.