I don’t really get scared by books – most likely because I don’t tend to read scary books. Scary films are great, I can watch them every day. I get suitably scared and then I get over it. Scary books generally don’t appeal to me. The genre just doesn’t beckon to me. Also, when a book scares me, I tend to get scared and stay scared, or at least jumpy, for about a day.
I hope this doesn’t put anyone off reading Dark Matter, because it is a truly amazing novel. Even if you are of a delicate constitution, read it in the daytime with all the lights on, all the doors locked. I made the mistake of reading it at night, in a creaky noisy house. The writing is superb, and both the landscape and the ‘ghost’ are so vividly portrayed.
Would you rather read a scary book or watch a scary film?