I was tagged to share my Constant Reader story by both @brettplaxton and @darknutmeg (who also tagged me to share #myhorrorreadingjourney 🤗
I grew up in a very “horror positive” household. My mom watched Evil Dead when she was pregnant with me (apparently horror was her big craving), my dad watched The Exorcist with me when I was 9 … I had a lot of great influence 🙌
My mom loved and manically collected King. She would buy his books the day they came out, and always had a hardcover and paperback edition of each. I remember carefully pulling down these monster-sized books and gawking at the beautiful covers (IT was always the one that I loved the most). I read Goosebumps when was around 7 or so, but around 9-year-old I was pretty desensitized to most horror for kids because I had been consuming horror for adults. My mom said I could read one of her books, and I picked Carrie. And thus began my lifelong career as a Constant Reader.
I read The Shining next. I was sick for a few days, so I had to go to work with my mom. I remember curling up on a couch in the break room and reading the entire day. I couldn’t get enough. The came Misery, Dolores Claiborne, and then The Green Mile. They were first released as those wee little books. About a month apart each. My mom would buy them they day came out, read it that day, and then next day I got to read it. I read it again when it was released as a whole novel and it had an entirely different impact on me.
King has this amazing ability to invite you in the lives and hearts of his characters. And growing up with his books makes a person feel like he is an intricate part of their lives.
I didn’t read as much as I should’ve throughout high school and in my early 20s, but I started again when I was around 24, and I began my journey of reading/ re-reading his bibliography (chronologically) a year ago. Not including his new releases that are due this year, I have 36 left! I’m itching to read another.
Also, I think my collection is actually complete!
I actually never read any other horror until two years ago when I discovered Bird Box 😍
I’m going tag @aru.by @brittreads and @phoeniksreads to share their stories as well!