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The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death & Gore Paperback – October 4, 2018
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Peter Laws does a great job explaining why so many of us take interest in the world of horror, covering topics such as ghosts, zombies, werewolves, vampires, and serial killers. He explains these fascinations with stories of his own personal experience, information from experts, and cited research.
I felt very at-home reading this book, and it helped me feel even more comfortable with my interest in all things frightening. I especially enjoyed the section regarding demons and ghosts, and Laws' thoughts on his faith in relation to these interests.
If you're a fan of horror, and have ever wondered if you're interests are "normal", give this a read. You'll find that you're one among many who love all things dark and spooky!
Every chapter was dedicated to a different horror topic and chapter one is a bio of the author. Whilst reading it I was so pleased that I had found someone else who had the same interests and even had the same type of friends and colleagues. Whilst I do not have a large Hammer House of Horror poster in my office, I collect creepy dolls and have macabre pictures in my lounge and yes my work colleagues think I am weird. Other chapters are Theatre of Blood, Wired for Fright, Hiding the Bodies, Zombies Everywhere, Killer Culture, The Beast Within, Deadtime Stories, The Haunted and Sister.
With each chapter you read, you get to learn more about the author as he always had a personal story to tell. Whether it was meeting George A Romano (so jealous) or touring a funeral parlour, he has done so much for his love of horror. Every chapter was packed with plenty of research, making this book an absorbing read and whilst I read it I learnt a lot about the history of the macabre. Included in the research were interviews with people who are experts in their field. Having all the research enabled him to argue both sides eloquently and he showed how his love of horror strengthen his faith.
Throughout this book I was googling facts as there were so many topics that I wanted to know more about. Living not far from Hull, I was extremely interested in the goings on there and unfortunately I made the mistake of mention the werewolf sightings to my teenagers and now my son wants to go on a werewolf hunt.
Whilst there was a lot of serious discussion, there was also some laugh out loud moments and I can just picture two grown men walking round Hull dragging two peppered steaks, hoping to lure a werewolf.
Finishing this book is a HP Lovecraft quote That is not dead which can eternal lie and with strange aeons even death may die, which I think sums up this book
This was a great read and whilst I do not read non fiction, I am glad that I have got the chance to read it. Now I’m off to read Purged, his horror novel.
Top international reviews
On the release day of The Frighteners I tweeted that it was the perfect book for horror fans. Well, I’d like to retract that statement, having now read it. I think everybody should read this book.
This book is written from a position of absolute passion and the gleeful way in which he applies his prose cuts through some of the more morbid subject matter.
The book itself is a charming journey into the dark side of culture which any one who has ever killed conversation at parties talking about that gross movie they watched. In fact, it's also pretty good for the rest of the party who sits there dumbfounded as the weirdo in all black grins as he describes in disgusting amounts of detail dismemberment after dismemberment. You guys may learn something new about your weird friend.
I had long enjoyed his column in Fortean Times magazine and was interested to see what kind of author he was.
The answer? An excellent one!
A great book to devour at once, or pick up from time to time when you are in a waiting room, it illicits curious glances from old ladies...
I particularly liked how comforted it left me. That my love of horrific stuff, and humanities fondness for gore, was not a sign of inherent malice, but a healthy release of emotion and a harmless diversion.
It reads so easily and quickly that before you know where you are, half a day has gone and you're half way through the book.From trips to Transylvania (jealous of that trip) to taking part in a Zombie Apocalypse adventure thingy (not so jealous of that trip), Mr.Laws invests a lot of time and effort making sure that you, the reader, aren't ashamed to be reading or watching this genre.
All in all, it's just a good book.So if you like anything that gives you that adrenalin rush of fear, this book is a must.And just remember, us weirdos are not alone. You just have to shine your light a little brighter so that the other weirdos can see you.