Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1. Scary Stories by Schwartz & Gammell. I never actually got a chance to read them until I was an adult; I was too terrified by the pictures to actually take it out of the library.
2. The Soulforge by Margaret Weis. I really liked Raistlin. I still do. Fight me.
3. Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. The root of my love for violet eyed characters.
4. The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. My mother promised Barker would scare me sleepless. It didn’t work.
5. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. I read everything by Stine I could get my hands on, and my parents actively encouraged me reading these books.
6. Alien by Alan Dean Foster. A novelization of the 1979 film, which became one of my favourite films of all time.
7. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. What sparked my love of genetics and computer science. Teen hacker girls!!
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker. My first novel nemesis. It took me multiple tries to get through until I finally defeated the damn thing.
9. The Dark Half by Stephen King. The sparrows are flying.
10. The Omen V by Gordon McGill. Inspiration for a lot of my early writing that focused on demonology and Christian mythos.
I kept it to books that I read before I was around 12 or so. Several I read because it was readily available to me and I was voracious for anything I could get my hands on that was even hinting at remotely scary, whether I understood what was happening not. My parents basically let me have free reign over my own reading material, including the stuff in the house (international spy novels, true crime/serial killers, and horror & fantasy fiction).