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The Scaredy Cat’s Guide to Becoming a Scream Queen

Some of us just weren’t born with a stomach for reading horror. 

Abandoned hospitals? Monster clowns? Calls coming from inside the house? Nope, nope, and nope. Not for us. We’re the kids who used to make a beeline right past the Goosebumps books in the library to our safer, cozier reads.

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But sometimes, especially during fall, even scaredy cats like us become curious…what’s it like to be a scream queen? 

Can we really read horror without promising ourselves a lifetime of nightmares? Can we digest reading the gore, suspense, and dread that our peers consume like popcorn? Is the only thing we have to fear is fear itself? 

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Turns out, it’s possible to line our soft stomachs with steel. To all the scaredy cats out there, get ready to get transmogrified. 

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STEP 1: READ IN A SAFE SPACE. Find the coziest nook you know. Put on your softest sweater, surround yourself with pillows, and get comfy. The stories you’ll be reading are creepy, so it’s good to offset that with as much coziness you can manage. It’s all about balance. 

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STEP 2: DIG INTO A SHORT STORY COLLECTION. It’s the perfect way to sample bite-sized horror stories without committing to the full meal. Think of it as a buffet. And remember, keep it short, not sweet. 

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STEP 3: TRY AUDIOBOOKS. Once you get a taste for what you like, dive into a novel-length audiobook. They’re atmospheric and great for listening to while driving or running errands. If you ever get too scared, turn down the volume for a bit for a softer, quieter listening experience, or just hit pause. And when your tolerance builds up, bump up the volume and go all in. 

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And that’s all folks! Have more tips? Let us and your fellow scaredy cats know! Until then, creep it real readers, and enjoy your plunge into horror! 

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  • Friend: Yeah, I'm not really a book person.
  • Me with blood shot eyes from crying and lack of sleep, empty wallet from buying books and paying overdue library book fees, aching body from constantly being in an uncomfortable reading position, emotionally drained from reading that heartbreaking scene, overwhelmed from the mountain of books on my TBR: You poor unfortunate soul.
Bookish Weaknesses
  • Innocent Cinnamon roll characters 
  •  Sassy villains 
  •  Faery books (A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Cruel Prince, An Enchantment of Ravens) 
  •  Bad guy love interest 
  •  Badass female characters in dresses
  • Nerdy female characters
  • Adorable, awkward but still manly male characters
  • Witty humor
  • Humorous writing style (ex. Demons at Deadnight and Obsidian)
  • Kickass monsters 
  • Characters I have stuff in common with
  • Male character knows he’s end game for female character but said female character is fighting it and this just amuses male character 
  • Tomboy female character who still likes girly things
  • Mates
  • Beautiful covers
  • Characters with compassion
  • Main female characters with brown, curly hair
  • Books with maps
  • Magical worlds
  • An intense, passionate, earth shattering romantic love that the world has never seen

Happy Pride Month, friends! 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski | The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson | Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark | Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig | The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich | Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall | Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde | Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne | David Inside Out by Lee Bantle | No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista | Whatever. by S.J. Goslee

my friend @kitty-is-not-on-fire wanted usuk fluff and who the f am i to disagree 

plus clingy alfred is best alfred!1 f ac t

so have this stupid doodle 

  • Person: All you did was read books this weekend...
  • Me: No. I fought a seven monsters, destroyed a corrupt government, rode a dragon, went through intense emotional pain, got some kick ass super powers, went back in time, joined a crime group and stole a shit ton of money, became the ruler of a nation, entered a dystopian army, was on the run, discovered a few supernatural creatures, traveled the world, made ten new best friends and fell in love with five different people...what did you do this weekend?