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