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Subject: You like horror?
Date Posted: 5/24/2008 1:26 AM ET
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I've had people say this to me too many times to count.  I don't fit their stereotype of what someone who loves horror should be.  It's so stupid.  The best reactions come from my students.  They do not expect an English teacher to be able to sum up the plot for almost every Stephen King novel.  They do not expect a teacher to love everything zombie. 

Do you ever shock people with your love of the horror genre?

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 12:02 PM ET
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I copy edit for a specialty horror publisher on the side.  When a relative learned about this, their response was "Why don't you edit something better, like Hemingway?"  Ummm, ok.  Thanks for the support ;)

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 3:32 PM ET
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I shock people all the time.  I find that those people are usually a little short on the imagination gene.  Oh well, we are not all created equal I guess.  *sigh*

 

 

gibby

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 1:38 PM ET
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It's funny isn't it? I think  people are even more thrown off when a woman loves horror or as my mother puts it...."trash." I have to say that I don't find alot of horror books at used  bookstores,garage sales,goodwill,ect. So maybe we are a relatively  small group.That's why I really like this forum.People here have great reccomendations on who/what to read:)

Stacy

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 2:28 PM ET
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People look at me as if I just flew in on an alien craft!!!  Apparentely I don't fit the "profile" either. I'm "girly" looking I guess. I had just finished reading Flesh Gothic by Ed Lee and read about scat porn and an employee was caught looking at this on the internet where I work and I was explaininig what it was and you should have seen thier faces!!! It was priceless!! I had never heard of this either (people are sick and twisted), but it was a very good book. Horror is my favorite with true crime as my second favorite.

There is nothing better than horror and my mom supports this but only reads true crime her self.

Christa:)

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 6:24 PM ET
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people seem to be shocked when they find out i read period. =\ then they really flip when they find out i love horror books/movies. /shrug kinda funny in retrospect.

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 10:15 PM ET
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It is VERY funny when people notice I love horror. I haave quite a large book collection. A very large portion of my library is devoted to spirituality, world religions in many shapes, sizes, and colors. The other segment of my collection is horror, not sure if anything this says about my personality or my subconscious. I sometimes try and explain it to people in order to try and allow it to make sense. What you read does not necasarily make you, it merely shows a small window into a very complex section of a large and diverse world, constantly changing, constantly re-identifying.

 

                                peace and blessings

 

                                                bill

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 1:19 AM ET
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I don't think I've ever been looked at askance for it. I think if some folks actually took a hard look at some of the titles in my library they'd have a few more questions, but most people just take it in stride.

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 8:36 AM ET
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Count me in on the love a good horror story!  I'm certainly not what most people would associate with someone interested in this type of reading - yet, I am !!

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 7:08 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/27/2008 2:57 PM ET
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When I was caught reading a particularly gruesome book on my lunch hour, one of my coworkers quipped "Does it scare you that she works with small children?"   Most of the other teachers in my building seem to live on a steady diet of romance novels, which I can't stand, but when they offer to loan me their latest treasure, I respectfully decline.  They, on the other hand, seem to have no problem telling me I shouldn't read that "crap".  I'll take a head ripper over a bodice ripper every time, thank you very much!

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 6:16 PM ET
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Frohike, I know just how you feel.  Luckily, I teach at the high school level.  I have a great time discussing horror movies and novels with some of my students.  It's really fun when some of the "tough" boys try to shock me with a horror movie they have just watched.  I usually know a lot more about it than they do and not only am I a teacher, I'm a girl.  In their eyes, this is not supposed to happen.   I think they'd faint if they ever got a glance at my DVD collection. 

My family thinks I'm odd becasue I have a collection of zombie novels and movies.  What's wrong with that?  Zombies are the only creatures that really scare me.  That said, my mother is the one who used to watch horror movies with me all the time when I was growing up.  I always tell her it's her fault. :)

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 8:52 PM ET
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Heh. I remember once a coworker asked what I was reading, so I told her I was reading some Lovecraft. She said "OOOOOH, Lovecraft. I bet I know what THAT's about." I just smiled. I didn't want to tell her I can't stand romance.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 1:05 PM ET
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I don't allow people to look at my bookshelf, I'm always afraid they would come away with a preconceived notin about me, not only is my shelf lined with nasty, bloody, horror stories, I'm into erotica, intense erotica that deals with submission and torture, my husband doesn't even know ,( thank god he doesn't read, hehe ha ha).  I'm 5'4 105 pounds, 33 year old soccer mom from kansas with four kids, maybe we shouldn't judge a person by the book ther're reading!

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 8:58 AM ET
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Karen, my students are also on top of the latest horror movies which upsets me to no end as they are 6-9 years old, special needs kids who have no business watching these things.  I LOVE horror books and movies from the good to the truly horrible, but it kills me that these little ones can quote chapter and verse the likes of Freddy Krueger.  Then the parents come to me complaining that their kids are suffering from sleep disturbing nightmares, but refuse to believe that the dreams of knife-wielding bad guys could possibly  have anything to do with the R-rated bloodfests they allow the kids to watch.  It's obviously something going on at school.  Aaargh!

Maya, LOL!!  You must offer to loan a Lovecraft to that coworker, just to see her reaction when she sees what it's really about.  I'd love to be a fly on the wall when she reads At The Mountain of Madness.  *g*

Amber, your bookshelf sounds a lot like mine, only I have a large collection of true crime to go along with my horror and erotica.  I'm a 46 year old special needs teacher with three now grown sons.  Personally, I enjoy showing off my shelf to the unsuspecting; it amuses me to see their shocked expressions.   ;-)

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 10:52 AM ET
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Frohike,   YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 4:42 PM ET
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"Karen, my students are also on top of the latest horror movies which upsets me to no end as they are 6-9 years old, special needs kids who have no business watching these things."

I agree.  I got into an argument with my para over this.  He doesn't see anything wrong with letting his three-year-old watch R-rated gore.  He is such an idiot.

Subject: I'll take a head ripper over a bodice ripper every time, thank you very mu
Date Posted: 6/21/2008 10:33 AM ET
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I Love this quote! 

Made my day.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 10:38 AM ET
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yup, i'm a real shocker.  a preacher's wife AND a reader of books with "questionable" content!