I chanced upon this book while finding titles that fit into the categories of a reading challenge. I had heard of the author before, so it made me wonder if this book would be as good as his more “known” title.
I don’t read books from the horror genre often, but one of my friends recommended this book to me. The title sounded interesting, as did the name of the character. So decided to give it a chance.
For some reason, I’ve always shelved reading books of Gillian Flynn. When I saw this short book from the author, I thought this would give me an idea on her writing style.
I’ve read very few books in the genre of horror. But one aspect of the book that I feel makes a lot of difference is the ability of the author to get the reader to experience the scene, rather than just state it. That was what I was expecting when I took up Anmol’s collection of stories titled ABCs of Horror.
There are few books that seem to mix two genres, or traverse the fine line between the two. I don’t mind that, as long as they do justice to both. I’ve read romantic thrillers, comical murder mysteries etc. The blurb of this book promised a mix of horror and thriller, while throwing in an aspect that isn’t explored in IWE (or at least, not to my knowledge) — the undead or zombies. It also helped that I had heard about the author from friends as a writer who was established in the genre of horror.
Each genre has its own particular characteristics, I feel. A fantasy works best when magic is at the forefront and a mystery when it makes the reader interested to solve the crime along with the tale. The genre of horror works best when the words make the reader imagine the scene, rather than saying it directly. It is this that I look for when I take a horror genre book to read.