Now every week here at Bookstr, we dive into Bookstagram and search for accounts we think you would love or we feel radiate the right kind of energy! Right now, we’re Halloween obsessed, so it makes complete sense that we have been drawn to these three Bookstagrammers. We’ve talked with Natalie of @the.cozy.archives, AnnMarie of @_marenzell and Rachel of @tometraveler to get their honest opinions on some burning Halloween questions!
I love getting to talk with different Bookstagrammers and learn about what makes them tick! Running a Bookstagram account is not easy, despite what people might think. So let’s dive into our questions because we think that y’all will love Natalie, AnnMarie and Rachel!
Not everyone is into the spooky scary scene. We know that our three Bookstagrammers are avid horror and thriller readers, so what draws you into a new spooky book?
I’ve been drawn to spooky media all my life, starting with Scooby Doo and folk tales. Eventually, I started reading more horror and spooky books. I keep coming back to them due to their tense atmosphere and depictions of societal fears. I’m invested in the creative and gruesome ways that authors show our deepest fears.
Check out Natalie’s TikTok here!
A good horror story, to me, reads like poetry. It’s the intense feelings you are able to experience when you read something that is, to you, so unthinkable, that you are repulsed, outraged, horrified and quite frankly, scared.
Check out AnnMarie’s TikTok account here!
The world can be a dark, dangerous, and scary place, if we are being honest. I think I find familiarity in the fear and tension. They keep me on the edge of my seat, adrenaline racing, eyes wide, teeth clenched. Oftentimes, while I am reading I am also running scenarios in my head of what I would do in the same situation. Call it research, if you will.
Check out Rachel’s bookish business here!
The obligatory question is coming, we have to ask! Do you have any horror or thriller recommendations for us?
Some of my favorite horror/spooky books are: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon, White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson, The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky, My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones, and The Merciless by Danielle Vega!
And finally, do you have any additional bookishness you want our audience to know?
Some stories run so deep that they are so much more than just the scare. It’s almost therapy for a lot of horror lovers.
People read horror for many different reasons, this is just my own.
I read to feel something. And what’s more intense than pure fear?
There’s no shame in getting scared while reading horror. That’s the whole point! If it feels too scary and you are freaking out, maybe just read during the day. Turn all the lights on. Text a friend so you don’t feel alone. Fear is just part of the fun.
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