Stephen King. I have never been so frightened from a story than one written by King, and no one has been able to give me that same fright. The weird thing is that I haven't read one of his books since the 1980s. I don't even own a copy of his books anymore! The last book I read was Pet Sematary. It scared me so badly that I had a week's worth of nightmares and I decided it was time to give Stephen King a rest for awhile. I still remember those dreams.
Life got busy, my reading tended toward required college texts, and then I figured that there must be another author out there who could scare me as much as King and the search began. But, no other author has done it. Was I so frightened because of my age (I started reading King in middle school I think) or because it was the first time I had read adult horror? I need to find out.
I'm picking up a copy of Salems's Lot this week and I'm hoping it scares me almost to death or at least makes me read it during daylight hours only. Thank you Stephen King for instilling in me a sense of unease when I walk through my dark house. I now remember it was you that played a large part in sparking my love of Halloween.