Monday, October 24, 2011

Author Guest Post! Angela Kulig "Skeleton Lake"

Irrational Fears (Make the Best Books)
Halloween props aren’t scary. Plastic bats and fluffy webs that resemble Santa’s beard don’t do it for kids anymore.
 Irrational fears make the best books.
For those of you who don’t suffer from irrational fears let me elaborate for you. If you have an irrational fear of spiders, you aren’t afraid of felt little things from the Halloween isle at Walgreens. You are afraid of giant eight legged creatures, with hairy feet, and a lust for human flesh. If you are afraid of zombies, those shuffling moaning D rate horror flick zombies aren’t going to do it for you; because you are really afraid of every person you have ever loved coming back to eat your brains. You are also afraid of having to put them out of their misery with your trusty shot gun.
If you are afraid of Skeletons pulling you into the deep, Skeleton Lake is probably not the best book for you. Really, I think it might just be me.
Skeleton Lake is not a horror book by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a book about love that will occasionally terrify you into thinking otherwise, but you will blink and it will drag you into something else. A different over powering emotion.
 For me the worst part of any fear is the anxiety of.
You know something is going to happen, you know it’s going to scare you and sometimes you will even like it. In the world of the paranormal that can happen any time, in the world of Skeleton Lake it can be on every page or with any lover or murderer.  Everyone at the lake is almost equally terrible and lovely at the same time. The bests of the lake would scare you with every breath if they weren’t so unequivocally human. If you your heart didn’t break for them, if you didn’t have to know what would happen next—even if it’s scary, even if it might kill you to know.
And that is all irrational fears really are, anxiety with a heart pounding, sweat inducing intensity that tells you something horrible could happen. Something unlikely but just as real. That’s why I look for, books that make me irrational, it’s not the fear of something imaginary that makes for a good book—it’s the fear that something unreal could be.  Even though your mind may tell you that mythical beasts do not exist, it’s always best when your body tells you otherwise.

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  1. Will there be a review of this book on this site? I would love to get your take on this story. Thanks.

  2. It's true. Irrational fears are the most interesting to read when you aren't reading about your own. ;)

  3. Anonymous - there will be a review, I'm still reading right now. :)

    Karen - all too true!