22. “Goosebumps series” by R.L. Stine & “Harbor” by John Ajvide LindQvist
John Ajvide Lindqvist is the master of old-school horror, and his eery ghost story Harbor will have you sleeping with the lights on for weeks. Set in the icy desolation of a fictional Scandinavian island, Lindqvist creates a world of mysterious disappearances, dark magic, stalking phantoms, and an angry and insatiable sea.
Do you agree these were good compliments? What did you think of the books themselves?
Note: I have linked my reviews to each of the respective books as the titles in the beginning of this post. Also, if you have not read the books, I will likely have spoilers below so watch out!
I am really not a very big horror / mystery fan generally, but I figured I’d give these a shot for the sake of the challenge. And let me tell you, I DREADED reading these books. I was totally creeped out by “Goosebumps” even as I found the characters annoying and unrealistic. “Harbor” on the other hand, I just couldn’t finish so I’m not sure if I can say this is an honest comparison.
That being said, however, from the half I did read I would definitely say the suspense building and “grown up” monsters was certainly well done. Although I found “Harbor” excruciatingly slow, if you love suspense, I think it’d be perfect for you. I’ll be sure to recommend it to my friends who love seeing the latest scary movies.