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Was looking for something before bed. šŸ„ø

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Perhaps not the brightest idea, but it was quite a fun listen.

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Too much shit here to process jeer, but yes!

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Donā€™t be mad but Iā€™m not quite an audiobook fan. Dramatized stories -- yes. Audible has The Sandman dramatized -- absolutely. But I did want to read it so... here.

https://talesofmytery.blogspot.com/2013/02/anthony-boucher-they-bite.html?m=1

LOVE it when you recommend stories!! ā¤ļø

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Thank you for the link! I struggle with audio books too - can't stop my mind from wandering.

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Agreed in regard to books. But I can stay focused on short stories.

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Aye, maybe the shorter format will work for me!

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I have a really hard time paying attention to someone reading to me on tape. My attention wanders -- theyā€™ll say something and Iā€™ll be off on my own story thread... šŸ˜Š

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For M. It was Whitley Stribers COMMUNION & for dad it was always FRANKENSTEIN

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My three sisters were most afraid of: THE EXORCIST, BLOOD MERIDEAN, & STEPHEN KINGS IT.

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I forgot that The Exorcist has that long preamble at the beginning. What a dry obstacle to get through before the story begins...

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Yeah what do we make of that? Do you think it was unnecessary?

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Not at all. There's a similar hurtle at the beginning of The Amityville Horror. They almost act like the massive "porch" that Victorian horror writers placed on the front of their stories. To set the mood? Because they were paid by the word?

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I couldn't see you doing that, though. Because of your oath to not waste any readers time.

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"Not appropriate for the mentally deranged!!!" I'm not allowed to listen!

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"This story is not intended to be listened to by the mentally deranged. Have them leave the room now."

I had to leave my room, darn lol

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Granted, that warning was a tad overdone.

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I read Night Shift by Stephen King when I was nine. It terrified me so much I wouldn't sleep with the book in the same room, but that didn't stop me going back to it until I'd finished every story.

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Clive Barkerā€™s ā€˜Books of Bloodā€™ are my go-to for short horror stories. Thereā€™s such a variety and theyā€™re all excellent.

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This story is gonna be challenging for me to get through but I'm still excited. I'm at the line, "...exiguous cluster of palms..." and had to look up "exiguous." Turns out it means small in size or amount. Why not just say small? Chuck, you gotta call out these Latinate words the next time he attends workshop lol

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Hey... Modernism.

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I see you your Friedkin reference . . . and I raise you an Haneke.

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Neat! You remind me of when I ā€œborrowedā€ a friends VHS copy of the exorcist and watched it at 13. Presently a non-believer it still sends chills up my spine.

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Still scariest movie of all time, don't you think?

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Yes. However Hereditary takes the #2 spot with a possible spot next to the exorcist.

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DID YOU FINALLY SEE BEAU IS AFRAID YET?!

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I did! It was amazing! Lot of critics donā€™t understand Kafkaesque filmmaking and should eat shit.

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I think it's his best.

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On the subject of non-horrifying books, I just wanted to take a second to thank you for recommending A.M. Homes. I had never even heard of her until you mentioned her. I just read The Safety of Objects and was absolutely blown away. Those stories are going to stick with me for a long, long time.

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"He's got three fingers on his right hand now, which looks funny as hell when he gives a benediction."

Sent my cereal out my nose!

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What church uses a flimsy veil?

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Chuck, do you ever get jealous?

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Umm this entire YouTube channel is amazing. Thanks for sharing this!

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Reminded me of my mother finding my collection of H.P. Lovecrafts stories. They were in English though, and she canā€™t read it properly, what scared her so much were the illustrations which perfectly portrayed this horror of the unknown, because you literally couldnā€™t tell what the hell you were looking at. A few minutes later, my beautiful collection landed in the trash

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As did my lovely stash of porn. Mothers!

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My parentsā€™ off-limits books that I had to sneak-read were Fear of Flying and The Happy Hooker.

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Had no effect on your future whatsoever lol

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Iā€™m at the part where he says, have the mentally deranged leave the room now I donā€™t know whether to keep listening or not

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