Con­quer­ing fear of fear it­self

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When I was in high school, I read Stephen King’s clas­sic novel It.

For years I had seen it sit­ting on my par­ent’s book­shelf and I used to pick it up and AEip through it. I knew it would be a scary read be­cause even the cover was creepy. Plus, Mum told me it was about a clown and clowns re­ally freak me out.

Read­ing It prob­a­bly didn’t help me over­come my fear of clowns, but it did ex­pose me to a clas­sic hor­ror novel.

I was im­pressed that I Ånished read­ing the book, not be­cause it was more than 1000 pages, but be­cause I had been too fright­ened to read any Goose­bumps nov­els in pri­mary school.

The clos­est I got was bor­row­ing one, open­ing it and read­ing a cou­ple of pages un­til I de­cided it wasn’t worth get­ting scared.

But the thing with It was I didn’t Ånd it a very fright­en­ing read. Dis­turb­ing, yes, but scary, no.

What King man­aged to do in It was make the back sto­ries of his char­ac­ters more hor­ri­fy­ing than the crea­ture it­self.

It was when I was learn­ing about the things the chil­dren had wit­nessed or ex­pe­ri­enced that I felt scared.

Sure, Pen­ny­wise the clown had his creepy scenes — I will never forget Ge­orgie look­ing into the drain af­ter he loses his boat — but there was other stuff in the book that was much worse. I’m not go­ing to men­tion it in case you want to read the book. It’s im­por­tant to note that this stuff doesn’t ap­pear in the lat­est It movie and there’s prob­a­bly a very good rea­son it wasn’t in­cluded.

So for those of you who are too scared to pick up a hor­ror book, just re­mem­ber that it of­ten isn’t the crea­ture that is scary but the char­ac­ters them­selves.

It is cer­tainly a book that has stuck in my mind for the past decade and I doubt I’ll ever forget it.

For those of you who have found this col­umn a bit scary, don’t worry, the rest of

Week­end Life cer­tainly won’t frighten you. We have some great con­tent in this is­sue which I hope you will en­joy!

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