What Books Scared the Pants Off Me
The world's most compulsively readable writers share the novels that unexpectedly thrilled and terrified them. (Wait till you see what the author of Wolf Hall chose on slide two).
"I'd just moved into my first home, a minuscule studio apartment, when I read Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot
. I lay curled in a tight ball in my bed, terrified there'd be a rap at the window (on the seventh floor), and I would combust. I'm afraid I can get completely wrapped up in stories and lose track of reality. That's not always a bad thing, though maybe it's best not to discuss what happened when I read Fifty Shades of Grey.
— Louise Penny, author of The Long Way Home