The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
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You have from October 1st to Halloween to post about the book which scared you the most as a young reader and the book which scared you the most as an adult.
Okay, I've never been a fan of horror, so I avoid scary books and movies, but I've managed to read/see a few in my time.
BOOK THAT SCARED ME AS A CHILD:
BOOK THAT SCARED ME AS AN ADULT:
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
As an adult, I still find this book disturbing. The idea of creating a monster, then rejecting it, is a sad scenario, but it did open up new lines of thought about science. Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.
Shelley had travelled in the region of Geneva, where much of the story takes place, and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her future husband, Percy Shelley. The storyline emerged from a dream. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for weeks about what her possible storyline could be, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made. She then wrote Frankenstein.
Thanks to Wikipedia for most of the information contained herein.
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