It’s finally October, that brief time of year when everyone is trying to get scared. My friends are all watching The Haunting of Hill House
and I’m keeping myself up too late reading stories on r/NoSleep
, which you can tell is scary because of its ominous black background. The forum has over 12 million subscribers and it features thousands of terrifying stories; it's a natural first stop if you want to freak yourself out.
I didn’t expect to talk about the Internet so much, before I started this column: I am still very dedicated to analog literature, bookshops, and IRL book clubs. As it turns out, though, it’s been difficult to write about books without writing about the Internet. I might still buy paperbacks, but the way I read — and what I read — has absolutely been shaped online. This is especially true for horror, where I’ve pretty much given up on reading published books...