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22 February 2007 @ 10:36 pm
OMG! I can't stop freaking the fuck out.  
I'm in the middle of reading House of Leaves and I've freaked myself out several times already. I actually just almost threw the book across the room. Now I'm actually at the point where I'm kind of afraid just sitting here. And I really need to go to the bathroom, but there is NO WAY I'm going out into the hallway. And THAT is freaking me out! And the fact that I'm writing this is freaking me out. AHHH.

Please tell me that someone has read this and is still sane.
 
 
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rosiecat: LMS runningupanashad on February 23rd, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
And I really need to go to the bathroom, but there is NO WAY I'm going out into the hallway.

I've never heard of that book, but buck up your courage and go to the bathroom. Things will only get worse if you don't.
pandorapandora_17 on February 23rd, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
That is not true. I could go out and be trapped in an infinite abyss of darkness with no possible exit!
maka2000: Harold and Kumarmaka2000 on February 23rd, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
I'd never heard of the book, but now I want to read it!

In order to go to the bathroom, I'd say you should pretend you're encased in an invisible jelly like shell which will protect from any creepy crawlies that really aren't out in the hallway. Or, just run really fast to the loo while you have your hands over your eyes... just don't run into any walls.

Good luck with that!
pandorapandora_17 on February 23rd, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
You should! It is easily the most terrifying book I have ever read.

Except you might start fearing hallways. And you might have to keep the light on at all times.
maka2000: Bustermaka2000 on February 23rd, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
I bought that book today at lunch! I'm currently recovering from a very active vacation - so sitting at home reading sounds fun. Though if I start to fear hallways and find that I can't make myself run to the bathroom - I'll be forced to fling chicken jelly bits at you!
pandora: The Shining Twinspandora_17 on February 24th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
YEEEEES. That's only fair, but I will warn you now that it will make you feel both claustrophobic and agoraphobic at the same time. So you're kind of screwed either way.

You know, maybe we should start a book club.
tastes like rainbows: [misc] dark moods become mesweetcynic23 on February 23rd, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
What the hell is this book??? I've heard of it 'cause I have Poe's Haunted album, but I haven't got around to reading it. Another friend of mine was reading and he stayed sane. I think. I'm totally intrigued by this book now.

This reminds me of when I was 13 and home alone at midnight and reading "Salem's Lot" and I got so freaked out that I couldn't go down the hall to the bathroom, so I had to take a butcher knife from the kitchen to make my way down the hall. If I'm in my bedroom and I get freaked out I grab scissors. Heh.

I hope you have made it to bathroom by now. Maybe you can watch the Dexter ep that I just sent to calm down. Haha.
rosiecat: Hiro upanashad on February 23rd, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Maybe you can watch the Dexter ep that I just sent to calm down.

Oh, you're watching Dexter? What episode are you on? Isn't it GOOD?
pandorapandora_17 on February 23rd, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
Yes! I'm only on episode 6, but I'm HOOKED!
rosiecat: masked Dwightupanashad on February 23rd, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
ISN'T IT AMAZING? I love it so much. I think episode 5 was one of my favourites, I don't remember why, I just know I really liked that one. But it gets so awesome!
pandorapandora_17 on February 24th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
5 is when I decided Dexter + Rita = OTP. I don't even ship usually, but MAN I just can't help rooting for those two.

And what the hell is going on with this Ice Truck Killer?! Do we find out who it is? I NEED TO KNOW.

Have you read Darkly Dreaming Dexter? I have a feeling it's probably really good.
rosiecat: dexter shhhupanashad on February 24th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Do we find out who it is?

YES. That is why Dexter is awesome, because there is resolution and it is AWESOME.

Have you read Darkly Dreaming Dexter? I have a feeling it's probably really good.

Is that the book the show is based on? I heard it was really bad, actually, that Dexter comes across horribly in the book. But I haven't read any of it myself.
pandorapandora_17 on February 24th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
I just watched episode 7 and it just keeps getting better! ...So do we find out who his playmate is?

Yeah. Disappointing.
rosiecat: Dexter scared yet?upanashad on February 24th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
So do we find out who his playmate is?

His playmate? Can you elaborate? I don't remember the individual episodes that well?

But I do remember that episode 8 was really fucking good.
pandora: The Shining Twinspandora_17 on February 24th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
The person who's been leaving him messages. It wasn't the ice truck guy because he said he didn't know him, right?

I don't have access to episode 8! *cries*
rosiecat: dexter shhhupanashad on February 24th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
The person who's been leaving him messages. It wasn't the ice truck guy because he said he didn't know him, right?

Oh, okay. Yeah, I'm not answering your questions. I don't want to spoil you. All I will say is that everything gets resolved.

I don't have access to episode 8! *cries*

What! How can sweetcynic23 torture you like that? Dexter needs to be mainlined.
pandorapandora_17 on February 24th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
Is it someone he knows?! I have a strong feeling that it's someone he knows. I can't take this kind of anticipation!

She is a cruel and harsh mistress.
rosiecat: Olive dancing 2upanashad on February 24th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
I WILL TELL YOU NOTHING.
tastes like rainbows: [office] run michael runsweetcynic23 on February 24th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
OMG I'M ON IT. YOU'LL HAVE IT TONIGHT. DON'T SPOIL YOURSELF!
pandora: Kevinpandora_17 on February 24th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA. Everything about this comment is funny.

I'm going to watch it RIGHT NOW.
pandorapandora_17 on February 24th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
I KNEW IT! OH MAN. POOR DEB. THIS SHOW IS SO AWESOME OMG. FKDLSKFDJKLA.
tastes like rainbows: [JA] lonely in this placesweetcynic23 on February 23rd, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Dexter. I watched it when it was on and I've seen the whole first season so then I got pandora_17 hooked and I'm catching her up.

It is SO good! And now I'm sad I don't have a Dexter icon to go with this comment. Hmmm.

(I'm also in love with Heroes. Your icon made me think of it. :))
rosiecat: Dexter scared yet?upanashad on February 23rd, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
And now I'm sad I don't have a Dexter icon to go with this comment.

Like this one?!
maka2000: Dextermaka2000 on February 23rd, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Dexter.

You should go fill out my Dexter poll!
http://maka2000.livejournal.com/34744.html

I didn't think many people on my flist watched it. It's my favorite show I think. *flails*

**Pandora, you should NOT go to that link. It's spoilery. Only go there after you've finished the season.**
pandorapandora_17 on February 23rd, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
It's a complete mindfuck, is what it is! That's how I heard of it and then I read about how crazy it was supposed to be so I had to read it. You have to read it. I can't even do it justice.

Ha! I was reading part of it earlier and I was SO GLAD that I was sitting against the wall. I probably would have had a heart attack if there could have been something behind me.

I still haven't. YOU ARE A GODSEND. BLESS YOU.
tastes like rainbows: [misc] ciao bellasweetcynic23 on February 23rd, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
"A mental mindfuck can be nice!" You reminded me of that. Heh.

I'm totally going to read this. I remember flipping through it at a bookstore once years ago and seeing the mega-crazy stylization of it. I had no idea it was scary!

YES. Back to the wall is always a must with scary material. And lights. Lots of lights. And having a weapon beside you (now I sound crazy!) for the vampire/monster/serial killer/etc. makes me feel better too.

DUDE. I certainly expect you have NOW. YAY. I AM BLESSED. I'm going to bed right now but ep 7 is uploading so you should get that link when it's done. Look at me, being all fast! :)
pandora: Slut Janetpandora_17 on February 23rd, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yay! You must read it as soon as possible. Then we can talk about how horrifying it is!

Sound crazy? Heh. Weapons are not going to help you this time. And it takes your freak out (And you will freak out) and warps it around on you.

I am happy to report that I have safely made it to the bathroom and back. I am also excited about my mini marathon of Dexter! Woot!

(My icon works for both "mental mindfuck" and "being all fast". AWESOME.)
Rebecca: scary eyebeeker121 on February 23rd, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I have read this book. And yeah. I know exactly what you're going through. I was about half way through it while I was back home in WI and there's a door to a mini-attic near my room and I totally 'slept' with the lights on afraid to move for a night. I was afraid the attic would come and get me. I then took a three week pause from the book, so finishing it wasn't so bad because without the 'horrifying terror omg' of the midpoint so imediately informing the rest of the story it was somehow more bearable.

I picked it up at first because I was so intrigued by the font and type play that happens in the book. And it's easily the freakiest thing I've ever read; I even think it's worse than most movies.

But, I have finished the book and am still here. I advise reading it mostly during daylight hours if you can, that helps. Or with other people around.
pandorapandora_17 on February 23rd, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
I actually finished it this morning. It took me all of 2 days. It seriously messes with your hold on reality! You know, I was more afraid at the beginning and expected most of what happened in the middle. Until I got to Exploration #5 where I had read so much so fast that I was so disoriented and caught up in the different points of view that I flipped out at what Navidson had with him at the end of the tape.

Definitely. There is no way they could make a movie that would be as psychologically terrifying. The fact that it's so self aware is what freaked me out the most. And the whole thing is so complex that you can barely wrap you head around it.

Also, this is blowing my mind: House of Leaves. Leaves are book pages. So the house IS THE BOOK. HOLY EFFING SHIT.
Rebecca: flailsbeeker121 on February 24th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Wow I'm impressed you mainlined it. I found myself wanting to measure my house, and then deciding that I really didn't want to know.

I'm not usually a horror fan at all, and the friend I borrowed this from warned me that it was pretty hardcore but nothing could have really prepared me for how flat out freaky it is. It's been over a year since I finished it and I still randomly shiver about it.

My mind? Is also blown! And it makes me a little afraid to touch the book.
pandorapandora_17 on February 24th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
I hope I never have to do any home improvement because just the idea of measuring the house scares the crap out of me.

Yeah, I can't stop thinking about it. I keep throwing sideways glances around the house just waiting for a door to show up or a shelf to fall down. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have some claustrophobia issues for a long time too.

I didn't think anything of it before, but after the title revelation the fact that the cover is smaller than the book is absolutely terrifying. Eeeeesh. I don't know how it keeps getting freakier even after I finished reading it!
Rebecca: michael i ambeeker121 on February 24th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
Now I kind of want to reread the book, except totally not at the same time. I was talking to the friend who loaned me the book tonight and then had to walk several blocks home, and I swear someone was behind me the whole way. It's a book I'm actually glad I borrowed, this way it's not in my apartment.

It feels like we belong to some small cult now doesn't it? People who've read the book and survived. I think we should get badges.