|Product detailsHardcover: 512 pagesPublisher: Dolphin Books/Doubleday; First Edition/First Printing edition (1987)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 038523452XISBN-13: 978-0385234528Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.7 inchesShipping Weight: 1.4 poundsCustomer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars65 customer ratings|
Scariest book I’ve ever read? That’s easy, but you’d never guess it if I gave you a hundred chances.
The last couple generations have seen more terrors than the ones we knew in the 1960s to 1980s. Today we’re plagued by mass shootings, killers moved by ideology, pathology or biology to act on their worst notions. Sure, the past had folks like Charles Whitman, the University of Texas clock tower shooter, but he was far from the norm — if anything’s normal when you’re talking about murderers.
What we feared when I was growing up were serial killers, and I’m going to clump Charles Manson in that group even though he doesn’t really fit. The Manson Family murders occurred before I was old enough to know a thing about them, but the seemingly random, horrific murders loomed over the 1970s like a foul-smelling fog.