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Books That Make You Podcast

Books That Make You is a channel about all things bookish. Home to the The Books That Make You show with host Desiree Duffy of Black Chateau Enterprises. Where she discuses books with authors and experts, unraveling the inner pages of all the books that help make us who we are. BTMY also live streams bookish events as well as posting author readings and bookish contest on

Aug 31, 2019

Fear after all, is one of the great motivators. It has to be, it is what keeps us alive. We feel more alive when we are afraid because our existence depends on it. Blood rushes, adrenaline flows, it can feel good in a twisted sort of way—there are those among us who enjoy allowing ourselves to be fed fear like a junkie wanting drugs. 

We tend to be reactivewhen afraid. We tend to flock together for support and comfort—like sheep herding together to find protection from the wolves stalking them.

Whether the monsters are real or not doesn’t matter. Many people are easily manipulated by fear and that’s what matters. That my friends, is what’s truly frightening.

When we read a book that makes us afraid, we need to ask ourselves why? Does the monster in the book represent our fears? Do we like scary books because it gives us a mechanism to fight metaphorical monsters?

Author Mike Robinson knows a thing or two about monsters and fear. More cerebral than typical horror authors, Mikeis the writer of books that tend to be literary and psychological. Thrillers with subtext that slice into the core of human existence.  

Mike is the author of Skunk Ape Semester, The Prince of Earth, Dream Shores, and The Enigma of Twilight Falls trilogy, and many more. He is also a screenwriter and editor, and he is with us today on Books That Make You.