Just recently, I was asked to answer something fora contributor's page that aksed the question "What reading material do you have on your bedside table?"
I decided to answer truthfully, so I said: a horror anthology (Charles' horror anthology, to be exact), a business book, a fitness magazine (I train in my mind's eye) and a Bible.
Yes, a Bible. And I read it, too.
Putting down "Bible" was actually a minor dillema, as I didn't want to be one of those people who put down "Bible" just to souond deep or religious. Because, as you know, I'm not. I will say this though, it's one of the scariest books I've ever read, and a good inspiration for horror stories.
For example, from Deuteronomy 29: 53-57 (the Lord's warning to the Israelites for sinning -- this was when they were still in the desert just before Moses dies)
"Because of the suffering that your enemies will inflict on you during the seige, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you.
"Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children, and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating. It will be all he has left because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the seige of all your cities.
"The most gentle and sensitive woman among you -- so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot -- will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For she intends to eat them secretly during the seige and in the distress that your enemy will inflict on you in your cities."
Now that is hard core. Can you imagine that on the big screen? Stephen King has nothing on The Lord. But that is to be expected. After all, The Lord made Stephen King.