Alright, there is a scene that I'm going to do in my novel where the protagonists reach this town where all the inhabitants are dead. However, the townspeople are hanging from trees, poles, etc. with their throats cut open and blood draining into pots. (for a certain reason) I discussed this with a friend of mine from school and she said that it would be too much for a first book and it was over the top. I gave an example of Stephen King and how gruesome he was in his own books, and she said it was nothing like that. What do you think about this?