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Subject: First there was King...then Koontz....now what?
Date Posted: 9/19/2011 3:18 PM ET
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I love reading King and Koontz. Wondering if there are any other author's out there that have a similar writing style that anyone can recommend. Thanks!

Date Posted: 9/19/2011 4:33 PM ET
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Sarah Pinborough's writing style is similar to Stephen King's.  Brandon Massey's is similar to both Koontz and King.  You might also try Tananarive Due and Scott Nicholson.  All four have that easy, engaging style that draws you into their stories and keeps you going from one page to the next.

Date Posted: 9/20/2011 4:12 PM ET
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Try Joe Hill. Apparently he's King's son.

He hasn't written much yet, but I really like his stuff so far.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 1:30 PM ET
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Scott Sigler ... read Infected first. It's awesome.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 10:13 PM ET
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Bentley Little - I haven't read anything by him but a friend said if liked King & Koontz I would prbably like him.

Date Posted: 9/23/2011 6:00 PM ET
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I love Bentley Little, but his style is a little more aggressive/shocking than King's and he's not afraid to put children in some really nasty situations.  King will put a child in danger, but Little goes way over in this regard; just an advisory in case that sort of thing makes you squeamish.  Joe Hill is Stephen King's son and while you might see some similarities, Hill definitely has his own voice.  Heart Shaped Box is great, but I think Horns is even better.  Twentieth Century Ghosts is a pretty solid collection of short stories, but I prefer Hill's novels. 

Subject: alternate authors
Date Posted: 9/26/2011 9:43 PM ET
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I've really liked Richard Laymon. John Saul is next for me to try. What about Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, or Gord Rollo? Each of them is either on my TBR, Wish, or Reminder lists.

Date Posted: 9/27/2011 8:47 AM ET
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Someone recently recommended Brian Kenne. I loved The Rising, and can't wait to read more from him. This being said, it should be noted that I am not a big fan of king and definately not interested in Koontz.

Date Posted: 9/27/2011 5:03 PM ET
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Brian Keene is good, especially if you like zombies. Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum are good, both possibly a little more disturbing than King, depending on the particular novel you choose.  Lee is pretty twisted. Gord Rollo is AWESOME!  I love, love, love Gord Rollo. Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.