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Subject: Is John Saul "Horror" or "Thriller"
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 9:58 AM ET
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I've had a few John Saul books waiting to be read so I ordered some more. But some were listed "Horror: some "Mystery/Thriller" and some both.  I checked stopyourekillingme.com and he wasn't listed. I usually avoid "Horror" because I don't care for monsters, blood and gore. I don't read Steven King.

So What is John Saul? and is he worth reading?


Date Posted: 8/22/2008 2:27 PM ET
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I would tend to put John Saul in the same category as King

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 3:43 PM ET
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I would say Horror because his books rely heavily on paranormal events or odd happenings. I think of Dean Koontz when i think Thriller because his books are more often about human beings screwing with other human beings... stalking, hypnotism, messing with their minds, etc.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 1:16 PM ET
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I think he is mostly classified as "horror", though sometimes you'll see his stuff in the "suspense" section if a store has such a specific area. It seems to me from what I remember of his books they are a mix of supernatural / horror (like Tracey said). I've found his stuff to be very hit-or-miss... the good ones are very good, but the bad ones are stinkers.

Hope that helps! :-)

PS - Here is his page on Fantastic Fiction, which is a GREAT author resource site!

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 1:22 PM ET
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Definitely horror due to the supernatural aspect. He is my favorite author, definitely worth checking out!!!!!!!

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 7:03 PM ET
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It depends on your definition of horror. Most of the time I would say Saul is not horror. Supernatural doesn't mean horror to me. Anyway, he uses supernatural influences in some of his books. Others are almost completely free of this influences. His latest book f. e. had nothing to do with "horror".

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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 2:33 AM ET
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Horror.  Personally, I think he stinks.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:21 AM ET
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He's hit or miss with me. I like a lot of his stuff and some of his stuff is just cheesy