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Subject: Looking for Suggestions
Date Posted: 8/8/2007 1:37 PM ET
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Recently, I've been looking into reading some horror books.  I've never read any at all.  Anyone have any suggestions?  Good authors? Favorite books? 

Thank You!!

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 2:41 PM ET
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Dean Koontz's Watchers, Lightening, Odd Thomas. Just about every one of his books are fantastic. Stephen Kings The Stand is a book I read once a year. These are my two favorite authors. I know I have Dragon Tears on my bookshelf by Koontz. There are so many good writers of Horror out there. I would start with one of the above books but I'm sure by the end of today you'll have many other thoughts on who you should start with. I have at least 13 Horror books on my bookshelf with more on the way. CindyM
Date Posted: 8/8/2007 5:18 PM ET
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Cindy, You are now down to 11 on your horror list ; )

Ashley I would go along with Cindy's suggestions. Start out light before getting into the the hard stuff. I really loved the Odd Thomas series.

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 6:12 PM ET
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The Odd Thomas series is an excellent suggestion! They were great!

 

Christa

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 9:25 PM ET
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Anna: Thanks!!! I love horror. I just discovered Edward Lee. WOW. What an imagination. I've read City Infernal and Monstrosity. I have a few more on the way. I just finished Creepers by David Morrell. Not exactly horror but chilling and damn interesting. I'm posting that tonight. I will send your books out tomorrow. I'm always interested in finding new authors of horror. Any suggestions???? CindyM
Date Posted: 8/9/2007 1:02 AM ET
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.   Just looked up Odd Thomas on here and amazon.... I like what I read.  I'll have to check it out.  Even better it's a series... I love series books.  I'd like to read a Stephen King book also.... you'd recommend The Stand as my first book of his to read?

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 7:49 AM ET
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The Stand is an amazing book and if you love (like i do) mega size books, The Stand is the book for you. It's a wonderful story with characters that you really get to love. It's scary, but very interesting. Your basic good versus evil. Another great King book is It. most people will agree it's one of his scariest. Good luck trying to pick just one of his books as your first. CindyM
Date Posted: 8/9/2007 11:57 PM ET
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I love horror! Great suggestions! some of my favorites are John Saul, Ruby Jean Jensen, Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, Douglas Clegg, Sarah Pinborough and.. I know I'm forgetting some, so many great authors out there. I have quite a stack of horror in my TBR pile to get to, I just wish I could read faster because I know there are so many great authors I have yet to get to.  I have quite a bit of horror on my shelf, too, so if you see any authors you're curious about, please PM me and I can tell you what I thought of them.

Cindy: I just discovered Edward Lee this year, too! So far I read The Backwoods & City Infernal.  I have Infernal Angel, Monstrosity & Flesh Gothic on my TBR, I'm not sure which to go for next. How did you like Monstrosity?

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 8:04 AM ET
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Brenda: Since I've only read two of his books (monstrosity & City Infernal) I liked City Infernal better. Monstrosity was good don't get me wrong but.......I don't want to say to much since you haven't read it yet. I have Infernal Angel on the way to me. I'm going to check out your bookshelf and see what goodies you have. I also have horror on my book- shelf. I'm reading: Naomi by Douglas Clegg right now. He's my new author. Never read anything by him but on my TBR pile I found Naomi and Neverland. Have you read any Dean Koontz??? Love all his stuff.
Date Posted: 8/10/2007 12:30 PM ET
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I would also recommend some of the horror classics. Dracula is a frightening and sensual book, a great read. I would also suggest the great Shirley Jackson, especially 'The Haunting of Hill House' and 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle'. The master Richard Matheson's 'I am Legend' and 'Hell House'. Anything by Edgar Allan Poe. Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Minister's Black Veil' and 'Young Goodman Brown' are subtle, yet just as frightening.  As for Stephen King, I would first recommend 'Salem's Lot, Christine, Cujo and The Shining ( a true horror masterpiece).  i would also suggest 'The Dead Zone' by King, it has one of my favorite characters of his, Johnny Smith. Also, any of his short story collections, 'Different Seasons', 'Skeleton Crew', 'Everything's Eventual' are great.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 4:49 PM ET
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Cindy: you're very welcome! I have only read Backwoods from Edward Lee. I just got Flesh Gothic yesterday in the mail and will be getting Monstrosity from you... Can't wait to read them both. Some of my other horror authors I love are Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, Bentley Little and Mark Nykanen. All though Nykanen has only written 3 books. I read all three and want more stuff from him. Bone Parade is my favorite by him.

I have never read anything by Douglas Clegg but I do have Naomi on my tbr pile.

Ashley: I hope you come to love horror as much as we do!

Edit to add I love John Saul too. I think I have read all his books and one of my very favorite is called"Black creek Crossing.I will be posting it Sunday morning after I get it back from my daughter. She loved it too!
Ashely, John Saul books would be good for just starting on horror too.



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Date Posted: 8/10/2007 5:18 PM ET
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I agree with Brenda's choices and would also add Sarah Rayne.



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Date Posted: 8/11/2007 9:14 AM ET
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My favs are anything from Clive Barker, John Saul, Steven King, and R. Patrick Gates.  Any of those authors I highly recommend.  Very scary if you want to be scared to turn out the lights any of their books are perfect.  I just ordered The Hellbound Heart (Clive Barker) it was the basis for the movie Hellraiser, which Barker is in the process of remaking to stay more true to the book. 

Date Posted: 8/13/2007 3:44 PM ET
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I'd also like to add Scott Nicholson. So far, I've only read The Farm, but I loved it!

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 6:45 PM ET
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I wouldn't call Koontz a "horror" novelist...he's more of a suspense writter...with a few disturbing parts.

Date Posted: 8/28/2007 4:32 PM ET
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I suggest  Mark Mark Nykanen books, he wrote Bone Parade, Hush and Search Angel These books keep you on the edge of your seat.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 12:28 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/25/2007 2:12 PM ET
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i love ghost stories--not really sure why, except maybe i love to see into the author's mind.  i keep anything by clare mcnally, james blaylock, noel hynd,  barbara rogan, john saul, minette walters, and  dean koontz.  i don't care very much for stephen king, since he seems simplistic now.  i am also not a laymon or straub fan. i have some douglas clegg, but he isn't a favorite, either--too gruesome. i horde everything by preston and childs!

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 10:12 PM ET
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What about Misery by Stephen King? i love that book, i'm trying to get through IT but its so long! and the writing is tiny!

Date Posted: 10/10/2007 10:04 AM ET
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Let me just add a couple of titles that haven't been mentioned yet:

  1. Sineater by Elizabeth Massie - The story here is tense, but what truly makes this book frightening is its atmosphere.  Massie's description of the geography and events in rural Virginia make the reader feel truly isolated.
  2. Midnight Mass by F. Paul Wilson - A dramatic departure from the intelletual, self-absorbed vampires of Ann Rice in favor of vampires that are truly evil.
  3. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons - Nostalgia tale and horror story all in one.
  4. Tales by H.P Lovecraft - Really, I recommend any collection of Lovecraft's works, but this one contains all of his best: "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "The Call of Cthulhu", "Herbert West - Reanimator", "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and a host of others.  Lovecraft ranks with Poe and King as the biggest influencers of the genre.
Date Posted: 10/16/2011 11:53 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/4/2012 6:29 AM ET
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Necroscope by Brian Lumly.  Maybe not for starters though, as it can be very gruesome.  Heavily influenced by Lovecraft.  Robert Bloch has some excellent horror, as does Fritz Lieber.

Subject: Horror books that became films
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 11:03 AM ET
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