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Subject: Maybe I should ask here
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 9:14 AM ET
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Recently, on "Gems" I asked about John Saul and only go 2 responses. Perhaps this is a better venue.

Are John Saul's books Horror, Thriller,  Mystery, or some combination? If Horror, what kind? I generally do not like blood and gore or monsters. I do not read Steven King. Trying to decide rather or not to begin reading him. Are the books stand alones or series? I didn't find him on stopyourekillingme.com.


Date Posted: 8/26/2008 10:25 AM ET
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Haven't read him in a long time (and thnk I only read one or two). I know he is usually shelved in the horror section.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 1:13 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, and they are 90% stand-alone books - the exceptions being the "Blackstone Chronicles" series. 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 6:08 PM ET
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I've read a couple of Sauls years ago and I would put him about like Dean Koontz. They are like a mystery/horror with a bit of weird mixed in. I've certainly read scarier horror if that is what you are worried about. He did the Blackstone Chronicles in the late 90's (6 books) and everything else seems to be a standalone.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 11:53 PM ET
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In our store we put him with Koontz and King  & label the section "Horror & supernatural Thrillers". 

Date Posted: 8/29/2008 6:49 PM ET
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I think they could be classified as horror, but I like them and I don't like really scary things.