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Subject: modern Lovecraftian-esque novels?
Date Posted: 9/15/2014 12:45 PM ET
Member Since: 4/21/2014
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Ever since watching the amazing movie, In the Mouth of Madness by John Carpenter. I've wanted so badly to read Sutter Cane's books. Obviously it's a fictious author and the books don't exist, but these are the kind of books I love! Body horror and cosmic horror, monsters and dark secrets. I think Cane (the character) was supposed to inspired by Stephen King and Lovecraft. Now I've read Lovecraft's stuff, and I love it, but I wish it was written in a more modern dialect. I have a hard time reading it. And Stephen King's stuff never scared me. I am not easily frightened. Is there any authors/books similar to Sutter Cane's? Below are the fake book covers for the movie. I'm mostly looking for Lovecraftian esque writers/novels. Please don't recommend stephen king (i read his stuff already.) I like Brian Keene alot but his books aren't really long enough. I also really like Bentley Little. But I want books about monsters and/or ppl turning into monsters and other macabre things. However I want a stand alone story, one that isn't set in the mythos, and i don't want books/novels written in H.P. Lovecraft's prose, the way he wrote was a bit hard to understand.

 

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Date Posted: 9/17/2014 7:45 PM ET
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Laird Barron is the first author that comes to mind, great modern stuff, not over-purpled Lovecraftian pastiches, Try Imago Sequence.  John Langan also writes similarly.  You would also do well to check out Brian Lumley, Specifically his Haggopian and Taint collections.  His Titus Crow stories are good, but a little more Lovecraftian-esque in nature, although you might like his take on the Dreamlands.

Date Posted: 9/17/2014 9:02 PM ET
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Thanks I'll take a look at it. Brian Lumley just seemed to write the Necroscope series which didn't interest me, neither did his Crow stories.

Date Posted: 9/19/2014 9:13 PM ET
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Maybe take a look at Algernon Blackwood or Graham Masterson.  Possibly even Robert Bloch's That Hellbound Train or T.M. Wright's People of the Dark.