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Subject: Something Really Scary
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 2:26 PM ET
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I'm looking for a really scary read. Something that made you want to flick all the lights on. Lately I haven't been able to find a story scary enough to make me want to get up and make sure my doors are locked. I'm desperate fpr some recommendations!!

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 3:04 PM ET
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Joe Hill's "Heart-Shaped Box" was the first book in years to actually scare me a bit--the scene in which the protagonist first meets the ghost is pretty creepy, I think.

The rest of the book was enjoyable, but didn't sustain the creepiness, unfortunately.


Bob

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 3:24 PM ET
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I've read so many horror books that they don't really scare me anymore. I will admit that Stephen King's It was pretty creepy and most people I know that read it said they kept all the lights on while reading this book.
Date Posted: 3/1/2008 8:44 PM ET
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I have one on my keeper list of horror pbs called The Pines by Robert Dunbar - about the NJ devil running amuck in the pine barrens.  There are quite a few very scary scenes in that one and I think it's one of the best horrors I've ever read. I think there are a few copies available on pbs now.

Darn - never mind. As of today there are no available copies.  Keep your eye out for it though, it's a great horror story.



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Date Posted: 3/2/2008 11:01 AM ET
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I have The Pines on my keeper shelf as well. Great Book. I agree that you should keep your eyes open for it.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 9:40 PM ET
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Robert Dunbar was very unhappy with the treatment of The Pines.  There were a lot of cuts from the book (about 50-80 pages IIRC), and it removed some plot points as a result (many who have read the book do not realize the main character is African-American, for instance).  2006 saw the publishing of Dunbar's preferred edition, followed by the release of it's sequel, "The Shore".  The Pines should be rereleased by Leisure in it's uncut version, either very late this year, or early 2009, and The Shore will follow as a paperback as well.  Robert is working on the third book, which I believe is set in Hackensack.  Seriously.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 9:57 PM ET
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Ah, thanks for the info Steve, I had put this on my wishlist but will take it off and wait for the new releases.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 10:14 PM ET
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Almost anything by Bentley Little - The Association, The Policy, The Resort or The Store would be a good start.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 10:56 PM ET
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I love the Association and the Policy- those 2 still give me goose bumps when I think about them. The other 2 were good, especially The Store, but the Policy was really good.

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 11:38 AM ET
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I know this post is a highjack but thanks for those tidbits about The Pines.  I read about the sequel The Shore and can't wait for the pb release. The hardcover is not listed here yet and the prices on ebay are too high for my budget.

I love when authors use NJ (my state) as their setting... but Hackensack??? - I just read F Paul Wilson's Midnight Mass which also takes place at the Jersey shore & it was fun reading about vampires walking along the same streets where I vacation or visit relatives. Wilson is also a Jersey boy.



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Date Posted: 3/4/2008 12:31 PM ET
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The Shore is a limited edition, released at $50, and there is no ISBN.   It was really a collector's item, so I would be surprised to see it pop up on here, but I do know that SOME people post their limiteds, but I haven't seen too many.  He was serious about Hackensack (or it might have been Camden, but I'm pretty sure not), but IIRC it will be another year or two before it comes out in any form, it wasn't his primary focus at the moment.  There will be a short story collection from him (I'm not sure of the format) released (I believe) later this year, I'm thinking the name was Martyrs & Monsters.

Subject: scary reads
Date Posted: 5/16/2008 1:21 PM ET
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I agree with Bob B The Heart-shaped box was creepy.  And Stepjhen King will almost always have you turning on the lights or looking over your shoulder!

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 2:04 PM ET
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H. P. Lovecraft scares me more than contemporary horror writers, there is an antiquated style - and repeating themes - but I used to imagine some horrible things crouching outside my window when I read him.  I think he's yet to be bested in the genre, and Steven King has said so on several occasions as well.

thanks for the info about the Pines, folks - off to add it to my wish list.

 

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 9:36 PM ET
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Hi Ron,

    I read Lovecraft when I was younger, but I don't like him much.  I like some older horror authors, although I'm not that well-read in them yet, ie Arthur Machen, M.R. James, Oliver Onions, E.F. Benson, etc, but I just can't get into Lovecraft.  I do appreciate his influence on the genre, but......ehhh, he just doesn't do it for me

 

The Pines is coming out in November as the author's preferred version, with about 50 pages that had been cut out of the original added back in.  The basic story is the same, but it was really gutted when first published.  Leisure is also supposed to reprint (first time in pb), the sequel, The Shore, sometime in next year's schedule

 

--steve