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LISA (LisaRC) -
Subject: What is the best horror book you have read?
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 5:13 PM ET
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I am trying to pick out a few good haunt books for October to read...I have;

Horroween by Al Sarrantonio
Castaways by Briane Keene
Faces by Tim Lebbon
Infinite Angel by Ed Lee

What is the best horror book you have read?

Subject: Halloween Reads
Date Posted: 9/24/2009 3:17 PM ET
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It by Stephen King

Pet Cemetery by Stephen King

Phatoms by Dean R.  Koontz

Now you've got  me thinking what's on my TBR shelf I could read for Halloween.  I also have Castaways by Keene so I guess it's that time

of year to put it on the top of my  pile. 

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 8:22 PM ET
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Anything by Bentley Little. The Association, The Policy, The Store would be my first choices.
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 11:58 AM ET
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I second the Bentley Little - The Policy and The Association are my faves.
Date Posted: 10/4/2009 5:38 PM ET
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There are so many to choose from and it really depends on what frightens YOU. The ones listed are all good and here are a few more,

Al Sarrantonio - The Orangefield series
1. October
2. Hallows Eve
3. Horrorween
4. Halloweenland

Toybox is his best collection of short stories.


Garfield Reeves-Stevens - Nighteyes

Graham Masterton - The Manitou
Both book and film are terrifying. I saw the film before reading the book and it gave me nightmares. It's dated and looks a little cheesy now, but it is a good horror film based on a great horror novel.


Tim Lebbon - Berserk
Think about it for a moment. You're out in the field digging up a body when then bodies hand reaches up and grabs you.
How do you react?
The premise has been used and abused in films everywhere, but it still works when done right. Berserk was done right.


Bentley Little - The Revelation
While he has a ton of great stories, I believe this one that stands above all others.


Stephen Laws - Chasm  and/or   Darkfall


Rick Hautala - Little Brothers


Gary L. Hollman - Howl-O-Ween


If zombies freak you out, the books by Brian Keene are among the best, if not the best of all. You can pick from any of his in my opinion. Although Dead Sea is a stand out story. then there is The Conqueror Worms, an award winning GREAT book!

 

Finally, the author who's stories have terrified me from the very beginning...HP Lovecraft. His Cthulhu Mythos and all the tales set within are the most frightening ever...to me anyway. there was a time years ago when I actually had to get all his books out of my apartment. Just having the books there freaked me out. HPL wrote mostly short stories and a few novellas, no novels of fiction to speak of.

I would read these anthologies to begin with.

At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Novels of Terror and Dagon: And Other Macabre Tales.

Subject: Hardcore Horror
Date Posted: 10/6/2009 4:55 AM ET
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Swallow the Leader by John Cleve

I was Dora Suarez by Derek Raymond

Junkie by William S. Burroughs

The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 9:40 AM ET
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The October Country by Ray Bradbury

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

The Stand by Stephen King



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Date Posted: 10/7/2009 5:53 PM ET
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Flesh Gothic by Edward Lee was a good one

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 8:04 AM ET
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anything good with a good haunting?? That's the type I like, not blood and guts so much lol...

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/23/2009 4:00 PM ET
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anything good with a good haunting?? That's the type I like, not blood and guts so much lol...

Both Blood Debt and Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff are non-gory haunting books, though they are part of series.

 

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 4:16 PM ET
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oh thanks sounds good will look those up! What series is it out of?

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 6:46 PM ET
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I have just started the Nightside series by Simon Green and I am really loving it.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/23/2009 8:15 PM ET
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Jeanette, The books are from two interconnected series; the first is the "Blood" series and the second is the "Smoke" series.  I always get the titles confused in my head, but here's a link to Tanya Huff's fantasticfiction page: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/tanya-huff/

(Note: they call the Blood series the "Victoria Nelson" series after the main character, though that is not an official title.  In house they were called the "Blood Noun Books.")

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 8:31 PM ET
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thanks so much I did a bit of research myself and seems to be a very interesting read! 

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 12:13 AM ET
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anything good with a good haunting?? That's the type I like, not blood and guts so much lol...

Ghost by Noel Hynd

Anything by Tamara Thorne or Sephera Giron

The House That Jack Built by I think Masterton

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 8:12 AM ET
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I've read Ghost and yup that is a good one thanks for the other recommendations :D

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 2:44 AM ET
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"anything good with a good haunting?"

Softspoken by Lucius Shepard

I have also heard great things about Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest


"What is the best horror book you have read?"

Hands down for me is Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 3:52 PM ET
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Anything good with a good Haunting:

Judith Hawkes:  ' Julian's House' and ' My soul to Keep'

Very subtle, but creepy.

And the Lovecraft 'Chtulu' Series.  I agree with the poster who said he wanted them out of the House. I was so happy when my son packed them up and took the books with him.