Discussion Forums - Horror

Topic: What's your Favorite Horror author and/or novel?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Sunnie - ,
Subject: What's your Favorite Horror author and/or novel?
Date Posted: 4/7/2008 6:12 PM ET
Member Since: 3/16/2008
Posts: 4
Back To Top

I read every genre but my favorite is good horror.  Nothing gorey.  I am always looking for a new author or book to read that will give me the heebee-jebees like a good ghost story...

Any recommendations?

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 7:40 PM ET
Member Since: 2/18/2006
Posts: 230
Back To Top

Hi Lori,

My favorite author is Stephen King. I read Ghosts by Noel Hynd and it was really good. Also Blood Crazy by Simon Clark and The House Next Door by Anne River Siddons were both really good books.




Last Edited on: 4/8/08 7:41 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 11:47 AM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2007
Posts: 1,739
Back To Top

I like Stephen King, probably Cell the best and am really into Brian Keene.

Last Edited on: 4/9/08 11:47 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 2:54 PM ET
Member Since: 10/2/2007
Posts: 1,278
Back To Top

Favorite horror novel of all time is easy, that's The Shining. For sentimental reasons, if nothing else.

Favorite horror novel that I've read in the past decade would be Greg Gifune's The Bleeding Season.

Favorite author is tough. Twenty years ago, I would have immediately said either Stephen King or Clive Barker, but both have disappointed me since (more so King than Barker). How do you choose a favorite author? Is it just the number of enjoyable novels? Or is it a function of how much you enjoy the novels? Or is it a calculation of good novels divided by bad novels? It's too complicated, I can't pick a favorite author.

But favorites included Greg Gifune, Jeff Strand, Ray Garton, David Schow, Joe Lansdale, and Joe Hill. Honorary mentions to Thomas Tessier, Ed Lee, Jack Ketchum,  Dan Simmons. And King and Barker, of course.

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 3:04 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
Posts: 129
Back To Top

The Beast House books by laymon, all time fave!

Subject: Nobody beats King
Date Posted: 5/16/2008 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 2/29/2008
Posts: 151
Back To Top

Stephen King is one of the best!

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 3:29 PM ET
Member Since: 3/12/2007
Posts: 257
Back To Top

hmmmm.......that's a tuff one.  I just finished The Sanctuary by Richard Laymon-it was a good one.  I too, am like Bob-it depends on the book-although I am quick to grab Stephen King, Dean Koontz and I'm just getting into more authors-and LOVING it!!!  I have found more thrilling writer than King.

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 3:45 PM ET
Member Since: 5/7/2008
Posts: 15
Back To Top

I'm not sure about favorite author, but my favorite horror novel, as well as one of my favorite books period, is Season of Passage by Christopher Pike.  It is a horror novel with elements of sci-fi and fantasy mixed in.  The basic plot is about an expedition to Mars, which needless to say, goes very wrong.  Definately creepy, but with quite a good story as well.  It is a bit gory in a few parts, but also relies a lot on generating a creepy atmosphere. 

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 12:43 PM ET
Member Since: 7/8/2006
Posts: 791
Back To Top

Stephen King and his book IT.Also love Richard LAymon who I found through this forum:) And Clive Barker/Bentley Little!!


Date Posted: 5/24/2008 5:24 PM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2007
Posts: 543
Back To Top

Summer of NIght by Dan Simmons

IT by Stephen King

The Attraction by Douglas Clegg

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough

I've got more, but those are ones I can think of off-hand.
Date Posted: 5/26/2008 8:40 AM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2008
Posts: 3,775
Back To Top

Dean Koontz & Stephen King.  Too hard to pick just one!

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 12:05 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2008
Posts: 57
Back To Top

i really like bentley little,but started out reading stephen king.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 3:04 PM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2007
Posts: 4,582
Back To Top

Roofworld by Christopher Fowler is a great read, creepy, thought-provoking and not too bad in the gore department.  The Dwelling by Susie Moloney might fit the bill.  Not too gory and one of the best haunted house stories I've read in many years. 

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:10 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2008
Posts: 32
Back To Top

I love King and Koontz too.  I also enjoy John Saul & Clive Barker (although I hated Imajica).  I've really liked some of Anne Rice's novels, but some just angered me (The Witching Hour was awesome book until the end).  I really liked Ramses the Damned.  The master is Lovecraft, but I don't think he's for everyone.  I know there are many more authors, I'm just drawing a blank right now.