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Subject: Favorite Horror Writers
Date Posted: 11/12/2005 8:21 PM ET
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Ok, folks. I've noticed that there have not been a lot of posts here in the horror forum, and since this is my favorite genre, I thought I'd try to get some topics going. Also, if you like horror like me, you're also welcome to add me to your buddy list, and/or PM me :)

First topic is:

Who are you favorite horror authors, and name 3 books each that you like of theirs.

Mine are:

Stephen King (Of course)


1. The Stand

2. The Tommyknockers

3. Skeleton Crew

Bentley Little


1. The Ignored

2. The Resort

3. The House

Dean Koontz

1. Dragon Tears

2. Strangers

3. The Taking

Edward Lee

1. Infernal Angel

2. The Backwoods

3. Don't have a 3 yet.

James A Moore

1. Rabid Growth, no 2 or 3 yet

Simon Clark

1. The Night of The Triffids

2. Vampyrrhic

don't have a 3 yet

I have allot more, if anyone is interested :)

Date Posted: 11/12/2005 9:45 PM ET
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Yippee!  I swear sometimes I think I'm the only one that reads horror!  That's just about all I read.  Occasionally, I'll read a good mystery.

My favorites are:

Dean Koontz, John Saul, Bentley Little, Peter Straub, some of Stephen King and Ruby Jean Jenson...there's more, but that's all I can think of right now.

Thanks for your list.  I see a few authors I've never heard of and plan on checking them out...pronto!  Feel free to add me to your buddy list...I have the latest books by Little, Saul and Koontz and as soon as I finish reading them, I'll be posting...they are brand new hardcovers.  :-)



Date Posted: 11/12/2005 10:03 PM ET
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Ooooh, I want the new Koontz books :) Yum. :)

I have a bunch of John Saul in my collection I'd be willing to give up, if you're interested. They're older paperbacks of his. He never really floated my boat, except for one of his novels.

I also have some Robin Cook medical thrillers I was thinking about giving up too.

Date Posted: 11/12/2005 10:33 PM ET
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*gasp* LOL... John Saul never really floated your boat???  Wow..he's probably my number one favorite....I've read all of his books to date but his lastest one...which I just purchased.

Keep watching...or I can PM once I've finished the new Koontz and Little books.  Little is on the fast track to becoming my number one favorite author.  I loved The Resort, The Policy, The Store, The Walking and The Return.  Would love to get my hands on The Mailman. 

Someone told me about Richard Laymon...have you read anything by him?  I haven't read Cook either.  I have one of his books on my shelf...Shock.  I keep meaning to read it...I just keep pushing it aside for some reason.

Date Posted: 11/12/2005 10:51 PM ET
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Please PM me when you're done with the Koontz books, hopefully I will have some credits :) I have every single one of Bentley Little's books, they're all good :) They're on my keeper shelf though :) Along with my Stephen King, hehe.

I just put up 24 horror novels, including John Saul, Robin Cook, and Anne Rice.

I've read a few of Laymon's novels. I had 6 or 7 of his, but traded them all off already. I didn't care for him at ALL, except for two of his novels. darkness, tell Us, and The Traveling Vampire Show. The rest to me seem like "slasher" books, which I just don't like in particular - but he's a great writer.

Date Posted: 11/12/2005 11:33 PM ET
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I just checked out your book shelf...nothing grabbed me....yet...I'll keep checking.

Have you read False Memory or From the Corner of His Eye by Koontz?  If not, I HIGHLY recommened them...both are most excellent!  I read the Taking....I think that was the worst book he's ever written.  I had to force myself to read it...of course, it's probably just me, everyone else seems to like it.

From the Corner of His Eye is on my book shelf...brand new, hardcover....I know...I'm shameless!  LOL

My favorite King books are Bag of Bones and Pet Semetary.  I've read all of his too except The Stand...just couldn't get into that one.

I'm off to watch a movie...looking foward to more topics in this area!  :-)


Date Posted: 11/12/2005 11:39 PM ET
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:) have fun watching your movie, i just got a bunch of Horror Movies from Deep Discount DVD :)

I saw a couple books on your shelf I'd like, but I have to wait for more credits - they should be coming soon, I have a few books out.

I don't think i've read either of those Koontz books. I read Strangers and dragon Tears, then got out of reading him for a long time, and came back when he put out The Taking, which I did like (but I love end of the world stuff.)

I'm always putting up new stuff, so just keep looking :)

Date Posted: 12/6/2005 1:43 AM ET
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Poppy Z Brite:

1.  Lost Souls

2.  Drawing Blood

3.  The Lazarus Heart (the Crow)

Caitlin R Kiernan:

1.  Silk

2.  Threshold

3.  Tales of Pain and Wonder

Neil Gaiman:

1.  Neverwhere

2.  American Gods

3.  Death (comic series)

Clive Barker:

1.  Imagica

2.  The Great and Secret Show

3.  Everville

Basically, I'm addicted to fantasy/horror novels.  Part of why I make my living going to conventions (to feed the vicious addiction)  :)

Date Posted: 1/14/2006 6:11 PM ET
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I like Stephen King, love Skeleton Crew, Night Shift and The Stand.  Never been into Koontz although I have read at least 4-5 of his books.  My other favorites would be Clive Barker, Robert R McCammon and Neil Gaimon.  Another of my Keeper authors is Brian Lumley for his Necroscope series. 

The very first horror book I ever read was by John Saul.  It was Comes the Blind Fury.  I read it when I was about 12 and was still kind of hanging onto playing with dolls.  Reading that book about the spirit possessed doll cured me of that! :)

Date Posted: 1/15/2006 1:44 PM ET
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I haven't tried any Clive Barker books or any from Robert McCammon.  I do have Cabal sitting on my self to read at some point and I have McCammon's  Mine and Mystery Walk in my reminder list as well as Laymon's Island.  Have you read any of those?  If so, how'd you like them?

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Date Posted: 1/26/2006 11:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/3/2006 5:39 PM ET
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Horror is also my favorite genre.

A couple of months ago I discovered an author I have never even heard of.

Mark Nykanen    The first book I read by him was Bone Parade. Talk about horror...OMG...  After that I was hooked and had to have more. The next one I read was Hush   Which was also good. The next book is called Search Angel

Haven't read that one yet. it's on my wish list. These are the only 3 books I can find that he wrote. If anyone happens across anymore  Please, please let me know. If you truly want horror you need to check these books out. I don't think I will ever forget Bone Parade as long as I live. If anyone reads it ...please let me know your thoughts on it.

Date Posted: 2/3/2006 11:44 PM ET
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Thanks for the new author and the name of his books...I'm gonna check him out...asap. 

I just discovered Laymon.  I've only read one of his books...looking forward to reading more.

Date Posted: 2/4/2006 8:32 AM ET
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You are very welcome! Thank you for turning me on to a new author.

I just went and checked his books out. Oh, yeah I'll give him a chance. I added him to my reminder list. So very many ahead of him... I am starting a new book today... The other daughter/Lisa Gardner. My first time reading anything by her. Not sure if she fits in with horror. But it sure sounds like a great thriller/suspense.

Date Posted: 2/4/2006 1:22 PM ET
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I added your suggestion to my reminder list too.  Both the Bone Parade and Hush.  But, like you, there are so many ahead.

I've heard of Lisa Gardner.  I'm going to read her book The Perfect Husband.

Have you read anything by Bentley Little?  He's not for the faint of heart.   But I love his books.  My favorites, The Resort, The Policy and The Store.   So far anyway.  I have a few more to read of his.

Date Posted: 2/4/2006 4:02 PM ET
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Rubygirl--I've read Mystery Walk a loooong time ago but I did like it and I LOVED Swan Song.  Have it on my keeper shelf and reread every 18 mo or so.  I've read Cabal, The Great and Secret Show, Imagica, Weaveworld, Sacrement and Coldheart Canyon.  I began reading Clive Barker (Cabal first) after seeing the movie Nightbreed years ago.  It's a kinda B to C horror movie but I loved it and the soundtrack is gorgeous.  Barker is a strange man:)
Date Posted: 2/4/2006 4:48 PM ET
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I keep hearing about Swan Song.  I'm gonna have to read it.  I've read the cover and it doesn't sound all that great...but LOTS of people have told me differently.   That many people can't be wrong.  :-)   Have you read Mine?  I picked that up at a UBS a week ago.  

Barker sounds like he'll be right up my alley...he can not be any stranger than Little...or can he?  :-) 

Date Posted: 2/4/2006 6:33 PM ET
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No, I have never read anything by Bentley Little either. But now he is also on my list as well now. I didn't realize how lost I've been til I discovered this site. Also in line waiting for me to read is Mystery Walk. Don't know when I'll be able to though.  I have so many calling to me to read them. But I did start reading The Other Daughter... so far, so good. After this I will have to start closing my eyes and pick one to read. Starting to have trouble making up my mind as to which one to go onto to next.

But I'm loving it!!!!!!

Date Posted: 2/4/2006 11:02 PM ET
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I just learned of Bentley Little (on this site) and read my first book by him.  I quickly ordered another, and now have a number of his books on my reminder list.  I have read almost everything by Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and a number of John Saul, so I'm quickly running out of new books to read!!  LOL  My favorite types of horror books are the "supernatural phenomena"....  not vampires or dracula types. 

Looking forward to learning of more authors that write this type of horror!  :)

Date Posted: 2/28/2006 6:12 PM ET
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I read almost all horror.  True crime too. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Robin Cook, James Patterson, Johnathan Kellerman, Iris Johansan, Sue Grafton, Faye Kellerman, Mariah Stewart, Patricia Cornwell, William Diehl.   Too many to list
Date Posted: 2/28/2006 7:52 PM ET
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Wow, I feel like an idiot. I've never even heard of John Saul before seeing his name mentioned a few times on other forums.  Even some of the authors mentioned above I have at LEAST HEARD OF and have not had a chance to read, but now I'll have to check out some John Saul novels.
Date Posted: 3/3/2006 8:57 AM ET
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I do have A Dean Kootz book for all u Kootz buffs on my list.  it's By the light of the moon.  not very hoorror but it was interesting.  check it out if u haven't read it yet.

but does anybody know what The lovely Bones would be classified as? 

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Date Posted: 3/4/2006 4:58 PM ET
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I would consider The Lovely Bones basic fiction. At the very least a weak mystery. Not much woowoo for paranormal and definitely not romance. No bumps in the night to make it horror either. I wasn't too impressed with it myself.
Date Posted: 4/17/2006 5:24 PM ET
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I should've posted here sooner! I love H.P. Lovecraft. I don't know many of the modern horror writers so I enjoyed reading everyone's input.
Date Posted: 4/17/2006 6:47 PM ET
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i love stephen king with a passion, have since i was a kid.  my favorites are IT and the shining -- i've also got a deep affection for his short stories.  at the moment i've got all of my SK packed up in boxes to prevent myself from re-reading it all (again).

i just read my first john saul about a week ago (comes the blind fury), it was pleasantly creepy.  i also just read one called the house next door (by anne rivers siddons) which was also nice and creepy.