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bschulte
PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:43 pm  Reply with quote



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When it comes to horror reading, I'm almost entirely a short story kind of guy. The only full-length novels I've read are from King. What I'm hoping to do here is to get some recommendations from those of you who read horror novels. In your opinion, what is the best (or what are the best of you want to make a list) horror novel(s) out there? Any kind of detail you want to go into would be welcome. I'm thinking of picking up Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub's Ghost Story and then go from there. I'm going to ask this on several of my favorite horror forums to get a good cross-section of opinions. Hopefully this can serve as a good starting point for other "novel noobs" like myself.
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The Girl Next Door

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yeah, Jackson and Straub are wonderful points to start. might check Straub's SHADOW LAND, too; I think it's even better than GHOST STORY (and I think GHOST STORY rocks). otherwise, I'd say Clive Barker's DAMNATION GAME, Bentley Little's THE HOUSE, maybe Richard Matheson's I AM LEGEND or Poppy Z Brite's LOST SOULS (both...). and yeah, like Lord Cthulhu said, THE RELIC.
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Some of my favorite horror novel(ists) are (not counting King, Straub and Jackson who are great places to start):

Clive Barker: "Damnation Game", "Weaveworld", "Great and Secret Show" are my favorites of his. And if you like shorts, "Books of Blood" is mandatory reading for any horror fan.

William Blatty: "The Exorcist" -- I imagine you've heard of this one.

Ray Bradbury: "Something Wicked This Way Comes"

Ramsey Campbell: "The Doll Who Ate his Mother", "The Hungry Moon", "Ancient Images"

Jonathan Carroll: "Voice of Our Shadow", "Land of Laughs", "Bones of the Moon"

Child and Preston: "The Relic" (a lot of their stuff is more thriller/adventure, which I enjoy as well)

Mark Danielewski: "House of Leaves" (though most definately not for non-adventurous readers)

Tananarive Due: "My Soul to Keep", "The Living Blood", "The Good House"

Katherine Dunn: "Geek Love"

John Farris: "Wildwood", "Fiends" (though probably best known because a movie was made out of his "The Fury")

Raymond Feist: "Faerie Tale"

Mark Frost: "The 6 Messiahs", "The List of 7"

Thomas Harris: "Silence of the Lambs", "Red Dragon"

James Herbert: "The Dark", "The Magic Cottage", "The Fog" (He's written a ton and is kind of considered the Stephen King of England)

Brian Keene: "The Rising", "The Conquerer Worms"

Jack Ketchum: "The Girl Next Door", "Off Season", "The Lost"

Caitlin Kiernan: "Threshold", "Silk", "Murder of Angels", "Low Red Moon"

TED Klein: "The Ceremonies" (a fantastic 1-hit wonder novel)

Dean Koontz: I'm assuming you've heard of him. His formula has gotten old, but I liked the 80's stuff he did like "Twilight Eyes", "Phantoms", "The Bad Place"

Jerzy Kosinski: "The Painted Bird"

Joe Lansdale: "The Drive-In", "The Nightrunners"

Richard Laymon: "Travelling Vampire Show", "Funland", "The Cellar"

Tanith Lee: "Sabella", The Secret Books of Parydis series

Ira Levin: "Rosemary's Baby", "The Stepford Wives"

Jeff Long: "The Descent"

HP Lovecraft: "At the Mountains of Madness", "Case of Charles Dexter Ward"

Brian Lumley: The 1st 3 "Necroscope" books and the "Blood Brothers" trilogy

George RR Martin: "Fevre Dream" (and even if you don't like the genre, his fantasy books are outstanding)

Graham Masterton: like Laymon, can be trashy but fun. "Feast", "Prey"

Richard Matheson: "I Am Legend", "Legend of Hell House", "Stir of Echoes"

Robert R McCammon: "Swan Song", "Boy's Life", "Wolf's Hour", "They Thirst ... and of this 80s output is money. Shame he stopped writing for so long.

China Mieville: "Perdido Street Station", "The Scar" ... reminds me a lot of Barker's early fantasy.

Kim Newman: "Anno Dracula"

Tim Powers: "On Stranger Tides", "The Anubis Gates", "Last Call", "Stress of Her Regard"

Anne Rice: She hasn't been good for a while, but I still think the 1st 2 vampire books and "Witching Hour"/"Lasher" are great modern gothic horror.

Phil Rickman: "Candlenight", "Curfew", "December"

James Rollins: For those who wished Preston/Child wrote more monster books like "Relic". For some reason he's always shelved with guys like Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler. But books like "Subterranean" and "Ice Hunt" are filled with monster mayhem.

Theodore Roszak: "Flicker", "Bugs"

Sarban: "The Sound of his Horn"

Dan Simmons: "Summer of Night", "Song of Kali", "Carrion Comfort" (and while not strictly horror the Hyperion series has many horror elements and is one of my all-time favorite novels of any genre)

John Skipp and Craig Spector: "The Bridge", "The Scream", "The Light at the End". For too short a time, these guys ruled the "splatterpunk" genre.

Michael Slade: "Ghoul", "Ripper" (though all of their Mountie thrillers are great)

Theodore Sturgeon: "Some of Your Blood"

Patrick Suskind: "Perfume"

Thomas Tessier: "Finishing Touches"

F Paul Wilson: "The Keep", "The Tomb", and any of the "Repairman Jack" recent novels are really good.

That should keep you busy for a while Very Happy Actually, everyone has their own tastes. But if you like horror and can handle Stephen King I can't think why you couldn't get into horror novels by other people (and despite what book store selections might indicate, there is more to horror than Andrews, Cook, King, Koontz, Lumley, Rice, and Straub).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:52 pm  Reply with quote
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Lots of good stuff already mentioned... but if you're gonna pick of Shirley Jackson, don't just get pick up The Haunting of Hill House.... pick up We Have Always Lived In The Castle. It's a lesser known work of hers that I've always thought was fabulous.
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Aaron2010
PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:35 am  Reply with quote



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2 words....

Swan Song.

If you've read The Stand by Stephen King, then this is a must read. There are some who think it's better than The Stand. I think it's just as good. It's a full length novel for sure.

There are many novellas as well. I am Legend being one of the best. White by Tim Lebbon is also excellent.
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Richard Matheson: I Am Legend and Hell House (Not "Legend of Hell House;" That's the title of the movie adaptation.)

Ira Levin: Rosemary's Baby

Bram Stoker: Dracula

and one of the creepiest books ever:

Caitlin R. Kiernan: Silk
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brainee
PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:02 pm  Reply with quote



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Stephen Jones and Kim Newman have a couple books called "Horror 100 Best Books" that I found great for giving me lots of reading ideas (100 + loads of honorable mentions and essays on all the books by leading horror figures). They're still in print.
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Oooh, The Stepford Wives too... it's short but it's one of the few books that ever gave me the creeps.
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Toshio
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:54 am  Reply with quote



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Did anyone ever read "The Scream?"

It was a rock and roll horror novel, that focused on a rock band of demons and their cult-like following.

I read this when I was in high-school...and was sportin' a mullet

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Aaron2010
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:46 am  Reply with quote



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Never read THE SCREAM. But I'm sure it's great. Look who wrote it. Skipp and Spector
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Some excellent choices listed here.
My two cents : Ed Lee. Just don't read his work on a full stomach.
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