Horror novels recommendations

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  1. Scott Weinberg

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    The sci-fi novel thread was fantastic to read through, and I notice that someone is also interested in discussing fantasy fiction, but I thought I'd do a thread on a book genre I actually know something about (at least a little): horror novels.
    Like most fans of horror fiction, I've read almost all of Stephen King, tons of Clive Barker's early stuff, a whole lot of Dean Koontz, and more than a little Robert McCammon (whose Swan Song is freakin' amazing). (I'm not an Anne Rice fan.) And like any self-respecting and literate monster fiend, I also enjoy Poe and Lovecraft - although my tastes generally run towards more "modern" fiction. ("Modern fiction" as in "the crap that gets published nowadays".) [​IMG]
    I vaguely remember an old horror thread in which I expressed my adoration for Brian Lumley's Necroscope/Vampire World series. I enjoyed that collection so much that I'm considering reading it all again...and it's TEN fat novels long!
    Before I do that (and after I finish reading The Return of the King), I'd love to discover some new horror authors. Sloppy gore is preferred, but not essential. I'm going to do a little research at a few horror sites, and if any of your recommendations match up with something that catches my eye, I'll be sure to pick it up and thank you when I enjoy it. (And if I don't, you can reimburse me through PayPal.) [​IMG]
    So have at it! What are your favorite horror novels? Brief synopses, type of horror and general vibe would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Malcolm R

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  3. Julie K

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    HP LOVECRAFT!!!
    HP LOVECRAFT!!!
    HP LOVECRAFT!!!
    I know from my movie tastes, one would expect me to enjoy sloppy gore in my books too which is exactly not what you get from Lovecraft. Strangely though, Lovecraft is really the only horror author I enjoy. Although I do enjoy other horror authors when they're writing in Lovecraft's universe.
    (I'm really wishing now we had a 'Books' forum [​IMG] )
    EDIT: Sorry, I just noticed you did say you read and enjoyed Lovecraft. I'm a little quick on the draw when I sense a chance to suggest HPL. [​IMG]
    I will take this chance though to suggest "Resume with Monsters" by William Browning Spencer which is about a man who was exposed to the works of HPL a little too early in life and is now haunted by Azathoth and the rest of the boys in his workplace. It's hilarious and brilliant.
     
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  5. Steve Christou

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    Brian Lumley is the man, I have more horror from him than any other author, hang on let me cut and paste from my datafile, here we go, I see from Malcolms post that I'm a bit behind on my Lumley.
    I'm also tempted to start re-reading some of these again...
    Beneath the Moors
    Compleat Crow ,The
    Dagon's Bell and other Discords
    Demogorgon
    Fruiting Bodies and other Fungi
    House of Cthulhu ,The
    House of Doors ,The
    Lord of the Worms
    Mythos Omnibus 1
    Mythos Omnibus 2
    Necroscope
    Necroscope 2 - Wamphyri
    Necroscope 3 - The Source
    Necroscope 4 - Deadspeak
    Necroscope 5 - Deadspawn
    Necroscope 6 - The Lost Years 1
    Necroscope 7 - The Lost Years 2
    Psychomech
    Psychomech 2 - Psychosphere
    Psychomech 3 - Psychamok
    Return of the Deep Ones
    Second Wish and other Exhalations
    Vampire World 1 - Blood Brothers
    Vampire World 2 - The Last Aerie
    Vampire World 3 - Blood Wars
    ps. Some of these books are very Lovecraftian, but updated with gore aplenty, the unspeakable Cthulhu is in a couple of these, just don't mention its name, oh shit I just did.[​IMG]
     
  6. Julie K

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    Steve,
    I've been tempted to try Lumley's Cthulhu (hey, I'm not afraid to speak His name [​IMG] ) Mythos works but am a bit concerned about Derlethian influence. I'm not at all a fan of Derleth's ideas.
     
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    Julie, forget Derleth, read the Mythos and enjoy Lovecraftian horror Brian Lumley style.[​IMG]
     
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    I won't recommend individual books, but pretty much anything by Richard Matheson (except for "Earthlight") is worthy; "I Am Legend" is one of the greatest 'horror' novels ever written. Robert Bloch is also highly recommended.
     
  9. Julie K

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    I particularly enjoyed "Strange Eons" by Robert Bloch. But then, it does feature a certain soggy tentacled Great Old One...
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    If you can find a copy, get 'The Dark Country' by Dennis Etchison, a collection of short stories. Etchison's one of the most underrated horror writers of the late 20th century. His stuff is just waayy out there and fascinating. This guy doesn't publish his works too often, another good compilation of his is 'The Blood Kiss'.
     
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    You may want to give Richard Laymon a try. I would definitely start with "Traveling Vampire Show". A fantastic combination of childhood nostalgia and the creepy fun of the old pulp E.C. horror comics. Laymon is not for all tastes, as he tends the lay it on heavy with the sex, gore & violence [​IMG]
    Other horror writers I really like are
    -Douglas Clegg
    -Poppy Z. Brite
    -Jack Ketchum
    -Caitlin R. Kiernan
    -Ramsey Campbell
    I also highly recommend checking out the GOREZONE BOOK FORUM [​IMG]
     
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    A very long time ago, I read a book called Head Hunter by "Michael Slade." I have, uh, "fond" memories of it, because it quotes the Clash's "Jimmy Jazz." [​IMG] I remember it being a good read. Parts of the ending become obvious part-way through the book, but the culprit was a bit of a surprise. (I think it was a surprise to me; it's been several years. I remember the plot, but that's about it.)
    Anyway, I recommend it.
    The only Stephen King that I really enjoyed was the four novella Different Seasons. I have heard that his early work is worthwhile.
     
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    I humbly suggest SUMMER OF NIGHT by Dan Simmons; somewhat in the Steve King vein and a good quick summer read.
     
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    Ah. Guess that show where I left off! [​IMG]
    Keep the titles coming, guys! Thanks!
     
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    McCammon's Swan Song was definitely awesome!!! I loved how it started and ended with "Once upon a time..."

    British author James Herbert also has some horrific novels...the Rats series features some classic setpieces, and The Dark was one of the few horror books that made me check my house to see everything was ok...

    I've only read a couple of Lovecraft...At the Mountains of Madness is old style writing (not a lot of dialogue) but has a spectacular climax. Dagon, for a 7 page short story, is very unsettling. I've heard the Case of Charles Dexter Ward is also very good.

    Also try Dan Simmons' Carrion Comfort and a book called Lamia by a Travis ?... Lamia is brilliant.

    Joe
     
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  18. Scott Weinberg

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    You guys are helping me build a nice reading list.

    Keep the scares coming.

    Favorite vampires?

    Short stories?

    Sci-fi horror?

    Haunted houses?

    Tammy Faye centerfolds?
     
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    Favorite vampires, eh. If you can find them, I highly recommend a pair of short stories by E.F. Benson called THE ROOM IN THE TOWERand MRS. AMWORTH. One of my favorite haunted house stories is this beautifully atmospheric ditty by A.M. Burrage called SMEE. For me, these short stories are to be savored like rich pastries and should be read on summer evenings when the wind is rustling the trees ever so gently.
     

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