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".) 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.) So have at it! What are your favorite horror novels? Brief synopses, type of horror and general vibe would be greatly appreciated.