Recommend some good horror books?

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#1 Posted by immortality20 (8543 posts) -

I'm a huge horror fan when it comes to books, my favourite of course is Stephen King. I've read and enjoyed every one of his books. I also enjoy short story anthologies (Best New Horror is great for this), but having trouble finding some good new authors or books. What are some of your favourites?

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#2 Posted by lamprey263 (34372 posts) -

I read Stephen King's IT last year and really enjoyed it, didn't so much care for how it ended, seemed kind of redundant in the sense it basically overlaps the confrontation with the monster when they were kids and again when they were adults back to back... other than that though the rest of the book was pretty good, really hooked me and was an easy page turner for such a large book. I was going to recommend that personally but being as you're already a King fan I figure you have. I read it back when I heard that there's plans to re-adapt it to film. I started The Shining but never finished. Keep thinking of starting it over but I start reading something else. Want to go back to finish it though to read Dr Sleep.

Anyhow, I'd like to read more Stephen King, being as you're a big fan it'd be nice to know which books of his were your favorite.

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#3 Posted by immortality20 (8543 posts) -

@lamprey263 said:

I read Stephen King's IT last year and really enjoyed it, didn't so much care for how it ended, seemed kind of redundant in the sense it basically overlaps the confrontation with the monster when they were kids and again when they were adults back to back... other than that though the rest of the book was pretty good, really hooked me and was an easy page turner for such a large book. I was going to recommend that personally but being as you're already a King fan I figure you have. I read it back when I heard that there's plans to re-adapt it to film. I started The Shining but never finished. Keep thinking of starting it over but I start reading something else. Want to go back to finish it though to read Dr Sleep.

Anyhow, I'd like to read more Stephen King, being as you're a big fan it'd be nice to know which books of his were your favorite.

While I enjoyed all of his work for the most part, the top books (that you didn't mention) are probably The Dark Tower series, The Stand, Salem's Lot, Misery, Carrie, Pet Semetary and Insomnia. I could just keep on going though, what an author.

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#4 Posted by airshocker (31700 posts) -

Swan Song by Robert McCammon. It's a pretty terrific post-apocalyptic book.

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#5 Posted by foxhound_fox (96539 posts) -

Alan Moore's run of "Swamp Thing".

Granted, it's a comic, but Moore fully and completely grasps what "horror" is and how to utilize it to maximum effect.

Also, "House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski might apply as well. More experimental fiction that straight horror, but it can be unsettling at times (just not in a grotesque or disgusting manner).

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#6 Edited by Hatiko (4669 posts) -

Alvin Schwartz has some scary books like his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, though they are meant for children, they are still creepy. And the art, well, that stuff is not suitable for children.

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#7 Edited by immortality20 (8543 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

Alan Moore's run of "Swamp Thing".

Granted, it's a comic, but Moore fully and completely grasps what "horror" is and how to utilize it to maximum effect.

Also, "House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski might apply as well. More experimental fiction that straight horror, but it can be unsettling at times (just not in a grotesque or disgusting manner).

I heard lots of great things of Swamp Thing, have to pick up some graphic novels sometime. As for House of Leaves, I did read it but not a huge fan, maybe because of the style. It was just kind of hard to keep interested and be a page turner for me.

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#8 Posted by Boddicker (4332 posts) -

I've mostly read Stephen King, but I remember The Damnation Game by Clive Barker being quite good.

I don't read much horror. I'm more of medieval fantasy/scifi/post-apocalyptic kind of guy.