I'm Touring The United States! Starting in June, I'm conducting private events in 23 American cities. Click here for full details.

Post Reply 
Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
Author Message
2Wycked Offline
Ostrich
****
Gold Member

Posts: 2,607
Joined: Apr 2013
Reputation: 130
Post: #1
Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
[Image: lovecraft-shadowoverinnsmouth.jpg]

Please, share any recommendations you have for horror books or authors.

No need to share Stephen King or Lovecraft, as most of us already know their reputations and contributions.

Outside of Thomas Harris's Silence Of The Lambs, I don't have much to share literary-wise and I am more looking for suggestions.

Old Chinese Man Wrote:  why you wonder how many man another man bang? why you care who bang who mr high school drama man
(This post was last modified: 11-05-2014 02:02 AM by 2Wycked.)
11-05-2014 01:58 AM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
Beyond Borders Away
Peacock
******
Gold Member

Posts: 7,408
Joined: Aug 2011
Reputation: 251
Post: #2
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
Well, if you haven't read everything King wrote before 2000 - especially his short stories - you still have a lot of reading to do. His later books have become diluted, but his older stuff is pretty hard to match. And the stuff he wrote as Bachman almost feels like another author.

To answer the question, though, be sure to catch Clive Barker's "Books of Blood."

Dean Koontz can be contrived sometimes but he has some very good books out there. One that stands in my mind from over the years, though I probably read it as a teenager, is "Watchers." You may have seen the movie.

Edgar Allen Poe is timeless.

While not categorized as horror, "The Game of Thrones" series does have enough of the elements to invoke you with some of the same emotions and could probably fit into the genre as much so as fantasy. It's one of the best series I've ever read.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you'll be lonely often, and sometimes
frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Kipling
(This post was last modified: 11-05-2014 02:24 AM by Beyond Borders.)
11-05-2014 02:05 AM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[-] The following 1 user Likes Beyond Borders's post:
d'Aversa
Rutting Elephant Offline
Pelican
****
Gold Member

Posts: 1,106
Joined: Nov 2012
Reputation: 7
Post: #3
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
Maugham's The Magician.
11-05-2014 02:08 AM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
Kitsune Offline
Pelican
****

Posts: 1,094
Joined: Mar 2012
Reputation: 10
Post: #4
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
What sort of horror?

If you're into Lovecraft, you can work backwards through the Gothic classics: Dracula, Frankenstein, Woman in White.

Or you could look at the time period: Robert E. Howard, etc.

Or you can go forwards. King was influenced by people that Lovecraft influenced: a good place to start would be Richard Matheson's book 'I Am Legend' (its better than the film.)

It changes a bit when you get to Stephen King and contemporaries because King dominated the whole genre for so long. I like James Herbert's work. It's very similar to King but very British. You could also give American Psycho a try.

21st Century horror has become a bit 'SJW' infested, lots of sexuality and socio-political stuff at the expense of monsters, hence you should go to older stuff first.
11-05-2014 07:06 AM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[-] The following 1 user Likes Kitsune's post:
SteveMcMahon
SteveMcMahon Offline
Kingfisher
***
Gold Member

Posts: 588
Joined: Jun 2014
Reputation: 104
Post: #5
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
This guy, Luke Smitherd:

http://www.amazon.com/Luke-Smitherd/e/B007K1CY8S

He's self-published, but one of those self-published authors who can actually write and tell an interesting story.

His stuff is great. Maybe not pure horror as in haunted houses, evil clowns and whatnot. He writes more science fiction / paranormal / horror, but always interesting.

The Stone Man is very, very good.

The Physics of the Dead is excellent.

The Black Room is good too, though I was slightly annoyed by the main character's oneitis.
11-05-2014 04:25 PM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
Seamus Offline
Woodpecker
**

Posts: 391
Joined: Jan 2012
Reputation: 13
Post: #6
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
World War Z by Max Brooks is one of my favorite books of any genre. It's absolutely fantastic, and I regularly give it as a gift.

The construct is an oral history of the zombie war, so it's basically just a series of short horror stories taking place in the same universe, which keeps things fresh and lets Brooks hit a bunch of terrifying scenarios.

I never saw the movie, because I heard it completely deviated from the book. Anything but a hard-R horror flick would've been a disservice.

Also, anybody read House of Leaves by Danielewski? It was a bestseller a few years back. I heard it was really good, but not from someone I particularly trust
(This post was last modified: 11-05-2014 09:44 PM by Seamus.)
11-05-2014 09:41 PM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[-] The following 1 user Likes Seamus's post:
Monty_Brogan
Moma Offline
Peacock
******
Gold Member

Posts: 7,227
Joined: Oct 2010
Reputation: 121
Post: #7
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
I used to like Shaun Hutson. He's a British author of horro and had some good ones. Slugs, Breeding Ground was good (for me) and so was Erebus.

OUR NEW BLOG!

http://repstylez.com

My NEW TRAVEL E-BOOK - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - A RED CARPET AFFAIR

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K53LVR8

Love 'em or leave 'em but we can't live without lizardsssss..

An Ode To Lizards
11-05-2014 09:52 PM
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The Lizard of Oz Offline
Crow
*****
Gold Member

Posts: 5,196
Joined: Aug 2013
Reputation: 265
Post: #8
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
If you haven't already, read Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Although I read it quite a long time ago, it has stayed in my memory as a superb and strange book which more than deserves its reputation.

same old shit, sixes and sevens Shaft...
11-05-2014 10:29 PM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[-] The following 1 user Likes The Lizard of Oz's post:
DamienCasanova
Cal Meacham Online
Pigeon

Posts: 22
Joined: Dec 2016
Reputation: 0
Post: #9
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
If you like things that take place in a Lovecraftian universe, I can recommend Charles Stross' The Laundry Files series. It is a marriage of British spy novel like Adam Hall (Quiller) and Lovecraft. The main character is a computer science nerd who gets recruited by the government after writing a computer program that inadvertently summons eldritch horrors. He then becomes a 'computational demonologist' for the Laundy.

Seconding Dean R. Koontz. His Odd Thomas series was the last of his I read, and it was very good. Older ones like The Bad Place and Cold Fire were good as well.

If you want more action related horror, Monster Hunter International series by Larry Correia is good. I read that to my daughter and it was almost too scary. He has HPL influences, but also draws from other mythologies.
10-16-2019 01:50 PM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
Nordwand Offline
Woodpecker
**

Posts: 349
Joined: Nov 2016
Reputation: 2
Post: #10
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
Not a genre author, but have a look at Arturo Perez Reverte's "The Club Dumas".
10-16-2019 03:46 PM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[-] The following 1 user Likes Nordwand's post:
Cal Meacham
MusicForThePiano Offline
Woodpecker
**

Posts: 277
Joined: May 2019
Reputation: 10
Post: #11
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
I recommend going back into Lovecraft, he truly had a grasp on cosmic horror in ways none could compare. Stephen King is too much connected to globohomo for my tastes.

The best Lovecraft story I think is The Shadow Over Innsmouth, you really understand the horror and nausea felt by the narrator when he realizes what he is in the end after experiencing the sickening reality of the people in that town.

The scariest part about that is, considering what we know of Biblical lore on ancient cults and their pantheism and idolatry (example the Philistines) , as well as unexplained maritime phenomena and sightings, the history behind the Deep Ones is something that for all literary intents and purposes meant to convey HP's disgust of miscegenation and mixing bloodlines, but may be closely related to the truth behind the modern cults and their own secretive rituals and traditions. Call me crazy, but there perhaps are legitimate half-breeds out there, half-fish, half-giants, half-whatever. God wiped away the seed of the fallen one with the flood, this we know, but what if some of those seeds survived into the present day?

As for other horror authors, I always thought Michael Crichton's "Eaters of the Dead" was a great story that alluded to historical realities, with an interesting blend of cultural embellishment. Richard Matheson's Stir of Echoes, The Beetle by Richard Marsh, and Viy by Nikolai Gogol are also interesting horror-related reads.

You can't cheat nature.
10-17-2019 01:05 AM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[-] The following 2 users Like MusicForThePiano's post:
Cal Meacham, Thersites
Cal Meacham Online
Pigeon

Posts: 22
Joined: Dec 2016
Reputation: 0
Post: #12
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
Lovecraft was influenced by Arthur Machen. His book, The Great God Pan, is available to read for free at https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/machen/...pter1.html

If you want to experience HPL in a new way, I recommend the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society Dark Adventure Radio Theater. They make HPL stories into 30s style radio shows. It is clearly a labor of love on their part, and professionally done.
10-17-2019 07:33 AM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
Cuntus Epicus Offline
Pigeon

Posts: 6
Joined: Jan 2019
Reputation: 0
Post: #13
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
Despite not reading much horror fiction any more, one of my favourite authors of the last few years in general is Adam Nevill.

He as a fantastic way of setting a scene of unease - unequaled at times IMO, although I feel his novels could sometimes do with a bit of an edit towards the climax.

The Ritual is a great novel (film adaption isn't too bad either) , and pretty much all his output is recommended.

Despite him saying that he's a novelist first, 'Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors' is the best horror short story collection I've read.

Some very unsettling pieces in there - obv. depends on your imagination - but 'Pig thing' and 'When Angels Come in' esp. the latter, stayed with me for some time.

He also talks a lot about his craft and is greatly influenced by the old School of MR James/Machen/Algernon Blackwood and more recently Ramsay Campbell.

Ramsay Campbell is also worth checking out for more 'traditional' type horror - bit hit and miss I've found personally, but he's an author that relys on the readers imagination rather than graphic scenes to get the chills.
10-17-2019 08:09 AM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
Bizet Offline
Woodpecker
**

Posts: 268
Joined: Nov 2014
Reputation: 7
Post: #14
RE: Best Horror Books/Authors (Outside of Stephen King/Lovecraft)
'The Rats' by James Herbert and 'The Haunting of the Hill House' by Shirley Jackson.
10-18-2019 04:37 PM
Find all posts by this user Like Post Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  The Stephen King Appreciation Thread 2Wycked 87 29,792 09-02-2019 02:21 PM
Last Post: robreke
  Russian Model Challenges Ex-Husband Malaysian King to Paternity Test WalterBlack 23 5,119 08-19-2019 07:49 AM
Last Post: Crusader
  Burger King Germany Pro-Gay advert (June) Polniy_Sostav 22 3,062 08-14-2019 09:32 AM
Last Post: Vladimir Poontang

Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)

Contact Us | RooshV.com | Return to Top | Return to Content | Mobile Version | RSS Syndication