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Offline S. K. InkSlinger

Horror Novels Recommendation
« on: January 03, 2017, 05:57:44 AM »
I have always been an avid fan of fantasy genre novels eversince when I was young, but lately I've gotten a real interest in starting reading horror stories. However, since I've only dwelled in the fantasy corner, I had no idea where to start. Can anyone recommend some good works of horrors or good horror authors? Starting off, I like the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

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Re: Horror Novels Recommendation
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 06:23:05 AM »
The Shadow Out of Time from H.P. Lovecraft is one I really loved. Also one of his last works.

The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LeValle. He is Lovecraft's fan, and wrote this one in the same vibe. It has more of a Urban Fantasy vibe as well, and more dialogues (something Lovecraft sucked).

Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris is Horror with Mystery/Thriller elements. It's the first book of the Hannibal series and exceptionally well-written, specially the Deep POV of the detective. I think every book with serial killers that came after pretty much tried to rip this off. It doesn't have visceral gore, it's brilliant in it's suggestions and how it slowly and casually brings information and stuff that happened into the light.

Bird Box, by Josh Malerman is also another I've enjoyed a lot two years ago. People have to do everything blindfolded if they wish to stay alive. What is happening and by who and why is all left to your imagination. Very fast paced.

Hm, I need a few more Horror myself.
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Offline Eli_Freysson

Re: Horror Novels Recommendation
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2017, 07:36:42 AM »
I haven't read horror in a long time, but I sure used to.

The Colour out of Space is my personal favourite of Lovecraft's work, and he felt the same way about it. I feel it is the best representation of sheer alien-ness, as the phenomenon that falls to Earth on a rural New England farm is so incomprehensible that characters can only describe it as a colour, and not even one that fits on the usual spectrum. Coupled with the sheer creepiness of the events that follow...
It's available as a well-read audiobook on Youtube.

Pet Sematary (yes, it's spelled that way). I usually feel that Stephen King's real strength lies in short stories, But Pet Sematary is one of the longer ones that really disturbed me. Apparently King himself thought the same way, as he put the original manuscript away for a while, as he felt it was too bleak and horrible.

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Offline S. K. InkSlinger

Re: Horror Novels Recommendation
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 12:15:56 PM »
Thank you for the recommendations! The works of Stephen King and H. P Lovecraft doesn sound like interesting places to start off with the genre. The bookstore near my house had lots of works by Stephen King, so that should be a good start.


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