Horror novels (boo)

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  • OmniaVincitAmor 10 Aug 2016 19:20:27 2,375 posts
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    So I'm about to start reading devil in silver which comes highly recommended online. However other than that it is just the same general recommendations (shining, exorcist etc). Any other great horror novels out there? Not fussed which type of horror just sick at the moment of crime thrillers and fantasy. Thanks in advance.
  • wuntyate 10 Aug 2016 20:14:15 14,926 posts
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    Phantoms by Dean Koontz. An oldie but a goodie.

    Then just read The Shining 84 times. That's what i do.
  • OmniaVincitAmor 10 Aug 2016 20:16:38 2,375 posts
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    @wuntyphyve ha. Will check out Koontz. Think I may have read one of his before. Nice one.
  • Spanky 10 Aug 2016 20:26:07 15,006 posts
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    You want monsters, gore or spooks?
  • GuiltySpark 10 Aug 2016 20:27:05 6,782 posts
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    I will forever recommend I Am Legend.
  • OmniaVincitAmor 10 Aug 2016 20:31:24 2,375 posts
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    Spanky wrote:
    You want monsters, gore or spooks?
    All. Any. Just a genuinely good horror story.
  • OmniaVincitAmor 10 Aug 2016 20:32:09 2,375 posts
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    GuiltySpark wrote:
    I will forever recommend I Am Legend.
    Yeah read it. Before the film thank fuck. Though I thought the film was OK just too Hollywood.
  • Dougs 10 Aug 2016 20:33:30 94,595 posts
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    James Herbert is usually pretty creepy. With a dedicated porn too.
  • wuntyate 10 Aug 2016 20:41:11 14,926 posts
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    Haunted then Ghosts of Sleath by Herbert are well worth reading. One and The Unblemished by Conrad Williams is another two to check out.
  • Deleted user 10 August 2016 21:34:45
    Clive Barkers Books of Blood is my favourite horror book.
  • devil_badger 10 Aug 2016 21:46:41 812 posts
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    GoingNowWhere wrote:
    Clive Barkers Books of Blood is my favourite horror book.
    This. I loved both volumes of it.

    I don't read much horror novels but I'm just about to start one called Bird Box which sounds quite promising.
  • quadfather 10 Aug 2016 21:57:52 36,734 posts
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    H.p. Lovecraft.
  • OmniaVincitAmor 10 Aug 2016 21:58:53 2,375 posts
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    devil_badger wrote:
    GoingNowWhere wrote:
    Clive Barkers Books of Blood is my favourite horror book.
    This. I loved both volumes of it.

    I don't read much horror novels but I'm just about to start one called Bird Box which sounds quite promising.
    That does sound good.
  • caligari 10 Aug 2016 22:06:51 17,945 posts
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    Joe Hill's stuff is fun - I loved Heart-Shaped Box and Nosferatu.

    Probably a little too mainstream for your liking but King's 'Mr Mercedes' trilogy is great, too!
  • Trafford 10 Aug 2016 22:09:09 8,571 posts
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    quadfather wrote:
    H.p. Lovecraft.
  • caligari 10 Aug 2016 22:11:43 17,945 posts
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    Oh, and we might as well chuck in Hill's eye-wateringly good 'Locke and Key' series - and I'm sure we could include Moore and Gaiman stuff (Swamp Thing et al).
  • OmniaVincitAmor 10 Aug 2016 22:13:34 2,375 posts
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    caligari wrote:
    Joe Hill's stuff is fun - I loved Heart-Shaped Box and Nosferatu.

    Probably a little too mainstream for your liking but King's 'Mr Mercedes' trilogy is great, too!
    Heart shaped box is next after my current readat the moment for me. Seems mental though...

    Edited by OmniaVincitAmor at 22:14:48 10-08-2016
  • wuntyate 10 Aug 2016 22:16:07 14,926 posts
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    quadfather wrote:
    H.p. Lovecraft.
    Yup.

    Shadow Over Innsmouth.
  • wuntyate 10 Aug 2016 22:16:52 14,926 posts
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    Also if we're talking about Barker, The Damnation Game is a must.
  • OmniaVincitAmor 10 Aug 2016 22:19:00 2,375 posts
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    wuntyphyve wrote:
    quadfather wrote:
    H.p. Lovecraft.
    Yup.

    Shadow Over Innsmouth.
    Is that one of the short stories? I can see a collection online but it's 180 odd short stories...
  • wuntyate 10 Aug 2016 22:20:23 14,926 posts
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    @OmniaVincitAmor it's more a novella but yeah. Grab any collection of his that has it because you'll want to read more of his once you've read it.
  • OmniaVincitAmor 10 Aug 2016 22:21:52 2,375 posts
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    wuntyphyve wrote:
    @OmniaVincitAmor it's more a novella but yeah. Grab any collection of his that has it because you'll want to read more of his once you've read it.
    Perfect.
  • caligari 10 Aug 2016 22:22:12 17,945 posts
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    I dip in and out of Lovecraft (maaatron!) - just be warned, he makes Nigel Farage look like Teddy Ruxpin.
  • caligari 10 Aug 2016 22:28:52 17,945 posts
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    I can also recommend the 'Miskatonic Musings' podcast (originally brought to my attention by a kind EG-er). Lots of Lovecraft/horror chat, with authors as guests - oh, and it helps that they're pretty funny (even more so when they're 'buzzed').

    They have brought lots of interesting horror books/films/comics to my attention that I would otherwise have missed.

    Lots of 'Weird Fiction' talk which seems to THE BIG THING in the horror sphere at the mo.
  • Deleted user 10 August 2016 22:37:48
    Adam Nevill is my go-to for decent horror these days, he mixes really relatable situations with really really scary shit. British too. Check out The Ritual, you'll never go camping again.
  • drhcnip 10 Aug 2016 22:56:34 6,462 posts
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    Kovacs77 wrote:
    Adam Nevill is my go-to for decent horror these days, he mixes really relatable situations with really really scary shit. British too. Check out The Ritual, you'll never go camping again.
    heh, was scrolling down about to suggest adam nevill and recommend the ritual...also banquet for the damned...

    definitely lovecraft, also m r james

    clive barker is a favourite

    i prefer some of the lesser-known king stuff to the old faves...

    phil rickman is another british author with some cracking books...

    there will be others, i'll have to have a think....
  • RyanDS 10 Aug 2016 23:00:13 13,275 posts
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    wuntyphyve wrote:
    quadfather wrote:
    H.p. Lovecraft.
    Yup.

    Shadow Over Innsmouth.
    This.
    And colour out of space.


    Scariest story I ever read though was from Gerald Durrell of people. A short story in the picnic and suchlike pandemonium, a story about mirrors.

    Edited by RyanDS at 23:00:50 10-08-2016
  • drhcnip 10 Aug 2016 23:10:27 6,462 posts
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    @RyanDS

    the entrance? great story

    http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/currentstudents/undergraduate/italian/modules/modulesyears34/it309/reading_for_term_2/durrell_the_entrance.pdf

    also some good stuff in the ray bradbury collections like the illustrated man...also, i love something wicked this way comes, the book & the film...

    john lindqvist as well - let the right one in, handling the undead, the harbour...pretty much any of his...

    and jonathan aycliffe, john harwood, fg cottam and, as a one off, dark matter by michelle paver...
  • RyanDS 10 Aug 2016 23:13:40 13,275 posts
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    drhcnip wrote:
    @RyanDS

    the entrance? great story

    http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/currentstudents/undergraduate/italian/modules/modulesyears34/it309/reading_for_term_2/durrell_the_entrance.pdf

    Aye! Good catch. Was just about to rummage through my bookcase but that is it.
  • vDoll 10 Aug 2016 23:18:12 2,379 posts
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    Ramsay Campbell is well worth a look.

    A Grin of the Dark is one of my favourites. Creepy psychological 2am horror of the highest order.

    Thomas Ligotti is another - I'd recommend My Work Is Not Yet Done.

    Edited by Von-Doll at 23:25:21 10-08-2016
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