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Can you recommend some books that will scare the pants off of me? I've read many of the classics (Haunting, Exorcist, most Stephem King, etc.) and would love some ideas. Horror or Thriller type? Serial Killers? Crazy ghosts? Sexy vampires?

Who is your favorite? Who don't you like and why?

I will start.....

I really like Bentley Little's books because they are easy to read and creepy. Dean Koontz is another, though sometimes feels a little too "pop" for me. I just checked out a book of short stories by Joe Hill called 20th Century Ghosts. Have any of you read it or his book Heart-shaped Box?

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for sexy vampires, Ann Rice is queen

peggy
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Anything by Clive Barker is pretty good. I really liked Imajica and Weaveworld......and Galilee.
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for sexy vampires, Ann Rice is queen

peggy

I agree! And I love th Mayfair Witches....Ann Rice really is an amazing historical writer.
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Anything by Clive Barker is pretty good. I really liked Imajica and Weaveworld......and Galilee.
I have been meaning to read Imajica for some time. I will put it on my list!!!
post #6 of 13
Oh, good topic! I would love to find something that is truly creepy. There are only a few that's ever creeped me out. And both of them were S. King, actually, The Shining, and It. But King is always such a disappointment, cause I just don't think he can end a book decently.
I've read a lot of Koontz, too, but while it's ok brain fluff, I never find them scary in any way.

Luvmyboyz, I totally agree about the Mayfair Witches. I loved the first couple of those books. I wish she'd done more with their history. Like Stella, Julian, & Dierdre, rather than going where she did with them. Not creepy books, but I loved her descriptions of New Orleans, which is my favorite city. I could SEE it all. I could even imagine the smells so clearly, as I have spent so much time in that city.

Oh! I thought of one that is just creepy as heck: Coraline by Neil Gaiman!
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My father wrote a historical fiction that won the Bram Stoker award (horror novel of the year). It is called Child of the Light part of the Madagascar Manifesto.
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Oh! I thought of one that is just creepy as heck: Coraline by Neil Gaiman!

I have never read a book by Neil Gaimon...I'll have to put Coraline on hold at the library! Thanks!
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My father wrote a historical fiction that won the Bram Stoker award (horror novel of the year). It is called Child of the Light part of the Madagascar Manifesto.

Wow! What an honor for your dad! I will look up his book. I was just scanning over the past Bram Sroker award winners yesterday. I have raed quite a few and really enjoy trying the "best first novel" winners and honorees.
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Wow! What an honor for your dad! I will look up his book. I was just scanning over the past Bram Sroker award winners yesterday. I have raed quite a few and really enjoy trying the "best first novel" winners and honorees.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1565049314/$%7B0%7D
Child of the Light- with three reviews 4.75 stars

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Guthridge

Other books he's written (some are different genres, young adult, he wrote a western once, that was sold and then fell through, I am not sure if it was repurchased or not..)

Also, Child of the Light and Kids from Nowhere are both in the prefilming phases.. as I understand.
post #11 of 13
Wow, how cool is your dad? You must be so proud of him!

Creepy books I have known and loved. I lean heavily toward gothic horror/literary horror. I especially like ghosts/revenants, or things that play with mythology and faerie lore:

The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce
Waking the Moon and Mortal Love, Elizabeth Hand
Anything by Shirley Jackson
The Town that Forgot How to Breathe, I forget the author off-hand
Ghost Story, Peter Straub
The short stories of M.R. James, Lovecraft, T.E.D. Klein, and Algernon Blackwood
I heartily second the recommendation for Coraline!
The Woman in Black, Susan Hill
The Ghost Writer, Jonathan Harwood
Asylum, Patrick McGrath
Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris (after these he starts going way downhill for me and I don't recommend his others)
Summer of Night, Dan Simmons
A Boy's Life, Robert McCammon
Faerie Tale, Raymond Feist
The Folk of the Air, Peter S. Beagle
Ancient Images, Ramsey Campbell
The Magic Toy Shop, Angela Carter -- also her short fiction, especially the collection The Bloody Chamber
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Wow, how cool is your dad? You must be so proud of him!
Yeah, I am proud of him. Also, pretty glad I got mom's nose!

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post #13 of 13
Jack Ketchum but he's flat out terrifying IMO

Bentley Little

Susie Mahoney-[I]The Dwelling[I] is really good
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