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#1 lemonlight

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:22 AM

For me, always been Graham Masterton, and that's not just because he is Scottish.

 

He's managed to raise the hairs on the back of my neck on more than one occasion.

 

Interestingly, he used to be editor of Soft Porn Magazines Mayfair and Penthouse and has indeed written a few Sex Manuals. 

 

Having said that, Sex is not splashed (get it) across every page of his books, although blood is. :)

 

I've never been disappointed by one of his novels and would recommend the "Night Warriors" series for those

curious enough to seek him out.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 03:36 PM

I don't know if you'd count Thomas Harris as horror, but the Hannibal books were pretty intense and graphic. 

 

James Ellroy isn't really horror, but he wrote a novel called Blood on the Moon. Still gives me nightmares.


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#3 Moving Target

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:34 PM

HP Lovecraft.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:45 PM

King.


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#5 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:48 PM

HP Lovecraft.

The man who gave us existential horror.  Not just fear of the unknown, but a fear of the uknowABLE.  A truly modern fear.


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#6 lemonlight

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:21 PM

I recently took ownership of a large collection of books from a library, closing due to the drawdown of British Forces from Germany.

 

Among them is "Tales of Terror and the Supernatural,  The Classic collection"

 

It contains, amongst many others, 2 Lovecraft stories.  The Rats in the Wall and The Dunwich Horror.

 

I'll give them a bash when I finish reading my current book.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:23 PM

I don't know if you'd count Thomas Harris as horror, but the Hannibal books were pretty intense and graphic. 

 

James Ellroy isn't really horror, but he wrote a novel called Blood on the Moon. Still gives me nightmares.

 

Agree on the Hannibal Books. The Films pailed in comparison.



#8 Moving Target

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 07:26 PM

The man who gave us existential horror.  Not just fear of the unknown, but a fear of the uknowABLE.  A truly modern fear.

 

Mmm.  The idea that, if one works out what is really going on in the universe, one immediately goes stark raving mad is a powerful one!



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:04 PM

Agree on the Hannibal Books. The Films pailed in comparison.

 

Red Dragon was certainly better than either film made of it.  I thought that the Kaufman movie examined Starling's daddy issues a lot more interestingly than the second book did.  The third film was a mess - it had script re-write written all over it - but I suppose that MidWestern American audiences couldn't have coped with the idea of Starling shacking up with Lecter.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 09:33 PM

I don't read much of the genre. Of course, I read King in my younger days and his early books like The Shining and Salem's Lot were true standouts. But I think the scariest book I ever read was "A Maggot" by John Fowles.


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 12:27 AM

Too ascairt: don't read em. :o


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 02:23 AM

Rarely read it, but I did like Dan Simmons.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 06:35 AM

Stephen King is about the *only* horror I've read in the last 30 years or so, so I guess that makes him my favorite by default.

 

Even so, the only book of his that I re-read regularly is The Stand.  I don't think I've read any of his other books more than once, but that one I've read probably 6 or 7 times.  Oh, wait... I *have* re-read Different Seasons a couple times. 


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 06:58 PM

^^^^I actually just finished a re-read of Different Seasons.






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