Tuesday, January 3, 2012

10 Novels - Guaranteed to Scare

Given that I am a horror writer, I find it astounding that that ever shrinking section marked as horror in the bookstores I frequent, has escaped evolution.  You have your Stephen King and Dean Koontz novels; a few vampires, the odd werewolf, but nothing new that you can sink your teeth into.  Now it’s not that I don’t love Koontz and King…  but where are the emerging writers..? 
I found this list of 10 horror books in the Huffington Post that were guaranteed not to include sparkly vampires, phonetic Maine accents, sexy 20-something paranormal detectives in love triangles/quadrangles with bad boy vampires/werewolves and whatever else happens in a Dean Koontz novel these days.
“The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson

“Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" by M. R. James

"The Nightwalker" by Thomas Tessier

"Song of Kali" by Dan Simmons

“The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers

“The Witch of Prague & Other Stories" by F. Marion Crawford

“Songs of a Dead Dreamer" by Thomas Ligotti

"The Face That Must Die" by Ramsey Campbell

"The Three Impostors" by Arthur Machen

"Cold Hand in Mine" by Robert Aickman

I intend to seek out every single one of them and give them a read…

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