Skip to comments.With autumn coming on I need a good horror novel. Suggestions? (vanity)
Posted on 09/14/2008 10:43:19 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
Autumn is coming on and it feels like Halloween in southwest Missouri.
My wife and I were thinking of some seasonal reading.
So what do YOU recommend? Scare me!
Barack has written a couple that”ll keep you up all night
“The Audacity of Hope” by B.H. Obama
Scarey as all get out.
Slow hanging curve. :^)
World War Z
Okay I’ll bite. It ain’t new and it is non-fiction, but “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston is one of the scariest things I ever read.
Any of the Dave Robicheaux novels by James Lee Burke. There’s always an undercurrent of ghostliness.
Try Pegasus Descending, or Tin Roof Blowdown.
I’d say just follow the election reporting.
I totally agree about It. I thought the memories of the woman when she was forced to wash the dishes as a little girl was one of the scariest things I've ever read. The end though was just awful and lame.
An oldie but the scariest thing I ever read, Salems’s Lot by Stephen King.
Great book written by Vincent Bugliosi “And The Sea Will Tell” about a saling couple murdered out on Palmyra Island in 1974......The movie was even better.
I think horror works best as short stories, so I'll let others list novels.
I know exactly what you mean, with the weather turning cooler I’ve been looking for some good scary books, too.
I recently got out “Rosemary’s Baby” for the millionth time. You can’t go wrong with the devil worshipping elderly. It’s very similar to the movie, but still a good worthwhile read.
I also enjoy Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s Agent Pendergast series. Mysteries with a bit of a supernatural twist. I’m listening to “Reliquary” on audio book now.
Old Stephen King is always good, too. “Carrie” still scares the tar out of me. IMO, the movie does not do it justice.
If you are looking for “true” ghost stories, I really enjoyed Brad Steiger’s, “Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places.” Sometimes Steiger is really “out there”, but this is one is a lot of well-know stories. My favorite is the one about the two women who around 1900 (I think) allege they traveled back in time at Versailles. It also includes a lot of pictures and while some you look at and think, “So fake!” some will give you a chill.
Even if you’ve read it years ago... pick up Salem’s Lot again.
I havent read it yet but Ive heard some very good buzz about The Monster of Florence.
Its not exactly a horror novel but it has some of the elements. It is the supposedly true story of an American crime author vacationing in Italy who meets an Italian investigator looking into the unsolved murders of a very real serial killer (one who impart inspired the Hannibal Lechter character) and how in a twist of fate, they both became suspects.
It’s on my list of books to read this fall.
I’d go with “the Stand” by king, you’ll never stand next to
someone coughing in the check out line AGAIN.
I highly recommend the “Necroscope” series by Brian Lumley.
Vampire horror set against a Cold War-espionage background with a great hero!
And if you like the first one, you know that you there are 6-7 more that get better and better!
You won’t be dissappointed! (and no, I’m not Brian Lumley)
I listened to it on audio book. It’s fantastic!
The Stand was one of only 2 or 3 King novels I ever read. The Stand was scary!
Atlas Shrugged - It’ll be Winter when you finish.
I’m no authority, but I’d try “The Other” or “Harvest Home” by the late Thomas Tryon.
Winter of 2010.....
Try: The Descent by Jeff Long
(It has nothing to do with a recent movie of the same name) Excellent book, very creepy and well-written
He has another novel called Year Zero wich is not as good in my opinion but still worth reading.
The Road is also good, very depressing and tough to get through, but still a well-written and scary. Plus it did win the Pulitzer for best fiction novel last year (dn’t let the fact that it was an Oprah Book Club selection dissuade. A blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while)
All of my friends read it over one autumn. We passed the book around, but nobody would talk about it with anyone who hadn't read it until they were done. We all had the same opinion on the end! To this day I wonder if he meant to do that all along or just didn't know what to do with the story. I stopped reading his books halfway through Gerald's Game. I put it down mid-way (which I never do.)
I'd recommend “Lisey’s Story”, which he published in 2006. While it's not as overtly scary as “Salem's Lot” or “The Shining”, it is certainly creepy, scary in some places and an interesting read.
The recommendation for the “Hot Zone” is a very good one - that's just plain scary since it's true.
The Parasite by Ramsey Campbell
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Hell House by Richard Matheson
And of your can find it -- the novella The Autopsy by Michael Shea.
“Cell” by Stephen King. First book that I have read in a while that I could not put down.
But on someone's recommendation, I read Swan Song by Robert McCammon. It's a post-apocalyptic novel, like The Stand, but I actually enjoyed it much more than King's book. You might want to check it out, if that style floats your boat.
“That does sound interesting. Im a sucker for a good vampire story”
They are excellent! Please let me know if you decide to start reading it.
Dean Koontz. He’s not a wacko lefty like King. Try “The Husband.” It grabs you on page one and never lets go. Not exactly horror but it sure is scary.
I’ve read some of Stephen King’s stuff, and it can go either way. To be honest, The Stand didn’t scare me at all, but I found Pet Sematary to be pretty creepy.
My all-time favorite horror author has to be H.P. Lovecraft. Most of his books are old enough that they’re in public domain by now, so you can find them in ebook format all over the place for free.
One of my favorite books, which has horror elements but isn’t labeled as ‘horror’, is Watchmen by Alan Moore. It’s a ‘graphic novel’, and technically is about superheroes, but it’s one of the most well-written, complex novels I’ve ever read. However, it is definitely NOT for children, regardless of the format.
No monsters, just people. Really scary people.
Koontz claims that he is a-political but there is definitely and anti-government, anti-left feal in most of his books. An excellent example is “Dark Rivers of the Heart” which is a blatantly conservative book.
For horror, I really liked his Frankenstien books but he is delayed the writing/release of the third and final installment of the series. In fact, I’m not sure that he is actually going to write the last of the 3-part series now which would be very disappointing.
Hideaway by Koontz is another great one as is Intensity.
There is no way you can come away from Dark Rivers of the Heart and believe that Koontz is anything by a conservative/libertarian.
Still his most thought provoking read for me was a short story that you can find in "Strange Highways" Twilight of the Dawn
Russel Kirk wrote a number of ghost stories, which are quite scary. They used to be published by Arkham House, but I think are being redone by other publishers. Lord of the Hollow Dark is one of his very creepy novels.
Can't stand ( oops, sorry ) King any more but this book was one of his best.
They are mainly short stories but Edith Wharton wrote some very good horror. There are a couple of collections of them available on amazon.
Lot's of good stuff and you can challenge yourself by reading it in Old English.
They wrote kinda funny back then ;-D
"Speaks the The Night Bird", "Swan Song" by McCammon.
"The Stand", "The Shining", and "It" by King.
I can’t remember the authors’ names (it was a joint effort of two writers who published under a pseudonym), but a very scary and not too long book is “Death Walks in Eastrepps”. The first chapter is a bit slow, but stay with it, it’s great.
Hard to believe that Tom Tryon played Texas John Slaughter in those Disney movies.
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