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With autumn coming on I need a good horror novel. Suggestions? (vanity)
me ^ | 09/14/08 | Artemis Webb

Posted on 09/14/2008 10:43:19 AM PDT by Artemis Webb

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1 posted on 09/14/2008 10:43:20 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Artemis Webb

Barack has written a couple that”ll keep you up all night


2 posted on 09/14/2008 10:45:04 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: Artemis Webb

“The Audacity of Hope” by B.H. Obama

Scarey as all get out.


3 posted on 09/14/2008 10:45:07 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: MNlurker

Slow hanging curve. :^)


4 posted on 09/14/2008 10:46:36 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Artemis Webb
Here is one in pdf format.
5 posted on 09/14/2008 10:46:55 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: MNlurker
Audacity of Dupe by B.Hussein Obambi with help from Stephen King , Bob Woodward and a comatose Bill Casey .
6 posted on 09/14/2008 10:47:22 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F/8 Cav)
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To: Artemis Webb

World War Z


7 posted on 09/14/2008 10:48:34 AM PDT by Krankor (Are you claiming you eat toucans or)
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To: Artemis Webb
A truly frightening tale about lies, deception and millions of mind numbed zombies trying to take over our country.


8 posted on 09/14/2008 10:49:24 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Illegal Immigration is not about the immigration. Gun control is not about the guns.)
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To: Artemis Webb
I can't stand Stephen King now, but The Shining scared the crap out of me when I read it many years ago. It was scary, too, up until the end. I am assuming those are old news, though. ; )
9 posted on 09/14/2008 10:51:29 AM PDT by conservative cat ("In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. " -MT)
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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.


10 posted on 09/14/2008 10:52:33 AM PDT by LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot ("If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied, we'll eat your mules up, sir"-Gen.Sherman)
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To: Artemis Webb

Any of the Dave Robicheaux novels by James Lee Burke. There’s always an undercurrent of ghostliness.

Try Pegasus Descending, or Tin Roof Blowdown.


11 posted on 09/14/2008 10:53:21 AM PDT by colonel mosby
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To: Artemis Webb

I’d say just follow the election reporting.


12 posted on 09/14/2008 10:55:16 AM PDT by null and void (When you bang your forehead on the ground five times a day, you get brain damage.)
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To: conservative cat
"It was scary, too, up until the end."

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.

13 posted on 09/14/2008 10:55:38 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Sarah Palin: Babies, Guns, Jesus. HOT DAMN!)
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To: Artemis Webb

An oldie but the scariest thing I ever read, Salems’s Lot by Stephen King.


14 posted on 09/14/2008 10:57:27 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: Artemis Webb

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.


15 posted on 09/14/2008 11:02:12 AM PDT by geege
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To: Artemis Webb
I'm also in MO, and around this time every year is when I get the newest volumes in the series Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, ed. Ellen Datlow,Gavin Link, & Kelly Link, and the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, ed. Stephen Jones. The Datlow series is up to volume 22; the Jones one is up to volume 19. I would also recommend October Dreams, ed Chizmar and Morrish. It is an anthology of Halloween related stories, mostly horror but a few gentler fantasy stories. Each story is followed up by a recounting the author's favorite Halloween memory. Very enjoyable.

I think horror works best as short stories, so I'll let others list novels.

16 posted on 09/14/2008 11:02:49 AM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: Artemis Webb

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.


17 posted on 09/14/2008 11:03:44 AM PDT by retrokitten (President and CEO of the Agent Frowny Fan Club)
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To: Artemis Webb

Even if you’ve read it years ago... pick up “Salem’s Lot” again.


18 posted on 09/14/2008 11:04:08 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard some very good buzz about “The Monster of Florence”.

http://www.amazon.com/M-Florence-Douglas-Preston/dp/0446581194/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221414543&sr=1-1

It’s 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.


19 posted on 09/14/2008 11:06:51 AM PDT by Caramelgal (a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer except that you have actual responsibilies)
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To: johnny7

I’d go with “the Stand” by king, you’ll never stand next to
someone coughing in the check out line AGAIN.


20 posted on 09/14/2008 11:06:51 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Artemis Webb

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)


21 posted on 09/14/2008 11:07:18 AM PDT by wolf24 ("It's always easy to rally the stupid.")
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To: Caramelgal

I listened to it on audio book. It’s fantastic!


22 posted on 09/14/2008 11:08:03 AM PDT by retrokitten (President and CEO of the Agent Frowny Fan Club)
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To: conservative cat

The Stand was one of only 2 or 3 King novels I ever read. The Stand was scary!


23 posted on 09/14/2008 11:10:05 AM PDT by kalee
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To: Artemis Webb

Atlas Shrugged - It’ll be Winter when you finish.


24 posted on 09/14/2008 11:10:15 AM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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I’m no authority, but I’d try “The Other” or “Harvest Home” by the late Thomas Tryon.


25 posted on 09/14/2008 11:11:08 AM PDT by Atticus
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To: Poser

Winter of 2010.....

just kidding.


26 posted on 09/14/2008 11:11:27 AM PDT by wolf24 ("It's always easy to rally the stupid.")
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To: Artemis Webb

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)


27 posted on 09/14/2008 11:12:33 AM PDT by strider44
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To: Artemis Webb

28 posted on 09/14/2008 11:13:57 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (OBAMA: He was a flop before he became a flipper.)
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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.

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.)

29 posted on 09/14/2008 11:15:33 AM PDT by conservative cat ("In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. " -MT)
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While I certainly agree that Stephen King the person is politically annoying, the guy can write. The old ones mentioned here are excellent and scary as all get-out.

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.

30 posted on 09/14/2008 11:15:55 AM PDT by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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If you're looking for just some good books (OK, off-topic, sorry), Nelson DeMille has some excellent books. “Plum Island”, “The General's Daughter” and “Night Fall” are all good, “The Lion's Game” was excellent”, and “Up Country” is one of my all-time favorites. His latest one, “Wild Fire” was OK, not thrilled about it given the quality of some of his other work.
31 posted on 09/14/2008 11:20:37 AM PDT by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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The Tenant by Roland Topor

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.

32 posted on 09/14/2008 11:22:36 AM PDT by Rocko
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“Cell” by Stephen King. First book that I have read in a while that I could not put down.


33 posted on 09/14/2008 11:23:04 AM PDT by Post-Neolithic (Money only makes Communists rich Communists)
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To: wolf24
I highly recommend the “Necroscope” series by Brian Lumley.

That does sound interesting. I’m a sucker for a good vampire story ;)
34 posted on 09/14/2008 11:23:43 AM PDT by Caramelgal (a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer except that you have actual responsibilies)
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To: Artemis Webb
I don't read horror, because I don't find it...well, horrifying.

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.

35 posted on 09/14/2008 11:41:02 AM PDT by TheWasteLand
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“That does sound interesting. I’m a sucker for a good vampire story”

They are excellent! Please let me know if you decide to start reading it.


36 posted on 09/14/2008 11:42:41 AM PDT by wolf24 ("It's always easy to rally the stupid.")
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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.


37 posted on 09/14/2008 11:45:02 AM PDT by manic4organic (Send a care package through USO today.)
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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.


38 posted on 09/14/2008 11:45:47 AM PDT by Hyzenthlay (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz.

No monsters, just people. Really scary people.

39 posted on 09/14/2008 11:48:46 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Just say No to Lawyers! Palin '08! (oh and McWhatshisname too. I guess))
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To: manic4organic

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.


40 posted on 09/14/2008 11:50:06 AM PDT by wolf24 ("It's always easy to rally the stupid.")
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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.


41 posted on 09/14/2008 11:51:38 AM PDT by wolf24 ("It's always easy to rally the stupid.")
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Watchers was the first book I read by him. I have been a fan every since much to my husband's confusion (Him: But you don't like horror! Me: I don't like horror except for Koontz)

Still his most thought provoking read for me was a short story that you can find in "Strange Highways" Twilight of the Dawn

42 posted on 09/14/2008 12:01:06 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Just say No to Lawyers! Palin '08! (oh and McWhatshisname too. I guess))
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To: Artemis Webb

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.

—tkoed


43 posted on 09/14/2008 12:11:53 PM PDT by The King of Elflands Daughter
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The Stand"....Steven King.

Can't stand ( oops, sorry ) King any more but this book was one of his best.

44 posted on 09/14/2008 12:14:35 PM PDT by bioprof (STRATEGERY!)
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They are mainly short stories but Edith Wharton wrote some very good horror. There are a couple of collections of them available on amazon.


45 posted on 09/14/2008 12:17:07 PM PDT by Maigret
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To: Polybius
I can't believe I clicked on that.
46 posted on 09/14/2008 12:28:56 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: Artemis Webb
Go pick up "The complete Works Of Edgar Allen Poe"

Lot's of good stuff and you can challenge yourself by reading it in Old English.

They wrote kinda funny back then ;-D

47 posted on 09/14/2008 12:32:21 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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Any book by Dan Simmons

"Speaks the The Night Bird", "Swan Song" by McCammon.

"The Stand", "The Shining", and "It" by King.

48 posted on 09/14/2008 12:35:23 PM PDT by nycgal
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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.


49 posted on 09/14/2008 12:36:56 PM PDT by 6323cd ("It is prohibited to make use of such emotional signs in a cellphone!")
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To: Atticus
I’m no authority, but I’d try “The Other” or “Harvest Home” by the late Thomas Tryon.

Hard to believe that Tom Tryon played Texas John Slaughter in those Disney movies.

50 posted on 09/14/2008 12:43:44 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. FReerepublic,com baby)
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