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Old 03-02-2011, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Default Good horror writers besides Stephen King.

In the past year I have been a King fanatic, but now I'm looking for something new. What other good authors are out there that deal with macabre or supernatural themes?
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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Clive Barker A very scary man.

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Old 03-02-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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I never could get into Barker's stuff. Too surreal.

F. Paul Wilson is good.

Dean Koontz is hit and miss. Some very good books, and some that are just stinkers.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:30 AM
 
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Clive Barker A very scary man.

I've read Damnation Game and The Great and Secret Show. I like Barker's imagination and ambition, but his characterization leaves a lot to be desired and he sometimes has trouble maintaining a tight and focused narrative. Though I still plan to read Imajica,lol.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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Peter Straub has worked with King, and is an author in his own right. There's the classic H.P. Lovecraft. There's Richard Dean Matheson. I had gotten some ideas on horror authors from King's own Danse Macabre. He actually seems to like British authors.

I'm not sure if John Sandford qualifies. Or maybe I'm thinking of John Saul? Hmm.

Phillip K. Dick, although considered science fiction, wrote some thrillers. A number of them have actually been made into hit movies, years after the fact. Blade Runner, Total Recall (based on "We Can Remember it For You Wholesale"), A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau. Not sure you're going in that direction though.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Peter Straub has worked with King, and is an author in his own right. There's the classic H.P. Lovecraft. There's Richard Dean Matheson. I had gotten some ideas on horror authors from King's own Danse Macabre. He actually seems to like British authors.

I'm not sure if John Sandford qualifies. Or maybe I'm thinking of John Saul? Hmm.

Phillip K. Dick, although considered science fiction, wrote some thrillers. A number of them have actually been made into hit movies, years after the fact. Blade Runner, Total Recall (based on "We Can Remember it For You Wholesale"), A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau. Not sure you're going in that direction though.
I've heard quite a bit about Matheson. I'm thinking about checking him out soon for sure. I am also interested in King's son, Joe Hill.

However, as a black person, I refuse to read Lovecraft.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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Eh, I've never read him. I was aware of him, but I never found any of his own works. I know he was influential to a number of other authors.

I did some research, and I see why you wouldn't read him. I didn't know about that, obviously.
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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There's Richard Dean Matheson.
Matheson is great.


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I'm not sure if John Sandford qualifies. Or maybe I'm thinking of John Saul? Hmm.
Sandford writes what are generally referred to as thrillers. John Saul is horror, but I've never read him.


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Phillip K. Dick, although considered science fiction, wrote some thrillers. A number of them have actually been made into hit movies, years after the fact. Blade Runner, Total Recall (based on "We Can Remember it For You Wholesale"), A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau. Not sure you're going in that direction though.
The only one of his stories I've ever read was "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" (the story on which Blade Runner was based), and it was TERRIBLE.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:01 PM
 
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I've heard quite a bit about Matheson. I'm thinking about checking him out soon for sure. I am also interested in King's son, Joe Hill.
Matheson is great. I haven't read Joe Hill's novels, but his comic series Locke & Key is fantastic. Soon to be a TV series, I understand.


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However, as a black person, I refuse to read Lovecraft.
Lovecraft is perhaps the most over-rated writer in all of genre fiction. He was a master of mood. But characterization isn't even thick enough to be called paper thin. His characters would have to grow a dimension to even qualify as one dimensional. His plots are shoddy and tend to wander, and he is the king of monster ex machina to end a story. And yeah, he was a pretty ugly racist. Some apologists try to excuse it as simply being tpical attitude of his time, but Lovecraft's racism went way beyond the general attitudes of the time.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:44 AM
 
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Very under rated but Excellent.. Richard Laymon
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