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Subj: Re: Who are your favorite horror authors?
Posted: Mon May 16, 2022 at 08:24:00 pm EDT (Viewed 113 times)
Reply Subj: Who are your favorite horror authors?
Posted: Mon May 16, 2022 at 05:16:19 pm EDT (Viewed 120 times)

    Make it a two-part answer: (1) old school and (2) modern.

    For me, old school horror is dominated by two names: Lovecraft and Stoker. If you haven't read them, I highly recommend you give them a shot. Just be forewarned: they're wordy. But they're such absolute masters that all those words spin a web that ensnares the reader.

I enjoyed Dracula quite a bit. I was never as big on Frankenstein. It is a good book but I have actually preferred some of the movie adaptations. I am not sure if it is the writing style more than anything.

I am a big fan of Lovecraft. He is a complicated writer in that he held some terrible views in terms of race etc. Some may have been somewhat consistent with his day but still rough. His works are good.

I always like In the Mountains of Madness and Shadow Over Innsmouth the best of his although I enjoy most of them, even the works pre mythos.

It also depends where we want to draw the line between classic and modern I guess, but I will give some of my thoughts below.

    I don't read a lot of modern horror. Most of what I read is modern takes on the Cthulhu mythos. But I think I may look to expand my horizons in this regard. Your recommendations may point me in promising directions.

I am always a bit mixed on those. I too read a fair number of them. Some are good, some are bad and some are poorly edited more than anything. I just finished a book called Beyond Lovecraft that is the later for sure.

In terms of cosmic horror stories there is a book called the Fisherman that is decent for cosmic horror. Not a novel but if you are into Cthulhu mythos the comic series called Fall of Cthulhu and related titles in the series is quite good.

Other writers that I have tended to enjoy or stories at any rate would be World War Z by Max Brooks, Fall of Night series by Johnathan Mayberry, Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, Books of Blood by Clive Barker and Island of Dr. Maru by HG Wells. Hardly exhaustive but stories I have liked semi recently.

I also started a book called Cthulhu Wars but I am not far enough along to have a strong opinion on it or recommend it.

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