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Subj: Re: Who are your favorite horror authors?
Posted: Sun May 22, 2022 at 01:56:10 am EDT (Viewed 85 times)
Reply Subj: Who are your favorite horror authors?
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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 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.

The modern answer is Stephen King. He just grabbed the genre by the throat in a way that left me feeling like the little boy hiding under the covers after watching the Late monster movie. I quit following him a long time ago mostly due to the feeling his work became somewhat repetitive with Insomnia as the last book I really enjoyed. I still like to re-read most of them every couple of years. No other modern writers have held my attention for even close to that amount of time.

One of the truly great scares of my life happened when I was reading It. Late night after a very long day at work laying in bed trying to relax when something just explodes crashing into the window air conditioner bringing it all into my bedroom. I confess that I peed a bit-who wouldn't? This was followed by a screaming I swear you could hear a block away though I may have been doing a bit of that myself. Anyway after getting control of my bladder and realizing Pennywise was not rising up from the floor I clicked the lights on and here was this huge Owl laying on the floor. He or she seemed fine and flew out when I opened the back door. I have had only one other scare of that sort in my life but that is a story for another time.

As to the old school writers I think Poe was the one I read the most. I was just reading how some of his personal life weirdness may have been something of a character assassination by some enemies he had made before his death. I think his stories were just so bizarre that opioids had to be involved.
Lovecraft would come next though I am not a huge fan he certainly influenced many later writers and film makers to this day. There are several that had had greater single or two books such as Shelley, Stoker, etc. but in overall body of work appeal to me on a cumulative level.

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