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    Horror Recommendations!

    What Horror novels do you recommend?

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    The Stand- Stephen King (pet semetary and the shining are also worth reading)

    Have a look though the HP lovecraft tales (depends on the anthology you pick up as to which ones occur in which volume)- quite a few pretty good ones - try and find one with montains of madness in it to start with

    Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood- Algernon Blackwood (is an antholgy edited by Bleiler

    I am Legend - Matheson (sp?)
    Frankenstein- Shelly
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - R.L. Stevenson
    The Exorcist- Blatty
    Something Wicked This Way Comes- Ray Bradbury
    Hungry Moon- Ramsey Campbell (good luck finding it though)
    Rosemary's Baby- Ira Levin
    Imajica- Clive Barker
    Sineater- Massie
    Relic- Preston
    Sacrifice- Vachss
    The Between - Tananarive Due
    Lost Souls - Brite

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    Ah- found the list I was using to decide what to read when I got back into the genre last yr:

    http://www.horror.org/readlist.htm

    (it's been updated with winners of the Stoker awards- oh surprise surprise- american gods won last year)
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    fluffy bunny, At the Mountains of Madness is my favorite HPL story.

    Extremely powerful story. HPL has never been better. I had to grab a blanket while reading it -- did anything like that happen with you?

    I'd like to read it again, but re-reads are often a disappointment, and I don't want to ruin the memories of that story.

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    It's easy to forget how much tension one author can pack into such a relatively small number of pages. I think my sanity was preserved by reading it in 2 sittings rather than one due to time, but I was gripped nonetheless.

    Loved the style Lovecraft writes in- MoM hooked me from the start. 'I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why. It is altogether against my will that I tell my reasons for opposing this contemplated invasion of the antarctic - with its vast fossil hunt and its wholesale boring of the ancient ice caps. And I am all the more reluctant because my warning may be in vain.' From there, it starts off benign enough, but it builds and builds. Genius.


    I find that the short stories of Lovecraft are best read between big novels of genres based in normality rather than all in one big chunk. Keeps you on your toes, looking over your shoulder. Something is out there brewing in the background of normailty, and the quest to find it has driven many people insane. Conspiracy lovers would thrive on it. In one go, I'd imagine Lovecraft loses some of his impact.

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    Fluffy, I think you must be right, about interspersing HPL with normal reading.

    Did you ever think that the Necronomicon might actually exist? That HPL knew something we didn't, that his "fictional" stories were the only way he could tell us about The Old Ones?

    At the least, did you ever think that HPL believed what he was writing? I sure do, uh, er, did.

    There lies madness. Now I'm freaking myself out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuntiePam
    Did you ever think that the Necronomicon might actually exist? That HPL knew something we didn't
    At the least, did you ever think that HPL believed what he was writing? I sure do, uh, er, did.
    Would this answer your question?
    http://www.hplovecraft.com/creation/necron/letters.htm

    I find Mountains of Madness to be the most ambitious amongst all the HPL's I've read, but I think the best amongst them was Shadow over Innsmouth. HPL built the story with a steady hand (not using a lot of the IMO tiresome monster name-dropping that he indulged in a lot of his stories alongwith references to forbidden literature that somehow all his protagonists have been exposed to) and one genuinely felt the suffocating menace of the bedeviled town.

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    The highest recommeI can make is Bag of Bones by Stephen King.

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    What about classic Gothic horror novels like 'The Woman in White' by Wilkie Collins? Anyone read them?

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    I've only read a couple of the older classics -- Frankenstein and Dracula -- and I enjoyed both books very much. Frankenstein especially was surprisingly readable and involving.

    Other than that, most of my horror reading has been from the 50's and later.

    Is that what you've been reading lately? Classics? What do you think of them?

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    Most recently, I enjoyed "Sumer of Night" and "A Winter Haunting" by Dan Simmons very much.

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    SWAN SONG by Robert McCammon

    IT by Stephen King

    Good horror short stories by Rob't McCammon in BLUE WORLD

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    Originally posted by AuntiePam


    Did you ever think that the Necronomicon might actually exist? That HPL knew something we didn't, that his "fictional" stories were the only way he could tell us about The Old Ones?
    Of course, there is a book that came out years ago purporting to be "the real" Necronomicon. I read through it, and it appeared to be the mediocre result of an attempt to sell books through marketing, but hey, you may want to take a look at it.

    The foreward, which includes some hilarious accounts of "tragedies" and "odd events" coinciding with the publishing of the book is worth reading, just for laughs.

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    Gravity's End, I think I've heard of that one. Yeah, it's not the real thing, of course, and by now I realize that the real thing doesn't exist.

    But it was fun, back in the late 70's, calling bookstores and asking did they have this book, and then having to spell it for them.

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    Does Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door count as horror? I'd say so. There were some pretty horrible scenes, that's for sure.

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    diabolus -- The Girl Next Door probably counts as horror but without the supernatural aspect. Or is there a supernatural aspect? I haven't read it -- it's a psycho killer story, isn't it?

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