Jump to content
Michelle

Best Horror Authors?

Recommended Posts

I'm wondering how many names would crop up if you were asked to come up with the best horror writer. If there aren't a massive amount, I'll run a poll during October, and announce the winner on Halloween.

 

I briefly considered doing the same with best horror books, but decided the list would be too loooooooong!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just to be clear, you don't have to come up with your absolute favourite yet, just nominate a few you like.

 

I'll start with the obvious.. Stephen King, but I'll also add Bill /William Hussey (adult / YA horror),

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't read a lot of horror books, but my two favourites are Stephen King (adult horror books) and R. L. Stine (children's and YA horror books).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Definitely Stephen King but another favourite of mine, perhaps more ghostly and chilling than out and out horror (depends how you define it I suppose), is John Harwood. I also like Dean Koontz. Again I'm not sure how well he fits into the horror category but some of his books, The Taking for example, is definitely horror genre.

Edited by ~Andrea~

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had Horns on my wish list for ages. Would this be the best one to start with?

It's my favorite of his big three- Heart Shaped Box, Horns and NOS4A2.  The movie will be out on Halloween here!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Without question, for me Stephen King is the best.

 

"IT" is one heck of a book. I don't believe I have read a book by him that I didn't enjoy. The "Gunslinger" series was also just outstanding especially the book with the "Train" demanding riddles. Doesn't get much better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dean Koontz!

Surprising you say that!  I was just thinking I never hear of him on here.  I haven't had the pleasure of reading anything by him yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some that haven't been mentioned:  Robert McCammon, Peter Straub, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Dan Simmons, Poe, Lovecraft . . .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Jack Ketchum has written some of the most horrific books I've ever read. No where near the kind of great characterisation of King but for chills and shock value he is up there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Surprising you say that!  I was just thinking I never hear of him on here.  I haven't had the pleasure of reading anything by him yet.

My favourite by Koontz isn't really a horror - Lightning is pretty awesome and is actually one of my all time favourite books by ANY author - so well thought out and well written. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My favourite by Koontz isn't really a horror - Lightning is pretty awesome and is actually one of my all time favourite books by ANY author - so well thought out and well written. :)

 

Oh yeah, Lightning is fantastic :smile:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My favourite by Koontz isn't really a horror - Lightning is pretty awesome and is actually one of my all time favourite books by ANY author - so well thought out and well written. :)

 

Oh yeah, Lightning is fantastic :smile:

I will download the kindle sample and check it out- I've always wondered what would be a good one of his to start with.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't read Lightning, so I've added it to my wishlist. I do find Koontz more 'miss' than 'hit', and the only one of his that I really enjoyed was Watchers. Always willing to give him another go, though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh yeah, Lightning is fantastic :smile:

 

I take it back - having just re-read Lightning it's dropped in my estimation considerably!  Thoughts here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Stephen King

Ramsey Campbell 

Clive Barker

Shirley Jackson 

Robert Aickman 

H.P. Lovecraft

M.R. James

Paul Tremblay 

John Langan 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



×