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Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:51 AM

With Halloween right around the corner, I have been searching for a good horror novel to read. I have done some research online and found the top book on some blogs labelling, "House of leaves", as the must read for Horror novel lovers. I purchased this book and it looks like it will take a couple of months to read at least, but it is starting out pretty damn good so far.

I'm a fan of pretty much all horror novels except those new books such as Pride, Prejudice & Zombies or Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer or whatever it is called.

As long as its a good read, lay it on me, what are some suggestions?

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:40 AM

The closest thing I've read to what might be classified as a horror novel would be Bram Stokers Dracula (not the scariest book, but it is a classic).

I seem to read a lot of non-fiction/biographies of obscure people throughout history.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:51 AM

Can't go wrong with some trashy Stephen King! My fave of his (that actually creeped me out) was Cell. Must have read it 5 times. I also like Pet Semetary (yes, I put an "s" on purpose).

Dean Koontz has an Odd Thomas series that are not overly scary, but a good story line.

My husband LOVED House of Leaves. So, keep going with that one.

The Game of Thrones isn't horror, but can get pretty intense (supernaturally). Although there are literally thousands of pages to read. :P
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:51 AM

With Halloween right around the corner, I have been searching for a good horror novel to read.  I have done some research online and found the top book on some blogs labelling, "House of leaves", as the must read for Horror novel lovers.  I purchased this book and it looks like it will take a couple of months to read at least, but it is starting out pretty damn good so far.

I'm a fan of pretty much all horror novels except those new books such as Pride, Prejudice & Zombies or Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer or whatever it is called.

As long as its a good read, lay it on me, what are some suggestions?


The best horror reads I know of are from H.P. Lovecraft. My personal favourite is The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath, a short story (although a fairly long one) in a compilation of short stories titled: Dreams of Terror and Death - The Dreamcycle of H.P. Lovecraft. I suggest however that you find the newest compilation that was released (the largest compilation ever and as such is more expensive) titled: Necronomicon - The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft. The novel combines the above story and some of his more popular tales such as The Call of Cthulu, The Dunwich Horror, Dagon and many others worth reading. If you haven't read any of his stories, I highly suggest you do as IMO he is one of the most eloquent and visual horror writers ever.
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:56 PM

Agree with Kryten, re: HP Lovecraft. I'd also recommend anything by Michael Slade which is the pseudonym for a father-daughter team of writers named Jay and Rebecca Clarke, who happen to be lawyers based in the lower mainland.

Most of the Slade novels are based in and around Vancouver, so readers will recognize a lot of the settings. For instance, the latest novel "Red Snow" takes place mainly in Whistler...
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:25 PM

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:51 PM

Don't you mean good horror movies to watch?
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:15 PM

i've heard good things about 'the haunting of hill house,' but i've never read it myself.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:24 PM

there are horror novels now?

Don't you mean good horror movies to watch?

I know right?

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:20 PM

The Tell Tale Heart is a good read.

Even though it is a short story, if you haven't read it then it is a must for you.
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:39 PM

Can't go wrong with some trashy Stephen King! My fave of his (that actually creeped me out) was Cell. Must have read it 5 times. I also like Pet Semetary (yes, I put an "s" on purpose).

Dean Koontz has an Odd Thomas series that are not overly scary, but a good story line.

My husband LOVED House of Leaves. So, keep going with that one.

The Game of Thrones isn't horror, but can get pretty intense (supernaturally). Although there are literally thousands of pages to read. :P


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:42 PM

on topic: the bible.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:48 PM

not so much a horror novel as an funny book about the apocolypse: Good Omens

I don't really read scary books (or watch scary movies) because I'm a wuss, but the Club Dumas is probably the last book I read that gave me the creeps...and it's not even meant to be a scary book..just a mystery, lol.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:53 PM

I have a family member who has read thousands of books, and keeping in mind horror isn't her thing, she told me It by Stephen King is the only book that ever kept her up scared after reading.
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:06 PM

S. King's "Misery" is the only book that upset me so much I could not finish it .. that is one seriously disturbing read ..

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:08 PM

too bad you didn't put 2 a's on purpose

edit: :P


What? Pet Aaemetary? LOL...just kidding.

Oh, and "ooops!"
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:47 PM

King's Cell was great for the first third, and then it really fell off for me.

The Shining is fantastic as it is incredibly well written, and is worth reading in order to compare it with the movie in order to see what they did and didn't include in the movie.

I'd also recommend Salem's Lot, I honestly don't think i've ever read the last third of a book more feverishly than I did with that one, it takes a bit to get going but it is well worth it!
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:56 PM

The best horror reads I know of are from H.P. Lovecraft. My personal favourite is The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath, a short story (although a fairly long one) in a compilation of short stories titled: Dreams of Terror and Death - The Dreamcycle of H.P. Lovecraft. I suggest however that you find the newest compilation that was released (the largest compilation ever and as such is more expensive) titled: Necronomicon - The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft. The novel combines the above story and some of his more popular tales such as The Call of Cthulu, The Dunwich Horror, Dagon and many others worth reading. If you haven't read any of his stories, I highly suggest you do as IMO he is one of the most eloquent and visual horror writers ever.


Most of Lovecraft's work is also published online,
http://www.hplovecra...writings/texts/

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:31 PM

"The guy slowly stabbed her with a knife"

"There were sounds of footsteps upstairs"

Not exactly scary.. I don't know, maybe it's just me but i usually only get scared from seeing/hearing things.. I mean, reading words counts as seeing but you know what i mean..

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:41 PM

I read 'the Talisman' from Steven King. Creepy scary and I read it a couple times it's one of my favorites. And has a scene in the book that scared me more than any other story.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:34 AM

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:40 AM

I have pretty much all of Dean Koontz's books... they pretty much are all horror/some other genre. Haven't read one which I haven't liked yet. Picked up his latest one 77 Shadow Street and it's probably the scariest, although the type of writing is shifting from literally 12 peoples viewpoints so you have to pay attention to what you're reading to piece the storyline together. Dunno if you'd be into that.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:42 AM

Dean Koontz. He has a lot of suspense and Horror novels. Scary as hell. You won't put that book down, gauranteed.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:31 AM

I read 'the Talisman' from Steven King. Creepy scary and I read it a couple times it's one of my favorites. And has a scene in the book that scared me more than any other story.


The Sequel to the Talisman was the Black House which as again a collaboration between Straub & King and that was actually a damn scary book too... so if anyone is interested, get that for a great little read

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:16 AM

Another great read that went largely unnoticed was "A Good & Happy Child" by Justin Evans

A story of a man dealing with demonic possession throughout his life. Not like the Exorcist but it does have its scary moments.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:32 AM

50 Shades of Grey

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:04 AM

The Sequel to the Talisman was the Black House which as again a collaboration between Straub & King and that was actually a damn scary book too... so if anyone is interested, get that for a great little read

Personally, I like Straub a lot more than King...

I also prefer Whitley Streiber and Robert Bloch.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:36 PM

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:14 PM

Goosebumps.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:42 PM

Goosebumps.


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