(Cross-posted to Seven Deadly Divas)
Well, sure, my to-be-read pile is twice my height, but there’s no such thing as too many books in my, um. Book.
The majority of the books in the stack are fantasy and science fiction of all flavors. There’s YA in there, but those mostly have a fantasy bent as well. Steampunk, dystopias, epic fantasy, space opera, funny stuff, heavy stuff, books by bestselling authors and debut fiction.
What I don’t have a lot of — and haven’t for a long time — is horror. Back in the day, it was my favorite genre. Now, I’m feeling kind of out of touch.
You already know I’m a big ol’ Stephen King fan. One of these days, we’ll have a chat about Robert R. McCammon and how supremely wonderful he is. I fell out of love with Dean Koontz somewhere around Dragon Tears, but before that I loved Lightning, Twilight Eyes, and Watchers. I reread John Saul’s Darkness until the cover fell off.
On the YA side, I burned through the Christopher Pike novels. (Sometimes I wonder how those would hold up to a revisit.) There are still plotlines from Witch and The Season of Passage that I remember, even though the reviews I’m finding for the latter are mediocre at best.
I’m guessing that what I like in a story is consistent no matter what the genre: give me a story that makes me think, characters I can root for, and a plot I can’t predict. I suppose I should ask for a book that gives me a good scare, but I’m not sure I can even name one that’s truly ever done that. So, scares are a bonus.
Also, if people are going in the basement when there’s clearly something evil lurking beneath the stairs, they’d better have a damned good reason for heading down there.
So you tell me — what’s your favorite horror novel that’s been published in the last ten years or so? Has anything made you sleep with the lights on? Make my pile o’books even taller!