Tell Me What to Read — Horror Edition

(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!

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3 Responses to Tell Me What to Read — Horror Edition

  1. The Great Mutato says:

    Have you tried Justin Cronin’s The Pasage? It was one of King’s top picks a year or so ago and it definitely is a fun ride! It’s a different take on the whole Vampire genre and it goes places I really was not expecting.

  2. falconesse says:

    I did, and I loved it! Part of the reason I was so eager to read it was because so many people were comparing him to Stephen King, storytelling-wise.

    Now, of course, I’m tapping my foot impatiently for the sequel…

  3. *vlad* says:

    Try Dan Simmon’s Carrion Comfort. Not ‘hide behind the chair’ scary, but a bit like Stephen King in that a lot of what happens is unpleasant and makes you go ‘ewww’.

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