His novel the Girl Next Door (not to be confused with the Elisha Cuthbert film) was one of the most emotionally draining books I've ever read. It got so personal and horrific at times that I wanted to stop reading, but I just couldn't put it down.
Horror: it’s not just for illiterate zombies anymore. Discuss your favorite horror authors, books, comics, and more.
I have been reading Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint Germain vampire novels for the past 20 years and they are really great books. The historical detail and knowledge that she puts into every story is really amazing. I find her books more interesting to read than Anne Rice's because I have always felt like I was 'inside' her books and not looking in.
She based the character on a real life man who lived during the court of Louis the XIV. He claimed to be immortal, an alchemist, and he was a good composer. The real Cassanova actually wrote about him a little bit in his memoirs.
I was entranced by Peter Straub's Ghost Story and his collaborative work with Stephen King, Black House. He also co-wrote The Stepford Wives. While not as prolific as some writers, it seems a good deal of what he does publish gets adapted for screenplay. His stuff is largely lower key, but, IMO, has a really nice feel to it.
Is any one a fan of Poppy Brite? and If so what do you think of her newer non horror work?
HP was a true genius. He did entire worlds almost as well as Tolkein and the psychological impact of his stuff is undeniable. Truly unique and disturbing. Like I said, I'm hesitant to list him as horror because it's really more of a dark fantasy genre, but they make movies based on his work and call it horror, so I'll give it a lick and a promise and call it good.
I love to read Richard Laymon books. I think his best are the Beast House books. Island and Traveling Vampire Show are also good. If you like to read horror, you should check out his boods. He died a couple of years ago, not sure the exact date, but he has many good books that he has written in his life.
Not exactly horror fiction but who do you this has the better vampire series.
Anne Rice: The vampire lestet chronicles
Laurell K Hamilton: The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.
I personally hink both authors or amazing but I enjoy reading Hamilton's books more than Rice's
You had to know he would end up in this topic. People are very hard on King because he is so popular. They seem to think this detracts from his writing or somehow means he is too tame to be truly interesting. I would debate that with anyone. From all the true classics like The Shining (the bone breaking part of that still rings more true to me than any other single piece of writing I've ever read) and Carrie to the brilliant magnum opus of The Dark Tower series, the unique world view this man has is truly legend. I also really enjoyed his books as Richard Bachman.
I loved his teenager books series!!
The goosebumps series were o.k. for the little peeps