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Recommend me some horror novels pretty please?

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by Meow Mix, Aug 3, 2021.

  1. Meow Mix

    Meow Mix Chatte Féministe

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    Specifically sci-fi or supernatural horror?

    My favorite contemporary horror from the last 5 years or so is John Langan's "The Fisherman."

    I just finished reading Warren Fahy's "Fragment," which was pretty okay (it got weird by the end), and it wasn't so much horror-feeling as it was an action-adventure sort of thing.

    I like stories that involve ancient evils (think Stephen King's "It," Dan Simmons' "Summer of Night," Dean Koontz's "Phantoms"), but I'm always down for a good creature feature as well.
     
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    Viker Filia Diaboli, in a shroud of metaphor and mystery

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    Lovecraft?
     
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    Does Mein Kampf counts?

    If not how about some old classics like Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein A Poe's short story anthology maybe?
     
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    There's a difference between horror and plain horrible.
     
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    I like Lovecraft('s writings, the man himself was a POS). Have read all of his short stories.

    I've tried looking for more stuff in the mythos for instance, but there's just so much amateurish garbage out there.
     
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    Im fond of the Divine Comedy. All parts are unpleasant, but the Inferno especially is a world of horrors that few authors come near.
    An honorable mention for HR Giger art books.
    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is something that once read can never be unread. It has parts so shocking even I was saying "oh my god..oh my god....oh my gooh my. OH my GOD!!!" Apparently when he does public readings of this part he notices that there will be little holes in the crowd from where someone fainted.
     
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    I've read most of Poe. The classics are good, but I'm hoping for something more contemporary.
     
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    Alice isn’t dead.
    World War Z (forget the movie, but get the audiobook if you can)
    The Return
    The Lesser Dead
    The Cabin at the end of the World.
     
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    I also recommend Haunted. It stays with you.


    (by the same guy who wrote Fight Club.)
     
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    How The Dead Live, by Will Self is a novel I really enjoyed. Not quite sure if it fits a strictly horror genre - more a dark comedy really - but in parts it's very scary, and the ending freaked me out. All Self's novels are off-the-scale weird, if a bit self-consciously clever, and this one doesn't disappoint.
     
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    Among the creepypastas there are some hidden gems that stuck with me.

    Psychosis
    It may not involve the specifics you're looking for but it's very well written.

    The devil's toybox
    A story about a very impressive halloween attraction.

    The new fish
    This story is told from the perspective of an ex-convict.
    The build up towards the horror is very slow but it manages to pull me in from beginning to end as the main character has a very interesting way of telling stories.

    The portraits
    This one is very short but still manages to be creepy imo.

    The dogscape
    The most unusual post-apocalyptic story I've ever read.

    The dionaea house
    I think this one is a real classic.

    Ted the caver
    I have yet to read this one(Tried reading it before but got interrupted for some reason so I never finished it) but I heard this one is a good classic as well.
    It's about a man exploring a cave and discovers something unusual.
     
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    Hey @Meow Mix, don’t forget to let us know if you read any of these books and what you thought of them.
     
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    James Herbert - Others

    He's more famous for The Rats (not supernatural but still worth reading) but Others is possibly the most disturbing one he's written.


    George R. R. Martin - Fevre Dream

    This one is probably more dark fantasy than pure horror but presents an interesting take on vampires.


    Clive Barker - The Hellbound Heart

    The novella that Hellraiser was based on. It's a bit of a cliché but this really is a case of the book being better than the film, even though I love the first two Hellraisers.
     
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    Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man.

    - Mary L. Trump.


     
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    Anything from Edgar Allen Poe.

    His writings still gives me shivers to this day.
     
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    Ok! I've read World War Z, and liked that. I'd read Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide that came out before this as well. The film was trash, agreed.

    Of the other four, I haven't had a chance to look at them yet, I'll probably go through their descriptions when I'm in bed.
     
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    I'm with you on the first two. Though I still enjoyed 3 on, that's when the Cenobites became less "amoral eldritch beings literally incapable of separating pleasure and pain, taking people to an existence they thought they wanted but humans clearly weren't built for" to "ha just kidding, just pulpy evil demons with Hell and everything."

    So, the first two were actually interesting, everything after that was only fun in the campy sense.

    One of my favorite lines in horror comes from 2: "No! It is not hands that call us, but desire."

    Anyway I've surprisingly never read The Hellbound Heart, maybe I should. I'll check out the others' descriptions when I'm in bed too and see if anything resonates with me.
     
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    Ever read any splaterpunk books?
     
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    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Take a look at
    Project Gutenberg
    All the classic horror you could wish for
    And it's free
     
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