Looking For A Good Horror Novel

Discussion in 'Books' started by Peaceful_LotusFlower, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. I keep looking through Amazon and I see a lot of good reviews out there but I'd like to hear opinions from people first. I'm looking for a good Horror novel, that's creepy and thrilling. I don't care if it's an old or new novel. I've read a lot of Stephen King novels, mostly his older books but I know there's a lot more out there. What are your suggestions? I'm planning on ordering some books for myself soon. :)
  2. hotwater

    hotwater Senior Member

    Scariest book I ever read was Pet Sematary (Doubleday 1983) by Horror Fiction writer Stephen King,
    Most enjoyable horror novel was Shadowland (1980) by Peter Straub

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  3. Blu3sLady

    Blu3sLady Member

    I've read all of Dean Koontz books. His early works had quite a bit of scary stuff, but he always tells a really good story along with it. If you haven't read him, start off with Watchers.

    I just bought the new Stephen King book in paperback. It's the first of his works that doesn't list a co-author in a very long time. His work went totally down the tubes when he started letting someone else do most of the writing. I hope the one I just bought is old style.
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  4. Mallyboppa

    Mallyboppa Nails Mc Fugger

    IT By Stephen King ( much scarier than the Film )
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  5. Blu3sLady

    Blu3sLady Member

    They always screw up my fav horror authors in film. Except for the Odd Thomas film, which was fairly close to the Koontz novel.
  6. autophobe2e

    autophobe2e Senior Member

    Horror is really well suited to the short story format- get a few collections and anthologies on.

    Authors I would reccomend are: Thomas Ligotti, Simon Stranzas, John Langan, Laird Barron, Reggie Oliver and Clive Barker.

    This year, the best horror novel that came out was probably "head full of ghosts", and "house of leaves" is considered a classic (although a bit of a slog to get through)
  7. Ashalicious

    Ashalicious Senior Member

    I really liked The Ruins by Scott Smith

    The movie isn't bad either, but the book is for sure creepy and worth a read.
  8. Blu3sLady

    Blu3sLady Member

    Finished Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes today. It's NOT a horror story. It's sort of a psychological detective story. Totally NOT up to his early works.
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  9. Ashalicious

    Ashalicious Senior Member

    My husband is a huge fan of Stephen King. I don't find that his work suites my reading style though. I prefer to read more dysfunctional family fiction type books, where as the reader I am made to feel kind of voyeuristic, like a fly on the wall watching things unfold behind closed doors.
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  10. What type of novels do you read that relates with dysfunctional families? Could you give me some titles. :)
  11. Mister Liam

    Mister Liam An Old Mister

    I've never found horror novels to ever be scary, but that may just be me.
  12. Mister Liam

    Mister Liam An Old Mister

    V.C. Andrews, especially the earlier works involving the first several families before the ghost writer really started messing up the genre.


    Dollanganger through Logan. Read past that at your own risk.
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  13. Okay, thank you. I'll look into that and I remember that being one of them.

    They made a TV series out of Flowers In The Attic.
  14. Mister Liam

    Mister Liam An Old Mister

    I added a link above, but I'll repeat it.


    Dollanganger through Logan, they are the best. I've read them over twice. Past those family names, I personally believe it gets worse.
  15. fem_fatale

    fem_fatale Member

    I really like Dan Simmons’ horror books. The Terror is a good one.
  16. olderndirt

    olderndirt Member

    "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King was the scariest for me.
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  17. TrumpCards

    TrumpCards Visitor

    If you’re in horror short stories, I recommend Poe and Lovecraft.
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  18. Deidre

    Deidre Visitor

    The Changeling by Victor Lavalle
  19. Jude96

    Jude96 Member

    I enjoy Edgar Allen Poe too... I remember reading some of his stuff in school and then his work kinda stuck for me
  20. Modasflower

    Modasflower Member

    Just read that book in 4 days whilst on holiday. I can thoroughly reccomend it.

    I just started reading Cujo by Stephen King yesterday. So far, so good.
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