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bloom
Feb 25, 2017



I'm not a huge horror book guy but have enjoyed Adam Nevill's work. Last Days is my favorite from him, well worth a read if you like creepy supernatural things.

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bloom
Feb 25, 2017



MockingQuantum posted:

And House of Small Shadows does kind of work as a recommendation for a haunted house-ish book. I've only read it and The Ritual, but it was far and away the better of the two. The Ritual wasn't a terrible read, but it's kind of put to shame by the movie adaptation.

Apartment 16 is also a good haunted house book.

bloom
Feb 25, 2017



The Raw Shark Texts is a much better implementation of whatever you call the kind of text format fuckery that goes on in House of Leaves. It's far less :jerkbag: and it's got a shark in it.



A shark!

bloom
Feb 25, 2017



MockingQuantum posted:

I think someone in the last thread recommended this to me, and I'm interested in it for the weird text format fuckery, but how horror-y is it? And does anyone know if it's remotely readable as intended on Kindle?

It's not really written to be horror even though there are some aspects of it. There is a guy dealing with a completely alien threat to his mind but it's dealt with from more of a mystery, or even practical(insofar as the term applies to conceptual sharks), angle than horror.

Can't speak for Kindle or any other ebook readability since I've only read the physical copy.

bloom
Feb 25, 2017



chernobyl kinsman posted:

raw shark texts is unironically good and its a criminal offense that Hall hasn't put out more in the last like 10 years

I'm hoping one day he's gonna reveal that writing terrible video games was just paying the bills while he secretly worked on another cool rear end book.

bloom
Feb 25, 2017



Spoken like someone who's never had hákarl.

bloom
Feb 25, 2017



So if I don't like Teattro is it fair to assume Ligotti isn't for me?

bloom
Feb 25, 2017



I just didn't find it scary or weird enough to be interesting. The Town Manager was kinda neat, but when the high point of a collection is "kinda neat" that's not really enough.

On a more positive note, I picked up the audiobook version of Wounds and listening to The Visible Filth while trying to fall asleep proved to be a terrible idea. Fortunately I didn't have an early morning the next day.

bloom
Feb 25, 2017



Kestral posted:

Any recommendations for stand-out horror in audiobook format, either books or short story collections? I have to do most of my reading on audio these days, and horror is especially tricky to do right in that format: I was looking forward to Wounds, for example, but some of the narrators are terrible fits for the material.

Some things I've listened to and enjoyed include:

Dark Matter, A Ghost Story - Michelle Paver
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The Elementals - Michael McDowell
The Haunting of Hill House
Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill
The Imago Sequence - Laird Barron
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Stories - John Langan
... and a lot of Stephen King, which has consistently gotten good narrators for some reason.

Ghost stories and weird/cosmic horror are my jam, but I'll check out anything that isn't gore-porn or really extreme body horror.

The Dark Worlds of HP Lovecraft might be an obvious suggestion, but since you don't list it I'll mention it just in case. Even if you're not a Lovecraft fan, the narrator(Wayne June) is a joy to listen to.

bloom
Feb 25, 2017



There's been some talk of Neville earlier on in the thread yeah.

He's generally good, though his later works have felt like he's running low on ideas imho. My favorite from him is Last Days.

bloom
Feb 25, 2017



I personally enjoy the weird tonal shifts in Neville's books. As I said before, Last Days is my favorite despite the rather silly Aliens style ending.

He really needs new ideas though, but sadly the description for The Reddening sounds like it'll be more of the same. I'll read it if/when it shows up in the library but I'm not exactly feeling hyped.

bloom fucked around with this message at 13:08 on Sep 9, 2019

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bloom
Feb 25, 2017



That trailer looks good but I'm a bit sad we're not getting satanist pirates.

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