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gey muckle mowser
Aug 5, 2003

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Buglord

Not sure if The Library at Mount Char counts as pure horror, but itís definitely horror-adjacent at least. A bit dark fantasy, a bit cosmic horror. Welp thatís my recommendation.

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gey muckle mowser
Aug 5, 2003

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Buglord

also seconding/thirding Books of Blood

Stephen King chat: I used to be a big fan when I was younger, but I tried to re-read It last year and it's absurdly loving long and I got bored halfway through. I have gone back and read a bunch of his short stories too, and they do hold up. Pretty much everything in Night Shift is great.

Has anyone mentioned Joe Hill yet? 20th Century Ghosts is real good.

gey muckle mowser
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Oxxidation posted:

joe hill is worse than his father by an order of magnitude

Yeah that's fair, Horns was alright but I didn't think much of his other novels that I've read. I do think most of the stories in 20th Century Ghosts are great though.

gey muckle mowser
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Irony.or.Death posted:

David Searcy's books (Last Things and Ordinary Horror) are the only horror I've read that did not either bore or annoy me, which is distressing because I love horror and I love books and it seems like they should mix well but most of the time they just don't.

Ooh, I forgot about Searcy. I loved Ordinary Horror but havenít gotten around to Last Things yet, Iíll have to fix that.

One author that I donít see discussed much here is Joyce Carol Oates. I havenít read any of her novels, but Iíve read a bunch of her horror short stories and they are excellent. Anyone a fan and have a recommendation for her?

gey muckle mowser
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Buglord

I'd say Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle counts as Gothic, and it's extremely good.

Le Fanu's Carmilla is a classic if you haven't read it yet.

I also enjoyed Elizabeth Gaskell's Gothic Tales a lot.

gey muckle mowser
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Relevant Tangent posted:

There was a short story about owl monsters or possibly bear monsters vs a gang of outlaws. One of the outlaws shot a baby monster, maybe. Does that ring a bell?

Those Who Went Remain There Still by Cherie Priest

gey muckle mowser
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Len posted:

Speaking of Tingle you can get a bunch of his books on the Humble Bundle store right now. Someone might consider them horror.

I've never actually read a book of his but I might have to check out "Heavy Metal Unicorn Lawyer Sings Into My Butthole Legally"

gey muckle mowser
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sicDaniel posted:

X's for Eyes - Laird Barron: I had never read Laird Barron and I will never read anything from him again. This is only an 80 page novella - again, sounds very interesting, Lovecraftian gods and so on - but I couldn't finish it. The style is terrible and it feels like reading only every third chapter out of an actual novel. The plot moves with nonsensical speed and new characters jump in and out all the time and everything is so, dunno, lolrandom and edgy or whatever you call that. If you gave me this book and told me it's a Garth Marengi tie-in novel, I would believe you.

I actually liked this one, it's intentionally ridiculous and kind of disjointed but it's also short and (in my opinion) a fun read. Sort of a weird mix of cosmic horror/Johnny Quest-style adventure serial.

gey muckle mowser
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Buglord

I finished The Fisherman yesterday and overall I really liked it. Parts of the first half were not great, especially some of the long-winded stories, but once the action picks up I thought it was really cool.

gey muckle mowser
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nankeen posted:

can anyone recommend a decent horror shorts anthology (with various authors)? i already have the treasury of american horror stories (which is good and i'd recommend btw), so something without too much overlap would be great

Not sure what's in that collection, but two of my favorites are American Supernatural Tales and The Dark Descent

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Dissapointed Owl posted:

Anyone here familiar with Adam Nevill? I picked up the short story collection Some Will Not Sleep on a lark because it was only 3 bucks but I'm really enjoying it. Things get wonderfully weird while (so far) never diving into grotesqueries per se (although Mother's Milk might come closest).

Highly recommend it. After this one, I'll definitely jump further into his bibliography.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LBBQV7W/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

House of Small Shadows has been talked about in this thread before, and I liked it a lot.

gey muckle mowser
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MockingQuantum posted:

I want to read more Clark Ashton Smith, but it looks like there's about a billion different collections of his work. Anybody have a good definitive one they'd recommend? Or individual stories that are worth hunting down (since it looks like a lot of his stuff is online in some fashion)?

I see there's a Penguin Classics collection, which I'm usually pretty happy with, but it looks like a lot of it is his poetry, which if I'm honest, I don't care about reading at all.

I have the Penguin Classics edition (The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies) and only maybe ~20% is poetry. I definitely enjoyed the book.

gey muckle mowser
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Black Griffon posted:

Yo what's good space horror?

Event Horizon, Alien, Jason X... there aren't a ton of really great ones. I like Sunshine, Europa Report, Last Days on Mars, and Apollo 18 but ymmv on those. Life was OK.

e: Lifeforce!

e2: this is not the thread I thought it was!

gey muckle mowser fucked around with this message at 16:44 on Jan 13, 2020

gey muckle mowser
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Black Griffon posted:

I was thinking books though, but thanks anyway!

Edit: for reference, I've read Blindsight twice and I love it.

lol sorry I thought I was in the horror movie thread.

Yeah Blindsight is great. "The Voyage of the Space Beagle" by A. E. van Vogt is mostly sci-fi but it does have some good monsters and dangerous space stuff.

e: I liked Crescent by Phil Rossi too

gey muckle mowser fucked around with this message at 16:46 on Jan 13, 2020

gey muckle mowser
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what (if any) Stephen King novels from the past 10-15 years are worth reading? Last of his I read was Under the Dome.

gey muckle mowser
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Buglord

Thanks for the recommendations, hopefully my library will have one of those two this weekend!

gey muckle mowser
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MockingQuantum posted:

First, I'm looking for some poetry that's horror-adjacent. I'm not thinking stuff like Lovecraft's space mushrooms or Poe's scary birds, but more poetry that captures a sense of the macabre, dread, or darker side of human existence. Someone on SA (chernobyl, possibly?) recommended The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded and I'm basically looking for more like that.

I like Stephen Dobyns, haven't read a ton of his poems but the ones I have I'd definitely call macabre. Cemetery Nights was the first collection of his I read and I enjoyed Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides too.

gey muckle mowser
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I really enjoyed all three, but agreed that the second is the best and the third is the weakest.

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Untrustable posted:

Finished Growing Things by Paul Tremblay and God drat dude can write. It's all very grandiose but not like, in a lovely, forced way. It's not overwrought. All the stories are excellent except the dog walkers one, that one got a bit self-indulgent. I guess I'll start on Obscura.

I liked the dog walkers one, yeah it's self indulgent but I also thought it was really funny. If every story in the book had been written like that it would probably be insufferable but as a standalone I think it works.

Unrelated, I just finished The Wise Friend by Ramsey Campbell and really enjoyed it. It's not essential or anything but I'm a sucker for stuff with witchcraft and the occult. I know I've read some short stories of his, but I believe that was the first novel. What other novels of his are worth checking out?

gey muckle mowser
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Finally started North American Lake Monsters, only a few stories in so far but holy poo poo :stare:

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ravenkult posted:

Does anyone have any recommendations for something like John Dies at the End? Like, edgy, dirtbag loser type horror?

Skullcrack City by Jeremy Robert Johnson fits that bill, and I liked it better than John Dies at the End

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E: taken!

I received 2 copies of Michael McDowellís The Elementals for Christmas, obviously I donít need both and returning either will be a pain, so if anyone wants a copy I will send it to you for free (US only). Shoot me a PM if youíd like it!

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grobbo posted:

Working my way through a pile of Christmas horror books, with mixed results:

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw: Great title, lots of high praise, and I've enjoyed the short stories by Khaw that I've read, so I was a bit surprised that this one just didn't work for me at all. The premise is oddly wobbly and artificial, with a group of protagonists - a five-person wedding party in a real Japanese haunted house, which is supposed to have been a huge and expensive endeavour to plan even though most of the characters are barely tolerating each other's company, and one of them has travelled all the way but doesn't seem to even remember the groom's name - who don't make any sense to me. There's meant to be tension rising from the protagonist's Hill House-esque feelings of isolation and inadequacy, but everyone comes across as equally dysfunctional, and the tangled relationship issues sometimes just skip into banter along the lines of 'if this was a *real* horror story, I'd definitely die first!' The grand reveal of the ghost is followed by the characters standing in front of it, bickering at length about their next course of action. Really not sure what I'm missing on this one.

I felt the same way, I was very disappointed

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Shitstorm Trooper posted:

It's my own personal horror hot take.

And yes his short stories are universally better than his novels.

I liked Insomnia a lot too, although I wouldnít call it one of his best. Creeped me out in a way that most of his writing doesnít. Itís been years though so I canít remember many specifics.

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