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Initial post: Oct 29, 2012 2:57:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2012 2:58:30 PM PDT
Bill says:
Hello all--

I have not read much horror since my teen-age years and that was early Stephen King, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am looking for some good horror novels from the 70s or 80s.

I have recently read Ghost Story, Exorcist, The Omen, Ceremonies, and Nightstone. Not much at all. Also, if there are any newer authors who write in this vein I'd appreciate them also.

Like I said, I'm new to the genre so I do not know if I've cast my net too wide or not. Any help is greatly appreciated.


Posted on Oct 29, 2012 6:48:02 PM PDT
Shannon M. says:
Hi, Bill, I have a few suggestions for you.
Try Bentley Little. Some of his best are: The Summoning, the Return,
the Walking, the House.
You could also try Graham Masterton. Charnal House, The Manitou, Prey.
My personal favorite horror writer is Clive Barker. Try Books of Blood (there are three volumes), The Great and Secret Show, and Inhuman Condition.
Hope these suggestions give you a good place to start. Welcome aboard the horror lover's train!

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 7:33:25 PM PDT
Check out The Entity

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 5:33:10 AM PDT
I would recommend some 80's splatterpunk in the form of books by Skipp and Spector.
The Light at the End


In addition to Ghost Story Peter Straub's Shadowland was excellent as well, IMO.

The Entity was good- as is almost anything by Clive Barker. Enjoy!

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 6:14:27 AM PDT
I will second Shannon's recomendations for Graham Masterton. The 3 books she mentionned are amazing. I would also add "Mirror" (1988) "Ritual" (1988) and walkers (1989). Check out his website for more :

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 6:29:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2012 6:30:33 PM PDT
W. Owens says:
Thanks for the recommendations.

@Shannon: I recently picked up Bentley Little's The House the other day at a used book store so since I have it I'm planning to read it next. Graham Masterton and Clive Barker look very interesting as well!

@Charlene: I was intrigued by the term "splatterpunk" and I'm still not sure if I'm clear on it:) However, the novels by Skipp & Spector that you suggested caught my eye and I'll be reading them soon. I also checked out Straub's Shadowland and realized that I read it many, many years ago!

@Doum666: Thanks for the website. I haven't had time to check it out yet but will soon.

These seem like a good start. Thanks for the responses.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 10:29:32 AM PDT
Happy reading and Happy Halloween!

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 9:25:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2012 9:26:15 PM PDT
Jeff P. says:
I definitively agree with most of these,especially Clive Barker,Bentley Little and Skipp & Spector..3 of my favorite authors..I'd add 3 more favorites..Richard Laymon,Robert R, McCammon and Ramsey Campbell..for Laymon,some of my favorites are The Cellar,Beast House and One Rainy Night..for McCammon, Stinger,Swan Song and his short story collection Blue World..with Campbell definitively start with Alone with the Horrors..some great short fiction..the Parasite and The Doll who ate his Mother.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 6:31:03 AM PDT
I would also toss in there They Thirst by McCammon as well.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 10:45:04 AM PDT
R. Stahnke says:
I recently discovered MAsterton and second everyone's recommendation. Barker as well. McCammon is underrated. Try McCammon's collection "Blue World" if you can find it. I think most of his catalog is out of print, but could be wrong. I highly recommend the first Necroscope novels by Brian Lumley (Necroscope and Vamphyre).

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 11:42:28 AM PDT
That's the second time this week that I have seen Lumley mentioned. I was a big fan of his Necroscope books back in the day.

And I agree, McCammon is underrated. Most of his books are now available as e-books but there are still a few that are not.
Speaks the Nightbird, which is the first in his historical fiction series, should be available as an e-book soon. This series is excellent, IMO, but it's not horror. Though there are some horrific characters and a neat villain, Professor Fell. : )

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:13:31 PM PDT
MattT says:
The Elementals - Michael McDowall

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:34:43 PM PDT
R. Stahnke says:
I picked up McCammon's recent "The Five", which has some elements of a horror novel, but largely isn't. It wasn't a bad read, but I was disappointed that it wasn't in the same vein as his earlier work.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 1:03:41 PM PDT
I loved The Five, but it wasn't a horror novel.

But most of the older horror ones are available as e-books now. The Wolf's Hour was a great one from back in the day and the new book McCammon released this year The Hunter from the Woods filled in the gaps about Michael Gallatin and his time with the pack. Also, I recently re-read Baal, Mystery Walk and Bethany's Sin. Of the 3, only Baal didn't hold up to my memory of it. : (

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 1:03:58 PM PDT
MattT, I've heard from a number of people that that is an excellent book.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 1:54:11 PM PDT
W. Owens says:
Definitely on my 'to be read' list.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 2:02:51 PM PDT
Bill says:
Hey everyone, thanks for all the recommendations.

I went to the local used bookstore and picked up a number of items, many of which were mentioned here. Here's a list that should keep me busy for a while!

McCammon - Swan Song
Lumley - Necroscope
King - Hearts of Atlantis, 4 Past Midnight
Herbert - Others
Saul - Punish the Sinners
Skipp & Spector - Dead Lines
Masterton - The Charnel House, The House that Jack Built

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 2:24:36 PM PDT
R. Stahnke says:
Good choices and you should be busy for a while. In your first post, you said you read The Exorcist--I suggest you pick up Blatty's "Legion" as well. It's a sequel to the Exorcist (and the basis for the movie Exorcist III). I read it in college and have gone back to it at least 2 more times. I rarely re-read books.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 4:35:48 PM PDT
MattT says:
I've read it several times, definitely one of my favorites.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 10:39:54 AM PDT
R. Stahnke says:
I forgot about another favorite---Whitley Strieber's "Wolfen". I never read any of his other books, but that one was top notch. It's another that I've read multiple times.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 7:38:24 PM PDT
Pam Gearhart says:
@MattT, Michael McDowell -- great recommendation, especially his Blackwater series.

Also from the 70's and 80's (a "golden age" for horror? I think so), Joe Lansdale, T.E.D. Klein, Peter Straub, James Herbert, Thomas Disch (the Minnesota Supernatural series), George R. R. Martin (he wrote excellent horror before turning to fantasy), Ray Garton, Richard Matheson -- many others.

A good resource is Stephen King's Danse Macabre (non-fiction, King discusses the writers who influenced him). Back issues of Twilight Zone magazine (available cheap on e-Bay) will have short stories, excerpts from novels, and interviews.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 8:10:07 PM PDT
Dovefoot says:
Cirque de Noirceur. New book but it's done in the style of Stephen King. Well, there are like 10 short bio stories and a lot of them could have been books on their own. Child molesting, midget, clown......... nuff said.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 6:56:20 AM PST
It's nice to see you here, Pam!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 8:24:01 AM PST
Pam Gearhart says:
::waves at Charlene::

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 9:48:40 AM PST
Derek Grant says:
The Keep by F. Paul Wilson is a great book. Also, you should check out some Richard Laymon. He had his share of misses, but some of his stuff was top notch.
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