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Initial post: May 27, 2009, 3:03:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 27, 2009, 3:05:56 PM PDT
Brownimation says:
Hey all, apologies if a thread like this already exists. Any recommendations for small town horror novels? Something in the style of Twin Peaks, American Gothic, Meadowlands, only in book form. Any ideas appreciated. Books available in audiobook format are the best. Thanks!

Posted on May 27, 2009, 4:41:29 PM PDT
"Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury
"Salem's Lot" By Stephen King
"Ghost Story" by Peter Straub
"Needful Things" by Stephen King

Posted on May 27, 2009, 7:48:48 PM PDT
THE TOWN by Bentley Little
THE STORE by Bentley Little
THE WOODS ARE DARK (uncut/restored version) by Richard Laymon

Note: THE WOODS ARE DARK actually takes place mostly in the woods outside of the small town where the story begins

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2009, 6:01:42 AM PDT
David Girod says:
"Bethany's Sin" - Robert McCammon
"Stinger" - Robert McCammon
"Boy's Life" - Robert McCammon

"Phantoms" - Dean Koontz
"Summer of Night" - Dan Simmons
"Chiefs" - Stuart Woods

Posted on May 30, 2009, 3:44:41 PM PDT
"Harvest Home"--Thomas Tryon
Why do so many horror stories take place in New England?

Posted on May 31, 2009, 6:57:37 AM PDT
Mom of Three says:
Dead & Buried by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro -(zombie type)
The Pines by Robert Dunbar - (the Jersey Devil) and my personal all-time favorite
Midnight Mass by F Paul Wilson- Vampires at the Jersey shore

Posted on Jun 3, 2009, 6:42:01 PM PDT
Brownimation says:
Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone!

Posted on Jun 11, 2009, 3:11:35 PM PDT
Ty Johnston says:
The new novel, "Afraid," by Jack Kilborn (pen name for mystery writer JA Konrath) is pretty solid. It's not over-the-top horror, but there are some gruesome scenes. Takes place in a small town in Wisconsin.
Ty Johnston
Author of Preludes, for 99 cents
Preludes: four tales of the fantastic

Posted on Jun 12, 2009, 12:47:48 PM PDT
Juzbyosef says:
DIARY by Chuck Palahniuk

Posted on Jun 13, 2009, 5:35:43 AM PDT
"In the Dark of the Night" - John Saul

Posted on Jun 15, 2009, 9:41:12 AM PDT
MattT says:
"It"- Stephen King
"The Pet"- Charles Grant

And Charles Grant's Oxrun Station books-
The Hour of the Oxrun Dead
Sound of Midnight
The Last Call of Mourning
The Grave
Nightmare Seasons
The Soft Whisper of the Dead
The Orchard
Dialing the Wind
The Black Carousel

Posted on Mar 15, 2011, 7:57:48 AM PDT
<<The Pines by Robert Dunbar - (the Jersey Devil) and my personal all-time favorite>>

What a coincidence!

Posted on Mar 21, 2011, 8:06:01 PM PDT
Matt says:
Husk is horror story that takes place in the small (real) town of Loretto, Minnesota. The Kindle sample gives you five and a half chapters to let the writing sell itself, so please take a look and enjoy!
"Matt Hults delivers a crackling, creepy tale. A fast-paced read with a generous body count, 'Husk' will make your skin crawl."
-Scott Nicholson, Bestselling author of They Hunger

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2011, 8:48:52 AM PDT
Hey Rob D. are you by any chance Robert Dunbar? If so 2 thumbs up on The Pines (Leisure Fiction).

Posted on Mar 24, 2011, 3:37:51 AM PDT
A.D. Distler says:
The Lost Souls of Bell Valley

My latest horror book released this month. Small town? Yes, set in Caldwell, Ohio USA.

Book trailer and more info if you follow the link.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011, 5:54:50 AM PDT
The Portal Stone

My first horror novel. It's set in a small midwestern college town (fictional names but based on a real place).

Posted on Mar 25, 2011, 11:20:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011, 11:23:47 AM PDT
John Everson says:
My first horror novel COVENANT was set in small town and is available on Amazon as a mass market paperback or kindle edition.

COVENANT follows the story of Joe Kieran, a big city reporter who tries to leave his dark past behind (his investigative reporting ends up hurting someone a little too close to him for comfort) by relocating to a small coastal town. But when there's a suicide off the cliff outside of town and nobody, especially the local newspaper editor, wants him to cover it... Joe starts looking into things a little deeper... pretty soon he finds that there have been a string of suicides off that same cliff, all on the same date... for 100 years. Then he knows that he's on the trail of something far darker than a run of the mill suicide ring or serial killer...

The book won a Bram Stoker Award upon its initial release, and a sequel, Sacrifice, was also released.

Check out COVENANT here:
Mass Market Paperback

Posted on Mar 25, 2011, 12:03:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011, 12:05:36 PM PDT
My second novel is set in a fictional Michigan small town:

The Wahl House Curse
Peter Corbin is in need of a change in his job as a realtor in a busy suburban community. A chance to transfer to a small town seems to be what he and his wife Sarah need. They purchase an old house for a bargain price without much regard for the troubled past. This proves to be something he will soon regret. The restless ghosts quickly make their presence known. (about 60,000 words). This is being featured this week at Spalding's Racket!

Posted on Mar 25, 2011, 7:03:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011, 7:04:50 PM PDT
Remy Porter says:
Rise & Walk by Greg Solis has just been re-edited and re-imagined for a European audience. It definitely fits this category!

"Fast-paced, bloody, engaging and exciting, Rise and Walk is a blast from beginning to end." ~ David Moody, author of Autumn, Hater and Dog Blood

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011, 3:18:22 PM PDT
<<Hey Rob D. are you by any chance Robert Dunbar? If so 2 thumbs up on The Pines>>

I hope so. I'd hate to think there were more of me around. And thanks!

Posted on Mar 29, 2011, 4:03:39 PM PDT
Alan Ryker says:
We are the Monsters by Aaron Polson is about murder and mayhem in a small Kansas town. A lot of the stories in his collection The Bottom Feeders and Other Stories are also set in small Kansas towns.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011, 6:19:07 PM PDT
Jimmy Stille says:
Not to toot my own horn, but my new novel Werewolf and the Blackwater Hag is set in the tiny community of Black Ankle, which is about twenty miles south of Savannah. It has a historical as well as gothic feel to it.

It is available here at Amazon at the Kindle Store, and in paperback at the Amazon Book Store.
Werewolf and the Blackwater Hag
Werewolf and the Blackwater Hag

Posted on Mar 30, 2011, 1:08:59 PM PDT
Andy McDougal and the Crypt of the Chimera (Book 1)

Here's a shameless plug for my horror-themed YA book that recently went live.
Thank you for starting this discussion!

K.A. Richardson

Posted on Mar 31, 2011, 11:05:43 AM PDT
Desperation and Regulation (crooked twin books) by Stephen King.
Mr. X, In the Night Room by Peter Straub

Posted on Apr 3, 2011, 3:36:52 AM PDT
De says:
Souls of Silica

Forgive me for plugging my own book, but I'm willing to take a beating for some exposure. Small town, check. Horror, check. In trying to take a different approach, I wrote a book about characters, and not necessarily the monsters. The goal is simple, when the characters hair stands on end, your hair stands on end.
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