Top Ten Horror Book Writers
BarbwireHeart666The top ten horror authors. Not films but books. Their ability to scare amazes and will pull you into the book.
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santhrosMore comments about Stephen King
fireinside96More comments about Dean Koontz
Clive is way more intelligent than Dean Koontz. His books are more on par with serious literature. Koontz has a mainstream appeal to his books and probably makes more money, but Clive is on another level. Back in 1985, Stephen King said he is the future of horror. This is true. Clive is still the future of horror. His books are literally so good that he's still ahead of his time.
His 'books of blood' are really awesome. His short story 'midnight meat train' also made movie.
I am Legend... Need I say more. Forget the films they are pants, check out the real thing, it is simply outstanding!
Great novelist and an equally one of the great Twilight Zone teleplay authors
Hell House trumps every "scary" book written by King.
Matheson's work is so much more solid than Barker or King, I don't know why I am the first to vote for him?
Mathson explores themes of inner human darkness, choices, consequences and evil. King writes boo stories and Barker writes gore stories.
Hell House in itself is a disturbing piece that is so intense. Despite having ghosts there are other dark themes including necrophilia, sodomy, abortion, rape, murder, lust and the corruption of the soul.
I would also vote for his collection of short stories over 60% of the authors on this votes best list.
Closing I will say the only really good horror novel by King is Thinner. (Salems lot was ok, but not truly as horrifying as Hell House or the Button by Matheson. )
His novels made me stay awake all night, unable to put it down. I was so eager to know how the end would turn out... Not to mention they made me glance at the darkness within the room every now then, Boy was I sacred! Laugh out loud
This person is reasonably unknown but it's sad he is, because he really knows how to make amazing characters, fantastic plots and exellent character development. Don't let his ignominy fool you, he is one of the best if not the best horror writers.
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He's not the fear of the slasher or the satanic being, but rather that of everyday uncomfortable situations - a traffic stop, a confrontation, an audit, etc. - heightened to the point of the unbearable. And if you need them, there are usually monsters underneath.
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