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Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:12 pm

At least here is one guy's list:

http://www.mania.com/top-20-greatest-horror-writers-alltime_article_113153.html

I like it... It's well thought out and balances the classic and modern authors in a thoughtful way, IMO

For Shiney: John Skipp gets an honorable mention. Def

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Shiney on Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:27 pm

Coz he's the fucking man!

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Tall Tyrion on Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:37 pm

That's great company. Lots of really great writers were left off, of course.

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Guest on Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:10 pm

ugh...John Saul...

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:32 pm

B.Napier wrote:ugh...John Saul...

That's my opinion as well...

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Kenwood on Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:37 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:
B.Napier wrote:ugh...John Saul...
That's my opinion as well...
Both of you die! Haha. I like Saul. Yeah, he's been writing the same book nearly his entire career, but he does it well.

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:32 pm

I knew you'd be chiming in. lol

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Brian Sammons on Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:19 pm

Nice list, while some were missing, all I got to say is: H.P. LOVECRAFT at #1. At least someone gets it! rockon

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Post by Rich Sampson on Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:31 pm

John Saul on this list is like a shiny nugget of poo on a white duvet...

And how come no Dan Simmons, Tom Piccirilli or Poppy Z Brite? They might not be mt favourites, but certainly better than Saul.

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Post by Kenwood on Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:50 pm

Rich Sampson wrote:John Saul on this list is like a shiny nugget of poo on a white duvet...
Listen here, you son of a bitch, I love John Saul! lol

I do realize he's been writing the same book for decades, but he does it so well. Haha.

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by EffieCollins on Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:55 pm

I like Saul too. I read Hellfire from him first. And the rest, as the old ones say, was like a prostitute. Hookin' baby, hookin'.

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Post by Shiney on Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:04 pm

"a shiny nugget of poo on a white duvet"

Ken....I want this to be my title....if M is Totem Goddess.....

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Post by Kenwood on Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:10 pm

EffieCollins wrote:I like Saul too. I read Hellfire from him first. And the rest, as the old ones say, was like a prostitute. Hookin' baby, hookin'.
I loved when he did something different with Manhattan Hunt Club.

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Mercedes on Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:45 pm

Oh my gosh, I AM the Totem Goddess! Rock on.

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Rich Sampson on Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:19 am

You missed the opportunity to squeeze an extra 'e' in shiny...

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Post by Shiney on Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:26 am

Ya know...The "E" in Shiney is there for a reason....there's a dumb story behind it....but yeah, I thought the same thing.

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Steerpike on Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:34 am

Yeah, get rid of Saul. I'd be down with putting Simmons on instead. Also, Laymon should be higher up on the list.

I like seeing Lovecraft in the top spot rockon

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Kenwood on Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:10 pm

Steerpike wrote:Yeah, get rid of Saul. I'd be down with putting Simmons on instead. Also, Laymon should be higher up on the list.

I like seeing Lovecraft in the top spot rockon
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Post by Steerpike on Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:15 pm

Kenwood wrote:
Does Kenwood have to smack a bitch?

Heh.

To be fair, I've only read two of Saul's books, and they were older. One was When the Wind Blows, and the other was older than that. I liked them well enough (they were well-written, etc.) but not enough to get him into my top 20.

It's been a long time, but I am trying to remember whether they were supernatural, or more psychological. I remember When the Wind Blows better than the other, and I seem to recall a ghost element, though it was somewhat understated.

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Post by Kenwood on Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:34 pm

Steerpike wrote:
Kenwood wrote:
Does Kenwood have to smack a bitch?

Heh.

To be fair, I've only read two of Saul's books, and they were older. One was When the Wind Blows, and the other was older than that. I liked them well enough (they were well-written, etc.) but not enough to get him into my top 20.

It's been a long time, but I am trying to remember whether they were supernatural, or more psychological. I remember When the Wind Blows better than the other, and I seem to recall a ghost element, though it was somewhat understated.
I'm just messing around. A lot of people dislike Saul. I'm just a fan boy. Haha.

Most of his books are psychological thrillers with a supernatural element. Unfortunately, they often tread the same paths, which I probably mentioned somewhere in this thread. I still dig him, though.

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Re: Top Twenty horror writers

Post by Paula Ray on Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:24 pm

Not a single woman on the list? That's weird.

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Post by Mercedes on Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:45 pm

Not a single woman on the list? That's weird.


There will be an article about that somewhere. Women are noticeably lacking in the top 20 of pretty much everything.

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Post by Paula Ray on Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:30 pm

If there weren't so many great female horror writers in the past and present--I wouldn't say anything, but there are MANY who seriously rival some of the guys on that list...enough that at least ONE should have made the cut. I've been coming across similar lists elsewhere--sort of a boy's club mentality...BUT...this year--Langan won the Bram Stoker novel award and Tanith Lee was one of the primary speakers at the Horror World Convention...in current horror sales women are holding their own. Women are scoring well in regards to pro-sales for horror short stories as far as I can tell. Where it counts...sales...things are pretty evenly spread out. I just find it strange that women are consistently left off some of these lists.

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Post by Mercedes on Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:33 pm

There was a really interesting thread about this at Shocklines. Of course, beings Shocklines, it spiraled out of control and into some ugliness, but the points were valid at first.

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:02 am

Mercedes wrote:
Not a single woman on the list? That's weird.


There will be an article about that somewhere. Women are noticeably lacking in the top 20 of pretty much everything.
My top 20 hottest chicks is all women!

Well, Chastity Bono is number 20, so that may be wrong.

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