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Post by Shiney on Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:41 pm

Can be horror or not....Just list 'em ya bastards!!



RAY BRADBURY
STEPHEN KING (up to "Misery"....started slipping after that...I fear)
CHARLES BEAUMONT
GAHAN WILSON
JOE R. LANSDALE
NEIL GAIMAN
CHRISTOPHER MOORE (Tall , you and Ken need to read this guy!!)
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
JOHN SKIPP (with or without CRAIG SPECTOR)
JACK KETCHUM
JAMES HAVOC
JAMES NEWMAN (yup, I'd like him even if we were not friends)
SHIRLEY JACKSON
HP LOVECRAFT
ROBERT R MCCAMMON


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Post by JNewman on Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:51 pm

Shiney wrote:JAMES NEWMAN (yup, I'd like him even if we were not friends)

But I thought we *were* friends!


Just messin' with ya, bro. Wink



A few of my personal faves: Joe R. Lansdale, Ed Gorman, Bentley Little, F. Paul Wilson, Ray Garton, Stephen King (mostly his old stuff), Douglas Clegg, Nancy Collins, Richard Matheson, Robert R. McCammon, John Connolly, and Graham Masterton.



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Re: Generic Favorite Authors Thread

Post by Tall Tyrion on Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:21 am

Some good choices here. rockon

My favorites are:

George RR Martin (obviously)
Stephen King
Ray Bradbury
Flannery O'Conner
Ambrose Bierce
HP Lovecraft
EA Poe
CS Lewis
JRR Tolkien
F Paul Wilson
Dan Simmons
TED Klien
Shirley Jackson
Peter Straub
etc... etc... etc....

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Post by Guest on Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:48 pm

My favourite authors are:

Brian Keene (all)
James Herbert (all)
Richard Laymon (all)
Tim Lebbon (all)
Edward Lee (some)
Ray Garton (werewolves)
Dean Koontz (Odd Thomas)
Richard Matheson (I am legend)
Steven Hall
Stephen King (though only a small portion)
And some guy called Jim Corwell

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Post by kurtnewton on Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:15 pm

Early on: King, Etchison, Ramsey Campbell, Bradbury, Charles Grant...

Later on: Barker, Kathe Koja, John Shirley...

In between (took a side street): J.G. Ballard, Bruce Sterling, Gibson...

Now it's anything that holds my interest. Recent reads include Jeremy Robert Johnson's Angel Dust Apocalypse, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and Michael Marshall Smith's The Servants.

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Post by Guest on Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:16 pm

Oh, so many. The Velvet trio, I'm a huge fan of: Will Christopher Baer, Craig Clevenger and Stephen Graham Jones. From Dostoevsky, McCarthy and DeLillo to Steve Erickson, William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Knut Hamsun, Kobo Abe, Graham Greene, Will Self. I guess I don't read much Stephen King horror - not that I've anything against it, but I'm more a Flannery O'Conner man, who hasn't escaped mention above. Stephen Graham Jones, I think, is the apotheosis of well written horror. Mark Z. Danielewski, I should also include somewhere in that list.

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Post by Shiney on Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:23 pm

HOUSE OF LEAVES is one of the greatest books ever!

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Post by Guest on Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:15 pm

Shiney wrote:HOUSE OF LEAVES is one of the greatest books ever!
It's a nightmare printed in the blood of virgins, on pages bleached with voodoo smoke. I lent my copy to a friend years ago, and I've been wanting to refind it, recently. But I've neither the time or money for a new book. It is, definitely, something else.

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Post by Mercedes on Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:30 am

Early King, Ayn Rand, Dean Koontz, Jonathan Kellerman. I had a Robert Jordan phase. James Patterson before he teamed up with everybody.

Love, LOVE Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, Monique Roffey's August Frost.

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Post by Kenwood on Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:58 am

Dean Koontz is my all-time favorite. Other than that, I don't really care about authors; I care about good books. I don't care who wrote them. That said, these are probably my five favorite books:

Dean Koontz - Lightning
Ken Follett- Pillars Of The Earth
Michael Crichton - Timeline
Boris Starling - Messiah
Clive Barker - Imajica

Those are the five books I most often recommend to people. All five are brilliant, especially Pillars of the Earth. That might be the best book I've ever read.

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Re: Generic Favorite Authors Thread

Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:30 am

Kenwood wrote:Michael Crichton - Timeline

I got this one for free in March, just sitting there in the "please take" bin on a bookstore's sidewalk. I read it over the summer. I was loving the beginning, but it really fizzled towards the end, IMO. I ended up being disappointed with it.

Kenwood wrote:Ken Follett- Pillars Of The Earth

That's one I read on your recommendation. GREAT book! headbang

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Post by Suann on Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:37 am

Dean Koontz (all time fave, he began twisting my mind at a really young age Laughing )
Charles De Lint (all time fave urban fantasy author - he rocks!)
Stephen King
Jeffrey Deaver
Bentley Little
John Saul (even though I have to admit that something has been lacking from his writing for the last several years)
Kim Harrison (who knew vampires could be so damn sexy! *sigh*)
Terry Brooks
Orson Scott Card
R.A. Salvatore
Douglas Clegg

I could go on and on and on. *sigh*

My husband tells me that I'm "wimping out" because I've recently become a huge fan of Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, and the like. Says it's "fake horror". Meh. (I think they're actually marketed as fantasy? but I won't tell him!)

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Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:51 pm

Sass wrote:Dean Koontz (all time fave, he began twisting my mind at a really young age Laughing )
Do you think he's lost a bit of his magic? Starting around 2000 or so, his books began to have less of a pulse for me. Not all of them, but the majority feel like he's just following a template, or pushing to meet a deadline. Years ago, when he discussed how he had to fight to do cross-genre stories, he seemed to be entirely against what he's doing now. Which, in my opinion, is simply following the herd. We're going to have to try to set up an interview with him. I need to ask this crap.

I want the weird, twisted Dead Koontz back. I want him to mix in that surreal fantasy with the supernatural. His stuff seems overly moral, too religious. He's still my favorite, though, and writes good books regardless. I just feel like he's not striving for something better anymore.

Oh, and a huge complaint would be his print version of the Book of Counted Sorrows. First off, the poetry is very simple, not extremely challenging in any way. But the concept of the book is excellent. It should have been a dark book; he could have twisted a dark tale around the poems. Instead, we get a book that costs $35 (more if you bought the first pressing), and more than half of it--the first half--is this over the top "story" detailing how the book came to be. It's Dean Koontz humor all the way, which is to say, not all that funny and way too cute. It steals the power away from the so-called "Book of Counted Sorrows" and turns it into something like a spoof. I was utterly disappointed. I know Dean is older now, looking at life through different eyes, but he needs to--and I'll quote the almight Insane Clown Posse here--"bring the wicked shit." Laughing


John Saul (even though I have to admit that something has been lacking from his writing for the last several years)
Recent years? He's been writing the same book his whole career. Doing it well, I might add, but I'd like to see him start trying some new things, even this late in the game. The family in crisis stories, where the kids are the victims of evil or some supernatural entity from the past, got old long ago. "Manhattan Hunt Club" showed that he can do something different. That book, in my opinion, was brilliant. Since then, he's gone back to his bread-and-butter template.

Dammit. I'm going to have to interview him, too. By the way, did you know he's gay? I've been reading Saul since high school, and I just found out he was gay this year. Doesn't matter, of course, just odd I didn't know. If I'd been asked, I would have assumed he was married to a woman and had a bunch of kids. Haha.

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Re: Generic Favorite Authors Thread

Post by Shiney on Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:31 pm

I must say JOE HILL has recently zooped to the top tier of my favorite authors. He rocks!!

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Re: Generic Favorite Authors Thread

Post by Natalie L. Sin on Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:04 pm

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Ketchum
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Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:45 pm

Shiney wrote:I must say JOE HILL has recently zooped to the top tier of my favorite authors. He rocks!!
You finish 20th Century Ghost?

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Re: Generic Favorite Authors Thread

Post by Shiney on Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:01 pm

Weeks ago. Starting "Heart Shaped Box" this evening.

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Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:19 pm

Shiney wrote:Weeks ago. Starting "Heart Shaped Box" this evening.
I'm still reading it. In the middle of "The Cape" right now. I'm in the middle of too many books right now. I used to read one at a time, but this year I'm overdosing on fiction. I can't keep up. Haha. Either way, great little book so far. I was not at all impressed with "Best New Horror." I saw it coming a mile away. Figured Hill was all hype little substance. But he's got me convinced. "Pop Art" and "You Will Hear the Locust Sing" really stuck with me.

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Post by Shiney on Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:55 pm

"The Cape", "Dead Wood" and "Voluntary Commital" were my faves but all in all the book was flawless...even "Best new Horror " is great for what it is, a love letter to the "crazy inbred Tx Chainsaw type nutbird family" sort of tale...

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Post by Kenwood on Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:04 pm

Shiney wrote:"The Cape", "Dead Wood" and "Voluntary Commital" were my faves but all in all the book was flawless...even "Best new Horror " is great for what it is, a love letter to the "crazy inbred Tx Chainsaw type nutbird family" sort of tale...
No doubt. "Best New Horror" was a good read, but it's nothing that hasn't been done a million times. It's stories like "Pop Art" that shine. I really fucking love that tale. Probably the best short I've read in ages.

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:07 am

Carson McCullers--(The Heart is a Lonely Hunter)
John Steinbeck--(Everything he has written)
Stephen King--(I prefer his older works)
John Irving--(The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules)
Peter Straub--(Ghost Story--One of my favorite books)
SE Hinton--(Everything she has written)
Joyce Carol Oats--(Them, We Were the Mulvaney's)
Shirley Jackson--(We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Lottery)
Joe Hill--(20th Century Ghosts--best short story collection I've read in years)
Frank McCort--(Angela's Ashes)
Laura Ingal's Wilder--(Everything she has written)
Brian Keene--(Some of his work has been entertaining)
Kim Paffenroth--(Dying to Live)
Caleb Carr--(The Alienist, The Angel of Death)
Robert McCammon--(Swan, A Boy's Life)
Mary Shelley--(Frankenstien)
Louisa May Alcott--(Little Women)
Flannery O'Conner--(Everything that Rises Must Converge)
And
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Post by Shiney on Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:56 am

points for mentioning SHIRLEY JACKSOn...and MCCAMMON....

"20th Century Ghosts" was the title of JOE HILL's collection, HEART SHAPED BOX is a novel (yeah, I am a dick) Laughing


Welcome aboard....

Do you write as well? If so I'd start submitting stuff everywhere, the women associated with us seem to have fantastic luck....those of us harboring a penis...not so much Laughing

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:03 pm

You're absolutely right about the Joe Hill thing . . . what was I thinking? I shall revise.

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I do write! Actually, I sent something to Shock Totem in late December.

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Post by Mercedes on Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:54 pm

the women associated with us seem to have fantastic luck....those of us harboring a penis...not so much Laughing

Easy to remedy. C'mere.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:00 pm

Shiney first... If he starts getting accept notices, I'm next.

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