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Re: So what are the greatest books you horror fans have ever read?
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2017, 05:43:41 PM »
I realize that these aren't exactly novels or anything. But the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy was really important to me when I was little.
They really taught me about how the scariest things are the unknown. And of course, Stephen Gammell's art inspired and scared me a lot too. (Seriously, Stephen Gammell or go home, just don't even bother with the new prints of the books without him.) And sure, the books were only collections of already existing stories and poems but I think that helped me get curious about old urban legends and superstitions. Also, since they're for children, it intrigues me with how simply they were written. They manage to explain domestic abuse in such a simple way that a kid could understand basically all they need to know and leave the rest out.


I loved those books as a kid! Still have copies now.
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Re: So what are the greatest books you horror fans have ever read?
« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2017, 11:31:14 PM »
Frankenstein
Dracula
Pet Semetary
4 Past Midnight (King short stories)
Salemís Lot
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Re: So what are the greatest books you horror fans have ever read?
« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2017, 12:55:32 PM »
I just ordered "Meddling Kids " as a Christmas present for my daughter. She is a huge Scooby Doo fan and I think she will enjoy an adult take on the characters. Thanks for mentioning it in this thread as I wasn't aware of the book.
My own list of great horror books include
Salem's Lot and the Shinning by Stephen King
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Robert Howards short horror Stories

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Re: So what are the greatest books you horror fans have ever read?
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2017, 07:18:08 PM »
I just ordered "Meddling Kids " as a Christmas present for my daughter. She is a huge Scooby Doo fan and I think she will enjoy an adult take on the characters. Thanks for mentioning it in this thread as I wasn't aware of the book.
My own list of great horror books include
Salem's Lot and the Shinning by Stephen King
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Robert Howards short horror Stories

Meddling Kids sounds cool.

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Re: So what are the greatest books you horror fans have ever read?
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2022, 11:18:36 AM »
I just picked up this very cool book at a used book store:



It's really good and gets my Hepcat Seal of Approval.

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Re: So what are the greatest books you horror fans have ever read?
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2022, 09:09:57 PM »
I don't read as much as I should, but you can't beat Dracula or Let the Right One In.

I was raised Catholic and as a teen, decided to read The Exorcist. I was home alone. At night. With just one lamp on. I got to the part of the novel (and as depicted in the movie) where the mom hears sounds in the attic and goes to investigate. Just as I started that passage, I heard a very loud BOOM! from upstairs -- and tossed the book up in the air! I almost soiled the couch.

I immediately turned on a LOT more lights, and crept very slowly upstairs to find the source of the noise. We had a spare bedroom and it was filled with stacks of books... one of which had fallen over while I was reading! From that point on, The Exorcist was strictly a daytime read.

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Re: So what are the greatest books you horror fans have ever read?
« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2022, 09:49:03 PM »


I hate to be predictable but I'm a slave to the classics: Denis Gifford's Movie Monsters
and Pictorial History of Horror Movies, the Clarens title pictured above, film history books
by William K Everson. Of contemporary titles, just about anything by David J Skal and Greg
Mank is always welcome in my library.

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Re: So what are the greatest books you horror fans have ever read?
« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2022, 11:59:08 PM »
Yes! My school library had the Clarens book and I remember checking it out at least a few times!! I should track it down and buy my own copy.

 

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