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    Looking for suggestions

    I am new here and am loving this place. I don't know anyone that I can discuss books with and I am glad to have found a site devoted to reading. I am a fan of horror novels and am looking for suggestions. I have read most of Stephen King's novels and many of Clive Barker's as well. I'm looking for something a bit more intelligent. I am currently reading Dante's Inferno and am loving it. If anyone has any suggestions please post them.

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    H. P Lovecraft? Haven't read him for about 15 years (I OD'd on Horror an dSci Fi as a teenager) but sounds like he might fit the bill.

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    Try EAPoe for horror novels or Bradbury, eg "The Small Assassin". Barker is all right. I had "The Skins of the Fathers" for my interpretation classes. I don't know if all that is intelligent but pretty enjoyable. Or you may just come back to Shakespeare He's the best horror writer ever
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    I haven't read it myself yet but a friend said Blindness is very upsetting and kept him sleepless although it is not a horror story in the traditional sense...

    Blindness by Jose Saramago http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...769560-0730226

    Incidentally, it is one of the books nominated for May in the Book Club : http://www.online-literature.com/for...ead.php?t=4283
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    I remember 'The Small Assassin' *shudders* All of Bradbury's short stories are great - 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' is another I rememebr well - and a Shakespeare reference to boot! Just thought, Irvine Welsh completely rips off 'The Small Assassin' in one of his short stories. You should check out Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stoker. I enjoyed 'The Tell Tale Heart' by the former, and 'The Judges House' by the latter.

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    I agree with Monica, Edgar Allan Poe wrote some of the best horror stories. I haven't read them all but I leave the lights on after every story.

    I know this isn't a 'horror' story but The Lord of the Flies is very scary on parts. In many ways it is also just cruel and disgusting. If you don't find it scary it is a very good book that I think everybody should read!
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    It was me not monica. Every time I read Monica's name I hum Monica by The Kinks. Lovely song.

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    Monica said it to, only she wrote EAPoe.......I hum that song too when I read that name, great song.
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    Yes, Bradbury is fantastic. We liked especially his short stories "Veldt" and "Perhance to sleep"

    Also We must recommend "Sand Kings" by George RR Martin.
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    Thanks for all the ideas. I am a fan of Poe and Lovecraft also but I haven't read Bradbury. I will definately have to check him out. Thank you all for your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monica
    Try EAPoe for horror novels
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    'Something Wicked This Way Comes' is another I rememebr well - and a Shakespeare reference to boot! . . . You should check out Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stoker. I enjoyed 'The Tell Tale Heart' by the former, and 'The Judges House' by the latter.
    I secondly suggest all of the preceding recommendations. Anything by Poe, especially, one could call the most satisfactory of horror. Some of Ambrose Bierce's short stories also went especially senstive under-the-skin, so to speak.
    Perhaps my favorite horror novel of all time: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. Watched before reading the book, I did not find the movie very frightening, but the book certainly spooked me, to say the least.

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    Try The Phantom of the Opera (Mary Shelley) or Frankenstein (Gaston Leroux).

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    Anything by Richard Matheson, specially 'I am Legend'.

    Horror is probably one genre where short story tends to work better than novel. As such one author who I haven't seen recommended so far is MR James. Brilliant short story writer - most of his works are public domain and can easily be accessed via Internet. (and they are pretty short too, making it less of a hassle to print them)

    Then there is Shirley Jackson's 'Lottery', Neil Gaiman's collection 'Smoke and Mirrors' also contains a lot of weird, spooky tales.

    For pure psychological horror you cannot go wrong with Shirley Jackson's 'Haunting of the Hill House'.

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    With you on 'The Exorcist' Mono - read it when I was thirteen and scared meself silly!

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    I started reading The Exorcist when I was 12 after hearing a lot about the movie (hadn't seen it myself). I managed to reach page 63 (yeah, I still remember it) but could not carry on any further (reading it late at night did not help either, I guess) and threw it under my bed and never took it out again. Hmmm, I wonder who did...
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