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Good Intro to Horror books?


I really want to start reading books from the horror genre. I've read my share of young adult horror, but I think I'm ready to step into the adult world of scary-ness.

That said, I'm looking for either books or series that are good introductions to the genre, and won't be TOO scary. I've seen plenty of horror films, and can handle them, but I'm not so sure on the books.

Hopefully someone can help, thanks!


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Jul. 14th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Agree on The Shining. Excellent. Creepy. :)
Jul. 14th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
"A Dark Dividing" by Sarah Rayne is quite good, and I really like Gary Braunbeck.
Jul. 14th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
Stephen King is a great place to start. I'd begin with some of his earlier works like The Shining, Salem's Lot, Carrie, Pet Semetary, etc.
Jul. 14th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly second Pet Sematary.
Jul. 14th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
And thirded. You can never go wrong with Stephen King.

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Jul. 14th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
Some people think China Mieville's Perdido Street Station touches on the horror genre. I would really recommend Stephen King's Pet Semetary, though!
Jul. 14th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Stephen King is pretty standard horror 101, as he's an icon in the genre.

I also agree with H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Clive Barker as more advanced.

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Jul. 14th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
mmm Clive Barker is yummy. I second that.
Jul. 14th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
It by Stephen King is probably the best horror book I've ever read, closely followed by The Shining and The Stand.
Jul. 14th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
So, everyone's saying Stephen King. I'll just tell you that I'm a bit of a wimp and I still was able to read his book Pet Sematary in middle school -- it creeped me out majorly, but I still liked it when I was finished! It was probably the first adult horror book I've ever read. So I'll say it was a good intro for me. It miiiiiight be one of his tamer books, not so sure though cause I haven't read too many others. Just from plots though, heh, it sounds tamer. *shrug*
Jul. 14th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
I dislike Stephen King. I'd recommend:

Susan Hill - The Woman in Black (ghosts, and bloody scary too, but not at all visceral).
John Ajvide Lindqvist - Let the Right One In (set in Sweden, this is a very visceral vampire novel, an adult book about children).

I also recommend Poppy Z. Brite's stuff - her short stories are excellent, as is Lost Souls (bit of a teenage gothic icon, about vampires), Exquisite Corpse (vampires) and Drawing Blood (ghosts).
Jul. 14th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I've taken almost all of these books into consideration. I think I'm going to start with Pet Sematary first, since it seems to be the most popular vote, and see what happens! I'll write a review when I'm finished to let you all know how it's coming. (:
Jul. 14th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Depends on what sort of horror fiction you're looking for. Are you searching for pulp? In that case, go with Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Are you searching for something deeper? House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski or pretty much anything by Clive Barker.

Bram Stoker's Dracula is also one of the more frightening pieces of fiction I've read.
Jul. 15th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
BEST horror books i've ever read:

The Amityville Horror
The Exorcist

...throw out whatever you know about the movies and read them!

Jul. 16th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Rosemary's Baby and the Stepford Wives by Ira Levin.
They are both really good books and a little creepy.
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