favorite horror writer

samuel_bilbrey2003
samuel_bilbrey2003: whats yalls favorite horror writer? mines clive barker the reason why is cause i juss think he has an amazing imagination and hes very descriptive about what he describes in his books and the books of blood for me were like the most gruesome twisted stories ive ever read
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xxzero
xxzero: i have two favorites horror writers.one dealing with the supernatural side and the other deals with the scientific side of horror.

stephen king and michael crichton.

books of king that i like are all(about 40 books read until today) including the books writen under other name and short stories collections.

few exceptions of king books that i dont like are the dark tower books ; talisman and eyes of the dragon.

recommended book for those starting reading stephen king "danse macabre" one of the most fun to read books about the history of horror in books and cinema.

books of crichton (RIP) dealing with scientific horror that i liked are.

andromeda strain ; terminal man ; jurassic park ; lost world and prey.

the only five michael crichton books dealing with scientific horror.
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IamEggman
IamEggman: I enjoy Kings apocolyptic novels.
Such as The Stand and Cell.
But I think my favourite is still, It.
Also he has great short stories. I think some of his short stories are better than some of his novels.

Like you, xxzero, I'm not a big fan of the Dark Tower series. And I felt the Eyes Of The Dragon, was more of a childrens story.
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abstrectchrist
abstrectchrist: aside from Clive Barker(fav. is Book of Art vol. 1) -- H.P. Lovecraft(fav. short story The Dunwich Horror.) I can't stand Stephens reads... not psychological enough.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis; if you like you're reads to be graphic, this book is like a Blue Ray movie in detail of everything -- and it doesn't let up on the visceral style of description -- unflinching even in who it's violence is put against.

Highly Recommended.
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maha64456
maha64456: i like stephen king and dean koontz
some books like false memory, IT and The Cell were good
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samuel_bilbrey2003
samuel_bilbrey2003: yea the only dean koontz books ive read so far were odd thomas and forever odd and they were really good
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samuel_bilbrey2003
samuel_bilbrey2003: yea ive read some of h.p. lovecrafts stuff he is really good i liked the white ship its a good story
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samuel_bilbrey2003
samuel_bilbrey2003: well ive only read the damnation game and the books of blood and the hellbound heart and im right not a lil over halfway through weaveworld and so far its my favorite book ive read in a while
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xanderiley
xanderiley: I keep coming back to Poe and Lovecraft.
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Brett666
Brett666: HP Lovecraft is my all time favourite of the genre...but i do like Clive Barker too for originality.....Stephen King is IMO so overated and sucks sweaty dog balls.
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samuel_bilbrey2003
samuel_bilbrey2003: ive never read him but ive heard that ramsey campbell is a very good horror writer
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azer786
azer786: stephen king wins hands down !
even his books that arent horror are classics such as the shawshank redemption and the green mile !!
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abstrectchrist
abstrectchrist: although Steven King(wrong spelling on purpose)wins the North American popular standard, his writing skill sucks balls, he's like the Sam Jackson of writers, he just does his thing, doesn't put any thought into it, I've always found the best writers have been the ones who didn't start out writing after taking university courses like Steven King did cause they don't stick out out of the crowd like writers like Bret Easton Ellis do, they just exist to put shit out that is unoriginal and only readable on a basic level: Steven King really is overrated IMO.
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xxzero
xxzero: Th1rd_3ye...

i hope that your opinion is based on king's books and not on the movies based on his books...

very few movies based on king's books have the same quality...mostly bad adaptations...
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abstrectchrist
abstrectchrist: yes, although there is only 1 book I actually read half way through and another couple I Tried to from him, I do know that his writing style doesn't vary that often, I think he's more enjoyable through the movies that become of his books even though like any other book adaption they most likely are bad compared to the book.
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xxzero
xxzero: i must agree king's writing style have not changed much during the years(few exceptions maybe "rose madder" and "insomnia" )...

maybe that's why many king's fans disliked the books above mentioned (personally i enjoyed a lot that books both in my top 20 list of king's books)...

anyway what i really enjoy in king's books is the dark humor style of writing that he does so well in his books...

even in the most gruesome situations he always manages to create a dark humor situation or a dark comical description of the situation(something that the movies never quiet get it to capture in the adaptations)...

best way for me to describe reading king's books into images..its just like watching a good episode of rod serling's "twilight zone"...
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abstrectchrist
abstrectchrist: Kings gruesome scene lack very much in the descriptive area, I'd say he clings too much to the traditional way of looking at a book, after reading the depth of gruesome American Psycho goes into you cannot go back to such small forms of descriptive styles without feeling your missing something from the reading experience.
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abstrectchrist
abstrectchrist: actually its his descriptive style period that lacks in imagination, Clive Barker has a much more established imagination behind his work, and Ellis has a much more established descriptive style than him.
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IamEggman
IamEggman: You do know that American psycho is a parady. Ellis used the same style to describe the brutal scenes as he did to describe the designer labels worn and used.
I think Kings real strength as a writer is when he is writing about childhood and teenagers. 'Hearts In Atlantis' is a great example.
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abstrectchrist
abstrectchrist: yes eggman I am aware of that, lol he sais that if you really looked into the way he made some of the business people look they'd look like clowns or jesters. but for me the extreme qaulity of description is still a much better style to read, especially if it pertains to a scene of gruesome happenings.
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xxzero
xxzero: every time i read bret easton ellis "american psycho" and the gruesome murders in the book,the other book that pops up in my mind is stephen king "dark half"...

Th1rd_3ye...

if you are looking for sadistic psychos and gruesome murders in books,i must strongly recommend you to read "dark half"...

might help change your mind about "steven" books...i hope...

not very fair to compare king's and ellis books they play in different leagues(genres)...

king's book is a very bloody dark parody about writers block much more focused in the supernatural horror...

bret ellis book it's more closer to thomas harris thriller suspense genre books...

i liked them both in my opinion (and sorry to repeat once again) not fair to choose just one they are both great in their own genres...

about clive barker i must admit i'm in the same situation of Th1rd_3ye in relation to king's books...

only read a very few short stories (failed to impress me i must say) and also watched "hellraiser" and "nightbreed" movies directed by clive barker...

i liked the movies very much but it's not enough for me to form a valid opinion about clive barker works in general...

"I think Kings real strength as a writer is when he is writing about childhood and teenagers. 'Hearts In Atlantis' is a great example."

IamEggman...

i have a extreme "split" love and hate relation with that book loved the first part and hated so much the second part of the book (sometimes i think the "evil" twin of stephen king took control and decided to ruin the book)...

...childhood and teenagers in king's books sometimes can be a real slow down in the pace of the story (for example abuses sometimes too much in the flashbacks and memories from childhood in "cliffhanger" situations of the books)...
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funkyspacegirl
funkyspacegirl: Currently reading King's "under the dome". Can't put it down, He's still got it!!!
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xxzero
xxzero: ...and steven spielberg also got it...the rights to adapt the novel to cinema...

also "under the dome" based on a never published story "Cannibals" by the alter ego of king ( richard bachman )is already available for download in king's website...
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funkyspacegirl
funkyspacegirl: I find that King takes ordinary people, put's them in not so ordinary situations and speculates on the outcome. Only problem I have is when the "good guys" are just too good. Then they just start to annoy me. It seems like King always finds my favorite person and kills him!!
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samuel_bilbrey2003
samuel_bilbrey2003: i like king alot hey has anybody ever read any ramsey campbell books before im fixing to read one of his books called silent children or summin like that
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xxzero
xxzero: ramsey campbell in other forums about horror books it's a name always mentioned a lot...

some say ramsey best book is the "nameless"...only watched the movie..
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