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Some of My Favorite Horror Stories

My subjective definition of horror: A well-crafted tale meant to inspire in its reader a sense of otherworldly, subtle, and disquieting awe, suspense, and apprehension.

  1. Algernon Blackwood - The Willows
  2. Arthur Machen - The Three Imposters; The Great God Pan; The White People
  3. Bram Stoker - Dracula; The Burial of the Rats
  4. Charles Williams - All Hallows' Eve
  5. Dean Koontz - Phantoms
  6. H. P. Lovecraft - The Call of Cthulhu; The Dunwich Horror; At the Mountains of Madness; The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
  7. Peter Straub - Floating Dragon; Ghost Story
  8. Richard Forsythe - Bishop's Landing
  9. Robert E. Howard - Pigeons from Hell
  10. Henry Kuttner - Graveyard Rats
  11. Sarban - Ringstones
  12. Stephen King - It; The Stand; From A Buick 8
  13. Thomas Ligotti - Collected Stories
  14. William Hope Hodgson - The House on the Borderland
Stories that have their titles bolded are, in my opinion, not suitable for children.


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Michael Wilson
Oct. 12th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
A hearty concur...
for IT. Scariest...book...ever!
When I mention it to people who haven't read it, they say 'Oh...is that the 'clown' one?'

Then, they must listen to me tell them how it ISN'T about clowns...it's a shape changing telepath that taps into what scares you MOST and uses it to EAT YOU!!!

*Gah* *mutters* The CLOWN one...
Oct. 12th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: A hearty concur...

I debated putting It on the list due to that one scene when the children are in the sewers and the girl decides to "unite them all together."

I'm too polite to describe it completely, but you probably know what I'm talking about. (bleh!)
Oct. 12th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on the ones I've actually read on that list.

But one correction: Graveyard Rats was written by Henry Kuttner, not Robert E. Howard. That said I will agree that Pigeons from Hell is probably the best story he ever wrote, despite some deplorable language in it by modern standards. Though when I think about it, that may just help set up the last line in which all our expectations are overturned.
Oct. 15th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Eric, you are totally correct. I will correct this ASAP.

By the bye, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Oct. 15th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and I hope you had a great time at the con this weekend.
Oct. 13th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
I am moderately ashamed of how many of these I have not read!
Nov. 16th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
List of favorite horror books.
Have you read "The Taking" by Dean Koontz yet? If you haven't, it might replace "Phantoms" as your favorite Dean Koontz novel.
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