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Thread: Especially well-written modern horror novels?

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    Especially well-written modern horror novels?

    Hi friends,

    I've browsed the other threads for book recommendations, and there are so many to choose from. I made this to narrow it down.
    Could any of you recommend a few horror novels to me that are:
    1. recent (say, no more than 10 years old?)
    2. "literary," if that means anything in this genre, or otherwise especially well-written in your opinion
    3. scary/creepy (it's hard to find both 2 and 3 in the same book)
    4. not King (nothing against him, I just am already familiar with his styles)

    I'm just looking to further sharpen my craft, and I think reading widely is the best way to do this.
    Thank you!
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    Everything by Damien Angelica Walters, particularly Sing me Your Scars and Paper Tigers. (the ink goes to her Amazon page)

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    Justin Cronin's The Passage and its sequel The Twelve.

    Adam Nevill's Last Days.

    Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger. Classic haunted house.
    Last edited by anakhouri79; 01-30-2017 at 04:54 AM.

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    I'll put in a plug for Nate Kenyon's stuff. I'm not a big reader of horror, but he has been a mentor to me in the past and I know how well he writes.

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    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Note, however, that this author works heavily in the experimental form; and while the novel stands on its own, it also serves as satire on the subject of academic literary criticism.

    Edit: The novel is from outside your window of time, having been released in 2000. I would still suggest some of the author's more present works, barring this option.
    Last edited by SinisterMime; 01-30-2017 at 04:28 AM. Reason: Clarification

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    You lost me at literary. Literary = boring.

    Oh well...

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    Icky Bug (Horror)
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    The first book that popped into my head was "Hex" by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. (I plugged it into Google to make sure I got the name right, and OMG they're making a movie.) I am a big fan of suspense/thrillers, mysteries and some horror, so I will likely come back to this thread.
    The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike is the scariest book I have read to date. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest is also amazing, and extra-unnerving because my bathroom has pink tiles, the apartment has no ventilation, things go bump in the night enough so that few people stay the night, this is a not-great neighborhood, and the person who lived here before me died (of natural causes in a hospital, but still). I need to stop reading books about haunted apartments.

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    thanks everyone <3 added all of these to my list

    and for the person who recommended House of Leaves, come on!! Of course I have it!
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    My favourites are N0S4A2 by Joe Hill (son of King but IMO a much better writer, much as I enjoy King's books) and just making your 10 year cut, World War Z by Max Brooks. Yes, WWZ is a zombie book but it is very well written and intelligent and subtle and made me forget very often that it was fiction and there was never a zombie war...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feidb View Post
    You lost me at literary. Literary = boring.

    Oh well...
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    Not necessarily.

    I would highly suggest checking out the books nominated for Stoker Awards. They usually have some great pics.

    Personally, I thought The Unblemished by Conrad Williams was excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feidb View Post
    You lost me at literary. Literary = boring.

    Oh well...
    For the record, we have a number of AW members who write literary works. You don't have to like literary. I don't have to like romance. The guy over there doesn't have to like horror. But while you're here, you must remember to RYFW.
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    The Elementals

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    Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory was an interesting, sometimes funny, take on possession. Worth a read.

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    I didn't see it mentioned, but Bird Box by Josh Mallerman is an amazing unique story, as well as A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Trembley. Both are definitely worth checking out...

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    Simon Kurt Unsworth - The Devil's Detective
    John Langan - The Fisherman
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    Quote Originally Posted by williemeikle View Post
    Simon Kurt Unsworth - The Devil's Detective
    John Langan - The Fisherman
    Bracken MacLeod - Stranded
    Willie won't say it, but he's written some damn good novels himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SinisterMime View Post
    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Note, however, that this author works heavily in the experimental form; and while the novel stands on its own, it also serves as satire on the subject of academic literary criticism.

    Edit: The novel is from outside your window of time, having been released in 2000. I would still suggest some of the author's more present works, barring this option.
    I admire anyone who can read this book. I own a copy and have tried at least three times now. I just can't do it. It's so insanely hard to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    Willie won't say it, but he's written some damn good novels himself.
    Very nice of you to say so. Thank you.



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    Craig Davidson writes horror novels under the name Nick Cutter. So far, he's written:

    The Troop
    The Deep
    The Alcolyte
    Little Heaven

    I've only read The Troop and Little Heaven so far, but they're great books. Especially The Troop. Check them out.
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