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    Lightbulb A must-read horror list

    I was flipping back through the horror forum and noticed just how often we get "looking for something to read" type threads come up. And you know... it gave me an idea.

    From classics to pulpy horror to modern. And all things in between. If you're going to write horror, you need to read horror; to know what's come before you and just to get to know your genre to begin with.

    Compiled list:

    The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

    Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

    The Dark Sacrament by David Kiely

    The Absence by Bill Hussey

    Pet Semetary, by Stephen King

    The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

    Apartment 14F - An Oriental Ghost Story by C.M Saunders.

    The Store by Bentley Little

    Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth

    The Shining By Stephen King

    Darkness on the Edge of Town By Brian Keene

    Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite

    The Mist by Stephen King

    The Rising by Brian Keene

    Misery by Stephen King

    Carrie by Stephen King

    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

    Dracula by Bram Stoker

    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

    The Stand by Stephen King

    Ghost Story, Shadowland by Peter Straub

    We Have Always Lived In the Castle -- Shirley Jackson

    At the Mountains of Madness, "The Shadow Out of Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space" -- HP Lovecraft

    The King in Yellow -- Robert W. Chambers

    On the Beach -- Nevil Shute

    The House on the Borderland -- William Hope Hodgson

    "The Beckoning Fair One" -- Oliver Onions

    "Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" - M.R. James

    Macbeth and The Tempest by William Shakespeare

    Watchers by Dean Koontz

    The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

    Wolfen by Whitley Streiber

    The Dead Zone by Stephen King

    Interview with a vampire, the vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

    I am Legend by Richard Mathieson

    The Keep by F. Paul Wilson

    Urban Gothic, Castaways by Brian Keene

    Faery Tale by Raymond E. Feist

    The longest single note by Peter Crowther

    The Walking by Bentley Little

    "The Dreams in the Witch House" and "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" by H.P. Lovecraft

    The Black Cat" by Poe

    The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    Swan Song and Boy's Life by Robert McCammon

    The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

    The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.

    Salem's Lot by Stephen King

    It by Stephen King

    Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

    Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite

    Perfume: The story of a Murder Patrick Suskind

    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

    Yeval by C. W. Schultz

    Marabou Stork Nightmare by Irvine Welsh

    Nightwalker by Thomas Tessier

    The Bad Place Dean Koontz

    The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft

    Out Of The Deeps and The Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham

    The Edge of Running Water by William Sloane

    Winter Moon, Darkfall, Strangers, Midnight, Demon Seed, and Phantoms by Dean Koontz.
    Last edited by EFCollins; 12-15-2010 at 09:47 PM.
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