horror fiction recommendations? 29 replies, 39249 views

InTheButtLikeWhat
12/15/2011 3:56:00 PM
something really terrifying. and not so much blood and gore but more of a psychological fear. perhaps something like house of leaves that makes you feel really uncomfortable and eerie.
emogeddon
12/15/2011 3:58:00 PM
the raw shark texts was pretty good.

if you're looking for a different take on vampires as more of a virus, rather than what's been popular - the strain trilogy by guillermo del toro and chuck hogan are a good read.

if you want something scary and hilarious, john dies at the end by david wong is great. it's like if stephen king wrote a book that was completely random and had no boundaries but with a heavy lean on dick and fart jokes.
Dickscraper
12/15/2011 4:24:00 PM
A short one would be Shadow Over Innsmouth by HP Lovecraft. It'll take a minute to start comprehending his writing style, but it's worth it because the shit he writes is terrifying.

After that, if you were into it, read At the Mountains of Madness.
Shostakovich
12/15/2011 4:27:00 PM
Lovecraft in general. The Colour Out Of Space is a great one
Bashar al-Acab
12/15/2011 4:27:00 PM
just pretend that you're a fairy. I read this all the way through a few years ago, good read

click here for link
Tim E. Husk
12/15/2011 4:32:00 PM
Lovecraft was the Stephen King of his generation - he was a fucking terrible writer who used and abused language to the point of being trite, but his stories remain awesome and are worth reading anyway.
WREN
12/15/2011 4:41:00 PM
Lovecraft definitely. Start with At The Mountains Of Madness. That's my favorite.

Old Clive Barker rules. Cabal, The Damnation Game, The Hellbound Heart (aka Hellraiser), and The Books Of Blood are all great.

Obviously King is the best but if you want psychological go with Misery and The Shining. Way better than the movies.
Tim E. Husk
12/15/2011 4:43:00 PM
If you like short stories, it's worth picking up one of those "Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" jams from a used bookstore.
mandakatzz
12/15/2011 4:44:00 PM
Redneck Zombies....I was scurrrreeeddd
Shostakovich
12/15/2011 4:45:00 PM
Originally posted by: barbarossa

Lovecraft was the Stephen King of his generation - he was a fucking terrible writer who used and abused language to the point of being trite, but his stories remain awesome and are worth reading anyway.

the only problem I've ever had with Lovecraft is ironically what I also love about him. his constant use of "the horror before my eyes is so great I dare not speak of it or you will go mad" is effective in many of his stories, but he used it in so many that it's like a curb you always have to jump over, every time. but the shit he came up with was fucking great, and I don't just mean the Mythos. he pulled some fucked up shit from his brain long before anyone else did, at a time when a lot of it was almost unthinkable. a family interbreeding with an ape goddess comes to mind
Tim E. Husk
12/15/2011 4:46:00 PM
There are only about 10 possible permutations of Zombie fiction, and they are all beyond overplayed now. Snooze.
emogeddon
12/15/2011 4:47:00 PM
if you want to pick up lovecraft stuff, just get this. it's his complete works in one book. i found mine at a barnes and noble on clearance and it was the best decision i've ever made.
Tim E. Husk
12/15/2011 4:48:00 PM
Originally posted by: Shostakovich

Originally posted by: barbarossa

Lovecraft was the Stephen King of his generation - he was a fucking terrible writer who used and abused language to the point of being trite, but his stories remain awesome and are worth reading anyway.

the only problem I've ever had with Lovecraft is ironically what I also love about him. his constant use of "the horror before my eyes is so great I dare not speak of it or you will go mad" is effective in many of his stories, but he used it in so many that it's like a curb you always have to jump over, every time. but the shit he came up with was fucking great, and I don't just mean the Mythos. he pulled some fucked up shit from his brain long before anyone else did, at a time when a lot of it was almost unthinkable. a family interbreeding with an ape goddess comes to mind

Believe me, I love him. He is one of my favorite authors and I have the Complete Fiction volume in two formats lolz.

He was also a weak writer as far as stylistic crutches as concerned, and he was a totally racist, misanthropic dickbag.

I can overlook that, however, since he invented a subgenre that combines the best of mystery, occult, body horror, cosmic horror, fantasy, and sometimes even sci-fi.
emogeddon
12/15/2011 4:49:00 PM
Originally posted by: Shostakovich

Originally posted by: barbarossa

Lovecraft was the Stephen King of his generation - he was a fucking terrible writer who used and abused language to the point of being trite, but his stories remain awesome and are worth reading anyway.

the only problem I've ever had with Lovecraft is ironically what I also love about him. his constant use of "the horror before my eyes is so great I dare not speak of it or you will go mad" is effective in many of his stories, but he used it in so many that it's like a curb you always have to jump over, every time. but the shit he came up with was fucking great, and I don't just mean the Mythos. he pulled some fucked up shit from his brain long before anyone else did, at a time when a lot of it was almost unthinkable. a family interbreeding with an ape goddess comes to mind

also, the conan universe was set in the same universe as lovecraft's universe. i need to read more about the connections though. it's pretty awesome.
Shostakovich
12/15/2011 4:50:00 PM
for the art fan, a complete art book encompassing all the art published along with and inspired by Lovecraft's works

emogeddon
12/15/2011 4:51:00 PM
want
Tim E. Husk
12/15/2011 4:52:00 PM
Whoa. What's the title?
Shostakovich
12/15/2011 5:05:00 PM
A Lovecraft Retrospective. be prepared to drop a few facecards on it
emogeddon
12/15/2011 5:19:00 PM
motherfuck, $300 for that?
jim-truth-
12/15/2011 10:17:00 PM
stephen king - bag of bones
blackeyes
12/15/2011 10:27:00 PM
I wouldn't call it terrifying but its definitely eerie and uneasy. One of my all time favorites.



This surreal novel can't be described; it has to be experienced in all its crazed glory. Suffice it to say it concerns what may be the most horrifying real-life mass-murder spree of all time: as many as 400 women killed in the vicinity of Juarez, Mexico. Given this as a backdrop, the late Bolaño paints a mural of a poverty-stricken society that appears to be eating itself alive. And who cares? Nobody, it seems. -Stephen King
Billy Crystals
12/15/2011 10:36:00 PM
Originally posted by: blackeyes

I wouldn't call it terrifying but its definitely eerie and uneasy. One of my all time favorites.



This surreal novel can't be described; it has to be experienced in all its crazed glory. Suffice it to say it concerns what may be the most horrifying real-life mass-murder spree of all time: as many as 400 women killed in the vicinity of Juarez, Mexico. Given this as a backdrop, the late Bolaño paints a mural of a poverty-stricken society that appears to be eating itself alive. And who cares? Nobody, it seems. -Stephen King

I'm actually just finishing this. One of the most depressing and haunting books I've ever read. A book hasn't made me feel so crummy since Tree Of Smoke.
blackeyes
12/15/2011 10:37:00 PM
What part are you on? Archimboldi?
emogeddon
12/15/2011 10:41:00 PM
i have both 2666 and tree of smoke and i haven't read either of them yet.

i need to catch up on current denis johnson stuff.
Billy Crystals
12/15/2011 11:55:00 PM
Originally posted by: blackeyes

What part are you on? Archimboldi?

Just finishing up "The Part About The Crimes".
InTheButtLikeWhat
12/16/2011 1:10:00 AM
thanks for the suggestions. lovecraft seems like the obvious choice but there are so many titles, it's daunting.