Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:37 PM
So, i just wanted to know if anybody had recommendations for any good fantasy books that have more of a weird/creepy/horror side to them. A lot of my favorite parts reading aSoIaF were scenes like the house of the undying or the scene from aDWD with tyrion on the river and the stone men.
I also recently read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell ( which i absolutely loved) and really enjoyed the subtly eerie vibe the fairies had.
So i guess what i'm looking for isn't really "horror", just fantasy with a good dose of creepiness, any suggestions?
Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:34 PM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:39 PM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:38 PM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:30 PM
Sure, if he has a couple thousand dollars to spare.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:36 PM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:02 PM
The Night Land (1912) by William Hope Hodgson. Can be read for free at Project Gutenberg. Perhaps the greatest fantasy setting ever: Earth after the death of the Sun, beset by inter-dimensional cosmic horrors. Just be warned: for reasons only known to him, Hodgson wrote the thing in mangled imitation seventeenth century English, so it is not easy reading.
Clark Ashton Smith's short stories (early 1930s) are gorgeous and darkly exotic. They can also be found online. Try, for instance, Necromancy in Naat:
Arthur Machen's Great God Pan (1894) can be found on Project Gutenberg. Cosmic horror meets Celtic mythology.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:04 PM
Yes, but e books give me migraines.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:19 PM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:32 PM
Definitely The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce. Definitely.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury would be a good option too, but I would suggest reading that around Halloween.
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson might be worth a look, but it's not for everybody.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:50 PM
I always liked Lovecraft for creepiness, "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Call of Cuthulu" particularly.
I can most definitely second "Something Wicked This Way Comes." I read it most every Fall and it resonates even better with me now that I'm a Father than it did 20 years ago.
Since we're on Westeros, GRRM's short story "Sandkings" has a nice creepy vibe to it.
Some of Clive Barker's early short stories, collected in the two 'Books of Blood,' are most definitely creepy, but some may stray too far into horror for what you're looking for.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:18 PM
But I still say Circus of Dr. Lao does the strange circus theme better than Something Wicked. I was just so disappointed in that book.
And to add something new, I think early Sandman fits this theme if you like comics at all, as do a couple of Gaiman's short stories.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:12 AM
Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:14 AM
Fevre Dream by one George R.R. Martin
Agyar by Steven Brust
Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:58 AM
Also - his stuff can be very intense, emotionally. Plus, evil magic clowns.
Jame Blaylock has some pretty good stuff, too. In my experience, his stuff is a slow build from vaguely silly or absurd to..WTF!