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Autumn, scary books

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I read The Troop this time two years ago whilst on holiday. I'd say it was a good holiday read.

I might do another Paul Tremblay this year.

I'm currently reading The Devourers by Insta Dad, which is about shape shifters - not sure if that counts. 

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14 hours ago, RedEyedGhost said:

 

Interesting.  Is the framing conceit of the train and station more than just a frame?  Or is it just there to make it seem like that is not a collection of short stories?

 

It is a story in its own right, but is also the introduction to all the other tales. Classic frame, basically :)

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Duma Key was very very good.  Joyland was very good.  I pretty much liked Doctor Sleep too.  I think he's just more hit or miss post-accident.  But yeah, Dreamcatcher was shit, literally and thematically.

I just found out that Jeffrey Ford, who is criminally underrated and I love, released a new novella, Twilight Pariah, which seems to be classified as horror, so I will probably give that a shot as my first autumn read of the year.  That is, after I finish The Fifth Season, and if I can bring myself to not immediately continue that series because it is such an awesome book.

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I may pick up Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October (if I can find it) and Bradbury's The October Country just to get in the mood.

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23 hours ago, Astromech said:

I may pick up Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October (if I can find it) and Bradbury's The October Country just to get in the mood.

I've had the former on my list for several years, still waiting for the kindle edition. The latter has some excellent stories in it, here's what I wrote when I read it several years ago (when I had the time the inclination to do so) 

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It took me a bit longer than expected for its size, but with it being short fiction it took about as long as I thought it would. I'll just divide the stories into three categories:

Really liked:

The Dwarf
Skeleton
The Jar
The Lake
The Scythe
The Man Upstairs
Homecoming
The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone


Alright:

October Country
The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse
The Emissary
The Crowd
Jack-in-the-Box
There was an Old Woman


Didn't Care For:

Uncle Einar
The Next in Line
Touched with Fire
The Small Assassin
The Wind
The Cistern


Not a bad collection overall.

 

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So, as I finish No One Gets Out Alive, I want to read another horror story. I am thinking I might pick up the Ritual again, but I also wouldn't mind suggestions--but I want horror writers who have good command of the writing craft. Nevill, despite my early struggles with him (I always do this, struggle with good writers and then come around), obviously has command of his writing craft. The writer of Hex...not so much. I'm more into characterization than "snappy" writing.

I don't want to read Stephen King as I've read a lot of his work. Something new. I love Ray Bradbury. October Country was great. All of his Halloween themed stories are wonderful. Something Wicked, Halloween Tree, the short stories, etc. I am a fan of Gaiman, but he doesn't feel particularly scary. 

My true love of horror comes from the movies--from the 80s. John Carpenter is my favorite. 

Some of the "big" names in horror that I've tried and could not finish due to the overwriting: McCammon, Ketchum, Little.

What do you guys think?

 

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On 9/18/2017 at 9:25 PM, Darth Richard II said:

Have you tried any Joe Hill?

Heart Shaped Box--it was okay, if I remember, but it didn't grab me. 

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On 9/18/2017 at 9:23 PM, Simon Steele said:

So, as I finish No One Gets Out Alive, I want to read another horror story. I am thinking I might pick up the Ritual again, but I also wouldn't mind suggestions--but I want horror writers who have good command of the writing craft. Nevill, despite my early struggles with him (I always do this, struggle with good writers and then come around), obviously has command of his writing craft. The writer of Hex...not so much. I'm more into characterization than "snappy" writing.

I don't want to read Stephen King as I've read a lot of his work. Something new. I love Ray Bradbury. October Country was great. All of his Halloween themed stories are wonderful. Something Wicked, Halloween Tree, the short stories, etc. I am a fan of Gaiman, but he doesn't feel particularly scary. 

My true love of horror comes from the movies--from the 80s. John Carpenter is my favorite. 

Some of the "big" names in horror that I've tried and could not finish due to the overwriting: McCammon, Ketchum, Little.

What do you guys think?

 

If you haven't read it, you need to read Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs, he has a very good (but standard) zombie book too - This Dark Earth.

 

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