Top Ten Horror Book WritersBarbwireHeart666 The top ten horror authors. Not films but books. Their ability to scare amazes and will pull you into the book.
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The Top Ten
Stephen King is probably one of the most well-known and prolific writers of our time. Ranging from the frustrated child that develops telekinetic powers to a mythic Universe of gunmen and creatures, and passing through the basic horror of the classic vampire and werewolves, King does one thing for sure: he keeps you reading and devouring the next chapter.
Is he the best horror writer of all times? Probably. Quality and quantity joins the concept of diversity, but above all, King is even better day after day, and he has something new to tell. Something to write about. And we, well, we'll just wait for his next book. - santhros
No other horror writer compares when it comes to characterization-- and if you don't care about the characters, then there is no horror, because there is no fear regarding that character's fate.
King is also getting better the older he gets-- maybe not scarier, but he's become a much better writer. "11/22/63" was thrilling and heartbreaking in equal measure.
Wrote so many great books, reading IT right now. It's great!
A hack who's accidentally written a couple of good scares.V 110 Comments
He creates so much suspense and it's like he's right there telling you an ancient story that has been passed for generations but has nether therless decreased it's scariness.
In his short but frightening stories he doesn't scare you wi
Th the typically ghouls, ghosts and zombies, it's just the ideas behind it all that are terribly fightening.
Like for example the tell tale heart: don't you find the idea of some stranger watching you night after night for seven night? It's scary, especially when you think about the fact that the stranger was biding his time when he could have killed a long time ago. And the stranger thinks he's not crazy which is stupid because the way he goes on about the poor old man really is horrific. I mean imagine killing a man because his bone chilling eye was getting under your skin. And the way he hid the heart under the floorboards, a complete psychopath in my experience,
Edgar Allen Poe finds a way of expressing feeling perfectly as if were ...more
People say Stephen King, only because they know the name. Yet King is nothing compared to Poe. Poe was able to capture emotion, dread, fear, loneliness and utter desperation that King, just can't get. Whereas King shocks with imagery (Blood, or like in Misery, the dead rat ice cream cone) Poe shocked with internal tension and dread ( the shared feeling you have with the protagonist in Tale-Tell Heart, as it beats, beats, beats through the floor boards). Poe was able to make the story personal, something you connect too and forces you to share the experience with the hapless victim.
If you truly respect the horror genre you wouldn't place someone as talented and dedicated as Edgar Allen Poe as second place. If anything he should be number one. Of course there are the people that believe "so-and-so's books are so much scarier," but Edgar Allen Poe was the man to push his way into man's subconscious and bring its fears to life back in the 19th century. Stephen King would not have a place in this world if it weren't for Poe. He was one of the best known authors of American history and has earned his place at number one. If anyone claims different then they are unable to fully appreciate the true horror genre.
*Allan - evanxp21V 29 Comments
At the dawn of a new century, many authors relied on short cheap magazines to display their work. Lovecraft relied mainly on "Weird Tales" and never made over 500 dollars from any paycheck. However, even with little payment his work caught the attention of hundreds of readers from the very beginning and now his work and references to his work (especially Cthulhu) are seen and used everywhere. It is impossible to live in todays world without seeing Lovecraft's influences even if you don't realize it. His writing can be boring and the over usage of descriptions can often drive audience members away, however the way he has done it is in a way that is tolerable to most people and portrays his idea in a better way than broad writing. Also some people say they don't enjoy his work due to the underlined points of xenaphobia or minor rascism in his pieces. However this was common in the earlys 1900's and ofetn an accepted trait in Providence Rhode Island, so to find winks at rascism and fear ...more
I really do think Stephen King should be second and Lovecraft first. Lovecraft laid the foundation for horror/science fiction as we know it today. He completely reshaped the game, as it were. There will never be another writer like him and have the same cosmic vision.
Stephen King was the first horror author I had the chance to read. I was introduced to horror movies and literature at an early age and I've been hooked ever since. However when I branched out I realized that King is kind of elementary and doesn't really branch out from his standard formula after the first few classics. I'll always respect the Shining because come on - it's a masterpiece! But Lovecraft opens and imagines entire worlds to us and there's just nothing like him. Disturbing, violent, scary in so many different ways!
Like Poe, but less pretentious and actually able to introduce the reader to some freaky concepts.V 28 Comments
R.L. stine is the best novelist I have ever seen
Awesome! Stine is the creator of the popular children's series Goosebumps. Goosebumps is very intense and introduces a new character in pretty much each book. Stine is very creative when it comes to writing horror stories, but horror stories your future kids will adore! Currently Reading Revenge R Us. Great book!
Goosebumps is his one of the best books
R.l.stine is the best horror writer for kids.V 30 Comments
I like King, Koontz, Poetry and Lovecraft. Barker does elevate horror stories to the level of ART. His themes are deep multilayered messages. His characters are complex and multi faceted. There is something to be learned by reading his work. The darker side of human nature is exposed to us and understood, not justified or agreed with. You can relate to all his characters even the monsters. Isn't that true horror? The true horror is to realize that all of us have the capability of being a monster. The challange is to resist that impulse no matter how much "horror" we may have experienced in our own lives. No one today expresses this with such eloquence.
Clive is way more intelligent than Dean Koontz. His books are more on par with serious literature. Koontz has a mainstream appeal to his books and probably makes more money, but Clive is on another level. Back in 1985, Stephen King said he is the future of horror. This is true. Clive is still the future of horror. His books are literally so good that he's still ahead of his time.
Creative, imaginative, hair raising, bone chilling, literature by this man. He is also a painter, and his paintings are just as mesmerizing and creepy... It's extraordinary! He should be listed as the number one horror writer in my opinion!
Not as popular as Stephen King, but a much better horror author than King. I love King, he is my favorite author, but when it comes to horror? Clive Barker is better.V 6 Comments
One of the greatest writers, of all genres, of the 20th Century. He weaved one of the greatest horror stories of all time, and in doing so created perhaps the most infamous monster of all, Dracula!
Amazing Irish Author. Dracula Is Legendary Because Dracula Encouraged More Peopel To Write About Vampires
Bran stoker is one of the most member able writers in horror today's horror novels ponder to the lowest common denominator of literature I don't want to read a god afoul book about the
Love between an ugly girl and a homo vampire that has been done 7000 times in books so I say pick up Mary Shelly or Oscar wildes picture of Dorian gray or an old murder mystery for good sakes please bring back the classics and get rid of the purely terrible crap we call books
I love bram stoker very much...😍V 1 Comment
Mary Shelley, in her one novel, energized the horror genre worldwide at a critical moment so that her effect has been felt for over 200 years. Lovecraft's essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature", being organized chronological, provides a good viewpoint on Shelley's relative place in horror literature by showing what preceded her and what followed. Just for sheer impact and influence on the genre, Shelley should be listed in the top ten.
I would like to point out one little fact. In Stephen King's Danse Macabre, he states that Frankenstein's Monster (along with Dracula and the Werewolf via Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde) is one of the horror genre's major archetypes. Famous to the point of having it's own breakfast cereal, Frankenstein is pretty influential. I mean, it helped shape number 1 on the list. - zodiac556
Dean Koontz is mostly suspense... but when he dives deep into his horror, man you probably don't sleep (inro to Watchers *said suspiciously*) - fireinside96
For me he is second to #1 which is Stephen King. He incorporate elements of horror, mystery, thriller and suspense. Stephen King read his book and inspired him, sometimes he get ideas. One of the best.
Love Koontz! His works keep on the edge of my seat. I am also more apt to re-read his works. His work does lean more toward suspense, and yes... When he dives into his horror, you will NOT sleep!
Koontz books stay with you for life. Dean Koontz has prose as well as creepy evil flowing from the pages of his works. He is fathoma aboe Stephen King.V 13 Comments
The Saga Of Darren Shan is the best book series I've ever read. Actually its the best 12 books I've ever read. Its not only scary but there are so many amazing adventures in it you just can't stop reading it. You're always like "1 page more and I will stop reading" well that never happens! And its emotional too. I swear I feel every feeling in my body while reading these series. You should be wasting your time if you haventread the books yet. Go and add reading Darren's books to your bucket list!
Darren Shan is an excellent author who makes his readers lean on the edge of there seats. Readers can't wait for the next book in the Darren Shan series as they can't wait to find out what happens next in his dangerous life.
Darren is an amazing author, his ability to mix horror with adventure is amazing and every book makes you just sit on the edge of you seat wanting more and more!
I enjoyed the Saga of Darren Shan books and the manga because it also fits together if it wasn't for those storyboards that were put on the manga version.V 8 Comments
Good one reading more bloody horowitz
This guy rules!
I am Legend... Need I say more. Forget the films they are pants, check out the real thing, it is simply outstanding!
Matheson's world is one of misery and despair and he is able to capture this in his writing again and again. From I am Legend to his wealth of short stories, each will leave you with a sadistic grin on your face.
Great novelist and an equally one of the great Twilight Zone teleplay authors
Stephen king adores Matheson's work so should you.V 1 Comment
This person is reasonably unknown but it's sad he is, because he really knows how to make amazing characters, fantastic plots and exellent character development. Don't let his ignominy fool you, he is one of the best if not the best horror writers.
You have to read some of his adult novels, especially The Season of Passage, to understand what an awesome horror writer Pike is. Season of Passage stays with you forever, never leaves the back of your mind, never stops beguiling.
So happy he's on this list! Christopher Pike is the perfect transition for pre and teens from most RL Stine books (especially the non-Goosebumps) into something like King. Loved his stories growing up, and he could really get into your head... there's one story of his that STILL haunts me.
He was a great Star Trek captainV 3 Comments
He's not the fear of the slasher or the satanic being, but rather that of everyday uncomfortable situations - a traffic stop, a confrontation, an audit, etc. - heightened to the point of the unbearable. And if you need them, there are usually monsters underneath.
The absolute best horror writer ever!
Great horror stories survivor the others and the magic cottage absolutely brilliant
This writer was an absolute awesome storyteller. He made you feel as you were right in the middle of the horror.
I have read all of Richard Laymon's books. Such awesome stories. They kept me riveted from the very beginning all the way to the end.
Best horror writer. Once you pick up one of his books, you can't put it down till you have finishedV 8 Comments
Best Mystery writer! Her stories are believable yet so mesmerizing that you can't put them down
I have tons of her novels including Poirot & Marple. Mysteries give the amount of edvice that means something to a person in that kind of story.
Nobody describes wounds better
Very few can screw with your head this much
Great descriptive writer, with humour too
Make me feel lie I ma readin an 80's horror movie, that is definitely a good thing love his work.V 1 Comment
His novels made me stay awake all night, unable to put it down. I was so eager to know how the end would turn out... Not to mention they made me glance at the darkness within the room every now then, Boy was I sacred! Laugh out loud
Excellent writer leaves you on the edge of your seat
I love horror books but I can't find any more authors txz 4 the help
Every book he has written has entranced me and spooked the heck out of me. My favorite horror writer HANDS DOWN.
If it weren't for Stephen King, Straub would have been considered the best of the 70's and 80's.
A branch of Stephen King. One of the best. Try to read his books, all his books.
Some of his ideas may sound silly when the lights are still on. You may laugh at the things he came up with or all the mistakes he made not doing the research or ignoring some details just to make something fit the story, but then you read the stories and they just can't leave your head, some of his ideas will haunt you even years after reading. That man knows how to scare his readers. - saaarsdej
Horror commences right from beginning of his books.
Brilliant, Burial and Sleepless are the best books I have ever read.
THE best for me
I have been reading his books since I was 14 years old. He is my favorite author. I hope he writes a lot more books.
This author was my introduction to the horror genre with 'The Homing'. I'm STILL afraid of insects! Fantastic writer - I would recommend him any day!
When I thought I knew how things would turn out... Bang! Nope there was a twist in the end. Stories has you on the edge.
His books are suspenseful and each tales plot is different from the one before. Horror fans of all ages will appriciate his writing. It's hard to put one of his books down!
This guy can pull a horror story out of a sock, and scare the hell out of you, give you the creeps, or even trouble you for days on end.
My favorite short story writer, in five lines this man can terrify you where you stand.
I've listened to picture this 3 times and it still gives me chills
You're the bestV 4 Comments
I love Moon by James Herbert. It really makes you wonder who is to be trusted. You're own perception of the characters is greatly influenced by the different character's distorted views of other people. You really begin making assumptions and are shocked by the end.
Just finished reading Ash. A top quality read. Made me want to read more Herbert so currently reading survivor and so far its very weird and disturbing. Will definitely be reading more Herbert!
First Horror Stories I read were by Herbert. Survivor is seriously terrifying. Having said that, Lovecraft is more imaginative and outlandish.
Loved and read all his books.V 2 Comments
If King is the master if horror, Ketchum's the god of terror.
"Known to the macabre audience as "a true master of horror." This recluse’s life really is a true testament of a living nightmare, and with no tripe. Dr. Chris Mentillo began writing about such dreams of horror due to his ill-fated lifestyle, dealing mostly with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and routinely horrific nightmares, thus igniting his career as a best-selling horror writer. The rest as they say is history."
One word: Lasher
She is one of the best writers I've ever seen.
Deep and dark and dangerous, the lovely bsd ones, time for andrew, I don't even like them because there scary I like them because they are amazingly good books.
She is amazing writer I love "Took" and "Ghost of Cluchfield Hall" or even "The Doll in the Garden"
While his covers and titles might look silly, he's a fantastic writer. No horror fan should go without reading Swan Song or Boy's Life.
Roberts stories are constantly brilliant. Check out haunter from the woods a sequel to the wolfs hour, and his new soon hopefully to be a series I ride by night. His matthew Corbett historic thrillers are allways worth waiting for, boys life and gone south are captivating, mine is superb too.
The way he writes is incredible. I have a great imagination and the books that I have read by Robert are so intense with the way he describes everything I can actually picture it in my mind as I am reading. Wolf's Hour blew me away! I truly loved Ushers Passing and the little tie ins to E.A. poe another great writer!
They Thirst, is the best vampire movie ever!
He writes scary books
I read the mightmarys and it scared me out of my pants
Stephen King, the greatest horror writer of all time, is inspired by Mr. Bradbury. Need say more?
Bierce's short stories are almost on par with Poe's.
HUGELY under-appreciated author.
He and Ted Dekker are my favorites! The Veritas Project is a great series, and House excellent. SAINT is the best thriller ever written!
Great writer, any genre.
Come on, you can't leave out the guy that wrote the book of the scariest movie of all time. Yeah, I know. The Exorcist is indeed, a book. - cbrann10
Not only one of the most jarringly horrific movies of all time also a scary novel.
William Blatty wrote books that focused on normal life thoughts to inexplicable happenings. Reading his book and knowing about the characters gives a genuine feeling of reality. The convincing aspect of his books which scream reality are the most compelling. He lets us take a visit to the real horror, the reality.
His books The Exorcist, Legion and Redemption never fail to hit a mark on the reader's mind.He manages to break our psychology, a thing only a few writers could conduct.
His novels as well as his short stories are incredible. Though horrifying, action-packed and filled with gore, he still manages to develop amazing characters and throw in some gut-wrenching twists that will sit with you long after you finish reading.
Modern bram stoker, very under rated author
More than just the communion man
The Hollows...enough said!
Her supernatural novels are the best. They have everything a good novel needs, romance, suspence, gore, fantasy, sex, and a dark sence of humor.
Evil intent, charmed life, sweetheart sweetheart need I say more
Though he's not totaly a writer. But his stories are great. His Detective stories are also good.
ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK
Susan's ghost stories are mostly underrated. They are mostly short (making a one sitting reading highly likely for most) but the atmosphere builds often without you noticing leaving you breathless. I love "Dolly" for the idea aa well as the initial scenes which put you on edge for the rest of the novella. "The man in the picture" is also inventive with a great element of mystery.I love how she sets her books in the past and seems to revel in Victorian horror and old world imagery.Superb.
About the best modern horror author going.
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