Friday, April 17, 2015

Bartlett's List of Horror

Author Matthew Bartlett likes his literature weird as you'll be able tell for yourself as you check out his much appreciated guest post/horror fiction list below...

Matthew M. Bartlett is the author of Gateways to Abomination, Anne Gare’s Rare Book and Ephemera Catalogue, and the forthcoming illustrated chapbook The Witch-Cult in Western Massachusetts. His short stories have appeared in Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond, Faed, and High Strange Horror. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife Katie and a small squadron of cats.

The White Hands - Mark Samuels
The Other Side - Alfred Kubin
The Nightmare Factory - Thomas Ligotti
The Croning - Laird Barron
Ana Kai Tangata - Scott Nicolay
The Collected Strange Stories - Robert Aickman
Every House is Haunted - Ian Rogers
Dark Gods - T.E.D. Klein
The Collected Works of H.P. Lovecraft
Pet Sematary - Stephen King
Tales of the Grotesque - L.A.Lewis
Burnt Black Suns - Simon Strantzas
The Sea of Ash - Scott Thomas
The Black Spider - Jeremias Gotthelf
Autumn in the Abyss - John Claude Smith
The Nickronomicon -  Nick Mamatas
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
North American Lake Monsters - Nathan Ballingrud
Three Impostors - Arthur Machen
Harvest Home - Thomas Tryon

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

McMahon's List of Horror

Today's guest blog post comes from horror author Paul McMahon, who brings us another fine list of frightening fiction...

Paul McMahon's work has appeared in both previous NEHW anthologies EPITAPHS and WICKED SEASONS, and will also be featured in their third anthology: WICKED TALES as well as in the upcoming were-beast anthology FLESH LIKE SMOKE. His work has also appeared in the anthologies THE DARKEST THIRST and DAMNED NATION, as well as a slew of smaller press magazines.

PM: The twenty horror books that have helped shape the person I am. I've arranged this list in roughly the order I discovered them. I've also allowed only one book per author to keep it from consisting solely of Stephen King, Charles Grant, Ramsey Campbell and Kathe Koja.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 12 Stories They Wouldn't Let Me Do On TV (In particular, I've never been able to shake the creep factor in Margaret St. Clair's tale "The Perfectionist.")
The Dark by James Herbert
The Pet by Charles L Grant
The Boys From Brazil by Ira Levin (More than Rosemary's Baby, wondering if the concept behind this story was possible haunted me for years.)
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Misery by Stephen King (Besides King's usual suspects, the idea that something you create could be meaningful enough to drive someone batshit crazy should make any artist worry at least a little.) Dracula by Bram Stoker
Ancient Images by Ramsey Campbell
Winter Wake by Rick Hautala
Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
The Cipher by Kathe Koja
Nightlife by Brian Hodge
Perfume by Patrick Suskind
Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
The Off Season by Jack Ketchum (I'm talking about the real-life ending the author intended.)
A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltzerman
A Requiem For Dead Flies by Peter N. Dudar (Watch this Dudar guy, he's going places!)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Kidd's List of Horror

Today's guest blog is by author Chico Kidd with her top twenty horror books!

Chico Kidd's ghost stories have been published in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Author of two anthologies, her first novel, The Printer's Devil, was recently reprinted. The first two novels about reluctant demon-fighter Captain Luís da Silva, Demon Weather and The Werewolf of Lisbon, are also now available. 

Collected Ghost Stories by M R James
Carnacki the Ghost-Finder by William Hope Hodgson
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Duma Key, The Dark Half, Doctor Sleep, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, & Revival by Stephen King
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Bones Of The Moon & Sleeping In Flame by Jonathan Carroll

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
Long Lankin by Lindsay Barrowclough
Bad Men & all the other Charlie Parker novels by John Connolly
Last Days by Adam Nevill
Darkly Dreaming Dexter & its sequels by Jeff Lindsay
True Blood novels by Charlaine Harris
The Glass Demon by Helen Grant

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Newman's List of Horror

Today's guest blog post is from horror author James Newman with his list of twenty horror books. James becomes more popular by the day so it was nice of him to set aside some time and provide this list. Take it away, James...

JN: I suppose it could be argued that a few of these aren’t quite HORROR. Some probably lean more toward thriller/suspense. And you’ll notice that I’ve cheated a bit here and there by including several titles as one “set”. But this is my list, take it or leave it:

1) Lightning by Dean R. Koontz
2) Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon
3) By Bizarre Hands, High Cotton, and Bumper Crop by Joe R. Lansdale
4) The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
5) the Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell (these are a lifelong fave of mine not necessarily because of the fiction, but because of the unrelenting nightmare fuel that was Stephen Gammell’s artwork)
6) The Shining by Stephen King
7) Christine by Stephen King
8) Cujo by Stephen King
9) Fear by Ronald Kelly
10) Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland (don’t think this seminal graphic novel is horror? Tell that to poor Barbara Gordon after the Joker comes knocking at her door . . . plus it’s got an abandoned amusement park, the Clown Prince of Crime doing everything in his power to drive a good man insane, not to mention dwarves running around in BDSM leather).

11) The Children’s Hour by Douglas Clegg
12) Knuckles and Tales by Nancy A. Collins
13) Cage of Night by Ed Gorman (one of those tales in which you’re never sure: is there are isn’t there something supernatural going on? Maybe, maybe not. Probably not. But such ambiguity does nothing to hinder the tone of utmost DREAD that permeates Gorman’s novel from the first page to the last. This one influenced my own Midnight Rain more than any other in the coming-of-age subgenre)
14) The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
15) Saying Uncle by Greg F. Gifune
16) Animals by John Skipp and Craig Spector
17) The Books of Blood by Clive Barker
18) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (my favorite debut novel of the past twenty-plus years . . . if you were to accuse me of being a big fat Gillian Flynn fanboy, I wouldn’t say you were wrong)
19) Cabal by Clive Barker
20) Moonchasers and Other Stories by Ed Gorman

James Newman is the author of the novels Midnight Rain, The Wicked, Animosity, and Ugly As Sin, the collection People Are Strange, and the quizbook 666 Hair-Raising Horror Movie Trivia Questions. Next up is Dog Days o’ Summer, a short novel co-written with Mark Allan Gunnells. James lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife and their two sons. They have a five-year-old and a fifteen-year-old . . . and you think YOU know “scary?”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cato's List of Horror

I should change the name of this site to LISTS OF HORROR because that's all I've been posting here lately as you may have noticed.  So what; the kids love 'em.

Today's special guest blogger is Nick Cato, one of the nicest guys I've ever met in the horror community, who also happens to be interested in a lot of the same stuff that I am. He's a writer, editor, publisher, columnist, rock 'n' roller and probably a bunch of other things I don't even know about. Despite being the owner of two dachshunds, he's still one of my favorite people and you should all check out his link below. 

Here is his list of top horror books!

1) The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz (1974)
2) The Guardian by Jeffrey Konvitz (1979) 
3) Night Show by Richard Laymon (1984) 
4) A Manhattan Ghost Story by T.M. Wright (1984) 
5) A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli (2003) 
6) The Indifference of Heaven by Gary A. Braunbeck (2000) 
7) Eutopia by David Nickle (2012) 
8) Night of Broken Souls by Thomas F. Monteleone (1997) 
9) Westlake Soul by Rio Youers (2012) 
10) Goat Dance by Douglas Clegg (1989)
 11) The Devil Rides Out by Dennis Wheatley (1934) 
12) The Ignored by Bentley Little (1997) 
13) A Dark Matter by Peter Straub (2011) 
14) Every Sigh, The End by Jason S. Hornsby (2007) 
15) Deep in the Darkness by Michael Laimo (2004) 
16) Ash Wednesday by Chet Williamson (1989) 
17) The Cipher Kathe Koja (1991) 
18) Like Death by Tim Waggoner (2005) 
19) Sineater by Elizabeth Massie (1992) 
20) Wax Work by Philip Nutman (1993)

NICK CATO is the author of the novel DON OF THE DEAD, the novellas THE APOCALYPSE OF PETER, THE LAST PORNO THEATER, and THE ATROCITY VENDOR, as well as the short story collection ANTIBACTERIAL POPE AND OTHER INCONGRUOUS STORIES. He writes the SUBURBAN GRINDHOUSE MEMORIES column for the acclaimed website, Cinema Knife Fight. A collection of this column in book form is forthcoming.