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?”


  1. Some very good ones here. Most of these I have read. Might have made a different selection for Skipp and Spector but Animals is good.