Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Soares' List of Horror

For his list, author L.L. Soares told me that he couldn't keep it down to just 20 books; that's why we get five bonus items this time around. He also mentioned that he doesn't necessarily consider this a "best of genre" list, however he does consider it a list of great horror books. And, in his own words: "I didn't include Poe, Lovecraft, or Robert W. Chambers, because I think they're in a class by themselves."

Books of Blood by Clive Barker
Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber 
I am Legend by Richard Matheson 
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum 
Dark Gods by T.E.D. Klein 
By Bizarre Hands by Joe R. Lansdale  
The Dark Country by Dennis Etchison 
The Blackwater Series by Michael McDowell 
Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
Abomination by Michael C. Norton 
Grimm Memorials by R. Patrick Gates 
The Night Runners by Joe R. Lansdale 
Live Girls by Ray Garton 
The Scream by Skipp & Spector 
The Safety of Unknown Cities by Lucy Taylor 
Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite 
The Stand by Stephen King 
The Cellar by Richard Laymon 
The Kill Riff by David J. Schow 
Tales of Pain and Wonder by Caitlin Kiernan 
The Drive-In by Joe R. Lansdale 
A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli 
The Bighead by Edward Lee 
Skin by Kathe Koja

L.L. Soares is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novel Life Rage. His other books include Rock ‘n’ Roll, Hard, the short story collection In Sickness and the novella Green Tsunami (both with Laura Cooney). His fiction has appeared in magazines like Cemetery Dance, Horror Garage, and Bare Bone and anthologies like Insidious Assassins and Living After Midnight (the latter also features a story by some guy named Wilbanks). His new novella called "Nightmare in Greasepaint" (written with G. Daniel Gunn) is coming out soon from Samhain Publishing.

He co-writes the Stoker-nominated horror movie review column
Cinema Knife Fight, which can be found at: www.cinemaknifefight.com.

For more about his endeavors, go to www.llsoares.com.

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