Thinking back on why I like horror it would have to have started when I was young (probably about 12) and read Pet Semetery for the first time. I have always love stories that scare but I also like those that are suspenseful and even those that are light on horror but still involve monsters and haunted houses.
So I thought I would share with you some of the horror authors I remember from my youth. I am not going to say how long ago that was and because of that I can’t remember which books I read first I just know I remember them…lol.
1) Steven King
Now of the horror authors I read way back when Steven King is the only one that I know which book I read first. Who couldn’t remember a book about a freaky scary kid going around killing people and that cat!. 🙂 Some of my other favorites where It, Needful Things, and The Stand. Though I have enjoyed pretty much all of the books of his that I have read, I will admit there are several that I haven’t gotten too. They are sitting on my shelf feeling neglected! I seriously got to knock books off my TBR pile. I will admit that his older works to me are better than some of his newer works but he is still the master of the long winded book! 🙂
2) Dean Koontz
I think I discovered Koontz after watching the movie Watcher about the dog who protected people from the scary monster in the woods. Found out it was a book and had to check out more from the author. I really enjoy his books but haven’t read as many as I would have thought I had but then the man has a lot of them. 🙂 Some favorites are Fear Nothing, Lightning, and Intensity.
3) Christopher Pike
Pike is a young adult horror author and I remember reading him with my mom. She was a fan of horror as well and it was fun that we would read some of the same books. He had some of the freakiest scenarios that to this day I still can’t look at a Chain Letter the same after reading that book. 🙂 Favorites were Chain Letter, Remember Me and The Party. (I haven’t tried his vampire novels but I want too).
4) R. L. Stine
Now this is an author that I haven’t read as much of as I have the other authors but I still totally love his books so I had to add him. He is the like the king of children’s horror novels and I love him because he has a way of getting young readers to read especially boys. I love that he has brought back a new round of Fear Street novels! Who doesn’t love Goosebumps! (I know you all secretly want to watch the movie staring Jack Black!) 🙂
5) Classic Horror authors
Okay so I cheated with this one a bit. I figure since there was some great classic horror novels out there they should get a spot on my list because they are awesome as well. I read them all a long time ago, seen many movies based on the the stories and read lots of retellings. Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and Edgar Allen Poe, yes I couldn’t leave with out mentioning these great authors.
Now I know I read more than just these authors but they are the ones I remember the best from when I was younger. For several years I got out of reading horror and I know I missed a lot of good ones. All this talk of horror authors and reads has really got me wanting to read more! 🙂
Do you have a favorite horror author or read?