Growing up scared: The horror authors I read when I was younger

October 1, 2015 Misc. 6

MMMOhMy! 2015Growing up Scared: The horror authors I read when I was younger (and still read).

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! 🙂

It needful thing The Stand

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. 

fear nothing intensity Lightning

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).

Chain Letter The Party Remember Me

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!) 🙂

New girl  

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.

Frankenstein dracula The Raven

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?


6 Responses to “Growing up scared: The horror authors I read when I was younger”

    • Stormi

      There was a time when I quit reading a lot of horror and got into romance…lol. Lately I have gotten my horror spark back and it seems like I want to read less romances and more horror/suspense and mystery. 🙂 I need to go back and catch up on some books I missed. 🙂

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I LOVED R.L. Stine! I read some Christopher Pike too but R.L. Stine was my favorite. When I was 8 I watched the Pet Semetary movie at a slumber party (this was a slumber party for 8 year olds – no idea what the mother was thinking!) and avoided Stephen King like the plague afterwards until at least college. I’d love to go back and read some of his now.

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    • Stormi

      Wow, what was that mother thinking! Even I think that is a bit to young for that movie…lol. No wonders you were traumatized from reading King until your college years…he he he.

  2. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I was a big Stephen King fan when I was younger too. I loved Misery. It is still my favorite book by him, but not my favorite movie. The Shining is still the best movie (second favorite book).

    I was also a very big Edgar Allan Poe fan. The Raven and The Masque of the Red Death are my two favorites, but there are so many great ones. My grandfather could recite The Raven by heart.

    I just started really revisiting some horror books. I forgot how much I loved it. I don’t know why I quit reading it. I plan to keep it as part of my normal reading from now on.

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