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Intelligent horror...does it exist? - runner - 21 Dec 2010 08:56 PM
I recently read The Killing Kind by Bryan Smith...Brian Keene on the front cover states "Bryan Smyth serves up good old fashioned horror" I thought it was terrible gratuitous violence and graphic sex with not story or characterization....but then again I think Richard Laymon is of little point...some may find this writing style fun, easy and good for 10 minutes of escapism...but me I prefer to be educated, I prefer characters and situations that I can believe in and relate to.....i'm still looking....can you recommend any really good intelligent horror writers
RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist? - Talli Roland - 21 Dec 2010 09:00 PM
I don't know about its Kindle availability, but have you tried Henry James? The Turn of the Screw reminded me a lot of The Others.
RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist? - I ♥ my Kindle - 21 Dec 2010 10:32 PM
I got deathly bored of turn of the screw and actually gave up half-way through, an extremely rare thing for me to do, but then I am currently reading my way through several Richard Laymon novels
RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist? - Talli Roland - 21 Dec 2010 11:09 PM
Yes, The Turn of the Screw does require some perseverance! But I get scared when anything goes bump in the night, so it was plenty creep for me!
RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist? - NJM - 22 Dec 2010 08:39 PM
King is the King mate - nuff said!!!!
RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist? - allanguthrie - 30 Dec 2010 08:24 PM
She's not a horror writer, but Sara Gran wrote a seriously scary novella called Come Closer. Tom Piccirilli writes both crime and horror, and is a very sophisticated wordsmith. A Choir of Ill Children is stunning.
RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist? - James Everington - 14 Jan 2011 07:49 PM
Sure, the problem with horror is that when it is bad it's very, very bad... but good, inteligent horror is excellent when you find it. Two suggestions:
Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and any short story collections by Ramsey Campbell
RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist? - Lou - 16 Jan 2011 01:04 PM
For people who like their horror a little different with intricate plots that make you think on, I would recommend Shadowland by Peter Straub - I don't think their is a Kindle edition at the moment, but I would definitely advise reading this for any horror fan.
It's only £4 odd at the moment. Reviews here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/0425188221/ref=sr_cr_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist? - Laura Lond - 16 Jan 2011 08:14 PM
I have just interviewed Guido Henkel, author of the "Jason Dark: The Ghost Hunter" gothic horror series. I think you might like it. The tagline is, Jason Dark, a fearless and resourceful ghost hunter, follows in the mold of a Sherlock Holmes combined with Randall Garrett's Lord D'Arcy.
Check out the interview to know more about the author and the books:
The series is available on Kindle.
RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist? - KeithCB - 17 Jan 2011 05:35 AM
Try Dan Simmons.
Some of his work is a little long, but I enjoy his stuff..