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Intelligent horror...does it exist?

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Offline gryeates666
23 Feb 2012, 12:44 PM | Post: #31

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RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist?

(20 Feb 2012 06:41 PM)gryeates666 Wrote:  I would recommend Thomas Ligotti first and foremost. He is regularly compared to Lovecraft and Poe as being their contemporary heir though he has a style all his own that oscillates from the nightmarishly desolate to the fiercely political - his short novel 'My Work is Not Yet Done' might be a good place to start, personally I think it stands as superior to Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho.

(20 Feb 2012 08:05 PM)James Everington Wrote:  
(20 Feb 2012 06:41 PM)gryeates666 Wrote:  I would recommend Thomas Ligotti first and foremost. He is regularly compared to Lovecraft and Poe as being their contemporary heir though he has a style all his own that oscillates from the nightmarishly desolate to the fiercely political - his short novel 'My Work is Not Yet Done' might be a good place to start, personally I think it stands as superior to Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho.

I do like Ligotti, but some of his stuff is a bit of an acquired taste I think. You're right, 'My Work is Not Yet Done' is probably the best pace to start for people.

He is an acquired taste, yes. Just to my taste though - I received my copy of the Agonising Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein this morning and can't wait to get stuck into it. Clapping hands Other writers of intelligent horror that I would recommend are Gary McMahon, Adrian Chamberlin, Charlee Jacob, Alexandra Sokoloff and Wrath James White to name a few.

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RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist?

This post was last modified: 23 Feb 2012 11:27 PM by Alexandra Sokoloff.
James, thank you, you just made my - month, at least!

Runner, I'm assuming you're aware of classics like Shirley Jackson, Daphne Du Maurier, Edgar Allan Poe, Sheridan LeFanu, Ira Levin, William Peter Blatty (a comedy writer, actually, but who wrote the classic The Exorcist), Richard Matheson, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King and early Thomas Harris.

But more lately, try Dan Simmons, especially The Terror. And Mo Hayder writes excruciating thrillers that cross into horror (The Treatment - devastating). There's a lot of good stuff out there if you're not into the slice and dice.
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Offline MichelleR. Reading Unraveled, Courtney Milan
24 Feb 2012, 07:14 PM | Post: #33

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(19 Feb 2012 09:10 AM)James Everington Wrote:  More evidence to prove the assertion that intelligent horror does exist:

Willy by Robert Dunbar. A genuinely original and interesting book - the atmosphere and tension built up throughout it is really good, and it's nice and ambiguous even at the end. Some people may not think it 'horror' at all, but it is a really good book.

Your writing is a pretty good illustration of the concept, as well. Smile
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RE: Intelligent horror...does it exist?

I like to think it exists - I certainly try my best :-)
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