Let's share our favorite authors of horror and/or paranormal books!
Pic related - it's Richard Laymon, a brilliant writer I started reading a couple of months ago. I've read six of his books (all over 300 pages), and all have been great except for one, and even that one subpar book had me turning page after page at the end.
His books typically have a ton of sex and a ton of gore. They're not deep, but when it comes to his type of horror, it's okay to be shallow. Horrible creatures, some that are even human, fill the pages of his books, and they do terrible things to the protagonists. Laymon is a guy that isn't afraid to kill characters and put them through such hardships that they might wish they had died than survive. The courage to treat the people in his books as disposable is perhaps what I love most about Laymon; it's daring and something you don't encounter much, and above all else, it's true. People tend to die when you don't want them to or think they should.
I'd highly recommend The Cellar, his first book and the first in a series about Beast House, a strange attraction that involves very real monsters that are out of this...
No. 20582 - Anonymous - October 30th, 2012 - 12:24 AM
Thomas Ligotti. My personal favorite author, hailing from Detroit. His horror fiction is less concerned with gore and sex, and more with creating a nightmarish sense of uneasiness and conveying a vision of life as a sentient being as an inescapable nightmare. Very atmospheric, and extremely well written. His works have had a profound impact on my own life and my own writing. Many have claimed him to be the "spiritual successor" of H.P Lovecraft, and have favorably compared his prose to that of Edgar Allen Poe.
He tends to avoid interviews, book signings and publicity, yet his work has developed a small devoted cult of fans, many among them published horror writers. Thankfully, I've noticed in recent years, more and more people have heard of his works, partially due to his collaboration with the British apocalyptic-folk band Current 93 on the track "I have a Special Plan for this World," which was written by Ligotti.
Here is a link to one of his stories, Nethescurial, in which a man comes face to face with a dark presence lurking within all of creation. http://www.ligotti.net/tlo/nethescurial1.htm
Jorge Luis Borges, considered the greatest writer of the 20th Century. His themes involved the Infinite, the senseless horror of a chaotic Universe, intellectual nightmares, dreams, the dissolution of the self and its duplicity. He knew a lot about mystics, Kabbalah, Eastern thought, Nordic myths and sagas. After 1955, when he got blind, he became an oral narrator, dictating all of his texts from memory.
Here is the link to the Circular Ruins, a story in which a man dreams a another man and becomes real:
How vile your name upon my tongue. Like acid, hard to utter without spitting. Yet I find myself capable of speaking little else. It has become my malediction, my profane mantra.
Santa Claus... Santa Claus... Santa Claus.
That name, like you, like your Christmas and all its perversions, is a lie. But then you have always lived in a house of lies, and now that house has become a castle, a fortress. So many lies that you have forgotten the truth, forgotten who you are...forgotten your true name.
I have not forgotten.
I will always be here to remind you that it is not Santa Claus, nor is it Kris Kringle, or Father Christmas, or Sinterklaas, and it certainly is not Saint Nicholas. Santa Claus is but one more of your masquerades, one more brick in your fortress.
I will not speak your true name. No, not here. Not so long as I sit rotting in this black pit. To hear your name echo off the dead walls of this prison, why that...that would be a sound to drive one into true madness. That name must wait until I again see the wolves chase Sol and...
I need as much information on this book as you can find, there was a thread in 4ch's /x/ a few months ago, it was in the possession of a protestant priest who had done alot of missionary work during his life. his son posted the book wanting more info on it, we were never able to identify the language in the text, though it did have english translations next to the original text. The book's title is "Dæmonium Verum Vera Potrangelia - Scriptures on the Lies in the Truth; The Gospels of True Messaging"
Heres the pic the OP posted to show that the book wasnt fake, I'll also upload a few pics of the text that he uploaded as well.
I found a bunch of the older Living Dead stuff from Avatar press. I'd hardly call it paranormal, let alone creepy. The writing is pretty terrible. The characters seem to be nothing more than vehicles for shoe-horned in wank material. I'll see if I can find the better IDW stuff.
I've be rather busy this semester but I have some down time next week.
Plot of these comics: Something traumatic and supernatural happens in a small town and everyone forgets what happens during that period of time that it happened in. A reporter goes in to do interviews and tries to uncover what happened.
sacredcow - Thursday, October 28th, 2010 - 8:06 PM
who wants to tell me about this book?
No. 16947 - GoetArmchair Magician - October 29th, 2010 - 12:13 AM
Wikipedia does! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Seraphinianus
It's basically Some Guy's attempt at making an encyclopedia of a bizarre (fictional) alternate world: like geofiction, but done in a super-special-awesome kind of way. It's worth a look - rather than create a world that's Basically Earth But Some People Have Pointy Ears, the author really goes all out with some of the designs. Inspiring stuff.
It's a very beautiful book with very beautiful and inspiring illustrations. All of the text is written in his made-up language, and apparently it's baffled any codebreakers trying to translate it.
Have you looked through it? I downloaded it somewhere, it's worth it for the art, at least. Some of the concepts can be somewhat grasped if you read the pictures and interactions closely. Very detailed, surreal stuff.
Howdy /g/. So, I'm sorry to make an /r/ here, but maybe you folks could help me out.
I recently got a Kindle to keep me entertained for the rest of my deployment. I was messing around with it a bit and thinking about what other uses it could have aside from reading a few novels, and I was thinking how cool it would be to have a bunch of creepypasta and spellbooks and whatnot always on the go.
I've started working on copying alot of /x/'s stories into a .mobi, that project should be done next week or so (depending on how much fee time I get over here). I'll share that with /g/ once it's done, but in the meantime, anyone have any .azw or .mobi books I could fill this thing with?
Not to nitpick, but for occult 'non-fiction', I prefer books that take a more 'scientific' viewpoint, like the one I'm posting here (open the pic as a .zip).
Fyrestarter - Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - 9:45 PM
This link is to the free pdf version of FIRE MASS #1, a horror/magick themed magazine which features work by Clive Barker and others. The print version can be ordered from Magcloud, but this one is free.
No. 12351 - Fyrestarter - July 31st, 2010 - 8:47 AM
I just put this up on Scribd, also, if you'd like to check it out without downloading it. It's still free, of course. The second issue of the print version will be released in August.
She was crying. For days she had maintained her vigil and she knew she could no longer stay awake.
The room she sat in was bare except for the pillow beneath her and the eclectic accoutrements she had gathered: icons, papers scrawled with symbols, herbs,
and an enormous pillar candle that was now a puddle of its former self. In her hands was a small disc of plaster bearing a small child's hand print.
Her brother was watching outside the window of her tiny room. He had been waiting for a long time, the only stationary influence in the spirit realm; all other beings merely swirling by, indifferent to his plight.
But no, it was for naught. The curtain was closed: she still did not truly believe.
He disappeared into the ether.
Hi all. I have a small request, and I apologise if this isn't the right place for it.
Can anybody recommend any really scary books? The closest I've come is being mildly nervous (and perhaps a creeping sense of dread) while reading this particular collection of Lovecraft stories. I'd like some suggestions for some really, really REALLY scary books, the kind that I'd regret even having.
No. 15129 - Howard Phillips L. - April 23rd, 2010 - 10:35 PM
The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series is something that I consider fairly scary but this is keeping in mind that it is technically for children, and you probably won't find it as scary if you hadn't read them when you were younger. I first read these books around the age of 11, and reading them again today brings me a sort of unholy nostalgia for all the hours I spent awake at 3 a.m. reading stories like "Harold" and "The Black Dog" by the ever dimming glow of my flashlight.