With Hollywood finally getting caught up with how awesome the horror genre is (think the seemingly endless series in Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, and Insidious), we can still sit in our happy bubble, because we’ve been at this a long, long time. While watching a horror movie is all nice and all, it can never compare to the treat of reading a really good horror book. If the author plays his cards right, your imagination runs riot, creating a mental image of the activities in the book that stay with you long after you close the book and move on.
So here’s a list of the top 5 horror genre authors that are sure to send a chill up your spine.
1. Stephen King
Often termed ‘The Master of Horror’, Stephen King is synonymous with spooky stuff! And with nail-biting chillers like Carrie, Pet Semetary, and The Shining, he’s created characters that shall live on for many generations to come.
2. Anne Rice
Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice is a sure thing in this list. Her style is considered gothic fiction, and with it, she creates a sense of doom and foreboding that isn’t easy to forget once the book is over.
3. Peter Straub
Having received several awards for his books, Peter Straub is often considered an underground favorite for lovers of the horror genre. But his work hasn’t been noticed just by awarding bodies. Two of his books have been collaborative efforts with none other than Stephen King himself.
4. Jonathan Maberry
No stranger to awards himself, Jonathan Maberry is often best known for his Joe Ledger series, which focus on a detective’s battles against extreme science (think zombies and the apocalypse). Interestingly enough, he also recently published a back story to Dana Scully (yes, from X Files), and it’s quite the read for hardcore fans.
5. Dean Koontz
Okay, okay. We admit, Dean Koontz doesn’t like to advertise himself as a horror author. And we get it. He’s extremely versatile in his writing style and genre. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t write one mean horror novel! So, we’re keeping him here, because we’re just bad like that. And with over 450 million copies of his books sold worldwide, we don’t anyone really minds.
So happy reading!
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