Comments: 10
8 years ago
I have enjoyed most of the Malfi I've read so far.

I would add Laird Barron to your list of authors making a difference, along with Stephen Gregory, James Everington, and many others. Even though I love Laird, I'm not a big fan of Ligotti. His unrelenting dark view of the world depresses rather than entertains me. I have a few more books of Ligotti's to read, but I'm going to limit them to one a year or something, so I don't want to shoot myself too often, like I wanted to after reading Teatro Grottesco. :)

I enjoyed your review and your thoughts. :)
Duly noted.

Laird, Gregory and Everington are new to me. I haven't been proficient enough when it comes to Horror. I know and read all of the Horror classics, but the modern take on Horror is still something I've got to work on. One of my goals for 2015. Thanks for the suggestions.

As to Ligotti, it's something I'm quite unable to explain myself. It strikes a weird chord in me...
8 years ago
No, I totally get it about Ligotti. He's just not for me, but I do appreciate his use of language and his style. It's mostly his themes that I dislike.
What are your favorite horror classics? I love those too. :)
Off the top of my head: "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson, "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James, "Books of Blood Volumes 1-3" by Clive Barker, "The Exorcist" by William Peter Blatty, "The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories" by H.P. Lovecraft, "The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers, "The Woman in Black" by Susan Hill, "The Castle of Otranto" by Horace Walpole, "A Stir of Echoes" by Richard Matheson,... I won't bore you no more... What are yours?
8 years ago
Yeah, those are the classic that I love too. I don't think I've read Stir of Echoes yet though.

Have you read Shirley Jackson's "We Have Always Lived in the Castle"? Fantastic!

To be honest, I HATED "The Woman in Black." I can't quite make out ...was it The Castle of Otranto you mentioned above? I haven't read that one, but I've read "The Mysteries of Udolpho", which I thought was pretty good, despite it's long descriptions of the scenery. :)

My favorites would also include a lot of E.A. Poe. :)

Valancourt Books has come out with a line of books of the 7 horrid novels mentioned in Jane Eyre. I may check out a few of those as some point.

It's fun talking about these older horror classics. Not many people are very familiar with a lot of them. Or they dismiss them (both new and old) as genre classics and not literary classics, which I believe them to be. :)
Quite right. I'm always in doubt whether the best is yet to come or whether it's already behind us... When tackling a new book there is always some trepidation involved. That's also the fun of it as well.

I've added Shirley Jackson's "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" to my TBR Pile. Thanks for the tip.

I've heard about the Valancourt Books. I'm going to check them out. The premise is one hell of a teaser...Jane Eyre.
8 years ago
Agreed about wondering if the best is behind us. I don't think it is though. I discovered two new authors this year that I consider to be new "classic" horror authors, though horror sometimes seems to be too small of a word. Dark fiction describes them more accurately, I think. :)
A hint is in order...;)
Joe Landsdale?
8 years ago
Love him! His book The Thicket is in my top ten of 2014.
Oh, sorry!
Stephen Gregory and Michael Rowe. :)