Great Horror Novels Not by King or Koontz

Don’t get me wrong, Stephen King and Dean Koontz are great writers and I’ve read dozens of their books. But there are so many other excellent authors out there that most people have never heard of. So, I feel it’s my duty to spread the word about these captains of the horror world and some of their better books. Every month I’ll post 3 different books so you have time to pick them up and read them. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

1. The Store, by Bentley Little. — Bentley is a master at exposing the dark fears hidden behind every day people, places and events. He’s arguably the best in the biz now. The Store is a twisted story of a Walmart-ish superstore run by the worst that hell has to offer. Clean up in aisle 666!

2. Necroscope, by Brian Lumley. This is the first in a series of vampire books that Lumley wrote in the 80’s. After all the crap we’ve seen about vampires, this should purge the sparkle from them. These beasts are otherwordly and downright savage. Possibly one of the best horor series ever written.

3. The Magic Cottage, by James Herbert. Not many folks in the US know about his work. Basically, James Herbert is the Stephen King of the UK. And this book is one of his best. Thanks to my pal Karl the Welsh Dragon for turning me on to him.

So now the question is, what books do you think should go on this list?

Need more horror? Brave enough to enter the Forest of Shadows? 

What are some of your favorite horror novels? It’s always great to discover new authors and books.

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 30 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

5 responses to “Great Horror Novels Not by King or Koontz”

  1. Tom Wolstencroft says :

    I am Legend by Richard Matheson.

    I am Legend is arguably the greatest short horror novel ever written, and its influence on the horror genre has been profound. Stephen King and many other of today’s masters rank this book highly in their personal top ten lists of favorites. It is a short novel that can be read in one sitting; it is hard to put down, building in intensity from start to finish. Matheson creates an entirely new type of vampire fiction herein.

    It bares no resemblance to the abomination that was the Will Smith movie. My brother-in-law recommended it to me after seeing the movie. No comparison.

  2. RR Smythe says :

    I personally love scott nicolson….

  3. benzeknees says :

    Sorry to be so late to the party, but I just stumbled on your site & was pleasantly surprised. I have been a Stephen King fan forever & Dean Koontz fan for a while. I would regard Dean Koontz a little more highly if his books had more depth to them. But to date, I had never seen anyone recommending Brian Lumley! I have read the entire series, more than once & love it! It continues to be my favourite series, followed closely by the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
    Thanks for recommending Brian Lumley to your readers – I will keep returning to your site to catch more of your great titles to read. Thanks again!

    • Hunter Shea says :

      Hey, I’m just glad you made it to the party. I’m always shocked by how many people who haven’t heard of Brian Lumley. To me, he set the gold standard for vampire fiction. You also may want to check out Phil Rickman, a UK writer who tackles the paranormal countryside. Please come back often!

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