Must Haves for Horror Fans – Part 1

OK horror hounds, it’s time for some basic training. I understand there are a lot of new recruits out there, and even some lifers, that need the foundation to become a true horror aficionado. Now, put your chainsaws and machetes down and listen up. I’m going to give you a list of books and authors you must know inside and out. Are you hearing me Private Pyle?

Decades later and I still obssess over Full Metal Jacket. I’m not going to say you look like 50 pounds of chewed bubble gum. I won’t raise my voice. I’m simply here to open your horror eyes a little wider. Shall we begin?

This is what you should read to see how a master works their trade. I’m only leaving out Stephen King because he’s soooo obvious.

Algernon Blackwood. Get your hands on everything he’s ever done. Read it at night and enjoy your nightmares.

M.R. James. I can’t count how many horror writers cite him as an inspiration.
Richard Matheson. He’s the author of I Am Legend, Hell House, the best Twilight Zone episodes and Kolchak, The Night Stalker. “Nuff said.

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Maybe the scareist haunted house novel ever written.

The Store by Bentley Little. So close to the truth that it’s terrifying.

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. Gut wrenching, brutal, incredibly sad and real. A master work. The Monster Men reviewed it on our podcast. You can check it out here.

The Magic Cottage by James Herbert. I’m always astounded by how many folks in America have never heard of Herbert. He’s only like the Stephen King of the UK. You can’t lose with any of his books, but I highly suggest you start with this one. He just passed away last month, so cherish each book as you tread down the path of discovery.

Curfew by Phil Rickman. Another UK import, Rickman’s books can be hard to find, but when you do, treasure them.

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Richar Laymon. He was taken from us way too soon, but thankfully he was prolific. Almost every up and coming horror super star waxes poetic about his books. My favorites are Bite and One Rainy Night.

Ghoul by Brian Keene. Yes, Keene may be responsible for resurrecting the zombie genre, but Ghoul is still my favorite.

Oh no, I’m not stopping at 10. My list goes to 11.

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon. Words can’t express how great this book is.

You have your list, now hit the bookshelves. Hard. Stay tuned for part 2 where I highlight movies.

And if there are any books/authors you feel should be on the list, speak now or forever hold your peace.

Dismissed!

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. 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 Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. 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. His novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre , Sinister Entity, Hell Hole, The Waiting and Island of the Forbidden are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. Hell Hole was named Horror Novel Reviews #1 horror novel of 2014. His first thriller novel, The Montauk Monster, was released June, 2014 as a Pinnacle paperback, and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer. His follow up Pinnacle novel, Tortures of the Damned, a post apocalyptic thriller, will be out July, 2015. That will be followed up by his latest cryptid tale, The Dover Demon, in the fall through Samhain. His horror short story collection, Asylum Scrawls, is available as an e-book, straightjacket not included. Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. A copy of his book, The Montauk Monster, is currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME. He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years. Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

8 responses to “Must Haves for Horror Fans – Part 1”

  1. earthdancedaph (@earthdancedaph) says :

    Deep Sigh, Thank you, I am old school Horror and I really appreciate some good ole horror vitamin blood pumped into these old veins. *puts on reading glasses and evil grin…

  2. Hunter Shea says :

    You’re very welcome. Always happy to spread the terror.

  3. fuonlyknew says :

    You’ve mentioned some of my favorite horror writers!
    I’m always looking for something by them that I’ve not devoured yet. I prowl the local used book store with it’s huge horror section. I’ll be on the lookout for Curfew. Only one I haven’t read on this list.

  4. Jonathan Janz says :

    Fantastic list, Hunter. I haven’t read Rickman but really need to. I also haven’t read Boy’s Life, but I plan to this year. The rest of your list…aces.

  5. Craig Mewborn says :

    Nice list. I recommend “Boy’s Life” to everyone, not just horror fans. I love a good coming-of-age tale which is probably why I also loved “Ghoul”. Another one in the same vein would be “Summer of Night” by Dan Simmons, an awesome, scary book.

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