Topic: Your top 5 horror or true crime novels

I like to read alot of true crime novels too but I'm not a psycho lol.

Here's my top 5 horror or true crime novels:

1. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
2. Fatal Vision by Joe McGuinniss
3. Death Instinct by Bentley Little
4. Jaws by Peter Benchley
5. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

Last edited by RIP (2009-01-31 07:24:32)

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I dont read much horror, but here are 5 i love in no particular order:

Devil's Disciple: The Deadly Dr. H.H. Holmes by Judy Miller Snavely
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge
Hell House by Richard Matheson
In a Dark Place by Ray Garton (out of print and hard to find.  Maybe you can get it from the library, thats where I got it from.  It wont disappoint though)

Last edited by jmh314 (2008-12-20 10:06:40)

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I forgot to add this great read by a buddy of mine from the UK:

Evilution by Shaun Jeffrey

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5.Swan Song by Robert. R. Macammon (horror)
4.The Stand by Stephen King (horror)
3. Head Hunter by Micheal Slade ( horror/mystery/crime)
2. It by Stephen King (horror)
1. Books of Blood by Clive Barker (horror)

Jaws is way up there, top ten for sure, on my list of overall favs too RIP.

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City Infernal - Edward Lee
Amazonia - James Rollins
Jurassic Park - Michael Chriton
The Rats Trilogy - James Herbert
The Woods Are Dark - Richard Laymon

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It would take me more than a few minutes to really get to the heart of top 5 - so I'll just name some quick favorites...

Hell House, Richard Matheson
I am Legend, Matheson
The Stand, Stephen King
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Ghost Story, Peter Straub
The Ruins, Scott Smith
Fear Book, John Byrne
Perfume, Patrick Suskind

For true crime, I don't read much, but I did like Helter Skelter , Bugliosi and A Perfect Husband by Aphrodite Jones

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Constantce wrote:

Hell House, Richard Matheson

Perfume, Patrick Suskind

Well we agree on something!  I loved Hell House and I am a HUGE fan of Perfume.  I didnt add Perfume to my list as it isnt as much horror as some, but it's a great story.  One of my favorite books and the movie was pretty decent too.

Last edited by jmh314 (2008-12-20 10:31:10)

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^ Did you see the movie (Perfume)?  It's hard to imagine it working.

And what do you mean we agree on something?  Didn't you see on Facebook that we are movie "Soulmates?"  We matched up better than anyone else.  lol

The Hell House graphic novel came out recently - I'd rate it about a 6 out of 10.

Last edited by Constantce (2008-12-20 10:33:05)

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1. Weaveworld; Clive Barker
2. Beast House; Richard Laymon
3. IT; Stephen King
4; The Funhouse & By the Light of the Moon; Dean Koontz
and
5. Silence of the Lambs; Thomas Harris

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Could you really class Weaveworld as horror? I'd classify it more as fantasy, excellent book though.
I'd swap silence of the lambs for the Hannibal omnibus, they are all excellent novels and I have to read them in order smile

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Constantce wrote:

^ Did you see the movie (Perfume)?  It's hard to imagine it working.

And what do you mean we agree on something?  Didn't you see on Facebook that we are movie "Soulmates?"  We matched up better than anyone else.  lol

The Hell House graphic novel came out recently - I'd rate it about a 6 out of 10.

Well considering I said the movie was pretty decent, then yes that means I've seen the movie.  lol.   Yeah I mean its not as effective as the book by any means.  It's hard to convey all the sense of smell he has in visual form.  At least writing can be descriptive to explain how his sense of smell works, visually it was tough to do. 

Overall I think they did a decent job with it though.  They cut out the whole section of when he was living in the cave though.   So there is a whole section of the book gone.  It's worth a rent if you liked the book though, just like Choke will be worth the rent when that comes out.

We are soul mates?   big_smile

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Macho, I do because yes there is an element of horror. True it is fantasy but there are many moments in the story that verge to the more grotesque side of horror. So I class it as a horror-fantasy, make fun but I am a strange creature tongue smile

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Venomous Nightshade wrote:

I am a strange creature tongue smile

You won't catch me arguing on that one tongue

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LoL thanks for the vote of confidence! tongue

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Does anyone know of any good werewolf or vampire novels besides Salem's Lot and Silver Bullet?

Re: Your top 5 horror or true crime novels

Here are some really good vampire books. No romance, just horror.
Midnight Mass by F. Paul Wilson
13 Bullets and 99 Coffins by David Wellington
Stake and The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon
Blood Red by James A. Moore

The only good werewolf book I can remember reading is The Howling by Gary Brandner

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13 Bullets Vampire novel big_smile
Frostbite Werewolf novel  big_smile
Both by David Wellington author of the excellent Zombie trilogy that starts with Monster Island.
And best of all they are all free online big_smile

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RIP wrote:

Does anyone know of any good werewolf or vampire novels besides Salem's Lot and Silver Bullet?

I've heard good things about David Wellington's vampire series.  I dont know if there is an actual name in the series but the books (in order) are: 13 Bullets, 99 Coffins, and Vampire Zero.  Maybe give 13 Bullets a read and see if the series is worth reading the rest of. 

I havent read them but heard they are pretty decent.  He wrote Monster Island which I also hear is a good zombie novel.

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damn you beat me too it Macho!  If you read 13 Bullets, have you read the rest of the series?

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Not yet they're a little tricky to get hold of in the UK for a reasonable price sad
But you've got to read his Monster Island trilogy it's outstanding and throws an interesting spin on the genre wink

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I hate these types of lists. it's way too hard on the noggin', but here goes...

Swan Song by Robert. R. McCammon (TacTac....yes!!)
The Stand by Stephen King
Hell House by Richard Matheson (nice list Constantce)
The Damnation Game by Clive Barker
The Call Of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

Last edited by deadhorse13 (2008-12-20 11:43:34)

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Amityville horror
Salems lot
Traveling Vampire show
Night in the lonesome october
Twilight

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Re: Your top 5 horror or true crime novels

I just thought of another great read which is:

The Keep by F. Paul Wilson(I also have the movie of it on vhs)

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The Keep was a great book. I didn't care for Michael Mann's film though.

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These are some of my favourites:

Red Dragon (or any of the Lecter books apart from the ending of 'Hannibal') - Thomas Harris
Let The Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist (just read it and loved it - much gorier than the film!)
The Stand (or any of his earlier books) - Stephen King 
The Rats (or almost any of his books) - James Herbert
Every Dead Thing (all his books) - John Connelly
Dark Rivers of the Heart (or almost any of his books) - Dean Koontz

For true crime, I've read a few but books about Jack the Ripper are my favourite.

Yeah, that's a lot more than 5 - I'm no good at lists! big_smile