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As it's nearly Halloween I'm reading a horror book. Anyone else?

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bran Sun 28-Oct-12 15:08:34

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ImInLoveWithAGermanPornStar Sun 28-Oct-12 16:16:48

F G Cottam is one of my favourite authors and I really loved the Colony. I don't think he's topped the House of Lost Souls for scares but all in all I think it's a better put together book.
I'm reading Witch Hunt by Syd Moore at the moment and loving it also. Both writers able to scare one witless without resorting to blood and guts or the bizarre and desperate approach of James Herbert's latest, Ash. Bought it for 20p and still felt cheated.

ImInLoveWithAGermanPornStar Sun 28-Oct-12 16:33:06

Feel mean now. I think that James Herbert has written some brilliant and scary books but Ash just seemed a bit tawdry.

HerBigChance Sun 28-Oct-12 16:34:22

I will dig out my MR James book of stories to read at this time of year.

ImInLoveWithAGermanPornStar Sun 28-Oct-12 16:43:59

Yes to MR James! There is something of the MR James in FG Cottam, I always think.

bran Sun 28-Oct-12 16:57:26

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ImInLoveWithAGermanPornStar Sun 28-Oct-12 16:59:26

Yes! Casting the Runes... shudder....

TramadolJacket Sun 28-Oct-12 18:02:23

I love a good spooky book at this time of year! We're going away tomorrow for a week in a caravan, I'm taking 'In a Glass Darkly' by Sheridan Le Fanu with me. I can't wait to be snuggled up in a blanket, reading with a big mug of hot chocolate.

I like the sound of The Colony, it's a bargain as well, may have to download it for 99p!

bran Sun 28-Oct-12 18:06:14

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ImInLoveWithAGermanPornStar Sun 28-Oct-12 18:39:23

smile what happened to 'I'm not actually scared yet'?!

HerBigChance Sun 28-Oct-12 18:40:32

MR James does tinker with your imagination a bit...

PersonalClown Sun 28-Oct-12 18:43:03

Nope I'm reading serial killer stuff.
Much more freaky when you know that it is all real!

(The psychology/sociology fascinates me)

bringbacksideburns Sun 28-Oct-12 18:43:28

I just finished Peter Straub's A dark Matter. What a disappointment that was!

I will try Cottam as i love MR James.

WereTricksPotter Sun 28-Oct-12 18:53:29

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I thought 'The House Of Lost Souls' was terrible - cliched and silly and about as scary as a Teletubbie.

Hadn't realised that Herbert was still churning 'em ouT.

I've just re-read King's 'The Long Walk' - now that IS scary!

BlueSuedeWitchesHat Sun 28-Oct-12 19:19:47

I don't read a lot of horror, but Dark Matter caught my eye on the way to Thailand this year. Spooky spooky SPOOKY!

tiggy114 Sun 28-Oct-12 20:31:32

Am hoping that the ending of 'ash' is worth keeping going. I am sooo bored with it. An i usually love mr herbert!

tiggy114 Sun 28-Oct-12 20:32:48

Oh if someones looking for a not too scary but weird and dark read, i'd go with roald dahls short stories. Excellent.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 29-Oct-12 06:15:53

Today's kindle daily deal is Susan Hill's The Small Hand, if anyone's interested.

ImInLoveWithAGermanPornStar Mon 29-Oct-12 10:26:32

Just bought the Small Hand, thanks!
Tiggy, Ash just gets worse. The word ludicrous springs to mind. Shame.

bran Mon 29-Oct-12 11:40:47

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ImInLoveWithAGermanPornStar Mon 29-Oct-12 17:45:45

It's good, isn't it? I only discovered him fairly recently but have devoured everything he's written. Brodmaw Bay was excellent too. Still enjoying Witch Hunt very much but I think we need to talk more about Ash!

GoreyClaWsPumpkinHeed Mon 29-Oct-12 17:53:24

H.P. Lovecraft all the way!

ImInLoveWithAGermanPornStar Mon 29-Oct-12 18:25:45

What is it with horror writers and two initials followed by surname? F G Cottam, M R James, H P Lovecraft.

GoreyClaWsPumpkinHeed Mon 29-Oct-12 18:47:06

loads of other genres do it too, J. K. Rowling, maybe tis just a writer thing...

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