Happy Halloween! I thought to celebrate this awesome holiday I would compose a list of what I think are the best horror writers of all time. The list is not in any particular order and will tell a little about each author. Hope you enjoy the list and feel free to leave a comment stating who your favorite horror writers are.
1. Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker is most famous for his novel Dracula, which I think is a wonderfully written horror story. When I first read this story I remember I could not put the book down. I was intrigued by each of the characters and I loved how Stoker personalized each character by having them keep a “diary” or journal. It made the development of the story more interesting and unique. If you want to learn more about the author and his stories click here.
2. Edgar Allan Poe
I love all of Poe’s short stories and poems. As sad as I am to say this, I rarely find a poem I actually enjoy reading but many of Poe’s poems deserve praise. His short stories are wonderful and it is hard to simply read only one. My favorite stories include “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Pit and the Pendulum.” If you would like to learn about Edgar Allan Poe and his stories click here.
3. Richard Matheson
Richard Matheson wrote many chilling tales and some have been turned into movies, which we still love today. For example, he wrote the novel “I am Legend,” which was turned into a movie in 2007. He also wrote “Duel” and also wrote many “Twilight Zone” episodes. To learn more about Richard Matheson click here.
4. Stephen King
I am sure we all know Stephen King. When we think of a “master” of horror many people think of Stephen King. He has written many stories that have scared people for generations. My favorite stories include “The Shining”, which is also one of my favorite movies, “Carrie”, “Cujo” and “Pet Sematary”. If you would like to learn about Stephen King click here. 5. Mary Shelley
I love the novel “Frankenstein”. It is wonderfully crafted and Shelley does a wonderful job exploring the idea of “playing God” and the dangers that can result from it. “Frankenstein” today still continues to scare and horrify readers. However, in some ways “the monster” can be seen as a sympathetic character. He did not like being treated as a creation and wanted to be loved. Because he is feared instead of loved one could argue that is why he kills many people. The story is wonderful and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a “scary” novel to read. To learn more about Mary Shelley click here.
Do you agree with my choice of authors? Do you think other authors should have made the list? Please share your comments below.