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Old 11-30-2014   #41
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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

I don't think the new Hellraiser book was a case of him returning after a long time. I think he had most of the story planned out for many years but just taken a very long time to finish it.

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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

I always remeber one of the first short horror stories I ever read, The Body Politic by Barker. It was scary, original and incredibly funny (and I mean HAHA funny). I still remember the moment I read it and I smile like an idiot.

Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

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Most of the authors I read are past worrying about life being horrific and just plain live, or at least depict living in their work. Jack Vance is maybe the prime example here. I'd expect a conversation between him and HPL to go something like:

HPL: "We are adrift on black seas of infinity."

JHV: "Yeah, alright. So which star are we steering for, and what's on tap?"
Have you read the interview with Jack Vance in Charles Platt's book Dream Makers 2? He described Clark Ashton Smith as "one of the generative geniuses of fantasy" but said that Lovecraft "couldn't write his way out of a wet paper sack".
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Basil Copper?

I did read numerous James Herbert books at the appropriate age. I have no desire to revisit them, but of those I read, I think The Jonah was the most haunting.

Basil Copper, I wouldn't mind taking another look at.
I bought the hardcovers of Darkness, Mist & Shadow - The Collected Macabre Tales of Basil Copper from PS Publishing. The stories were entertaining in a charming old English way but there was a ridiculous number of misprints and, judging by a comment on Amazon, this hasn't been corrected for the paperback editions.
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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

I do like Jack Vance. He's an odd guy, I've seen quite a few discussions and displays of him being very contrary and acting dispassionate about his work and his genres.

On a radio interview he expressed interest in alternate history SF, when someone else started praising Man In The Highcastle, Vance started saying alternate history was a pointless genre.
Other times he would say he only written SF and fantasy for money and the only reason he would read these genres by other writers was if he started losing sales (to see what everyone else was doing right).
But sometimes among fans he would show more passion about his work and for other writers.
Apparently he didn't like talking about himself. Which might explain why people found his autobiography underwhelming.

In a radio interview he said he put claustrophobic scenes in a book because he had those fears. I'd like to know which book that was but ideally I'd read all his output.

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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Re: Basil Copper.
I've read one story that had a characteristic I complained about on this thread. It mythologizes Cabinet Of Dr Caligari, a great film to be sure but I just couldn't take the idea of the film having deleted scenes with dark evil powers. Perhaps decades ago the film seemed far more mysterious than it does now (with dvds, the creators and the era have been more extensively written about).
The idea of Wiene, Janowitz, Mayer, Veidt and co creating evil sorcery is almost like buying into the idea of Alice Cooper or Ozzy Osborne being terrifying people.

But to Copper's credit, it still managed to be quite good considering the central flaw.

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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Burnt Offerings

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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Basil Copper's two Arkham collections, still available from Amazon for less then 20 bucks used, were excellent. From Evil's Pillow and And Afterwards, The Dark--man, the titles say it all.
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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Is Caitlin R. Kiernan mainstream? I truly adore all her novels, but The Drowning Girl may be her best.
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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Don't really know if she's mainstream in sensibility but from interviews I thought it seemed like she struggled to make a living.
I was looking for her short story collections last week and most were very expensive.

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