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Old 10-23-2016   #81
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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Sorry if this repeats a topic already discussed elsewhere but can someone say what is the best novel Steven King has written? I'd like to give him a chance even though I am a bit daunted by the length of most of his works. I recently picked up Straub's Ghost Story. Might as well them read both simultaneously.

Also, it's maybe not exactly mainstream but I'd like to mention The Green Man by Kingsley Amis, a great Jamesian horror novel from the '70s.
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I went through his first few novels earlier this year and thought Salem's Lot was excellent and by far the best. Carrie and The Shining had their merits, but were too often clumsy. Their movie adaptations are superior.

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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Ok thanks, I'll give it a try. I am also considering Pet Sematary. The book seems quite horrific. I can't remember much of the movie adaption of this one except for the bleak (or melodramatic?) ending.
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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Re. Stephen King, I've enjoyed "Salem's Lot," "Carrie" and "The Shining." All well-written and sometimes frightening works.

On the other hand, I truly hated "Dr. Sleep: A Novel," which is supposed to be a sequel to to "The Shining." (I found it as disappointing as that other over-hyped sequel, Clive Barker's "The Scarlet Gospels," which was a sequel to his marvelous novella, "The Hellbound Heart." There seems to be something inherently 'off' with market-driven sequels.)

But currently my favorite King is "Insomnia," (1994) possibly because of the medical condition, which fascinates me. Somehow it scratches a particular itch and I've been drawn to reread it several times.

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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Re: Stephen King, I've not read a lot of his stuff but when I asked on Facebook which were his best books the top results were No.1 The Stand, No.2 The Shining, No.3 Misery/Salem's Lot/Pet Sematary.

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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

Has anyone read Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby?

If so, is it any good?
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Re: Your favorite mainstream horror books?

I enjoyed it. Although offhand I can't think of much to say about it other than the film was very faithful and the book felt a little like a light comedy of manners with some Satanism thrown in.

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Yeah, it's one of my favorite films. I've kind of avoided reading Levin because of his reputation as a #### writer of concepts without substance. It kind of sounds like if I have seen the film, I've basically read the book.
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