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Re: Forthcoming Books

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This two-volume set offers comprehensive coverage of horror literature that spans its deep history, dominant themes, significant works, and major authors, such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice, as well as lesser-known horror writers. . .

It would be good to see Charles L. Grant included in there. As a horror writer, he occupied a sort of artistic middle-ground between Stephen King and Ligotti. Like King, his stories generally featured an amiable mix of likeable, everyday characters and pleasant semi-rustic New England towns, but unlike other mainstream horror writers, Grant's stories almost invariably ended on a sharply sinister note, his characters often finding themselves trapped in an irrational world of darkness and horror from which there's no escape.

A library copy of his "Tales from the Nightside" was one of the essential stepping stones leading to my fascination with horror, and it's probably his short and novella-length fiction that deserves the most attention among his output. However, his novel "Night Songs" is worth mentioning, too, not just one of the finest horror novels I've come across, but also seemingly unique in its portrayal of a zombie apocalypse that's equal parts George Romero and Val Lewton.

(And that was way before pop culture gave a damn about zombies, too.)

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