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Old 06-28-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Hi all. Looking for horror recommendations WITHOUT the element of the supernatural thrown in (Dean Koontz...and many of Stephen King's novels). Thanks to all in advance.
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Poe and Lovecraft? You seek for psychological horror, no doubt.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:19 PM   #3
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The novel Koko by Peter Straub is pretty awesome and I don't think it has any supernatural at all.
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The Haunting of Hill House could be considered psychological horror with an unreliable narrator.

The Passage by Justin Cronin is a non-supernatural vampire novel.
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Do you consider fantasy elements supernatural or are you just looking for psychological horror? If so recommend The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr, the Hannibal books by Thomas Harris and as mentioned above, The Blue Rose Trilogy by Peter Straub.
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I love "Misery" and "It" by Stephen King. "It" is a little large but enthralling.
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The Hannibal Lecter series is always fun for me to read. It's different enough from the movies where you don't feel like you're just reading the script.
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The Blue Rose Trilogy by Peter Straub.
I always forget that there are other books. I think I've only read Koko though. One day, one day....
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H.P. Lovecraft was an atheist who didn't believe in the supernatural, Thus, the stories and novels which centre around the Cthulhu Mythos and the Necromonicon of the Mad Arab Abdul Alhazred represent his best work. He was trying to scare people who didn't believe in the supernatural.

One of the most horrifying stories I have ever read in my life is the short story by William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily".

It also has the most astonishing twist I've ever come across.

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Old 06-30-2011, 04:22 PM   #10
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Indeed, most Lovecraft stories involve either aliens with hidden agendas outside human comprehension or pure psychological horror based on first person account by an unreliable narrator (mad). Supernatural only exists in the minds of those who believe it and if the narrator says so, so it is written...
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Its astonishing how many well read people I talk to who have no clue about anything Lovecraft. Definitely not for everyone though, a big part of Lovecrafts work is what is not said or explained. Also not everyone likes an uncertain ending.

A Rose for Emily is one of the very few stories I enjoyed from school.
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8 pounds: Eight Tales of Crime, Horror & Suspense by Chris Holm

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Reminds me of Stephen King's collection of short stories

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:58 AM   #13
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I'm going to recommend Robert McCammon's Swan Song despite the fact that it may have supernatural elements. You mentioned King; and those who enjoy The Stand will more than like enjoy Swan Song.
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Well, 'no supernatural' pretty much eliminates the entire genre, since horror usually makes use of fear of the unknown. Otherwise it's generally labeled a "thriller." There's exceptions, but they're exceptions. Serial killer stories are probably as close as it gets.


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