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Old 02-26-2010, 11:53 PM   #1
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Question A Question for Horror Fans...

...What book (novel or short story) was the one that first introduced you to the genre and the life of a horror enthusiast?
Mine was "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:50 AM   #2
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Salem's Lot - Stephen King
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:10 AM   #3
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Cujo or Christine I'd say, though I don't really qualify as an enthusiast.

Do the Koontz books count as horror?
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:45 AM   #4
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Even as a child I liked scary stories, I can't remember which book first started it. My first adult horror novel was Stephen King's The Mist, which was also the first novel I read in English.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:03 AM   #5
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R.L. Stine's Fear Street series.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:01 AM   #6
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The Shining by Stephen King, closely followed by It and 'Salem's Lot.

I also like H.P. Lovecraft but I didn't discover him till later.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:30 AM   #7
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The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty is the first horror novel I read. An excellent read.

Check out The Horror Writers Top 40 Reading List put together in 1996.

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Old 02-27-2010, 01:51 PM   #8
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Personally, I use "Horror: The 100 Best Books" and "Horror: Another 100 Best Books" both edited by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman. Highly recommended.
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:01 PM   #9
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It and The Stand - Stephen King.
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I think that the most horrific books I read were some of the true-crime ones - particularly Helter Skelter (which stopped me from reading true crime because I was so disgusted with reality!).
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One of the first horror novels for me was Carrie by King
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:03 PM   #12
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Two religious horror novels, The Sentinel and The Exorcist. But I think Dr. Seuss was the first creep-out stuff I read.

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Old 02-27-2010, 08:22 PM   #13
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It was probably those Alfred Hitchcock anthologies.
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i started young...The House with the Clock in its Walls, and The Red Room.

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The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty is the first horror novel I read. An excellent read.
The same for me. When I read it, still in my teens, I was actually afraid of opening to book to continue reading as I was sure the devil himself was inside. Man did it play with my head... hehe
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