One of our oldest and strongest emotions as human beings is fear. Strangely, the mind seems to look for things that are scary; we build haunted houses, spend our hard-earned money on Horror Movies, and read Horror Novels. It does seem a bit macabre that we as humans tend to frequent this genre. Life is filled with fearful moments – we fear death, being alone, a lack of money, losing a job, losing a family member, and the list goes on and on. Yet there is that adrenaline rush that the darkness and the unknown can produce which is like no other to make us feel alive. So why does horror mystify and almost entrap us? Maybe it is our unending curiosity or we are attempting to test our courage in an increasingly unpredictable world. Whatever the reason, it attracts millions of people, especially around this time of year at Halloween. So here are a list of some of the authors of classic Horror books that evoke the emotions of fear, surprise, and terror to keep you up at night!
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
Bram Stoker – Dracula
Stephen King – The Shining, Pet Sematary, Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Cujo, Misery (to name a few)
Edgar Allen Poe – The Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat, Murders in the Rue Morgue,
The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death
Clive Barker – The Hellbound Heart, The Damnation Game, Coldheart Canyon, Cabal,
Demons and Deviants
Dean Koontz – Odd Thomas, Phantoms, The Bad Place, The Taking, Dark Fall, Watchers,
The Demon Seed
Anne Rice – Interview with the Vampire, The Witching Hour, The Queen of the Damned
Jack Ketchum – The Girl Next Door, Off Season, The Woman, Hide and Seek, Offspring
H.P. Lovecraft – Dreams of Terror and Death, The Road to Madness, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos,
Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre
Peter Straub – The Floating Dragon, A Dark Matter, Ghost Story, Koko
Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked This Way Comes, Dark Carnival, A Memory of Murder
Ramsey Campbell – The Face That Must Die, The Darkest Part of the Woods, Ancient Images
There are, of course, many more authors in this genre that you can check out at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and many other online stores.
Also available on my website is a horror/thriller – “VENGEANCE OF THE WOLF”
Have a Horror-ific Holiday!
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“Father!–to God himself we cannot give a holier name.” – William Wordsworth
To all the Dads out there – have a terrific Father’s Day. Mine are grown now and have children of their own – I have some beautiful grandchildren. Yes, they make you crazy sometimes and can be quite a handful, but they also make you very proud and bring a special joy into your life that compares to nothing else. Your children are the best gift you will ever receive. Love and cherish them as long as you can.
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Hello All! I am having a book signing on Saturday, August 2nd, from 11:00 to 4:00 at the Barnes & Noble near Metro Center Mall in Phoenix, Arizona. This Barnes & Noble location is not in the mall, but a stand-alone store. The address and directions can be found HERE.
I will have physical copies of my new book, The Emerald Dragon available for purchase. I would love to personally sign it for you. If you purchase a physical copy of the book, you will also get a free t-shirt (while supplies last), and a bookmark will be included in each book. I will also have available, cards that can be used to purchase the e-book version right there in the store. You can read the first 5 chapters of the book online HERE, if you would like a preview.
I will also have my mystery novel, Vengeance of the Wolf, along with my book of poetry called Tapestry available for sale. E-books can be purchased for these as well.
It is Sci-Fi Fantasy Day at the store on August 2nd, so feel free to dress up as well! It will be a fun day, come on by to say hello and enjoy yourself!
My Favorite Paranormal Character
Character : Gin Blanco
Book: By a Thread (The Elemental Assassin Series) by Jennifer Estep
Occupation: Assassin, Cook, Waitress, Owner of Pork Pit
Eye Color: Grey
Hair Color: Auburn Brown, but it depends on what she needs.
Elemental Power: Stone and Ice
Assassin Code Name: The Spider
Location: Ashland (Where Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina meet)
This character is for all practical purposes, perfect. She can be soft, accommodating and approachable but leads a dual life. When the need arises, she becomes the famous assassin called “The Spider”. She is a superb fighter and believe it or not, is actually a humanitarian. she does not like killing innocent people or victims. She is family oriented, values her friends and is honest.
During the day or when not on assignment, she works at the Pork Pit (Actually the owner) and employs several of her closest friends.
For ALL visiting, a FREE ecopy of “Vengeance of the Wolf” for you to download from Smashwords.com, June 21-22!
My novel, “Vengeance of the Wolf” has been featured on Indie Author, Michelle Muto’s blog! I hope you will check out the interview and excerpt from “Vengeance” posted on Michelle’s blog! My little typing buddy, Tairobi was also featured in the post! Hope you’ll send him some love…he can be so sensitive! 😉
Many thanks Michelle! You rock!
Many thanks to author, Lia Fairchild for featuring my novel, “Vengeance of the Wolf” on her blog! If you enjoy reading Horror/Thriller stories, then I hope you’ll visit Lia’s blog and read the excerpt from “Vengeance”!
It was a great privilege to be interviewed by Jennifer from “Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance”!!! Thank you Jennifer for featuring “The Emerald Dragon” on your blog! I encourage everyone to visit her blog and take a look around!
Many thanks to Ellie from “The Selkie Reads Stories” for posting her review of “Vengeance of the Wolf” on her blog!! I hope that you will visit her blog and leave a comment!
Thank you to all my blog readers! I love to read your comments and feedback! 🙂 If you have any ideas for a post, if you would like to offer a guest post or blog swap, please don’t hesitate to email me! cc(at)solitaireparke(dot)com
Happy Memorial Day!
I can’t thank Lacey from “The Page Turner” enough for the kick butt review she gave my debut novel, “Vengeance of the Wolf”!!! I hope that you will visit her blog and read the review and author interview she was so kind enough to post! Many thanks Lacey!!!
I wish everyone a fun and safe weekend! What do you have planned?
I was thinking about going to see The Avengers!! 🙂