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Horror for you

First, I really appreciate that from time to time people say nice things about my work. It counterbalances, well, all of the other less happy details that by far make up an author's career.

Of course, the knives often come snicker-snacking out in response, which sort of dampens the affair, so it more than evens out, I assure you. But, enough about me! Here is an off the top of my head list of twenty horror-dark fantasy authors I think you should go read. Horror is vital, very much so.

In no particular order and not remotely definitive:

1. Caitlin Kiernan
2. Sarah Langan
3. Richard Gavin
4. Adam Golaski
5. Maurice Broaddus
6.Lee Thomas
7.Nick Mamatas
8. Paul Tremblay
9. Stephen Graham Jones
10. Michael Cisco
11. Gemma Files
12. Don Tumasonis
13.Tananarive Due
14. Glen Hirshberg
15. Joe Hill
16. Joe Pulver
17. Norman Partridge
18. Sarah Pinborough
19. Allyson Bird
20. Tia V. Travis



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Aug. 7th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
"Horror for you" should be said in a Russian accent.

Good list of names. I confess that there are names on your list I haven't read yet.
Aug. 7th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
Thanks. There are names here that don't get mentioned enough.
Simon Strantzas [strantzas.com]
Aug. 7th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
That's one fine list, Laird. My own would vary, but frankly not by very much.
Aug. 7th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
Well, the perils of a quick list like this is all the names that could as easily be on there--Strantzas, Cardin, Roden, Llewellyn, Monette, Speegle, Rogers, etc., etc.
Simon Strantzas [strantzas.com]
Aug. 7th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
Of course. Your musing here is timed well with Cardin's comments on his own blog about a strong wave of new writers working now. I tend to agree, as much as one can at least while inside the wave (these movements are notoriously difficult to determine until long after they're done).
Aug. 7th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
Great list. Tia Travis is one of my favorites. She'll have an absolutely stunning story out next year called "The Weight of Stones."

Have you read anything by M. Rickert. She's great, as well.
Aug. 7th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
Looking forward to a new Travis.

Mary is a great writer. Very nice person as well.
Aug. 7th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
I really must get reading. I've not read many on there.
df lewis
Aug. 7th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Hi, Des. You'd really like Tumasonis, I think.
Aug. 7th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
There aren't enough stories in the world by Tia Travis. I've loved everything of hers that I've read.
Aug. 7th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Gifted wordsmith.
Aug. 7th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
That's a great list, Laird! Were the list mine, I would also add Peter Straub, Douglas Clegg and Steve Rasnic Tem.
Aug. 7th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, that list is meager. There are scores of exceptional authors working in the field.
Aug. 7th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
A great list, Laird. One I'm really proud to be a part of.

Aug. 7th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Aug. 7th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
It's strange you should mention Ms. Kiernan. I literally just picked up "Lovecraft Unbound" yesterday and went straight to "Houses Under the Sea". Unsettling piece, that one.
Keep doing what you're doing Laird; I found out about you all of two months ago and you've quickly become my favorite "author of the weird". What you do matters (even if it's only to inspire this fledgling writer's own aspirations).
Aug. 8th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: You
Thank you very much. So many authors, so little time....
Aug. 7th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I enjoy your lists
I tend to "favorite" your list posts and then use them for library and bookstore trips. Once again, and as usual, there are names here I've missed (and some names who have books sitting on my shelves, as yet unread). As to Caitlin Kiernan -- well, I said that "The Red Tree" was one of the two best books of 2009 (the other was Catherynne Valente's "Palimpsest"), so we're on the same track there.
Aug. 8th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Re: I enjoy your lists
I'm glad you enjoy the lists. There is a great diversity of style and approach. I'd add Livia Llewellyn (who will have a debut collection soon; I'll post when I know more)and Wilum Pugmire. Wilum is delightfully baroque and decadent in his style.

Edited at 2010-08-08 04:33 am (UTC)
Aug. 8th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the list! Some of those writers I've read and love, some I've read and don't love, some are on my to-read pile, and some names are new to me.

Would you be recommend any books in particular by Tananarive Due?
Aug. 8th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! The Good House.
Aug. 11th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, a wonderful list to be sure, thank you! I see a few new names here that I really need to check out. I'm also wondering, seeing how Don Tumasonis has been mentioned here, if he will have a collection out any time soon. I have loved everything that I have read by him thus far. Oh, and I'm very happy to see the Livia Llewellyn will have a collection out soon. I cannot wait to hear more about this!

Last but not least, I must say that I have recently picked up Occultation and that I am very looking forward to reading this. The Imago Sequence was brilliant!
Aug. 12th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
Thank you.

Tumasonis is a truly great writer. I offered the Rodens my services in hunting Tumasonis down and tying him to a workbench until he puts a collection together. We'll see. I could use a vacation.
Aug. 13th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
From now on, I'd like to be known as The Livia Llewellyn. :)
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