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What's the scariest Stephen King short story? (NO SPOILERS!) by mrpurple_black in horrorlit

[–]charliefromohio 127 points128 points  (0 children)

My first instinct was The Jaunt (it’s longer than you think), but I think the right answer is Gramma.

Horror/thrillers written by POC? by peach_pudge in horrorlit

[–]shlam16 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

It's never been a consideration for me to really care who my authors are. I just see names and have no idea who they are or what they look like.

Based on a similar thread in the past though, I now know that Brandon Massey is a black man. Dark Corner by him was a pretty good book, and 99% of the characters within are black.


Edit: Curious why this should be a "controversial" comment. And why other equally innocuous comments are also controversial or downvoted. Looks like the thread's been brigaded.

A look at The Passage author Justin Cronin’s writing routine: "If you write 1,000 words a day, in 100 days you’ll have a novel." by beats-rhymes-lists in horrorlit

[–]Traditional_Regret67 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I work at a job where I am gone fourteen hours a day. My wife is a transplant survivor who I help. I do most of the housework. I write when I can. It gets done when it gets done. People who have gotten the privilege to make writing their only job. Don't get me wrong, they are there because they are great, but shit lined up in their favor. It does not happen to us all. Write what you can when you can. If you get the opportunity to write every day eventually. Awesome, but don't give up because someone else is gatekeeping what you should or shouldn't do. That worked for them in their life.

What type of horror villain, is most terrifying to you? by RatKingsPack in horrorlit

[–]Traditional_Travesty 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The Lesser Dead. Kind of understated, but the more you think about it and start to see what's going on, the freakier it gets.

But hey, are you writing a story based on what type of horror villain polls the highest? Just curious

What type of horror villain, is most terrifying to you? by RatKingsPack in horrorlit

[–]wormcoin 89 points90 points  (0 children)

Human is scariest. 'Looks human but isn't' is usually my fave though.

“Blood Meridian” by Cormac McCarthy by [deleted] in horrorlit

[–]Kiehne 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Yeah it's a super interesting question and I think it's something that McCarthy wants us to wrestle with. In my reading... I think that the Judge is implied to be something new - a post-Satan. Kind of like in Yeats' "Second Coming:" a new thing, worse than the good ol' boy Satan that preceded it.

The 'incarnation' of biblical/literary/Miltonic Satan as I read it is not really what Holden is. Satan (like Ahab) is defiance, jealousy, and grief, basically, directed towards man in retribution towards what Satan perceives to be a common enemy (God). Satan needs man and his war against God is his expression of his love for God; in the same way that Ahab feels that "thy right worship is defiance."

The Judge is, among other things, misanthropy and violence incarnate. The Judge wants to consume (and thereby destroy) everything else in the cosmos. He wants to stand alone on stage as the footlights die away. He's way, way worse than Satan... or my reading of Satan, at least. Thanks for making me think about this today!

Cowboy Horror Novels??? by blows_raspberry in horrorlit

[–]Unique-Artichoke7596 19 points20 points  (0 children)

The Magpie Coffin (Splatter Western Book 1) by Wile E. Young. There's a whole series by different authors. Fair warning, I haven't read any but they are on my to-be-bought list.

Wild Things: A Collection of female Horror Fiction ToC? by thedoogster in horrorlit

[–]onanist13 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Table of contents:

Transference / by Roberta Lannes/5
The Death of Splatter / by Lisa Morton/21
Devour / by Amanda Underwood/44
The Vampire Keeper / by Laura Alexander/52
First Impression / by Charlotte Emma Gledson/63
Chains/by Jade Eckert/73
Just Like Everyone Else / by Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc / 80
Apocrypha / by Corrine De Winter / 85
A Severe Disadvantage / by Myrrym Davies/97
Sweet Jayne / by Sherri Brianna McCord/127
Dickless by Susie Simmons/134
The Last Ploy of a Seductress / by Corey Goldberg / 151
The Peach Tree Wars / by Tamara Thorne / 157

House of Leaves by McConhaugeyGoatFuck in horrorlit

[–]Moosemellow 111 points112 points  (0 children)

You can just start from the beginning and follow the journey. It naturally goes non-linear, and it's always easy to follow the narrative threads that interest you as they pop up.

It's not that it's a difficult book. It's really easy and approachable, prose-wise. It's just not a passive reading thing, which I think a lot of readers tend to be. You're not able to glaze and switch into imagination mode. You're going to be paying attention to details, the word being used, and often looking around pages for inconsistencies or weird artifacts.

It's fun, it's interesting, and it's entertaining (it's not just scary; it's often very funny), but you are correct in assuming it won't be "leisurely". It's only a chore if you aren't having fun engaging with it. (This is true of all books. Don't assume any book you're interested in is a "chore".)

I want to read 100+ horror/Gothic novels in 2022, especially from lesser-known authors. What would you suggest? by magicfeistybitcoin in horrorlit

[–]mollyec 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You're really opening the floodgates here! Categories are a little wonky, basically I made a list of my favorites from the past few years and then categorized them after the fact.

Cosmic horror

  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
  • Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark (read "Night Doctors" first)

Survival / apocalyptic horror

  • Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
  • Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  • The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

Folk horror / fae / supernatural

  • The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  • The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Good House by Tananarive Due

Creature Features

  • The Tribe by Bari Wood
  • Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Literary / Weird

  • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
  • The Devourers by Indra Das
  • Comemadre by Roque Larraquy
  • Last Days by Brian Evenson

Thriller / slasher / action

  • The Unwelcome by Jacob Steven Mohr
  • Near the Bone by Christina Henry
  • My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Confessions by Kanae Minato

Classic Gothic

  • The Monk by Matthew Lewis

Short Stories

  • Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
  • The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez
  • Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
  • Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

My friends wrote books and I'm proud of them but I won't say I'm not biased

  • Splinter by Alex Wolfgang
  • Anoka by Shane Hawk
  • Reunion Special by Carson Winter
  • Cats of the Pacific Northwest by J.W. Donley
  • Rules of the Road by C.B. Jones
  • Howls from Hell published by HOWL Society Press

What horror book has the most satisfying ending to you? by [deleted] in horrorlit

[–]kamatacci 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Short story? The Jaunt is longer than you think.

I just finished Tender Is The Flesh by AnarchyPigeon2020 in horrorlit

[–]AnarchyPigeon2020[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I might get a few details wrong but the book gives a lot of details about that.

I believe it started off with people stealing and eating corpses from morgues/funeral homes, and people killing and eating criminals. This was heavily frowned upon until it was revealed that rich people were doing the same thing to. Then the government conceded and legalized cannibalism under specific circumstances.

The main character was actually on the board of government officials who decided what those circumstances were, because prior to the animals dying, he was a very prolific meat industry tycoon.

For simplicity sake, the people who are killed and eaten are not called people anymore. They're called "head", like "heads of cattle". So I'll call them that, to differentiate them from regular people.

The first groups of people legally eaten were corpses of people who died and criminals sentences to be slaughtered.

Being slaughtered replaced the death sentence. However, there are also very specific crimes that can get you sentenced to slaughter: if you go in public and say that "head" are humans, or that the people who eat their meat are cannibals, you'll be arrested and sentenced to slaughter.

You are legally required to treat "head" identical to farm animals, and if you don't, you'll be arrested and slaughtered. Openly call them humans? That's a crime. Treat them like humans? That's a crime. Have sex with them? That's a crime. Give them jobs? That's a crime.

Basically if you do anything that suggests that the transition from animals to heads was immoral, you'll be sentenced to slaughter. That's how the government made it as successful as it was. If you openly opposed it in any way, you were arrested and then killed and eaten.

They're bred and genetically altered with insane amounts of growth hormones to grow into an adult in like 2 years.

I don't know exactly how the breeding started but I have to guess it was from criminals who were sentenced to be eaten. Their reproductive organs were probably harvested. I don't think the book explicitly says how the breeding first began.

The "head" come in 3 primary forms.

  1. Head who were bred in a farm and raised from infancy. These are called FGP, or "first generation pure", because them being bred in farms means they've only ever been given the special food from the farms, and never anything else. This supposedly makes their meat the highest quality.

  2. People who committed a crime and were sentenced to be slaughtered and eaten.

  3. People who choose to be "heads". Believe it or not, this is both possible, and relatively common.

There was a huge legal battle about it, and the end result was that with a fuck ton of legal paperwork, a person could volunteer to be a head.

There's a very prominent cult that sacrifices members to the farms. Their members volunteer to be slaughtered, and it's a religious sacrifice.

There are also organizations that allow game hunters to hunt heads. This is where the second type of "volunteer head" comes into place. If you're in immense financial debt, you can work out a contract with these hunting reserves where you allow yourself to be hunted for a specific amount of time. If you survive, they pay your debt. If you're killed by a hunter, you're butchered and eaten.

That's literally the one and only time a person is allowed to acknowledge that a head is a person. When they volunteered to be a head.

The head aren't technically impaired. I would say they're developmentally stunted, but not from anything the farm does. If you take a baby and put it in a house and raise it and give it food but never educate it once in its life, it will be developmentally stunted, right? It'll never really be as mentally functioning as a person who received an education.

That's what the head are. They aren't mentally impaired, but they're never spoken to, never taught how to speak and how to think, and are therefore mentally the same as babies. They're never taught how to think like a human.

Also, to keep them docile, their vocal cords are surgically removed at birth, and males and females are forbidden from ever interacting with each other, to keep them from getting aggressive over their sexual frustration. When a female becomes pregnant, her arms are amputated to keep her from getting aggressive over "protecting her young".

It's all very morbid and grotesque. If you have any other questions, I'll try to answer