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Article in the Adult Fiction and Horror categories.

"Where there is no imagination, there is no horror." -- Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet (1887)

"you want to know if i believe in ghosts, of course i do not believe in them. if you had known as many of them as i have you would not believe in them either." -- Don Marquis, Ghosts in Archy and Mehitabel (1927)

The fear of monsters, vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, haunted houses, demonic possession, medical and psychological evil, the occult and supernatural is the stuff of horror stories. The reader wants to discover how the protagonist overcomes the demons that beset him.

H.P. Lovecraft(1890-1937) is often consdiered the father of modern horror fiction. In his Cthulhu Mythos, an expelled race wants to take possession of earth again. He states, "All my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and emotions have no validity or significance in the cosmos-at-large.

Stephen King (1947 - ) His stores define the horror genre. He has been described as one of the best storytellers of our time, depicting the nightmare of our idealistic civilization. He received an honorary National Book Award in 2003.

Pseydonym: Richard Bachman


The Shining, The Dead Zone, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, The Green Mile, Carrie, Firestarter, Cujo, Pet Sematary and more

Awards in Horror Fiction

Bram Stoker Awards presented annually by the Horror Writers of America.

Classic Authors

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables

Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness

Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Bram Stoker , Dracula

H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Bestselling Authors

V.C. Andrews

Clive Barker

William Blatty

Robert Bloch

Robin Cook

John Farris

Barbara Hambly

Thomas Harris

Shirley Jackson

Stephen King

Dean Koontz

Ira Levin

Anne Rice

John Saul

Peter Straub