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tjanson 2/21/2009 9:12:15 PM

Sally...Yes Hodgson was a wonderful writer although he's really been lost through the sands of time.  I love his Carnacki stories.

victory92 2/22/2009 10:58:42 AM

Great List. I would put Poe first but that is jus my opinion. One correction. Matheson did not write the novels "The Night Stalker and Strangler". He wrote the screenplays but Kolchak was created and the novels were written by Jeff Rice.

Hobbs 2/22/2009 6:51:46 PM

Hey there is another realize there can be only one?  Highlander line...

Phil, you want Koontz moved to 4...are you serious?  I question if he should even be on this list.  You probably have to put him on the list because the guys has written so much but except for a few of his early works I don't think he's that good of a writer. 

Tim, overall another nice list you put together though I think top 20 was probably too much.  You should have made it a top 5 or 10 because like you said Horror has been around so long it starts to get fuzzy after the top 10.  You are so right about Matheson and his I Am Legend adaption...that Wil Smith hack movie was horrible.  I do think they did a good job with Stir Of Echoes for all of you out there that haven't seen the movie.  A good movie that got lost in the sixth sense craz that came out that summer.  

One problem I do have is putting Clive Barker's number 5. Seriously have you read his books...holy crap is he a Stephen King wannabe.  I take back what I said about Koontz...kick Barker out of the top 20 list and you can give number 20 to Koontz. 



ashamel 2/23/2009 3:01:24 PM

A good list. Maybe Anne Rice and Tanith Lee could be added in somewhere. And Dan Simmons has done some great horror stuff as well as his SF (Song of Kali, for example).

JZinIND 2/24/2009 9:41:29 AM

Good list, but I'd swap out Saul for Brian Keene.

bluetiger 2/24/2009 2:02:34 PM

 A modern horror author that is very talented but has managed to fly under the radar so far is Thomas Ligotti--if you've never read his stuff check it out. I promise you that you wont be sorry.

I would put him as a shoo-in for honorable mention.

tjanson 2/24/2009 4:09:07 PM

I have read Ligotti and he is good.  Still a relatively small volume of work though compared to many other writers.  perhaps someday

CaveatLector 8/11/2009 3:23:43 PM

Great list.  No real arguments.


Although you could have mentioned Charles Grant, Thomas Monteleone, Harlan Ellison, or Ted Klein and no one would have flinched. All of those guys have written some terrific short horror fiction!

CaptainInsanity 4/23/2010 2:37:02 PM

 I hate to be "that guy", I don't really even know how to say this without being "that guy", but the exclusion of Bram Stoker from this list is sorta-kinda making me scratch my head down to the very last brain-cell.  They named the award after him.  He wrote Dracula, what is widely considered to be the greatest horror novel ever written. His influence has been, and will be, far greater, for far longer, than HPL.  (Not even talking about Lair of the White Worm, The Jewel of Seven Stars, or any of his short stories) Not only should he be on the list... he should be #1.

avidbookreader 9/22/2010 5:47:44 PM

 I stumbled upon this list while browsing around on Google and I must say it's a fantastic list and really highlights the best in horror literature.

However, I noticed one person mentioned Brian Keene as being left off of this list. I agree with that.

I would also like to say that Bentley Little was a major oversight here and I even had to check this list a few times to make sure I didn't somehow miss his name -- I didn't, of course.

No Ray Bradbury either?

Why keep the list only to MALES -- why not any females? I would have liked to see V.C. Andrews here.

Bryan Smith, Nate Kenyon and Fred Wiehe may be too recent to be considered for such a list, but I figured I'd throw them out there anyway, plus they probably don't fit the criteria of being famous or even popular to begin with.

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