Recommend books that are like Stephen King short stories
January 2, 2014 6:25 AM Subscribe
I really like Stephen King's short stories, specifically those that focus on possessed objects or ghosts/demons/ghouls manipulating objects. I'm thinking specifically of Lawnmower Man and The Mangler. Can you recommend horror novels in a similar vein, by Stephen King or by others? [Spoilers for The Shining within]
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As stated, I love Stephen King's short stories, especially those like Lawnmower Man and The Mangler that are about objects that are imbued with horror. I'd like to read horror novels like this, but I'm specifically looking for novels that hinge on supernatural horror -- especially horrifying/possessed/controlled objects-- rather than those where the horror is more purely psychological.
I've read and liked The Shining. The idea that the hotel was possessed by something (ghosts? demons?) and could act through objects (the topiary, the fire hose, the bar, the elevator, etc.) and people (Jack) totally worked for me. The scenes where the topiary seem to be moving, or where Danny thinks the fire hose is chasing him, are the kind of thing I want to read more of. The scenes where Jack and Wendy are trying to suss out whether the other has hurt their son, and the complexities of their relationship, is the kind of thing I want to read less of (although it's fine if it's in the mix).
I've read and disliked The Dark Half (the menace of the pseudonym driving around endlessly got boring for me after a while). I tried to read Misery but couldn't get into it -- I just don't find pure psychological horror all that interesting. I'm also not looking for books where demons work directly in the world themselves (like in the movie Event Horizon).
What novels would you recommend to me that are like Stephen King's short stories, whether by King or by others?