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Thoughtful, personal horror fiction

I'm looking for horror recommendations (defined as broadly as you wish). I'd like books with a deeper resonance, the kind you keep thinking about after you finish, but books that make you feel as well. My favorite writers are Shirley Jackson, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan; I don't care as much for Lovecraft and the more cosmic stuff. Ideally this would be a book you would describe as being emotionally moving or compassionate as well as creepy. The further off the beaten path, the better.
posted by thetortoise on Aug 16, 2016 - 30 answers

The horror of vast/infinite things

I have discovered a specific taste for creepy stories where the creepy-factor comes not from things that are straightforwardly evil or horrible, but from things that are just... incomprehensibly vast or infinite. Help me find more of these! Examples below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Alioth on Apr 25, 2016 - 39 answers

Horror Fiction by Authors of Color

Recommendations? I've got Sumiko Saulson's Black Women in Horror list/bios of 60 writers, which is an extensive and exciting resource. But I'm not looking exclusively for work by black women, so - who else brings the chills? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jan 13, 2016 - 12 answers

I want to read books and watch movies about Alternate Histories.

With The Man in the High Castle hitting Amazon Prime today, it got me thinking about other alternate histories that I have yet to read about or watch. Obviously this lends itself to dystopian lit, but I was wondering if there's more obscure things out there besides the mainstream/popular things like Inglorious Basterds. My favorites are sci-fi and horror, but I'm open to just about anything and will pretty much give everything a shot if it's highly recommended. Hope me, MeFites!
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Nov 20, 2015 - 35 answers

Help me read more horror fiction!

I don't typically read horror and I want to read more. Specific tastes inside. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 30, 2015 - 28 answers

Oh baby, I like it raw.... (Trouble finding a short story)

I'm having trouble finding any point of reference for a short story I was recently reminded of regarding a husband who suddenly gets the impulse to drink blood/eat raw meat. If I recall correctly, he just masticates the meat for the juices. It's a long drawn out thing of trying to hide this weird compulsion from his wife, making himself out to be a monster, but in the end it resolves well. [more inside]
posted by ThrowbackDave on Feb 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Weird & Wonderful Excellent Esoteric Nightmare Narratives

Please recommend as much artsy, intelligent, literary horror fiction (in any medium: books, stories, films, whatever) as you can! [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Oct 15, 2013 - 45 answers

Horror independent of increased knowledge?

Are there any horror works which do not derive increased horror from increased knowledge? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jul 4, 2013 - 28 answers

What was this '70s or early '80s horror novel featuring spiders?

Somewhere between '80 and '82, I read this book that featured spiders... [arachnophobes: do not click!] [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Mar 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 14, 2012 - 27 answers

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories?

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 5, 2012 - 26 answers

Books like The Wicker Man and Harvest Home

I'm interested in fiction books reminiscent of The Wicker Man and Harvest Home. Horror or mystery stories of strange nature cults/paganism/mystery religions...Not so much stories of Da Vince Code or Name of the Rose but more the former two titles.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 30, 2012 - 15 answers

What collection of short horror stories can I read aloud to kids?

Calling all librarians! I need a book of short, scary stories suitable for reading aloud to kids. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Sep 27, 2011 - 14 answers

FBSAS – Federal Bureau of Scary-Ass Shit

I'm trying to find a website. It was a collection of short horror fiction pieces, organized as a bestiary maintained by a secret government organization. It had entries for, I think, a giant preternaturally intelligent and malicious fish-like thing, a haunted subway train, and an orb that acted as a portable black hole or something like that. What was it?
posted by invitapriore on Sep 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Horror anthology recommendations

I'm looking for various horror anthologies -- numerous writers with no overarching subject such as "Zombies!" or "Vampires!". I have enjoyed a few such as Foundation of Fear, Prime Evil, Revelations, and 999.
posted by snap_dragon on Jun 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Howard Phillips

So, H.P. Lovecraft ... where to start? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Jul 22, 2010 - 33 answers

Best new fantastic online fiction

What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

In space no one can here you scream, he wrote

What's the best literary equivalent of Alien/Aliens? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 9, 2009 - 21 answers

Add a new category to this list: Aliens, Monsters, Ghosts...

Aliens, monsters, and ghosts. The big three. But is there a fourth? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Jun 26, 2008 - 42 answers

Help me identify these short horror stories?

Help me identify these four short horror stories, based on descriptions of their plots and endings. SPOILERS AHEAD! [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jan 29, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me find the perfect book to read this summer!

Help me find the perfect book(s) to make my summer complete. I've got a strong preference for almost realistic horror and things that might creep me out. Bonus points for books that involve old school sanitariums. Of course you'll find more specifications in the [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Jul 3, 2007 - 25 answers

Mike Hammer meets Hammer Films?

Know any good horror/crime fiction? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Oct 11, 2006 - 27 answers

Where can I find these two short stories?

Help me find these two short stories - one horror and one (possibly) sci-fi. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Apr 26, 2006 - 9 answers

Looking for a fiction anthology

I'm looking for a fiction anthology, and only vaguely remember the title or what the book looked like. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Nov 28, 2004 - 4 answers

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