A web resource for the scoop on good works of horror is the
list of Bram Stoker Award winners (and nominees) from the Horror Writers
Association. The lists go back to 1987, so there's plenty of choice!
Their website: http://www.horror.org/stokerwinnom.htm#2003
Their most recent winner is Lost Boy, Lost Girl, by Peter Straub:
"Straub brings back his writer hero Tim Underhill (Koko; The Throat) in
a lightweight, occult horror mystery involving a suicide and a
missing nephew. The story involves not one but two Jeffrey
Dahmer-like serial killers who prey on teenage boys. The point of
view oscillates between Tim Underhill, the investigator, and Mark
Underhill, the lost boy. There is a haunted house, some ghosts,
creepy moments, and an unusual ending that uses supernatural email
and web pages." (Library Journal)
For classic horror authors, try:
Edgar Allan Poe
For the occult and supernatural, try:
V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic
Clive Barker, Weaveworld
Dean R. Koontz, Darkfall
John Saul, Shadows
Peter Straub, Floating Dragon
For demonic possession, try:
William Blatty, The Exorcist
Robert Bloch, Lori
Ramsay Campbell, Nazareth Hill
Ira Levin, Rosemary's Baby
For haunted houses, try:
Stephen King, The Shining
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
For witches, try:
John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick
For vampires, try:
Laurell K. Hamilton, Cerulean Sins
Kim Newman, Anno-Dracula
Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
Whitley Strieber, The Hunger
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Darker Jewels
For horror in science, try:
Robin Cook, Brain
Tess Geritsen, Bloodstream
Michael Palmer, Natural Causes
Ridley Pearson, The Angel Maker
And, last but not least, how about:
Thomas Harris, Silence of the Lambs
You can also search our catalog for titles (and read summaries and
reviews online). Go to our website, http://www.librarypoint.org and
click on the link in the left margin for Library Catalog. Then, using
the drop down menu change the search parameter from General Keyword to
Subject Browse, and type in horror fiction. You can then click on the
list (there are over 260 books listed) and review the selection.
Since you did not specify what type of horror book you might like, if
you need further assistance in trying to find a book, please don't
hesitate to call, drop by, or e-mail us again.
Michele R. Brown
You specifically asked for titles that are "...mesmerizing...capture (your) heart and raise (your) pulse".
Why don't you try:
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again". You'll be hooked from the first line of this class gothic tale.
Ghost Writer by John Harwood. Victorian ghost stories and family secrets - guaranteed to kick your pulse up a notch.
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. Washed up rocker Judas Coyne goes online one drunken night and buys a ghost. What he gets is no bargain. A can't-put-down, chilling thrill. Joe Hill is Stephen King's son, and has surely absorbed some of his daddy's talents!
The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman. Lavish and captivating, Hoffman is a storyteller you won't want to miss.
Baltimore: Or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola.
Lyrical and lush tale of vampires as well as a damning indictment of war.
The Quincunx by Charles Palliser. Fog-shrouded London is just as much a character as any person in this complex, plot-within-a-plot book.
M. E. Raymond
Salem Church Road branch