The more time I spend in this wonderful world of reading, the more I read, and the more I am introduced to authors that I want/should read. Really, it is a vicious circle. I thought that it would be fun to put together a bucket list of the authors that I haven’t read yet. But with all of the genres that I read, my list became unmanageable, too many books, too little time. So this bucket list consists of the horror authors who are well-established, the classics, if you will.
1 – H.P. Lovecraft – That’s right. I haven’t read Lovecraft. I hear all over the place Lovecraft this, Lovecraft that, that’s so Lovecraftian. A few years back, I purchased The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft, although, I have my suspicions that the “complete” may be a bit of an exaggeration. I’ll read it just as soon as I can find the time.
2 & 3 – Bram Stoker & Mary Shelley – These two are as classic as classic can get. It’s difficult to think of two more important horror authors. Each one brought their own iconic monster of horror to life. I know their stories, everyone is familiar with their stories, but I still feel like I should read them.
4 – Ira Levin – Is there anything more evil than Rosemary’s Baby? Some of my favorite horror is when you bring in religion; there is something more tangible when the story is built off of an ingrained belief system.
5 – Richard Matheson – I saw the movies, both were terrifying in their own way. I want to read the provenance that spawned The Last Man on Earth and I Am Legend.
6 – Peter Straub – When I see his bibliography, hear the way other readers talk about him and notice the collaborators that have worked with Straub, I know that there must be something special there.
7 – Robert McCammon – Anytime the name Robert McCammon comes up, people sing his praises. I just need the time to find out what all of the hype is about.
8 – William W. Johnstone – With the plethora of books, I can only assume that William W. Johnstone knew how to tell a great story.
9 – Graham Masterton – I love the sound of his books; the synopses really grab my attention. I want to experience his work.
10 – Richard Laymon – Some of the extreme horror that I have read has led me to Richard Laymon. He seems to have been such an inspiration. I feel like I need to experience his writing for myself.
I’m sure that there are many more that I have missed. Whatever I choose to read, I can only hope that I have a great time and that they live up to my expectations.
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