Guest Author - Theresa Espinoza
Some of My Favorite Horror Authors
My love affair with horror literature began a very long time ago. I loved reading the books and imagining what I would do in those situations. While I read pretty much any book I could get a hold of, I quickly developed a following for several different authors. Stephen King has been, is, and always will be one of my favorite authors. He has the way of taking everyday things that we normally feel safe with and scare the daylights out of us with it.
In Cujo, King turned a dog that is breed is known for gentleness and rescue work into a monster that was definitely something to be feared. Moreover, the really scary part about the story is that it could easily happen in real life as it did in the story. This was not a mysterious ailment, but one that is well-known and feared even today-rabies.
Another example of King’s twisted sense of humor is turning Pennywise the clown into a monstrous creature of terror and death. Many people disliked or feared clowns after reading the book It. It is actually a story that combines two stories into one. In the beginning, there is a group of friends that battle Pennywise to a standstill when they are children. The children return to battle the clown as adults when he returns and starts killing children again.
Dean Koontz is another of my favorite writers. I have enjoyed most of his books, especially Phantoms and Watchers. Koontz enjoys bringing government elements into his stories in the same capacities that we often see them. He uses secret experiments as elements in his stories, playing on conspiracy theories that we hear so much off. He has a talent for building up the story line and enticing you into it.
Weaveworld is my favorite book of Clive Barker. He wrote of a magical world that exists within our own world and controls what happens in our world. Barker has a way of weaving you into the story and making you feel a part of it. He opens up a world of speculation about the possibility of alternate dimensions and how they affect our world. Barker has a true grasp of horror too and it shows in his other writings.
Anne Rice opened up the world of vampires for many readers. Interview with a Vampire, the opening book of the Vampire Chronicles started my following her as a writer. I also liked her series about the Mayfair witches. Rice was one of the first writers to bring the vampire to life and make her readers see them as living beings.
The Manitou was the first book by Graham Masterton that I read and I was hooked. The book revolves around a North American Native American folklore story about an angry spirit seeking retribution. Several of Masterton’s books feature Native American legends as the spirits in his books. I really liked his Night Warriors series that featured teenagers with super powers that battled evil.
One of my all time favorite books is Swan’s Song by Robert McCammon. I place this novel on an equal footing as The Stand, which is also one of my favorite books. Like The Stand, Swan’s Song is a very long book and will keep you up reading “just one more chapter”. McCammon wrote other good books, but this one is my absolute favorite of his. He has a way of capturing your attention and keep you turning pages to find out what happens next.
These are just a few of my favorite writers. You will see articles on the authors and reviews of their books in the weeks to come. I have very eclectic tastes in reading and love to search out little known writers that deliver good books. Come back and visit and see if you see one of your favorite authors.