Which authors still (or did) write 'creature feature' Horror?
It seems as though the 'creature feature' sub-genre in Horror is a dying one, even in film. And this is a shame because it's one I've wanted to write about for many years, and hope that if this genre truly is becoming endangered, I'd like to do my part in reviving it. But I need inspiration.
Which authors make Horror fiction about monsters? Demons, possessed people, normal animals turned bad and boogeymen are just a few examples of what I'm looking for. The only authors that come to mind are Stephen King and Clive Barker. Thanks in advance, and have a pleasant day!
If you haven't read H. P. Lovecraft then I urge you to do so immediately. He wrote mostly short stories, but the mythos he created is woven throughout all of them. Definitely a lot of crazy creatures and themes that have spawned countless writers after him. I myself took a stab at writing monster fiction because of that author. You also might consider reading Peter Benchley's fiction. He is the guy who wrote Jaws, and a number of other 'beast from the sea' style tales.
Bro Check out Robert McCammon, Stinger, Swan Song, Wolfs Hour, Boys Life, all killer.
Young Dean R Koontz, his early works are really good. Ummm, Midnight, Phantoms, Servants of Twilight, all pretty awesome.
Thanks for the comments, some great suggestions! I'll be sure to take a look at all of them ^^
You'll dig McCammon bigtime, underrated genius of horror, his prose flows like a pristine river.
I second Dean Koontz. I listened to an audiobook of one of his novels. Sorry I can't remember the title. After the reading of the book, there was an interview with Koontz. It was fascinating. He talked about his violently abusive father, who was clearly reflected in the novel as a serial killer/torturer. I remember Koontz's saying that there were times when he didn't know if his mother and he would survive the night. Survive. That had to be some major abuse. I am not really fond of this genre and have only read two of Koontz's novels, but they were extremely well-written.
Not necessarily authors, but if you have never seen the television show "Supernatural" I would definitely recommend it for inspiration. It is all about the demons, creatures, monsters, ghosts, spirits, and more.
As far as authors go, I would highly recommend that you read some of Ambrose Bierce, M.R. James, Richard Matheson. Of course, Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft are two of the most popular horror fiction authors that you should definitely read.
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