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Initial post: 20 Feb 2013 00:20:33 GMT
Chris says:
I recently read Edgar Rice Burroughs' Land that Time Forgot series. Particularly enjoyed the third book with the race of winged humans known as the Wieroo. It struck me what a good horror writer Burroughs could have been.
I've become a bit turned off by horror that just revolves around cruelty, you know, the stuff that just thinks up the worst things to do to people. And I'm a bit tired of ghost stories, and with the exception of the classic Dracula, never really got into vampire stuff.
So I was wondering, does anyone have any recommendations for good horror that gets its creepiness from the bizarre or unusual? Things like perfume by Patrick Suskind, the film Jeepers Creepers, or the short stories such as Duel and 1408 would qualify. .

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013 00:56:36 GMT
1D82 Many says:
I don't know if this by Elizabeth Wixley, is up your street but it might be worth a look at. I found it really creepy.

In the Devil's Own Words

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013 21:46:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Feb 2013 22:13:34 GMT
monica says:
There are a fair few books, especially by Continental writers (especially French ones) whose horror lies in the unusual. Just for now, The Tenant, Malpertuis (Atlas Anti-classics)--don't be intimidated by its review here, as Malpertuis is really a rattling good & atmospheric story--, and because you mentioned Perfume De Sade's Valet, possibly: I've not read the Susskind because I don't like the style from excerpts I've read, but think this is in same spirit as Perfume.

Posted on 20 Feb 2013 22:03:43 GMT
carocaro says:
Modern, just out The Showing by Will Macmillan Jones.
unusual as it is within the boundaries of normal and average daily life. Some truth there too.

Posted on 21 Feb 2013 15:52:35 GMT
Chris says:
Thanks. I've ordered The Tenant for starters. See if I can handle one of Monica's recommendations. Haven't read the reviews or anything. I like the suspense of not knowing anything about a book before I start reading. I'm as excited to find out what the book is about just from reading it as I am to find out if I think it's any good. I reckon it's worth venturing a fiver for that initial intrigue of wondering where a book is going to go.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2013 21:33:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Feb 2013 21:34:40 GMT
monica says:
You do know it's a self-help book advising tenants of their rights?

Sorry--really couldn't resist. Please do let us know what you think of it--and what you make of it. I finished it thinking that 1) If I had read it at 17 and in the wee hours after drinking far too much coffee I would have been taken to casualty with a panic attack of psychotic dimensions; and 2) There were at least 3 explanations for what happened in the novel. I then re-read reviews on .com site and found 2 more.

Someone should begin a thread about idiosyncracies regararding books. I research thoroughly almost every book before ordering it, but once I've ordered give no thought at all tothe reviews and to books I ordered & hence am always surprised by what arrives in post, which is in a way related to your quirk. (Suppose this works only if one orders as I do many books, often from different shops, at a go. . . )

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2013 22:13:49 GMT
Chris says:
My landlord is also my brother so I'm cool thanks. Well actually I do pay for a lot of stuff that's technically his responsibility because I'm too pathetic to mither him, so I probably could do with some "how to assert yourself" style self-help in the tenant's rights department.
I'll let you know what I thought of the book as long as you're not expecting anything too clever.

Posted on 23 Feb 2013 19:32:10 GMT
Phantoms by Dean Koontz is quite good

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2013 22:40:00 GMT
Chris says:
Think I've read it. It fits the bill if it's the one I'm thinking of. Something to do with moths or something like that? A couple of sisters go to stay in a mountain town, and the opening bit revolves around a town jail? Does that sound right?
Quite a few Koontz books would pass as unusual horror. My favourites are Twilight Eyes and Watchers.

Posted on 5 Apr 2013 14:13:31 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2013 15:06:35 BDT
I Readalot says:
Self-promo is only allowed in the Meet Our Authors forum, with any luck Amazon will delete your post(s). Read the Important Announcement from Amazon where all is clearly explained. Spamming is guaranteed to make regular forumites incredibly tetchy.

Posted on 6 Apr 2013 23:45:29 BDT
KB says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2013 10:38:48 BDT
I Readalot says:
You may have noticed that your post has several negs. This is probably because other posters suspect that you are either the author or a person connected to the author. Due to the amount of spamming in these threads people get suspicious when a new poster appears only to mention an obscure sp book, especially when said book has 2 5 star reviews both written by people who have never reviewed anything before. Mentioning the price in that way will only add to the suspicion. You could be a perfectly genuine reader but I thought I would let you know how it could be viewed by a lot of us who contribute to these threads.

Posted on 7 Apr 2013 12:03:20 BDT
KB says:
How can I be negatively contributing to a discussion about Unusual Horror by suggesting an Unusual Horror book that I have recently purchased and found excellent? But OK, hint taken, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2013 13:04:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Apr 2013 13:06:59 BDT
Chris says:
Forum regulars view it as negative because we want to base our decisions on genuine opinions rather than vested interest ones. We remember what it was like around here when you couldn't move for self promo ads and Kindle talk. I doubt anybody who regularly browses the fiction forum wants those days back again.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2013 19:22:23 BDT
Garscadden says:
I can't speak for others, but on my part I assume that a book that gets three 5* reviews within three days of being available by people who have never reviewed anything else is pretty suspicious. When that book is self published, then it is beyond suspicious. You are a shill, and thus your opinion is, to be polite, suspect.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2013 20:55:34 BDT
monica says:
I doubt there's anyone on the forum who's more down on advertising here than I--it's egotistical, pushy, childish, intrusive and horribly ill-mannered--but after having wrongly jumped to conclusions once or twice I try to remember that through MOA or kindle forums a poster might by chance have come across the title of a book they subsequently bought and then wrote a (first) review of and that both here & in reviews I've been so delighted by a bargain that I've mentioned price. When I can be arsed to try to remember, that is . . .

Posted on 7 Apr 2013 21:07:39 BDT
Anita says:
Oh, come on, folks, she did buy the book, didn't she? And to be honest, had I a Kindle, I *would* buy a book written by a friend, instead of reading a PDF or something, even at more than - what was the price again, Monica? It helps in more than one way, really.

However I find it hard to imagine someone in their right mind buying this book without (or after) reading the look inside...

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2013 19:24:31 BDT
I must admit that I don't read much horror, but I downloaded Public Enemy Zero by Andrew Mayne because I'd enjoyed Angel Killer so much. It was unusual and thought provoking and I was surprised to find myself totally absorbed in it. It's quite violent in bits though, if that would put you off.
Public Enemy Zero
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