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Initial post: 6 Jun 2012, 10:36:06 BST
Last edited by the author on 6 Jun 2012, 10:56:44 BST
Antonio says:
I'm sure this has probably been asked a million times before but I'm looking for recommendations on books set in deep space with a horror element. Since watching Event Horizon and the Alien films years ago I've always been looking for similar stories but can't seem to find any! Do they exist? Ender's Game was quite good though not sure if it's strictly Horror.
*by the way, can be psychological horror in space not necessarily aliens etc

Posted on 6 Jun 2012, 11:43:42 BST
Have you tried Unto Leviathan ? It's very good stuff along those lines. I'd also look at some of Peter F Hamilton's books - in particular The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn Trilogy) The Naked God (Night's Dawn Trilogy) and The Neutronium Alchemist (Night's Dawn Trilogy). I can't say too much without giving spoilers out, but let's just say this develops into a sort of sci-fi horror on an epic scale.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2012, 11:50:14 BST
Event Horizon good aint it? Had me scared for weeks, watched it when I was 12ish.

Posted on 6 Jun 2012, 12:13:07 BST
Antonio says:
Unto Leviathan sounds interesting, might give it a go thanks.

Event Horizon splits opinions but I like it, some genuinely disturbing parts!

Posted on 6 Jun 2012, 13:30:11 BST
Ken O'Neill says:
It may take a bit of finding now, but Alan Dean Foster did a novelisation of "Alien" which actually built on the characterisations in the film, so is worth reading even though it's a film tie-in.

Posted on 6 Jun 2012, 16:23:40 BST
Antonio says:
Never knew there were Alien books as well, thanks they're also worth a read I reckon. Also just found an Event Horizon book!

Posted on 6 Jun 2012, 20:14:21 BST
Bascule says:
Chindi (Priscilla)is part of a series, not sure if would work as a standalone, but is quite creepy.

Posted on 6 Jun 2012, 21:28:19 BST
Garscadden says:
Peter Watts' Blindsight is quite spooky - a first contact novel with psychological horror.

BLINDSIGHT

You can probably download it from his website for free. His underwater books are pretty awesome too.

Posted on 7 Jun 2012, 14:03:04 BST
Anita says:
I'm not sure if it fits the bill 100%, and it's not exactly my favourite author, but I'd suggest to try this one, some interesting ideas there (and quite scary)

The Unreasoning Mask (Overlook Sf&F Classics)

Posted on 7 Jun 2012, 14:06:33 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2012, 14:07:03 BST
Antonio says:
Now that looks and sounds intriguing! Get it for a pound as well so will give that a shot

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012, 14:48:06 BST
Yes, it's one of those books you still remember twenty years later even if only read once. I tend to agree with the spotlight reviews.

Posted on 7 Jun 2012, 16:54:03 BST
That Philip Jose Farmer one looks great fun. If only it were on Kindle....

Managed to find a free and legal ebook of Blindsight very easily elsewhere. Thanks for the heads up on that!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012, 19:39:55 BST
Garscadden says:
Peter Watts' books are all (so far) available for free, and are worth reading. Spends his time between being a Dr of MArine Biology and a Sci Fi author (and a punch bag for US border guards, but that's another story entirely). His underwater based books are good, as you may expect.

His work isn't terribly upbeat though...

(Although free - they are good books, it would seem only polite to buy some of them, if you do go through them all)

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Posted on 8 Jun 2012, 23:32:50 BST
A. Clarke says:
Nobody has mentioned Stephen Donaldson's Gap series. This is an excellent sci fi horror series. Well ahead of the game. The ingenuity of his Thomas Covenant series, but set in a distant future. Think Clive Barker in space

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012, 13:33:31 BST
Ken O'Neill says:
Ok, I've only read the first of the Gap series, but I know people who claim that it's basically p0rn rather than horror.

Posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:04:13 BST
H. Hogh says:
I totally concur with the gap-series by Donaldson - excellent read. The Alien novelisation by Alan Dean Foster were very good too. Another book you might like is 'Sphere' by Michael Crichton - has good 'monsters', psychological horror, and is well-written (characters and pace), I recommend it (though the movie of the book was pretty dire, but don't let that put you off).

Posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:14:54 BST
Antonio says:
I actually enjoyed the movie! So that's a good shout. Will have a look at the Gap series too but I did start to read Thomas Covenant a few years ago and just couldn't get into it.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012, 10:42:04 BST
Ken O'Neill says:
The Gap is definitely "science fiction" of some form, wheras the Thomas Covenant saga is "fantasy".

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:30:50 BST
Antonio says:
Thanks Ken. It's surprised me slightly that this genre isn't bigger - there aren't even that many films (good ones at least). Think there's a gap in the market!

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 15:42:54 BST
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2012, 15:43:51 BST
Peter Idone says:
Although the entirety of the novel is not set in deep space you may want to read The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson. There was a film adaptation made in the mid 1980's that was almost hilarious but not without some very creepy moments.

Posted on 13 Jun 2012, 09:09:11 BST
TomCat says:
If you can find it, Michael Moorcock's 'The Black Corridor' is a psychological horror set in space. It's awesome, too!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2012, 10:32:45 BST
Do you mean Tobe Hooper's wonderous Lifeforce? A classic for so many reasons, not least the teenage memories of those opening minutes. *blush*

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2012, 12:05:47 BST
T. Lord says:
the Aliens series of books by Steve Perry are very enjoyable plus the Predator books are good

Posted on 13 Jun 2012, 14:32:52 BST
Animefan says:
I just finished The Secret of Yusan (The Sojourn Stars) . Its more sci-fi adventure, but its got some mild horror elements. There are two scenes in particular which I thought had a really chilling atmosphere (one on an abandoned spaceship and another on an alien forest), and its loaded with alien monsters.
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