I’m sitting here wondering what I’m going to read.
I haven’t made a trip to the library (or pronounced it correctly, for that matter) for a couple of weeks now, but it doesn’t really matter. When I go, I always have the same books to choose from. I have no idea who’s popular in my favorite genre because I don’t keep up with publishing and literature, and when I do it’s usually disappointing anyway. So when I finally get a chance to go, I don’t find much I want to read.
I want a list of current, popular horror writers. Not vampire fiction. Literary horror would be nice. So if you have names (other than the obvious King, Koontz, Herbert, Brite and Straub), fire away. I get names but never seem to remember them. *Sigh* Maybe if you write them down for me, I’ll be able to jot them on a note pad before I go.
Still, the odds aren’t very good. I don’t know if that’s because the library’s pathetic (it is) or if it’s because “horror” isn’t really classified as “horror” anymore. Not exclusively. Now, it’s filed away secretly under “thriller” or “suspense” or “literature” (when it’s literary fiction). But still, names I’ve looked for in my library lately tend not to be there. There may be a request system in place, but I doubt very much would happen if I requested a book. This is small potatoes here, folks. And the nation’s broke. I can’t see a public resource dropping money to get books even though that’s what they do — it’s a library for pity’s sake.
Nevertheless, I have nothing to read. Nothing. I’ve read almost everything I’m interested in reading in the names I know. I’ve started the Dark Tower series by King, but that was a horrible mistake. Now I’m going to have to try and find all the books in the series to read, and it’s not likely to happen at our little cracker box library, so I’m probably SOL.
Anyway, my buddy Ben recently recommended Jonathan Maberry and I came up with nothing at our little outhouse. And my beloved read a list to me over the phone of authors from a book published by the Horror Writer’s Association. I found a few names, but none of the books recommended. Nice, huh? So I’m sort of out of ideas, except to ask you all for help.
I like horror. Duh. Redneck, literary, psychological or werewolves. Not, I repeat not, paranormal or horror romances. Puke. Just the good ol’ fashioned stuff, if you will. I guess I could try the Sookie Stackhouse novels so adored by my buddy and long-time unflagging fan Raga, but … it’s not something I look forward to. I just … don’t like vampires. I didn’t like the Rice vampires, and I don’t like the Meyer vampires for certain. I liked Stoker’s vampire, but it’s worn thin. I tried reading zombie fic and I just … can’t do it. I’m just not a zombie fan. Sorry Bryce and Ben, I just can’t do it, guys. Nothing against you both, no offense, but it’s not my cup of tea.
I re-read something I wrote – in fact, my most recent piece – and found … I felt lousy. I didn’t find it to the level of my expectation at all. So I spiraled into a funk. Now I need to read something good and better still, I need to write something good.
So – horror writers. Got ‘em? Let me know.
God bless, all.
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