Most terrifying books - chosen by horror authors
The Horror Lounge - A CELEBRATION OF HORROR FICTION SPONSORED BY FLAME TREE PRESS
All of the authors involved in the Horror Lounge have chosen one book they consider THE most terrifying. If a book scares a horror author, then you know these aren't for the faint-hearted.
‘We are in a golden age of horror once again.’ Read more about horror author, Hunter Shea.
'I've always paddled in numerous genres, but horror will forever be my number one.'
'You can call it “dark suspense,” “paranormal thriller,” or anything else you’d like, but it’s still horror.'
'Cormac MacCarthy’s The Road isn’t strictly horror, but it made a deeper mark on me than a lot of pure horror books did.'
'I like fiction that stimulates my imagination, wherein reality is twisted and bent. .'
‘There’s always something horror-related or –themed in the zeitgeist – serial killers or sexy vampires or just plain old zombie rampages.’ Meet author Bartholomew Bennett
‘I tend to write very much from instinct, and so the themes generally make themselves known in the act of writing.’ Horror legend Ramsey Campbell reveals all to author Luke Walker.
Meet author Shane Stadler. 'Horror is an emotion.'
Meet author Melissa Olson. 'I think horror, like most genres, is constantly reinventing itself.'
Meet author Joseph Sale. 'I think people are hungry for horror again – maybe it’s because it reflects the times we live in?'
Meet author A.M. Shine. 'With clever misdirection the reader will never see it coming.'
Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson's biography tells us about the Queen of horror.
Meet author WJ Renehan. 'There are more horror authors publishing than ever before.'
Meet author Ed Grabianowski. "People think of horror as all blood spray on the wall.'
Meet author Simon Cheshire and find out about his YA book Flesh and Blood.
Meet author Charles Lambert. 'Horror tells us uncomfortable truths about ourselves, which not all people welcome.'
Meet author David J. Skal. 'Stoker was never completely in control of his writing.'
Meet author Amelia Mangan. 'Working in horror was never really a conscious decision; it's what I tend to gravitate towards.'
Meet author Luke Walker. 'I’m drawn to apocalyptic fiction on varying scales.'
Meet author Stephen Graham Jones. 'You can’t keep a good monster down, and horror’s made of monstrous things.'
Meet author Jason Arnopp. 'In cinema, horror is an evergreen genre.'
Meet author Eric Scott Fischl. 'Accessibility and well-worn tropes don’t automatically diqualify a genre from having some great stuff in it.'
Meet author Leslie S Klinger. 'Many readers conflate horror fiction with slasher films.'
Meet author Kirsty Logan. 'A huge amount of literary fiction uses genre tropes.'
Meet author Catriona Ward. 'People are deeply invested in the genre.'
Meet author Karl Drinkwater. 'Evil is simply making choices that harm others.'
Meet author Jeannie Wycherley. 'Beautifully written horror is a true joy!'
Meet author Michael Arnzen. 'Horror isn't my "genre" so much as my "worldview".
Meet author Graham Masterton. 'These days the new reading generation treats horror with as much respect as any other genre.'
Meet author Marie O'Regan. 'Horror can cover everything. You just have to open your eyes to it.'