What should I read this Halloween? Part 3

We continue our week of horror recommendations with Gary McMahon, Mark Morris and Shaun Jeffrey’s story picks.

Gary McMahon recommends:

19. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

 

 

 

 

 

 

20. Needing Ghosts by Ramsey Campbell: Needing Ghosts is Ramsey Campbell’s finest book. This novella synthesises everything that’s great about his work: a protagonist whose mind is slowly unravelling, the slow accumulation of paranoid detail, weird visions, black comedy, hallucinogenic prose, the horror of the everyday thrust into a kind of cosmic detail which transforms the mundane into the horrific. For me, the book distils the very essence of Campbell’s fiction.” Gary McMahon.

 

 

 

21. A Child Across the Sky – Jonathan Carroll

 

 

 

 

 

Read Horror recommends:

22. The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon: “Read The Concrete Grove because McMahon depicts precise details succinctly without compromising on the unrelenting pace or quality of his prose.”

 

 

 

 

 

Shaun Jeffrey recommends:

23. The Stand by Stephen King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.Tengu by Graham Masterton: “I love the way Masterton blends myth with fact, and nowhere does he do this better in my mind than in Tengu. The story is about Japanese demons that infect their followers with the mad strength of the berserk and the capacity to survive attack from any weapon. In this novel Masterton uses factual references from World War II, and gives a whole new spin on why the bomb was dropped, but in such a believable way. That’s what makes him a masterful storyteller and this such a great novel.” Shaun Jeffrey

 

 

 

25.The Stake by Richard Laymon

 

 

 

 

 

Read Horror recommends:

26. Killers by Shaun Jeffrey: “The sequel to The Kult is quite possibly Jeffrey’s best work yet and at just £1.99 on Kindle it’s a steal.”

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Morris recommends:

27. Ghost Story by Peter Straub (also recommended by Dan Howarth): “I always think of Ghost Story as being the template for the perfect horror novel. It’s compelling, erudite, beautifully structured and written, and steeped in an almost palpable sense of atmosphere and dread.” Mark Morris

 

 

 

 

 

28.Dark Companions by Ramsey Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

29.Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

 

 

 

 

 

Read Horror recommends:

30. ‘Fallen Boys’ by Mark Morris (taken from The End of the Line): “A traditional ghost story with a heart punching conclusion.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Pet Sematary by Stephen King (Paperback) (Amazon UK)
Buy Pet Sematary by Stephen King (Paperback) (Amazon US)

Buy Needing Ghosts by Ramsey Campbell (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

Buy Needing Ghosts by Ramsey Campbell (Paperback) (Amazon US)

Buy A Child Across The Sky by Jonathan Carroll (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

Buy A Child Across The Sky by Jonathan Carroll (Paperback) (Amazon US)

Buy The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

Buy The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon (Kindle) (Amazon UK)

Buy The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon (Paperback) (Amazon US)

Buy The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon (Kindle) (Amazon US)

Buy The Stand by Stephen King (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

Buy The Stand by Stephen King (Kindle) (Amazon UK)

Buy The Stand by Stephen King (Paperback) (Amazon US)

Buy The Stand by Stephen King (Kindle) (Amazon US)

Buy Tengu by Graham Masterton (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

Buy Tengu by Graham Masterton (Paperback) (Amazon US)

Buy Stake & Funland by Richard Laymon (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

Buy Stake & Funland by Richard Laymon (Paperback) (Amazon US)

Buy Killers by Shaun Jeffrey (Kindle) (Amazon UK)

Buy Killers by Shaun Jeffrey (Kindle) (Amazon US)

Buy Ghost Story by Peter Straub (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

Buy Ghost Story by Peter Straub (Paperback) (Amazon US)
Buy Dark Companions by Ramsey Campbell (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

Buy Dark Companions by Ramsey Campbell (Kindle) (Amazon UK)

Buy Dark Companions by Ramsey Campbell (Paperback) (Amazon US)

Buy Dark Companions by Ramsey Campbell (Kindle) (Amazon US)

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Hardback) (Amazon US)

The End Of The Line Edited by Jonathan Oliver (Paperback) (Amazon UK)

The End Of The Line Edited by Jonathan Oliver (Paperback) (Amazon US)

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