Poll: McCammon vs. King…

I thought I’d ask you who you think is the better horror writer.

Stephen King and Robert R. McCammon are two authors of the horror genre who have given me hours of enjoyment with their horrifying tales.

I decided that I’d give my two cents as too which author I thought was the “better” of the two.

These too masters of the macabre can not be compared on an apples to apples basis.  McCammon tends to  write horror novels with a few paranormal/supernatural elements thrown in to spice things up, while King writes paranormal/supernatural tales that are horrifying.

There are certainly exceptions to their writing styles.  For instance, Swan Song by Robert McCammon, definitely had a more supernatural bent and the novels Misery and Dolores Claiborne were as far away from the paranormal as Stephen King has ever been.

Robert McCammon has a more subtle touch when it comes to the paranormal side of his writing.  Yes, Swan Song, Baal, and They Thirst are all essentially supernatural in nature but the supernatural elements took a second seat next to the horror elements of the story.

Stephen King on the other hand seams to start with a supernatural idea and then creates his stories around them.  The horror wouldn’t exist in his novels with out the paranormal.  Carrie, Christine, Pet Sematary, and many more of King’s works are all great examples of this.

So who is the better writer of horror?

Pet Sematary was the first horror story I ever read and it made me pee my pants and I love to revisit it every so often.  Swan Song and They Thirst are both on my top 10 list of favorite horror,

I guess I’ll have to pick up The Passage by Justin Cronin and chew on this for a while.

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Book Review: Pet Sematary By Stephen King

Pet Sematary“Sometimes dead is better….”

When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son – and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all… right down to the friendly cat.

But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth – more terrifying than death itself… and hideously more powerful.

Are there better horror novels out there? Probably. Have I found one yet? Not yet. Are my opinions of other horror novels jaded by the bias I hold towards this book? Absolutely!

I first read this book when I was about 12 years old and at that time…I peed my pants!

I re-read this book about a year ago and found that it still held some unsettling and horrific moments. I was still scared by this novel but in a new and more mature way.

Stephen King wrote one hell of a macabre tale. It was gritty and real and made me jump with nearly every turn of the page.

The characters were quite believable and their motivations were entirely justified (if not wisted).

This book became the pinnacle against which I gauge every other horror novel.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Stephen King or who can find enjoyment in a brilliantly written horror story.

Book Review: The Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Swan SongIn a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth’s last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity: Sister, who discovers a strange and transformative glass artifact in the destroyed Manhattan streets . . . Joshua Hutchins, the pro wrestler who takes refuge from the nuclear fallout at a Nebraska gas station . . . And Swan, a young girl possessing special powers, who travels alongside Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan’s gifts. But the ancient force behind earth’s devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army, beginning with Swan herself. . . .

Have you ever been reading a book that you just couldn’t put down? You’d cling to it while your eyes turned to lead and your head started to bob as sleep slowly wrapped itself around you?

This was one of those books!

With this book Robert McCammon has crafted a beautiful post-apocalyptic horror novel with a nice balance of good-vs-evil.

The characters were well thought out and believable to the point where I could empathize with each and everyone of them.

This is a must read that I have read a few times and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a horrifying masterpiece!

Book Review: World War Z: An Oral History of The Zombie War by Max Brooks

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarMax Brooks travels across the United States and around the world interviewing survivors of the Zombie Wars and shareing their devastating stories about the horrors that humankind faced at the hands of the zombies.

 

This book was exactly as the title advertised: An Oral history of the Zombie War.

This is a brilliant example from an author who asked “What if”.  The story was so believable that I had to ask if there had been a zombie apocalypse that I hadn’t known about.

 

I found myself unable to put this book down. I devoured this book in a matter of days and was only disappointed by the knowledge that there was nothing else left for me to read!

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a believable tale about how the world would actually deal with a zombie apocalypse. This book should be on everyones must read list.