Friday’s Top Fives
Horror is possibly one of the most popular genres for all mediums of creativity, books included. Within this genre authors feed off both their reader’s instinctual and developed fears, which makes the possibilities nearly endless. This week our Friday’s Top Fives features the top five Horror authors, again based off polls on goodreads.com and personal opinion.
1. Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower
Other Publications: It, The Shining, The Dead Zone, The Green Mile, Salem’s Lot,etc.
Big Screen: The Shining, It, The Dead Zone, The Green Mile, Carrie, Pet Sematary etc.
“Best not to look back. Best to believe there will be happily ever afters all the way around – and so there may be; who is to say there will not be such endings? Not all boats which sail away into darkness never find the sun again, or the hand of another child; if life teaches anything at all, it teachers that there are so many happy endings that the man who believes there is no God needs his rationality called into serious question.”- Stephen King, It
2. William Blatty
Book: The Exorcist
Other Publications: Elsewhere, Dimiter, Crazy.
Big Screen: The Exorcist I-III, A Shot in the Dark
“Yet I think the demon’s target is not the possessed; it is us . . . the observers . . . every person in this house. And I think—I think the point is to make us despair; to reject our own humanity, Damien: to see ourselves as ultimately bestial; as ultimately vile and putrescent; without dignity; ugly; unworthy.”- William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist
3. Edgar Allan Poe
Collection: The Complete Stories & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Other Publications: N/A
Big Screen: The Raven, Tales of Terror, Tell Tale, etc.
“And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the sense? –now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” Edgar Allan Poe, the Tell-Tale Heart
4. H.P. Lovecraft
Collection: The Complete Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
Other Publications: N/A
Big Screen: From Beyond, The Resurrected, Curse, etc.
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents… some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age.”- H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu
Book: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Other Publications: The Primrose Path, The Snake’s Pass, The Man, etc.
Big Screen: Dracula
“Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplate by men´s eyes, because they know -or think they know- some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.”- Bram Stoker, Dracula