I’ve read Stephen King.
I’ve read Shirley Jackson.
I’ve read Clive Barker.
I’ve read Lovecraft and Poe and Shelley and Stoker and Matheson and Staub and Rice.
I’ve read a mountain of horror fiction and seen hundreds of horror films, but I feel like I am still missing out.
Stephen King is great, but his books aren’t scary. Clive Barker is inventive and gory, but I feel like sometimes he is better in films where he can drive his ideas with visuals. Joe Hill is writing some incredibly smart, fast-paced horror fiction, but I’ve read all his books. Shirley Jackson wore the Victorian-Horror-In-The-1950s crown, but she’s not producing new work. Lovecraft set the tone for thousands of writers to follow, even if he has some real problematic race ideas in his writing.
So. Who is out there writing our era’s great horror fiction? Who is creating terrifying new worlds and driving people insane? Who is haunting the manor halls with the unjustly dead? Who is condemning the souls of the greedy to eternal torment? Who am I missing? Someone must be doing all this, right?
Give me some ideas in the comments.