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The Best Horror Writers You’ve Probably Never Read (But Should) Part 3

More on “horror” from Kevin Lucia! Read on to find authors of literary horror (yes, Virginia, there is such a genre).

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It’s the holidays, so why are we talking about horror? Well, 15 minutes at my family reunions could answer that, but in short, horror authors aren’t all blood, guts and gore. In fact, the horror legends do what ALL authors should do…they probe the human soul, peel back falsehood and reveal the authentic human condition for better or worse.

Whether we pick up a Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allen Poe, or Rod Sterling story, what surfaces almost immediately is these authors understood people when creating these tales. Writing great novels requires we become masters of exploring the psyche, of using what makes humans weak, greedy, vengeful, callous, vain or jealous. Human frailty is the lifeblood of story—CONFLICT. Whether one writes thrillers, romance or YA, we must be able to delve deep and go to those uncomfortable places, because THAT is why readers turn pages.

Today, Kevin continues his series about…

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

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  1. During my college years, I read everything by Stephen King and other horror authors. These days, I’m just a big chicken. I can’t read anything like that and go to sleep at night. I miss it. 😦


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