Due to the fact that there are tons of awesome, legendary horror writers in the world, look at this list objectively as a guide to some incredible tales to read this month written by some of the all-time greatest horror writers. Nothing will put you in a Halloween mood better than a gripping, suspense-packed, magically crafted book, short story, and/or poem.
Edgar Allen Poe
Born in Boston, Massachusetts Edgar Allen Poe is an epic American author, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe has a way with words (to say the least), and mastered the art of suspense-building, goosebump-inducing horror writing. Most popular for his tales of mystery and the macabre (works that emphasize the details and symbols of death) and considered founder of the detective fiction genre, Poe is best known and admired for The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven, Annabel Lee, and The Fall of the House of Usher. If you have not read any or all of the latter list of Poe’s legendary tales, we suggest you get on it as soon as possible.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (quite the name, we know) was born in Providence, Rhode Island where he stayed most of his life and produced some of the most influential works of horror fiction to ever exist. Lovecraft is known as one of the most epic 20th century writers in his genre and is highly praised for his tales The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories and At The Mountains of Madness. If you’re in the mood for some weird fiction, Lovecraft is your guy.
Stephen King is a true master of horror. Author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy, King’s writing is magical. In fact, he is so talented that many of his books have been adapted into popular horror movies! However incredible the movie adaptations are, they don’t outshine the allure and powerful enchantment of his books. The Stand, It, The Shining, and Misery are just a few of his celebrated works, and if you’re going to start somewhere, start with these legendary gems.
Richard Matheson, Author In France On May 12, 2000.For those of you who aren’t familiar with Richard Matheson, he is an admired American author and screenwriter of primarily fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. Matheson is one of Stephen King and filmmaker George A. Romero’s great creative influences. He is highly regarded for his 1954 horror novel I Am Legend, which as been adapted for the screen four times, as well as What Dreams May Come, Hell House, The Shrinking Man, and many more.
English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, Mary Shelley is truly one-of-a-kind. Her talent is no surprise considering the fact that her mother was the talented philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Shelley most magical must-read works (in our opinion) are Frankenstein, The Last Man, Mathilda, and Lodore.
October is the perfect month to cozy up with a great horror book written by one of these legendary American authors (or other talented horror writers). These celebrated works and acclaimed authors won’t let you down, trust us! It’s time to read some epic horror tales and get in the perfect mood for Halloween.