Here I continue to take you on a journey through all the reading phases I had as a kid. We've had the horses, child detectives, coming of age and romance so now I'm focusing on the books I read in secondary school. Lets look now at classic horror.
My dad was on a Stephen King library binge read and the cover of IT looked intriguing with the monster eyes looking out of the drain. I was 12 at the time and my dad gave the library permission to give me an adult reading card! It was a great moment for me I can tell you that! I grabbed IT, Christine and Carrie and headed off home. I think I read Carrie first but I liked it and Christine. But when I read IT, I knew this was going to be a long lasting favourite! In fact I've wore out three copies so far! And so my enduring love of horror was born! Here are my favourite Stephen King books.
My friend at the time got a book out the library when we were fourteen with a recommendation from Stephen King on it. She thought it was ok but when I tried this author I just loved him and that was my introduction to Richard Laymon! The first book I read was Endless Night and I bought it while I was in a mail order bookclub. Through my student days up to when I was 21 I would grab a nice horror book or two each month when I went shopping. It doesn't sound much but the social time of being a student plus the studying left little time to read and I started losing the habit! Here are my favourite Richard Laymon books.
The other author that I saw on the shelves a lot was Dean Koontz but I was never quite as keen on his books as other authors. I found them a bit hit and miss but these were the hits that I enjoyed. I plan to re-read at some point to write better reviews.
Next up was one of my dad's favourite horror authors and I liked some of his books as well-step up James Herbert! Here are my three favourites. I will reread and review soon.
And to round out my classic horror, here are a few older books that I enjoyed by different authors.
So have you read any of these books or have thoughts on these authors? What classic horror did you enjoy? This post rounds out my childhood book loves but from now on my posts will talk about my adult reading habits and loves with a look at different genres tried on my reading journey!