In any writing genre it is important to have a distinct, clear voice. This is especially true in horror, where the desired effect the writer wishes to produce in the reader is greatly dependent upon setting a specific mood. Both Poe and Lovecraft had exceptionally distinct voices and their works are remembered 79 years after the death of Lovecraft and 167 after the death of Poe.

The Four Horsemen of Horror

Today I am just toying with posting from my iPhone.

As you know, I like to delve into the history and development of the horror genre.  I believe the greatest and most influential writers of horror since its origins as gothic literature are Poe, Lovecraft, King, and Barker. I think of these as the four horsemen of horror.  I think the reasons for my selections are obvious (if you are familiar with the works of each) and today I have little time to expound on the reasons behind each, so I will leave it at that.  I hope to write more on this topic at a later date

No, I haven’t read many of current horror writers. I am woefully behind in that.  I definitely want to read Ramsey Campbell and Neil Gaiman at the first opportunity,  but my reading list is quite extensive and, with my current schedule,  I find it hard to sit down for very long.