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22506699 No.22506699 [Reply] [Original]

Suggest a more mature version of this guy.
I've read some of his works, they are beautifully written but I just don't feel the horror at all. I think he's perfect for me when I was 14-16 y.o.

>> No.22506720


>> No.22506890

Arthur Machen

>> No.22508063

Thomas Ligotti

>> No.22508124

Henry S. Whitehead, whom Lovecraft himself admired.

>> No.22508129

Laird Barron

>> No.22508535

Everything I’ve read by Ligotti has been either “Hey, there’s a ventriloquist dummy AAAAAAAHHH WE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN BORN!!!!!” or “I’m walking by some creepy 19th century European buildings AAAAAAAHHH WE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN BORN!!!!!”

Good for you, Tom.

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Clark Ashton Smith.

>> No.22508549

Read Houllebecq's work on Lovecraft then return.

>> No.22508575

Ligotti has three type of stories
1. The narrator is actually something monstruous
2. The narrator's encounter with something monstruous reaffirms his belief in the inherent meaningless of his existence
3. A semblance of what the modern world would be if Constantinople had not fell

>> No.22509624

One of the finest prose stylists America has produced. I like Lovecraft quite a bit but it is a shame his work overshadows Smiths so heavily.

>> No.22509638

Spooky tales after Lovecraft, by John Faggot

>> No.22509745

easily my favorite of the lovecraft circle, I dont find his writings very scary but fantastical and macabre!

>> No.22509757

Sounds like you havent read many of his stories cause thats a gross misrepresentation of his work!

>> No.22509857

>I dont find his writings very scary but fantastical and macabre!
This is similar to what I’d say to the OP about Lovecraft. “Horror” in literature can be harder to do in such a visceral, unsettling way as in cinema, except perhaps with gruesome unsettling depictions of torture, murder, etc. (which can be the same level of schlockiness and cheapness as jump scares and gore are in cinema). Lovecraft isn’t really going to “scare” you so much, assuming you’re a reasonably sane adult, it’s more like a sense of wonder, the fantastic, the eerie, the unsettling, the magical, the wondrous, the grim, macabre, etc. It’s more like the atmosphere and suspense that you read it for.

However, one book I found genuinely terrifying when I first read it was Whitley Strieber’s “Communion.” Funnily enough, this is reputedly nonfiction according to Strieber, and he’s maintained this staunchly for decades, although he did have a career as a horror writer for many years before coming out with it. It’s one of those rare books that had me scared in broad daylight, although I was an impressionable teenager (16-17) when I first read it.

>> No.22509864

Arthur Machen is great

>> No.22509949

>“Hey, there’s a ventriloquist dummy AAAAAAAHHH WE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN BORN!!!!!”
This made me put him on my shortlist to read, if I'm being honest.

>> No.22510207

I don't think Ligotti has ever written about a ventriloquist or a dummy though. There's a couple marionettes here and there though

>> No.22510399

As others have said
Arthur Machen (The Great God Pan)
Lord Dunsany (Heavy influence on the Dreamscapes if that's your thing)
Edgar Allen Poe (Obvious, is more apparent in Lovecrafts early work)
William Hope Hodgson (House on the Borderland. Also The Night Lands if you also love incredible worlds hidden behind impenetrable text)
Algernon Blackwood (The Willows)
Frank Bleknap Long (Hound of Tindalos)

there's also Ramsay Campbell (Alone with the Horrors, Hungry Moon, and Midnight Sun)

>> No.22510563

OP here, thanks for compiling the replies for me lol. I've taken a screenshot of each recommendations. I think I'll check Clark Ashton Smith for now because I found a digital copy compiling all his works (very convenient). Will buy the book that interests me most.

>> No.22510572

>Whitley Strieber’s “Communion.”
Will check it out, thanks!

>> No.22511808

In a lonely place by Karl Edward Wagner. I love the whole rural feel in some of the stories

>> No.22511863

>le anal probe guy
Streiber's fucking weird, and most likely a counterintelligence asset (whether conscious or not) that destroys any shred of credibility the UFO crowd had.

>> No.22511867

>Night Lands if you also love incredible worlds hidden behind impenetrable text)
Why do people dickride this book so much? Is there really anything in it that hasn't been handled better elsewhere?

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>> No.22513475

He is magnificent

>> No.22513493

>Arthur Machen (The Great God Pan)
Is this really that good?

>> No.22513588

Not him but it really is great

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Darrell Schweitzer does some good HP Lovecraft pastiche.

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Lovecraft's immaturity is what makes him Lovecraft.