My favourite horror writer of all time is the fantastic Edgar Allan Poe, his macarbra, dark mind took some beating! oooh!! it sends shivers down my spine thinking of one of his stories, The Monkey's Paw, that is a fantastic and moralistic tale,. :-)
Valley Girl--You're right. It all starts with EAP. Right now in Los Angeles, actor Jeffrey Combs is performing a one-man Poe show called NEVERMORE. It and DO NOT GO GENTLE (the Dylan Thomas one-man show performed by Gereint Wyn Davies) are the two best one-man shows I've ever seen. In NEVERMORE Combs recites "The Tell-Tale Heart" and you're stunned, really, to remember just how fine a writer he was.
I loved Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box, so I read his collection 20th Century Ghosts, which is uneven. But he is going to be even better than his father and I am a big Stephen King fan. I also like Graham Masterton.
Dean Koontz is my favorite author in any genre. A lot of his book would fall into the horror realm. I like Stephen King a lot too but more his earlier stuff.I find him to be a little to wordy but still entertaining.
Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Alfred Hitchcock and Scott Nicholson. I found a woman horror writer not long before 2009 and I cannot remember her name, I opened a new window to check lists of horror writers and she was not in either of those lists which is weird because she has written many books and almost all seemed popular and some even classics when I found her.