When does thriller become horror in books?


Thomas Ligotti - Grimscribe

When reading Thomas Ligotti's texts, the coldness of antimatter and the madness of existence shimmer through in every word. Every place in his works seems to be deserted by the light. Had Nietzsche and Schopenhauer worked together to write a few horror stories - Ligotti's stories would have come out of them. There is no longer any order with him, chaos prevails. The confirmation of every pessimist.

The texts of the 64-year-old US author are less about brutality than about madness and bare fear. Dolls keep appearing, streets in cities branch out without meaning or understanding. Ligotti delivers all of his stories with an incomprehensible language. The world falls apart while reading his books. The bare nothing spreads. Horror couldn't be blacker and more abysmal.

Until some time ago, however, Ligotti's works were very difficult to find in German-language translation - lucky that Festa only started to work some time ago Grimscribe published a thick volume of his 1991 stories. While King directs the gaze to the plot, Ligotti is about the horror in existence, about existence in horror. Without question, this is often difficult to digest. If you still think horror is a fun, monster entertainment genre, you should read this book. Because Ligotti is not only one of the best authors of horror, he has long been part of the literary canon of the 21st century.

Adam Nevill - In the deep forest

Landlust: If numerous authors lure their protagonists into haunted houses in order to cause fear and horror, Adam Nevill sends them into the deepest wilderness in this novel. In the gigantic forests of Sweden, four men want to indulge in old times and refresh their friendship. But aging has changed her, and her excursion is becoming more of a test with integrated group therapy. However, the mutual nerves quickly become a minor matter.

Not only do they suddenly discover strange cadavers that are mutilated beyond recognition, they are also chasing a creature in these hostile forests. In addition, you will find huts of a cult in the middle of the deserted area. And if that weren't enough, Adam Nevill turns In the deep forest completely inside out in the middle of the plot. But just because the men left the forest doesn't mean the hunt is over.

In his novel, Nevill draws on lovecraft horror and folk horror, which draws its horror from paganism and old legends. If there is a god there, he is guaranteed not to be peaceful. In supernatural horror there is currently hardly an author like Nevill who writes such appropriate sentences, who knows how to conjure up the power of his story so well. In the deep forest develops more and more into a trip into the darkness of the old gods. After reading this book, you are primarily happy if you don't have to spend the night in a tent.

Clive Barker - The First Book of Blood

The horror comes from the short story, there is hardly a genre that is so associated with this form. British author Clive Barker published his collection The first book of blood 1984 - and received a lot of praise from numerous colleagues. “I've seen the future of horror and her name is Clive Barker,” wrote Stephen King. Hardly any other writer has mastered the art of short stories like Barker. In this collection the gate to hell opens not just once.

In the midnight meat train, the corpses hang on the handrails, the world in front of the window disappears, the train plunges into an intermediate world in which very hungry beings wait. Too bad that not every passenger on board is already dead. In another story, a demon named Geyatter is up to mischief, but meets a more than stoic victim who doesn't seem to care about any meanness. And the pig's blood blues explores the disgust that a fat pig can cause between coming-of-age. Barker knows how to make his stories very bloody, but never to slip into the end in itself of splatter. He pumps the blood through his stories to bring them to life, to send a chill down the spine of the reader with every sentence. The future of horror is now - and yes, Clive Barker is still one of the best horror writers.