Thursday, June 11, 2009
If you've been to Booksale outlets in the metro lately, you'll get a pleasant surprise. Tucked away in one corner are horror paperbacks. And if you're a big horror fan (like me), you'll realize that these are the books you've long thought were out of print!
I spotted several titles by Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, Tom Picirilli, Brian Keene, and Graham Masterton. Too bad I wasn't able to see Ketchum's most famous works -- Off Season and The Girl Next Door. I did, however, got hold of the sequel, Offspring.
Many people would certainly question the literary merits of these horror novels. For horror purists however, these horror novels have achieved cult status. They explore sexual perversion, cannibalism, torture, and pretty much anything that's considered taboo.
I do hope that younger generations of horror fans discover the thrill of reading these books. The vampires, werewolves, and serial killers in the current crop of horror novels are wimps as compared with the monsters Ketchum et. al. conjure.