What’s your favourite splatter novel?

Just some fun for people reading the blog. What’s your favourite splatter novel? Something old skool like THE FOG by James Herbert or NIGHT OF THE CRABS by Guy N Smith. Maybe the splatterpunk classic THE LIGHT AT THE END by John Skipp & Craig Spector? Prehaps SLOB by Rex Miller or Jack Ketchum’s Dead River cannibal classic OFF SEASON. The infamous LIVE GIRLS by Ray Garton? How about something new skool like Keene’s zombie debut THE RISING, James A Moore’s BLOOD RED or J.F. Gonzalez’s snuff novel SURVIVOR? Just a few… What’s your favourite?


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Jack Bantry is the editor of Splatterpunk Zine. He works as a postman and resides in a small town at the edge of the North York Moors.
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16 Responses to What’s your favourite splatter novel?

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  2. Dyer Wilk says:

    I’d say Off Season, the Unexpurgated Edition, not the castrated version Ballantine put out in 1981. Of course, anything by Ketchum does it for me. My close second would be Stephen King’s Cujo. No one ever refers to it as splatterpunk, but to me it feels much like a Ketchum novel––a great balance of lurid violence, strong characterization, and deadly happenstance.

  3. devan says:

    Poppy Z Brite’s “Exquisite Corpse”. Absolutely phenomenal.

  4. I felt The Fog was terribly dated and one dimensional! It probably didn’t help that I first read it this year, after many similar stories have surpassed it. I would say that my vote goes to the unconventional choice, “American Psycho”. The cold, cruel personalization of a wall street hollow shell of a young man. He commits murder after murder, each more ghastly and flippant than the last. And, spoiler alert, he gets away with it all. Even after a confession that no one believes.

  5. John says:

    The Bighead by Edward Lee

  6. Succulent Prey by Wrath James White

  7. I am a sucker for anything that I have read so far by Tim Curran. My favorite work by him is “Dead Sea,” but that is really not a splatter novel. Therefore, I’d go with “Skin Medicine.” I recently read Wrath James White’s “The Resurrectionist,” and enjoyed that as well.

  8. jackbantry says:

    I’m gonna cheat! The best splatter novel I’ve read within the past year is THE SUMMER I DIED by Ryan C Thomas.

  9. Of course I’m partial to Ketchum and Wrath James White and think they both write some of the nastiest splatter around, but my indoctrination came from Ed Lee’s short story “The Stick Woman,” and it remains one of the sickest stories I’ve ever read. (I know you asked for novel, but …)

    • I forgot to mention, but two of the sickest books ever are by the above Monica J O Rourke, and a novel she co wrote. POISONING THE FLESH and with Wrath Suffer The Flesh. They are must reads, the most brutal stuff out there. Look for her short fiction too Monica is the Queen!

  10. Daniel Robichaud says:

    I’m a big fan of David Schow’s The Shaft. Hell of a novel.

  11. ‘Slob’, ‘Frenzy’, and ‘Slice by Rex Miller followed by Poppy Z Brite’s ‘Exquisite Corpse’ and ‘The Scream’ by John Skipp and Craig Spector.

  12. Julissa says:

    The Summer I Died by Ryan C. Thomas is my favorite so far.

  13. Pegleg says:

    Geez. How about Ed Lee’s The Bighead?

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