I’ve been meaning to ask this for a long time - every time a list of the “Best Speculative Fiction” or “Best Genre Fiction Books” comes up, they always do okay (or at least give you cause for debate) on fantasy and sci fi, but they give short shrift to horror. They always have I Am Legend, in other words.
So where are the lists of great horror literature? I’ve read I Am Legend, I’ve read Lovecraft, I’ve read Dracula and Frankenstein and all those, I’ve read plenty of things about sexy goth vampires, I’ve read Stephen King and Clive Barker and Peter Straub. Oh, and Poppy Z. Brite. But who is the Cordwainer Smith of horror? I realize that genres often blend quite a bit in speculative fiction (This interesting list is a sci-fi list with some excellent books on it, now under discussion in another thread, which has I Am Legend, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein, horror mainstays all), but surely there is good, less mainstream horror that I’m unaware of - older and newer. Are there some good lists around to discuss and point in the right direction? If not, can we make one?