Talk:List of horror fiction writers

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Indiscriminate collection of information?[edit]

What are the standards of inclusion here? Dunsany wrote one or two horror stories out of hundreds; are we to include Charles Dickens or Louisa May Alcott, who also wrote some stories "to make the flesh creep"? Or Shakespeare, for Titus Andronicus? And if so, where does this list stop? Septentrionalis 17:14, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

What is the point of this page? Why not just use categories?-- 15:22, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

I agree. Perhaps this article should be divided into "primary horror fiction writers" (i.e. those who primarily write horror fiction--approximately 30% or more of their works?--like Stephen King, Anne Rice, or Ray Bradbury) and "minor horror fiction writers" (authors who have written "a few" (less than20-30%) horror-genre works but primarily specialize in other genres)?Gniob (talk)
I would suggest using something like Stephen King's Danse Macabre, in which he takes great pains to define what constitutes "horror" fiction. (King's categories are basically: the vampire; the werewolf; the ghost; and the "thing without a name".) Of course, you still may have trouble drawing a sharp line. Dickens, for example, wrote a good many ghost stories -- more than some primary horror writers total output -- yet they were but a small part of Dickens output.
I like the idea, though, of a split list with "primary" and "secondary" sections. Dunsany, Dickens, Alcott, and Shakespeare would surely make the "secondary" list, at least. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:15, 3 December 2014 (UTC)


Is there some way to format the list into three or four columns to reduce scroll time? It would make it much more likely that people would see authors past B.Gniob (talk) 21:40, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

WorldCat Genres[edit]

Hello, I'm working with OCLC, and we are algorithmically generating data about different Genres, like notable Authors, Book, Movies, Subjects, Characters and Places. We have determined that this Wikipedia page has a close affintity to our detected Genere of horror-fiction. It might be useful to look at [1] for more information. Thanks. Maximilianklein (talk) 23:33, 5 December 2012 (UTC)