Author of Soul Of Dust, Adam was kind enough
to reveal his reading preferences when younger
“As a young man I read everything I could get my grubby little hands on, from horror to fantasy, sci-fi to westerns. It’s tough to compile a list like this, but I’ll give it a shot. In no particular order, here are the ten authors who kept me company at that most awkward moment in one’s life: the teenage years.
He’s the master of horror for a reason, and when I first read The Stand and IT at the grand old age of thirteen, I was immediately hooked. To this day I anticipate every new release.
Growing up, I loved Shaun Hutson, and not just because he was an ardent Liverpool fan. Hutson’s books, filled with explicit sex and violence, were perfect for me in those formative years.
Another author whose work I ploughed through in my teens, Laymon had a way of getting under your skin, or mine, at least. Some of his stuff doesn’t hold up today the way it did back then, but he got me through some tough times.
A slight departure from horror now, but Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels were like sugar to me. I couldn’t get enough of them, and that continued right through to his sad death earlier this year.
Rats was the first Herbert book I took out from the library, and it wasn’t the last. His style was magnificent. I would have read a shopping list if it had come from the pen of James Herbert.
Guy N. Smith
This list would be incomplete without a mention of the Crabmaster himself. Guy N. Smith’s short and pulpy novels were fascinating to me during my teenage years. I still own a lot of Smith’s paperbacks, which I dip into from time to time.
I picked up The Doll Who Ate His Mother at a car boot sale back in 1993, and I’ve never looked back. Ramsey Campbell is a hero of mine.
Another fantastic British writer, Gallagher’s work played a huge part in my youth. People like this are the reason I am a writer today (sorry Stephen. It’s not your fault, really).
What needs to be said about Clive Barker that hasn’t already been said? A genius of all mediums, his Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart warranted repeat readings for me back in the 90s.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
If you haven’t read the Count of Saint-Germain novels (of which I believe there are now twenty-eight), you’re missing out on some amazing work. Yarbro was a huge inspiration to me in my teens.”