The 100 Greatest Names in Horror of the Last 100 Years

In issue #27 of HorrorHound, the magazine put forth what it considers to be the list of the 100 greatest names in horror history. Many names on this list are no surprise…Stephen King, Bela Legosi, H.P. Lovecraft and George Romero all appearing in the top ten. I must admit there are a few names that I do not recognize, but I plan to correct that over the coming year. I will use this as a “who did I miss?” list to discover classics that I have overlooked.

The number one name on the list is indisputable: Vincent Price. If you don’t agree, you’re wrong. I’m sorry to be so blunt, but that is the truth. Vincent Price has done more for the horror genre than almost anyone in history…forget the last 100 years.

This issue of HorrorHound is a Vincent Price special with some good articles about the man and his work. I was fortunate to go to the bookstore when I did, because the next issue is already out and I probably wouldn’t have purchased it (Scream is on the cover, and other than the first installment I just didn’t really like the franchise). If you are a Vincent Price fan and you missed HorrorHound #27, you can order it from HH’s website.

Here is Vincent Price reading Edgar Allan Poe’s classic, “The Cask of Amontillado” (my favorite Poe story).

I can’t help but wonder, where would Poe rank on a list such as this, if not limited to just 100 years?

(Note to self: I still haven’t shared my photos from the Poe House in Baltimore last summer. For shame for shame. Gotta get to that soon.)

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on March 15, 2011, in horror and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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