15 Authors in 15 Minutes

This is a fun post which author Gary Fry posted on Facebook this morning. I'm editing the post a little bit for Booklikes. Here we go:


The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. 


Don't think too hard about it, just jot them down as soon as you think of them. I've seen a few other lists since this was posted on Facebook and I found a lot of them I kick myself for having forgotten. 


Please go ahead and post them in the comments here so everyone can see who your 15 in 15 are. Here are mine (each name is linked to the author's Facebook page):



Robert McCammon
Stephen King
Peter Straub
H. P. Lovecraft
Michael Slade
Edith Wharton
John Connolly
Edgar Allan Poe
Agatha Christie
Greg F. Gifune
Dan Simmons
Shirley Jackson
Arthur Conan Doyle
Tom Piccirilli
Tim Curran