Hey since where all SK fans there's a great, little-known book in that same vein (heh, heh, he said vein) called "Love Letters and Other Passages of Darkness." Dark drama short stories. Give it a look and let me know what you think.
Great list. I've read about 90% of your list. I haven't read Vonnegut and hope to rectify this soon. Padget Powell has written a follow-up to Edisto and I'll be looking for that, too. It appears we like many of the same scriveners, lol. C.J. Box is great.recently, C.J. Box...I've read everything I could get from him and have pre-ordered another coming out next year. excellent story-teller, highly recommended.
over time, Elmore Leonard, John D MacDonald, Harry Crews, Padgett Powell, Cormac McCarthy, Hemingway, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Johne Donne, Herbert Spencer,
Dennis Herrick, Daniel Woodrell, George Eliot, Dean Koontz, Mark Twain, Charles Willeford, Vonnegut, Steinbeck, Dostoyevsky, John Sandford, Chandler, Pynchon, Straub, Walter Percy, Delillo, Styron, Melville, Hannah, Barthleme, Bellow, Trevanian & Patrick F McManus, and oh yeah, Flannery O'Connor. Cervantes Dr Seuss & Louis Lamour
McCammon's story 'Nightcrawlers' was adapted for the small screen on Tales From The Darkside (I think, it was one of those serial shows back in the late 80's/early 90's) and was quite well received by critics. I have always thought that Mine would be the best film adaption to make from McCammon's body of work.Robert McCammon is probably most similar to King in terms of longevity, subject matter, and writing. The biggest difference between the two seems to be that while almost every King book has been turned into a movie none of McCammons books have been. Whether that's for good or ill. McCammon stands on his own but if you are a King fan then his stuff is a very good alternative. Haruki Murakami is probably the greatest living fiction author but his stuff is an acquired taste and not for those that read just for entertainment or to pass the time. "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles" and "Kafka at the Shore" are great books but again it takes some reader effort. I can read Dan Simmons with some effort. Usually about a hundred or so pages longer than necessary but some good stuff if you can get through the overzealous details. I will read anything by Richard Russo. Very funny in a dark way.