I shall now give you my own version of Mount Rushmore: the four most important American horror writers. Remember, this is American writers. So no Bram Stoker, no Clive Barker. And it's horror, so while a writer such as Chuck Palahniuk has delved into horrors pages, he's not a horror writer. Primarily sci-fi guys like Isaac Asimov or fantastique authors such as Harlan Ellison aren't on the mountain, either. Ellison might classify for his own monument (like the Crazy Horse monument down the road from Rushmore), but he's not on this one.
Enough chatter, let's getting blasting the face of this screen into the faces of American horror.
Gettysburg Address when he was presented with the National Book Awards Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
So there you go. The Mount Rushmore of American horror. Somebody draw this up for me. It could make a great (or horrible) tattoo.