Let’s be honest. There are a lot of other pages on the internet, and most them are more interesting (or have more boobs). But if you want to have a good conversation about writing or writers, this isn’t the worst place you could be. (That would probably be the Twilight boards).
I’ll start with some writers I admire.
Graham Greene has the best the prose I think I’ve ever read.
Aldous Huxley has the best ideas I think I’ve ever heard.
Philip K Dick has the second best ideas I think I’ve ever heard.
HP Lovecraft has the best adjectives I’ve ever encountered.
Tim Powers: Immaculately researched, brilliantly conceived.
Haruki Murakami: At his best, he is a literary experience unto himself.
Micheal Bulgakov: Arguably the greatest writer to come out of Russia.
Eugene Ionesco: My favorite absurdist and playwright. Pure genius.
Knut Hamsun: I don’t know if there is a better book for aspiring artists than Hunger. His other novels are excellent too.
George Martin: He set the standard for dark fantasy in the late 90’s. Now if he would only remember that he wasn’t finished with his series.
JRR Tolkien: Deserves all the kudos he gets. And then some.