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If you mean authors who focus their work on American pop culture, then Charles John Klosterman or "Chuck" as he is commonly known is one that springs to mind. I know that he mostly writes for places like Esquire and so on, but he's also written a number of books, including two novels. I would recommend reading Downtown Owl: A Novel and The Visible Man, but also check out his non-fiction stuff, like I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined), and But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As if It Were the Past. He's got a really sharp mind and the ability to tap into pop culture to make his points.
Although he isn't "out there" anymore due to the fact that he passed away in 2011 from diabetes, I still consider Lain Blair to be one of the all time greats. He wrote under the pen name of Emma Blair for many years and produced some really fine romantic novels. I still remember the shock of finding out that Emma is actually Lain back in 1998 because of his novel, Flower of Scotland. It actually received a nomination for "Romantic Novel of the Year" which prompted him to reveal his true identity.

If you have read romance novels like The Red Shawl, Story Bay, The Restless Spirit, Portrait of Charlotte, The Long Way Home, The Restless Heart, Secrets of the Sea, Reach for Tomorrow, Dangerous Shores, Stay With Me, Secrets of a Whitby Girl and many, many others, then you will know that they were written by Jessica Blair. What you may or may not know is that Jessica Blair was actually William John Duncan Spence, or "Bill" to his friends. Spence didn't just have an impressive resume of historical romances under his belt, but he also wrote war novels and Westerns, all under different pseudonyms. His romances were by far the most successful, though. Not bad for a World War II veteran!
It's always funny to me how people say Poe or Lovecraft are not scary, but they read the books in broad daylight with their televisions blaring in the background as they browse their social media feeds between pages. I can only imagine how terrifying these books were back in the days when they were written if people read them at night. Give these books a spin when you are alone at home late at night with only a candle to light your surroundings and they will take on a whole new meaning. I know that the archaic words can make it a little tough if you are not used to them, but after a few chapters it all falls into place and you can experience the stories in all their terrifying glory.

As for Stephen King, I've got nothing against him, but I feel like his output has been very inconsistent over the years and half of his novels that people describe as terrifying barely feels like horror in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, he's got a couple of really good books and even a few horror classics, but nothing that he has written has ever kept me up at night.
The whole "shapeshifter" element in stories has kind of been taken over by romance novels, which is a pity as I used to enjoy them. I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with these romance novels, they definitely have a market or else there wouldn't be so many of them, but they have kind of caused other authors to avoid the subject. Of course, I could be wrong and you might be looking for one of those shapeshifting romance novels in which case someone else would probably be able to better assist you. The best books that I have personally read about shapeshifters are as follows;

The Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells. Starting with The Cloud Roads, this series is about a shapeshifter named Moon who is able to change into some type of a winged creature that can fly. Moon is an orphan and has to disguise his shapeshifting abilities while trying to fit in with the tribes that he tries to adopt. Unfortunately, it always ends with Moon being cast out when his powers are discovered, but then he encounters a stranger who is also a shapeshifter.

The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore is a much older book, but still a classic in my humble opinion. Werewolves were the original shapeshifters and this book is a pure horror instead of the common fantasy/romance of modern shifter novels. It is a fairly simple story as it deals with a man that changes into a werewolf and terrorizes the populaize before fleeing to Paris and joining the National Guard. He even manages to fall in love, but struggles to tame his wild side and it all ends in disaster.

I'll be happy to share more recommendations if these are indeed the type of shapeshifter books you want to read.
The only other book that I would say comes close would by The World of Ice & Fire, which was published in 2014. It's not completely written by George R. R. Martin himself, but like Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it serves as a bit of a companion book to the main series. What I really enjoy about The World of Ice & Fire is that it is written from the perspective of a Maester, who are like the historians and advisors of the world that Martin created. The other neat thing about the book is that the other two authors who helped Martin with the book are actually superfans who run a fansite for the books. The book is also illustrated, which puts it more in line with Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them than The Silmarillion. Another fun fact, Martin actually referenced The Silmarillion when he said he plans on also writing an extensive volume like it one day, but that he would call it the "GRRMarillion." The second companion book was later released as Fire & Blood and it has extensive details about all the Targaryen kings and their reigns.
J.D. Moyer - Colliding Worlds and Repopulation of a Wild Earth
FEATURED AUTHOR - J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at jdmoyer.com. His previous occupations include dolphin cognition researcher, martial arts instructor, Renaissance Faire actor, dance music event promoter, and DJ. His short stories have appeared in several magazines and his novelette The Icelandic Cure won the 2016… Read more