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mightysparks wrote: September 25th, 2021, 10:20 pm I read Jerome Bixby's "It's a Good Life" (appears on NPR list) the other day and thought it was pretty great. I love the segment in the Twilight Zone film and the episode is good too. I found the short story much darker and less goofy and gave just that extra little bit of context and 'complexity' to Anthony's character and powers and the extent of the crazy things he can do with it.
Where did you find that one? In a collection or randomly online somewhere? It's one I haven't tracked down yet.
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flavo5000 wrote: September 25th, 2021, 10:48 pm
mightysparks wrote: September 25th, 2021, 10:20 pm I read Jerome Bixby's "It's a Good Life" (appears on NPR list) the other day and thought it was pretty great. I love the segment in the Twilight Zone film and the episode is good too. I found the short story much darker and less goofy and gave just that extra little bit of context and 'complexity' to Anthony's character and powers and the extent of the crazy things he can do with it.
Where did you find that one? In a collection or randomly online somewhere? It's one I haven't tracked down yet.
I think I got it from TPB.
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In the mood for short stories right now so I read Joyce Carol Oates' 'Where are You Going, Where Have You Been' which appears on the NPR list. I think it's a bit of a stretch to call this one horror even if it is uncomfortable and creepy. Found it a little overly talky (and it eventually made me find Arthur Friend more annoying than creepy) which kept breaking the moments of tension. When those moments work it's quite good but as a whole the thing is uneven. I thought it was fairly effective at making it obvious to the reader that something bad was going on before Connie does and you feel your heart drop as she slowly realises and can't do anything about it.
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22. From Hell (Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, 1989)
Alan Moore's large, serialized fictionalized depiction of the Whitechapel Murders of Jack the Ripper posits a far-reaching conspiracy involving the illegitimate heir of Prince Albert who commissions the royal doctor to undergo the murders with the complicity of the Freemasons. It's a dense, detail-oriented read with some very heady ideas of the Ripper's role in forging the new world of the 20th century, and the actual murders depicted are quite chilling, due in large part to Eddie Campbell's stark illustrations. Like much of what Moore writes, this is at times both frustratingly obtuse and masterful in equal measure.
To Read (276)
[
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Stranger Albert Camus
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
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mightysparks wrote: September 26th, 2021, 5:45 am In the mood for short stories right now so I read Joyce Carol Oates' 'Where are You Going, Where Have You Been' which appears on the NPR list. I think it's a bit of a stretch to call this one horror even if it is uncomfortable and creepy. Found it a little overly talky (and it eventually made me find Arthur Friend more annoying than creepy) which kept breaking the moments of tension. When those moments work it's quite good but as a whole the thing is uneven. I thought it was fairly effective at making it obvious to the reader that something bad was going on before Connie does and you feel your heart drop as she slowly realises and can't do anything about it.
Some of the books on these lists definitely stretch the definition of horror. Some are on the lists more for their influence on horror like Rebecca and Jane Eyre that I doubt anyone would actually call horror but did influence the writing style of Victorian gothic horror.
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23. The Stranger (Albert Camus, 1942)
So I knew very little of this going into other than it has been heralded as an absurdist/existentialist masterpiece. After reading it, it struck me as much less absurdist and more deeply tragic and horrific. The main character is obviously on the autism spectrum with his inability to understand social interactions or express emotion appropriate to a given situation. As such, it makes it even more horrifying witnessing this poor guy being pulled into this whirlpool of injustice, unable to extricate himself or even understand why he finds himself in this place to begin with. Apparently this was published two years before Asperger's Syndrome was defined as a diagnosable condition, so that could explain why I think this book has been misinterpreted for so long. Doing a little digging after I finished it, it does look like in just the last five to ten years, people have been reassessing it from an autism angle which I find pretty interesting. It is a great book but perhaps not necessarily for the reasons that many seem to think.
To Read (275)
[
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
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flavo5000 wrote: September 27th, 2021, 3:18 pm The main character is obviously on the autism spectrum with his inability to understand social interactions or express emotion appropriate to a given situation.
That was definitely not my interpretation, though I can see the logic in it. But even though it's been some years since I read it, I still feel like Meursault's socio-emotional state is more a reflection of a human unreconciled to the absurd. It is only his embrace of the absurd at the end that allows him to achieve some sort of emotional breakthrough. Of course, it's possible to analyze the character as displaying both traits, autism spectrum and the anomie that comes from living in a world without inherent meaning. Interesting stuff, flavo!
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blocho wrote: September 27th, 2021, 10:37 pm
flavo5000 wrote: September 27th, 2021, 3:18 pm The main character is obviously on the autism spectrum with his inability to understand social interactions or express emotion appropriate to a given situation.
That was definitely not my interpretation, though I can see the logic in it. But even though it's been some years since I read it, I still feel like Meursault's socio-emotional state is more a reflection of a human unreconciled to the absurd. It is only his embrace of the absurd at the end that allows him to achieve some sort of emotional breakthrough. Of course, it's possible to analyze the character as displaying both traits, autism spectrum and the anomie that comes from living in a world without inherent meaning. Interesting stuff, flavo!
Here's one article that goes into a lot more detail about it: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5903843/
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24. Melmoth the Wanderer (Robert Maturin, 1820)
Wow this was long...and felt even longer... The business leadership mogul Franklin Covey said that you should face your big rocks head on and the little ones will trickle in around them. Melmoth the Wanderer is definitely one of my "big rocks" on this horror journey at close to 600 pages and written in a somewhat archaic early Victorian prose style with endless digressions and multiple layers of nested stories. My overall impression of this book, considered by some to be the first horror novel (or at the least least an early influential gothic horror novel), is very mixed. It certainly has moments of genuine terror and thrills but they are at times buried beneath dreary asides (like the lovers tale) or spaced between tirades against the Catholic Church, which is perhaps Maturin's primary intent in writing this book. Melmoth is an ageless, twisted fiend but the Catholic Church is even worse in some ways with much of this story taking place during the Spanish Inquisition and delving into those atrocities. I'm glad I read this since it is indeed a major touchstone in horror fiction, but it isn't one I would wholly recommend for more casual readers.
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The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
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"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
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25. Infidel (Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, 2018)
This one was a quick read but a good one. This five-issue limited comic series is about a group of multi-racial Muslim women living in an apartment complex that had previously been the site of a terror bombing and that's haunted by the twisted rage of racism. Yea, I know. It sounds heavy-handed, but for the most it really isn't. The terror and grotesqueries on display feel very visceral and real, in no small part due to the bizarre horrors of the manifestations of the bigotry drawn by Campbell that act as a countpoint to the otherwise more naturalistic, grounded illustrations for the character interactions. Certainly recommended if you like horror comics.
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Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
Read (68)
Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
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I read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (on NPR). Possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. I don’t know what age group this is aimed at but I can’t imagine finding this anything but utterly boring and simplistic at any age. Most stories didn’t even have endings and it just felt like a collection of words. Really dull and I hope the movie is better.
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mightysparks wrote: October 1st, 2021, 8:12 am I read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (on NPR). Possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. I don’t know what age group this is aimed at but I can’t imagine finding this anything but utterly boring and simplistic at any age. Most stories didn’t even have endings and it just felt like a collection of words. Really dull and I hope the movie is better.
Well, it's a compilation of old folk tales and urban legends. Really the main appeal of the book that everyone remembers is the incredibly creepy illustrations, not the stories themselves as much.
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26. The Terror (Dan Simmons, 2007)
Man, this was long. This is another one that I've reading on and off for a while (if you haven't noticed I tend to have about 4 or 5 books going on simultaneously due to my ADD brain). In some ways this has a similar structure to The Ruins for its first two thirds (although it veers heavily into more arcane eskimo mysticism by the end) in that it focuses not only on the monstrous force seeking to destroy the characters but also on their grim attempts at survival. The Terror does a great job of building an icy, isolating and hopeless atmosphere and the aforementioned mysticism elements I found very fascinating. The biggest issue I had with it is that I think Simmons was TOO interested in making a historical fiction in the first half of the book and not enough in making a gripping horror novel. It definitely has sections that drag, getting bogged down in nautical terminology and day-to-day operations of ship navigation. Also just the sheer number of characters made it difficult to nail down and care about all but a handful, although Simmons does a serviceable enough job of narrowing down the focus to about a dozen or so to really follow and focus on. Overall I think it's a very good book that has some flaws that could've been resolved with some editing.
To Read (272)
[
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
Read (69)
Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
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27. Silver Scream (Edited by David J. Schow, 1988) *Includes the story "Night They Missed the Horror Show" by Joe R. Lansdale
This seminal anthology of the '80s featuring predominantly original stories from a veritable horror hall of fame focuses on cinema-themed horror, and, as Splatterpunk originator David J. Schow's editing presence would allude, often features stories that include excessive gore, sex and other fucked up kinds of content. The stories themselves range from decent to pretty great with few outright duds. Some of the real standouts include "Son of Celluloid" by Clive Barker, one of the few reprints in the collection from his Books of Blood, "Sinema" by Ray Garton about a messed up kid that blackmails a pedophile, Joe R. Lansdale's "Night They Missed the Horror Show", a southern fried snuff sledgehammer to the face (and the story from this tome included on NPR's Best Horror List), all capped off by Mark Arnold's "Pilgrims to the Cathedral", a gloriously over-the-top celebration of drive-in sleaze. I've yet to read a perfect horror anthology and this one is no different, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun at times and worth checking out.
To Read (271)
[
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
Read (70)
Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
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I finished A Nest of Nightmares this morning (#8 in Valancourt Books' Paperbacks from Hell series), and I'll start by saying that, despite being a big fan of horror films and vintage horror (anything from its beginnings to about the 30s or 40s) I haven't read a lot of modern horror besides Stephen King (I've read a lot of his stuff), so it's hard not to read this through that lens. And the stories in this volume do have a 70s or 80s vibe to them, it's true, but there's a restraint to the stories that I wasn't really expecting in something from this era. The stories, for the most part, felt to me unfinished, which isn't a criticism, but it did take some getting used to for me. Tuttle takes the story as far as she feels is necessary, then lets the reader fill in the pieces themselves, which is a long-standing, effective technique, but I found it a little jarring in the modern horror context (this is entirely my hang-up, of course).

Tuttle's stories have a slower pace, and there's usually a backstory involving relationship difficulties that you can't help but think is tied to the horrors that await. I found that sometimes she'd dwell too long for my liking on this development, and sometimes the payoff at the end didn't seem worth all the build-up (coming off as more discomfiting than horrific), but that's my personal taste, she's a talented and uncompromising writer who's not afraid to take the time she feels is needed to tell her story. I think I would like to try one of her novels, so that she has more room to build up her world.

I'll add a little more here than what I wrote in the Read the Books thread. Tuttle focuses a fair bit on sensory stimuli. Many of the stories have passages devoted to the smells of things, for example, and (keeping in mind how closely the sense of smell is tied to memory) I think it works well considering how many of the stories involve conjuring up the past (Treading the Maze and The Horse Lord being the standouts). If I were to re-read this volume I think I would take closer note of how she plays with this and the other senses in her descriptions.

I think every one of her protagonists in this collection were women, which is refreshing. I've read that she's considered a feminist writer by some, and her characters are strong-willed and intelligent, often saddled with difficult relationships as I've mentioned. The situations they find themselves in might be considered symbolic of the struggles facing women today (particularly the first story, Bug House). I think many of the stories do this effectively (and where they didn't for me, perhaps a second reading is in order), and it's worth underscoring that these multilayered stories should be read with this subtext in mind as well.

EDIT: I did a quick run-through of the lists, will have to do a double-check later but I think this is where my count stands:
To Read (275)
[
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Read (67)
Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Stranger Albert Camus
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Psycho Robert Bloch
The Bad Seed William March
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Beloved Toni Morrison
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
She H. Rider Haggard
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
Caleb Williams William Godwin
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
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OldAle1 wrote: August 11th, 2021, 12:03 am
Leopardi wrote: August 10th, 2021, 11:36 pm
No William Hope Hodgson on any of the lists? Shocking!!
Seconded! Though the two novels that I've read, The House on the Borderland and The Night Land, probably don't qualify primarily as horror. Can't remember which short stories I've read, just 2 or 3 of those I think.
I'd definitely put The House on the Borderland on the horror side of weird fiction, and I haven't read The Night Land yet but it's very high on my list of books I want to read. I see that with the updated lists that The House on the Borderland, Carnacki and The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" are there - I approve!
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28. Anna Dressed In Blood (Kendare Blake, 2011)
This novel of a teen hunting down violent ghosts, while marketed to the YA lit crowd, is surprisingly gruesome in places with graphic depictions of people being ripped in half, dismembered, etc. The storyline is also pretty interesting albeit a little predictable. I had two significant issues with it though. One was the obnoxiousness of the narrator. His constant "I'm a misanthropic loner" routine got old very quickly and it comes across as fairly emo and angsty at times (which the narrator even acknowledges...doesn't make it any less annoying though). Overall it was a decent quick read and probably a good one to get the younger audiences into horror fiction.
To Read (270)
[
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
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29. Skin Folk: Stories (Nalo Hopkinson 2001)
This one was quite interesting and very different than the type of book I normally read. Skin Folk is a bizarre, fascinating melting pot of Caribbean folklore, fantasy, sci-fi, horror and sexual frenzy used to explore themes of genre politics, racial and ethnic identity and other themes that can come across as heavy-handed if not handled properly. But Hopkinson knows what she's doing. This is one I listened to the audiobook of and based on some of the reviews I looked up after I was done, I think that may actually be the way to go. Like Cormac McCarthy, it seems that Hopkinson uses odd cadence and format in her stories which may lead to difficulty in trying to focus on the content itself. But also it just feels appropriate to HEAR these stories given that many of them are told in the tradition of folk tales passed down through generations verbally. Stories like "Tam Tam and Dry Bone" have a certain flow to them when delivered aurally that I think wouldn't work as well on the written page. Among the highlights includes "The Glass Bottle Trick", a Bluebeard-esque story involving duppies (basically a kind of Caribbean ghost), "Ganger (Ball Lightning)", a perverse sci-fi/horror story of an out-of-control sentient sex suit that ends on a touching note on the value of self-identity, a topic that "A Habit of Waste" also explores using a mild science fiction underpinning. Certainly recommended for those looking for a collection of unique genre stories that explore headier themes. Word of warning though. A couple stories in here have EXTREMELY graphic sexual content, so you know... If you're sensitive to that kind of thing, buyer beware.
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The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre