Top Ten Tuesday (10/16/2012)

Over at The Broke and The Bookish Kelly posted her Top Ten Favorite Historical Fiction and Fantasy Authors because this week’s theme “lets you choose your favorite authors in a specific genre, be it sci-fi, romance, nonfiction….anything that strikes your fancy! This should be VERY easy!”

Since it is October and the theme this week is top ten genre writers I thought that I would pick horror since the blog has been really devoid of any spookiness so far this month. So from most recently youngest to oldest, here are my picks.

It Insomnia

Steven King – Honestly, it is his early stuff which creeps me out. Back when he still wrote effective short stories and knew how to end a book, the man could tear me up. “Boogeyman” is one of my all time all-the-lights-in-the-house-on stories and It and Insomnia still have two of the most wigged out monsters ever.

Ghost Story Lost Boy, Lost Girl: A Novel

Peter Straub – Two words: Ghost Story

Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles) The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches)

Anne Rice – Back before all her personal crap got in the way, she wrote great horror. She wrote vampires who would have torn out Edward’s throat, maybe.  They might have turned Bella and watched as she did it, while drinking wine and looking fabulous. They were glamour and danger and truly horrible.

I Am Legend and Other Stories Richard Matheson's Hell House

Richard Matheson – I read this wonderful novel/novella once called “I Am Legend.” It was pitch perfect. If you have only seen the movie with Will Smith, please pretend that was something else that happened to have the same title. Then go read this. Really, go do it now.

Psycho: A Novel American Gothic

Robert Bloch – Even better, one word: Psycho

The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Shirley Jackson – Yes, she wrote “The Lottery” which you read in Middle School, but she also wrote The Haunting of Hill House which you might have read but probably only saw a bad movie adaption.* But have you read We Have Always Lived in the Castle which is a novel about true evil?

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Tales of Terror

H.P. Lovecraft – Stephen King called Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” What can I add?

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems with Selected Essays

Edgar Allan Poe – Honestly, he’s my favorite. Screwed up and weird and an odd death mystery and stories and poems full of creep and obsession and murders and longing and horror. Yup, by far my favorite.

Dracula (Dover Thrift Editions) Bram Stoker's Lair of the White Worm

Bram Stoker – An Irishman who wrote Gothic horror novels, including The Lair of the White Worm? Yes! An Irishman who wrote possible the best Gothic horror novel ever? Yes, please! 

Frankenstein (Second Edition)  (Norton Critical Editions) The Last Man

Mary Shelley – She was a political radical who wrote an apocalyptic novel “The Last Man” and was married to Percy Bysshe Shelley. She spent a summer with her husband and Lord Byron, John Polidori, and Claire Clairmont in Switzerland, where she began her novel Frankenstein. Frankenstein which is one of the most famous monsters to this day. And if you have never read the book, I bet you still think the only monster in the book is the one that Victor created.

*Unless it was the 1963 version “The Haunting” which scared the holy crap out of me

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (10/16/2012)

  1. What a great genre to choose for Halloween! I am really happy to see Shirley Jackson and Mary Shelley on here… We Have Always Lived in the Castle is truly creepy and Frankenstein was one of my favorite books from school. I probably need to go back and read it, as my memory of it is pretty fuzzy.

    Sad story: I read Jackson’s Haunting after seeing the crappy 1990s movie. Not sure I’ve seen the 1960s movie, though I might have to now.

    1. Thanks! The 1960s movie is in black and white and when I saw it years ago, I was on the couch hyperventilating.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. What a perfect pick for a top ten list! I did Stephen King last year for the R.I.P. reading event, and this year I did Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in The Castle. I’m also trying The Graveyard Book by Gaiman, Shadows by Bick, and Sooo undecided on number 4…maybe Stephen King’s short story collection Night Shift, maybe Oates’s Zombie, maybe I should try a Lovecraft a la your suggestion…I just don’t know! But I have yet to be truly scared this season…so I really want to bring on the creepy…suggestions?

    1. Oh that one is hard. I really find myself scared more by creepy then bloody. To use film and TV examples, in American Horror Story I am still on season one episode 4 because I can’t watch it alone in the house and Woman in Black had me buzzing for days. So in books it is really hard to get a deep down scare going. A lot of the classics scared the crap out of me when I was younger: The Exorcist, Amityville Horror, etc. I have heard really great things about The Ciper and Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife.

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