Tag Archives: Horror

The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri

Given the magnificent structure of the work, and the quality of the poetry in Italian, I have to wonder if it’s worthwhile to read The Divine Comedy in translation…

The Crow
James O'Barr

O’Barr wrote The Crow as a way to deal with his girlfriend’s death at the hands of a drunk driver, and it kind of reads and looks like emotion spilled all over the page. It could really have done with some serious editing by someone who wasn’t emotionally involved…

Frankenstein
Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is a far cry from the Franken Berry we’ve come to know and love, but he still has much to teach us…

Eaters of the Dead
Michael Crichton

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
Jan Potocki

I just now finished reading The Manuscript Found in Saragossa, and am truly astounded. This is a fantastic book that no one ever seems to talk about. If you don’t read any further, then read this, and take these words to heart: if you are a fan of fiction, I guarantee that you will enjoy this book…

The Island of Dr. Moreau
H. G. Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau is about some random dude that goes to this island owned by Dr. Moreau where he practices vivisection—that is, splicing humans and (with?) animals…

Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë

I can’t think of a single reason to read this book…

Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad

First, let me assure the skeptics out there: This book really isn’t that bad. I swear! It gets a lot of flak for a lot of reasons (the racism, needless obscurity, melodrama—take your pick), but if you’re willing to play ball for a hundred or so pages, I don’t think you’ll be totally disappointed…

The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov

Considered Mikhail Bulgakov’s masterpiece, The Master and Margarita is about Satan, and why he comes to communist Moscow. The reason is complex, and I won’t spoil it, but I will tell you that it involves a black cat in a fancy suit, a writer driven insane by constant rejection and criticism, and the story of Pontius Pilate…

The Funhouse
Dean Koontz

Though this book is quite obviously one of the worst ever written, I’ll remember it always, because it was the first time in my life that I read a novel and thought to myself, “I can do better than this”…