Quality Dark Fiction

My novels are dark fantasy thrillers, so I thought I'd make a list with quality dark fiction, particularly dark genre fiction and include books that have appealed to me or that have inspired my writing over the years.
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1,545 books · 1,852 voters · list created August 23rd, 2009 by Alan Baxter (votes) .
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message 1: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather I Am Legend is a science fiction novel, not a fantasy novel.

And Replay? Dark? I strongly disagree.


message 2: by Alan (new)

Alan Baxter Maybe the list should have been called Quality Dark Genre Fiction instead. As I said in the description, "I thought I'd make a list with quality dark fiction, particularly dark genre fiction..." I don't necessarily draw a big distinction between fantasy and sci fi. I Am Legend, a sci fi book with vampires - is it sci fi or horror? Or horror sci fi? Or fantasy sci fi? It's all speculative fiction. Beyond that I don't really care.

I think there is an underlying darkness to Replay, given that what's happening to the MC is pretty horrible, at least initially.



message 3: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular I have to agree with greayweather, i find your definition of "dark" pretty confusing. Replay feels a little out of place here.


message 4: by Alan (new)

Alan Baxter Fair enough. It's certainly the least dark given the rest of the list. Perhaps it's something to do with when I read it! :)

Vote for others that you do agree with and add some more to help refine the definition.


message 5: by Oscar (new)

Oscar Gormenghast deserves a place at the top.


message 6: by Elina (new)

Elina I am interested... I will read this whole list and give my feedback. How exciting, Red Dragon however not that dark to me. Its strange what I find dark, Interview with the vampire was dark, beautiful but dark. So lets see your list chamep... I'm excited.


message 7: by Loveliest (new)

Loveliest Evaris God this whole list is just what I'm looking for. All I need is one similar to this, but with some twisted romance and I am set. A hundred thank yous to whoever made this list!


message 8: by Ava (new)

Ava Amazing list. I'm glad I already have a few of these down. Excited to run through its entirety.


message 9: by Madly Melinda (new)

Madly Melinda Very mixed list, but I've read a lot of them and Gormenghast the big edition of all three deserves to be at the top! Agree!


message 10: by Shadowjac (new)

Shadowjac Can I remove hunger games? It really isn't dark fiction.


message 11: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Anathem isn't dark! A lot of these are just books where yes, there might be a death, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's "dark." The term "dark fiction" usually denotes a story that revolves around death or horror. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time? Moby-Dick?


message 12: by Jessica (new)

Jessica A Christmas Carol?!


message 13: by Raman (new)

Raman Kumar good book


message 14: by Donna (last edited Nov 08, 2015 04:56PM) (new)

Donna Davis System found and removed one duplicate.

Removed from page 9 for being nonfiction: Helter Skelter
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Also, I want to advocate for one of the books I have added. If you think that Fannie Farmer's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe deserves to be higher on this list, go to the back page and vote for it. Thanks.


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