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message 1: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) How many books have you read? This is the best of horror reading list from the horror writers association.

Http://www.horror.org/readlist.htm

I've read a few on the list: Something Wicked This Wa y Comes Pet Sematary The Stand and that's it.


message 2: by Alannah (last edited Aug 28, 2013 04:00AM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11958 comments Mod
I have read:

1. The Shining by Stephen King
2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
3. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
4. Dracula by Bram Stoker
5. Turn of the Screw by Henry James


message 3: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4 comments The Shining
The Stand
Turn of the Screw
I am Legend


message 4: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11958 comments Mod
Barbara wrote: "The Shining
The Stand
Turn of the Screw
I am Legend"


Oh, I didn't notice The Turn of the Screw, I will add that now.


message 5: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) Haven't read the Shining yet but have seen the film. The sequel comes out next month Doctor Sleepso I am definitely going to check that one out.


message 6: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11958 comments Mod
Amber wrote: "Haven't read the Shining yet but have seen the film. The sequel comes out next month Doctor Sleepso I am definitely going to check that one out."

Thanks for letting me know, I will probably buy it myself.


message 7: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) No problem Alannah. ^_^


message 8: by Charbel (new)

Charbel (queez) | 2690 comments I have read:
1. Dracula
2. The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyl and Mr.Hyde
3. The Shining
4. Frankenstein
5. The Exorcist


message 9: by Laurel (new)

Laurel | 283 comments I've read:
1. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
2. Lost Souls - Poppy Z Brite
3. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
4. The Ghost Stories of MR James
5. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories - Franz Kafka
6. The Stand - Stephen King
7. The Dunwich Horror and Other Stories - HP Lovecraft
8. At the Mountains of Madness - HP Lovecraft
9. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
10. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
11. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
12. Dracula - Bram Stoker


message 10: by Jenny (last edited Aug 29, 2013 01:59PM) (new)

Jenny (jeoblivion) | 4869 comments *chuckle* I didn't expect to find The Metamorphosis by Kafka on this list, but now that I think of it, waking up one morning and finding yourself transformed into a beetle-like insect could be called 'horror' I guess. *still laughing* ;)


message 11: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (jeoblivion) | 4869 comments I have only very few

The Metamorphosis - Kafka
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
and
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
non of them I thought were particularly scary (I guess I am too much of a chicken to go for the real thing...watched my first horror movie in the cinema the other day and the only reason nobody heard my squeak was that the grown man next to me was screaming from the top of his lungs sitting in fetal position for two thirds of the movie)


message 12: by Leslie (last edited Aug 29, 2013 01:54PM) (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Jenny wrote: "*chuckle* I didn't expect to find The Metamorphosis by Kafka on this list, but now that I think of it, waking up one morning and finding yourself transformed into a beetle like insect could be call..."

I would definitely call that experience horrifying! But I wouldn't have classified this book as a horror book.

My list:
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson (but not other stories)
"The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
"Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley
"The Srange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by R.L. Stevenson
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker

most of these I read last October in celebration of Halloween :)


message 13: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I wish I had revisited this list earlier in the month! The Best Ghost stories of Algernon Blackwood have been playing on BBC Radio 4X...


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I have read:

1. Hungry Moon by Ramsey Campbell
2. Turn Of The Screw by Henry James
3. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
4. The Shining by Stephen King
5. Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
6. Ghoul by Michael Slade
7. Dracula by Bram Stoker


message 15: by Noel (new)

Noel Brady (noel-brady) I'm revitalizing this thread because it'll be October again soon and I was just thinking of what scary books I should read in honor of Halloween :)

What are your favorite books that you'd say are legitimately frightening? Not just "dark" or "gothic" but would actually make you want to keep the lights on that night after reading :D


message 16: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) Pet Sematary was awesome with Salem's Lot, Something wicked this way comes is good, the infects by Sean Beaudoin is pretty good for a zombie story and cycle of the werewolf by Stephen king was pretty good too with Let the right one in too.


message 17: by Leslie (last edited Sep 04, 2014 10:53AM) (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Shannon Noel wrote: "I'm revitalizing this thread because it'll be October again soon and I was just thinking of what scary books I should read in honor of Halloween :)

What are your favorite books that you'd say are ..."


I don't usually read horror but I do like suspense. However, I can't think of any keep-the-lights-on very scary books -- I must bail on those early!

I think that I might read Lovecraft next month -- I have his Collected Stories and he had a couple of spots on this list...


message 18: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) Edgar Allen Poe's short story collection is pretty good and his poetry is great too.


message 19: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean (bionicjean) I didn't think I'd read any horror novels. Here goes:

1. Best Ghost stories of Algernon Blackwood (some!)
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (nope - just the film :))
2. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (on my tbr list)
3. Turn of the Screw by Henry James
4. The Ghost Stories of M.R. James (YAY - BRILLIANT!)
5. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
The Shining by Stephen King (just seen the film...)
6. The Stand by Stephen King
7. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
8. Tales of Horror and the Supernatural by Arthur Machen
9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
10. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
11. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Yep, as I suspected, just the classics! LOL

(I didn't count those where I knew the story from the film, but hadn't read the actual book, of course.)


message 20: by Michael (new)

Michael (micky74007) The Exorcist
The Haunting of Hill House
Pet Semetary
The Shining
The Stand
Rosemary's Baby
Relic
Dracula


message 22: by Meran (last edited Sep 19, 2014 11:20PM) (new)

Meran | 80 comments I've read 16.
Cutting and pasting on my iPad is uncomfortable so I won't be listing them.

I've read A LOT of horror and would have listed more older books; many of these were in the more recent times, for me ;)

Good list to pick more from though, I'm sure!
Okay, I figured out a way to list them, so here goes:

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
Pet Semetary by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
The Stand by Stephen King
Skin by Kathe Koja
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
The Dunwich Horror and Others by H.P. Lovecraft
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker


message 23: by Rick (new)

Rick Scott I have read 10 of them
Dracula
Frankenstein
Rosemary's Baby
The Stand
The Shining
Pet Semetary
Metamorphisis
The Lottery
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Exorcist


message 24: by Noorilhuda (new)

Noorilhuda | 185 comments Getting a bit away from the topic-list, there are a few 'monster books' missing from the list - and as long as you enjoy horror, have more classics:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/user_v...

:)


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