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Reading ideas for 2016

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Editado: Abr 19, 2016, 2:28am

So, planning appears to be done! December is well underway! Here is where we can plot out potential ideas for the various themes.
Those are:
Early modern horror: 1950-1980
Women authors
Slashers, serial killers & the like
Stephen King & family
Graphic novels + children's/YA
Pre and post-Victorian Gothic
Hauntings (/ghost stories)
Diversity in horror
Short stories

Like last time, I will add titles under their theme so everything is easy to find. :)

Editado: Dez 13, 2015, 11:11am

Early modern horror: 1950-1980
The Expendable Man - Dorothy B. Hughes
The Scapegoat - Daphne du Maurier
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Burnt Offerings - Robert Marasco
The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin
Ghost Story - Peter Straub
Jaws - Peter Benchley
Psycho - Robert Bloch
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty
The Body Snatchers - Jack Finney ('Invasion of the Body Snatchers' ('56 and '78), plus two later adaptations as well)
Hell House - Richard Matheson ('The Haunting of Hell House')
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson ('The Haunting')
The Other
Falling Angel (the movie is Angel Heart (late 80s))
The Omen (written alongside the film, released shortly prior as a marketing gimmick)

Editado: Dez 9, 2015, 2:21pm

Let Me In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
Perfume - Patrick Süskind
I Remember You - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Dark Water - Koji Suzuki
Out - Natsuo Kirino
The Black Spider - Jeremias Gotthelf

Editado: Dez 12, 2015, 3:36pm

Women authors
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson
Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter
White is for Witching - Helen Oyeyemi
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque - Joyce Carol Oates
Hauntings - Vernon Lee

Editado: Dez 12, 2015, 2:51pm

Slashers, serial killers & the like
Perfume - Patrick Süskind
American Gothic - Robert Bloch
Psycho - Robert Bloch
The String of Pearls; or: Sweeney Todd - James Malcolm Rymer

Editado: Abr 19, 2016, 2:51am

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
Ann rule has her Crime Files series of true crime.
Zodiac - Robert Graysmith
The Cases That Haunt Us - John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires - Raymond T. McNally, Radu Florescu
Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula - M. J. Trow
The Amityville Horror - Jay Anson (published as a "nonfiction account" but has been called a hoax by many since the origins)
This House Is Haunted - Guy Lyon Playfair
Devil in the White City - Erik Larson

There is also nonfic about horror such as
King's Danse Macabre
Horror Films
Vampire Films (Pocket Essential)
George A Romero (Pocket Essential)
Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror
The Thrill of Fear: 250 Years of Scary Entertainment
and even lists of must read horror, like Horror: The 100 Best Books

Editado: Dez 12, 2015, 3:32pm

Stephen King & family
Everything by SK, obviously
Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box
Locke & Key series graphic novels
Tabitha King (Stephen's wife)
Candles Burning (with Michael McDowell)
The Trap
Small World
Kelly Braffet (Owen's wife)
Josie and Jack
Last Seen Leaving

Editado: Dez 13, 2015, 11:04am

Graphic novels + children's/YA
Graphic novels
Hellboy - Mike Mignola
John Constantine, Hellblazer - Garth Ennis
Preacher - Garth Ennis (be warned, Preacher can get...disturbing. Good read, though.)
Locke & Key - Joe Hill
The Walking Dead - Robert Kirkman
30 Days of Night - Steve Niles
Scary Stories to tell in the Dark (plus sequels) - Alvin Schwartz
Coraline - Neil Gaiman (story & graphic novel versions made)
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Haunted House - Jan Pieńkowski

Editado: Dez 13, 2015, 11:42am

Pre- through post-Victorian Gothic
The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
The Monk - Matthew Lewis
The Italian - Ann Radcliffe
Vathek - William Beckford
The Old English Baron - Clara Reeve
The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe
The Horrid Mysteries - Carl Grosse
The Devil's Elixirs - E. T. A. Hoffmann
Wagner the Werewolf - George W. M. Reynolds
The Necromancer - George W. M. Reynolds
Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Robert Maturin
The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe
The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott
Uncle Silas - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James

Dez 8, 2015, 5:17pm


Editado: Dez 12, 2015, 3:37pm

Hauntings (/ghost stories)
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Red Tree - Caitlín R. Kiernan
Ghost Stories of Roald Dahl - Roald Dahl
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
Hauntings - Vernon Lee

Editado: Dez 9, 2015, 10:22am

Diversity in horror
My Soul to Keep - Tananarive Due
The Devil in Silver - Victor LaValle

Editado: Dez 12, 2015, 3:36pm

Short stories
The October Country - Ray Bradbury
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams - Stephen King
Dark Water - Koji Suzuki
Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque - Joyce Carol Oates
Hauntings - Vernon Lee
The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson

Editado: Dez 9, 2015, 11:24am

I don't know if I will read books in the correct month but here are some I'm eyeing up:

Mid-century: not exactly horror, but some thrillers--The Scapegoat, The Expendable Man
Non-English: Let Me In, I Remember You
Women: Geek Love
Slashers: maybe The Wasp Factory or Perfume
Stephen King: End of Watch
Hauntings: The Red Tree, Ghost Stories of Roald Dahl
Diversity: My Soul to Keep, The Devil in Silver
Short stories: The October Country or The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Dez 8, 2015, 6:01pm

I'm hosting Early Modern Horror. If I remember correctly from the discussion on topics, this theme came about from a combination wanting to watch some of the classic horrors of the 70s and 80s, and to read the books that go with them, and using Stephen King's Danse Macabre as a general guide.

With this in mind I'll be reading and watching Burnt Offerings, The Stepford Wives, and Ghost Story, all three of which were written and made into films around the time period. If anyone wants to read the book AND watch the film, here are some other suggestions:
- Jaws
- Psycho
- The Exorcist
- The Body Snatchers (there are two movies, both called 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers')
- Rosemary's Baby
- Hell House (made into 'The Haunting of Hell House')
- The Haunting of Hill House (made into 'The Haunting')
- The Other
- Falling Angel (the movie is called Angel Heart, but is late 80s)
- The Omen (I think the book is a novelisation of the film)

Dez 8, 2015, 6:44pm

Some suggestions and some I might read for the other categories:

Dark Water, Out, The Black Spider

Women authors:
White is for Witching, Hauntings (by Vernon Lee), The Little Stranger, Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque
The Bloody Chamber and other stories

Slashers, serial killers & the like:
Psycho, Sweeney Todd or The String of Pearls
American Gothic, Found and other stories (by Todd Rigney)

The Amityville Horror
This House is Haunted, The Uninvited

Stephen King & family:
Salem's Lot, It, Skeleton Crew, Night Shift, Different Seasons

Graphic novels + children's/YA:
Swamp Thing: Saga of the Swamp Thing, Treehouse of Horror
Hellblazer, From Hell, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Haunted House

Pre and post-Victorian Gothic:
The Monk, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Jewel of Seven Stars
Melmoth the Wanderer

This is where I'll throw in anything I want to read that doesn't fit into any other category. I also want to try one of the series of books that have become popular over recent years.

Hauntings (/ghost stories):
Haunted (by James Herbert), Naomi's Room, Casting the Runes and other ghost stories
The Haunting of Hill House, House of Leaves, The House of Lost Souls

Diversity in horror:
As women and non-English are already covered, I'll be reading some LGBT horror.

Short stories:
Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Teatro Grottesco, The Yellow Wallpaper, H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus 3: The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales, Haunted
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe, Cold Hand in Mine, Alone with the Horrors

Dez 8, 2015, 6:46pm

>14 sturlington: The Wasp Factory, Perfume and Geek Love are all good choices :)

Dez 9, 2015, 10:29am

Okay added in up through post 15 so far, will add in the others later!

>14 sturlington: I took a stab at which I Remember You you meant, since that touchstone is neither horror nor translated, lmao, was SO confused until I was like, Wait, I should search the title, this must be a touchstone thing! XD

Editado: Dez 9, 2015, 11:26am

>18 .Monkey.: I fixed the touchstone, sorry!

It is an Icelandic novel, not sure if it was written in English or translated though.

Dez 9, 2015, 11:53am

I guessed correctly, woo! :P CK said the original title is "Ég man þig" so definitely translated. :)

Dez 9, 2015, 1:06pm

For January I'm planning to read The Day of the Triffids. Been a long time since I read it, so interested in seeing what I think of it now.

Dez 10, 2015, 3:25am

Great ideas, everyone! :) I can't think of anything to add yet, but I think Perfume will be in my next year's read. (I own it, but still haven't read it. Same goes with about half a dozen others listed. :D)

Dez 20, 2015, 4:18pm

>15 Moomin_Mama: Thanks for these suggestions! I *think* I have Rosemary's Baby somewhere! I've had it since I was in high school, but I don't believe I ever did read it. Now, if I can find it (or didn't give up on it and give it away...).

Dez 20, 2015, 4:20pm

I don't plan my reads a year ahead. I go one month at a time, so I'm just getting around to looking at January for the moment. If I can find Rosemary's Baby. that will be an option, but I want to also see what other options I have.

Dez 20, 2015, 4:35pm

I'm thinking if I can't find Rosemary's Baby, I might go with Jaws 2 since I finally read the first one this year! :-) Looks like it just fits the time frame, having been published in 1978.

Dez 20, 2015, 5:47pm

Hah, and here I'm planning to order Rosemary's Baby 2 (aka Son of Rosemary) and read that, well, at some point anyway. It wouldn't "technically" count if I read it for Jan since it's relatively new, but since the original was such a big one, and I've read that... But I have others that'd count anyway so I may wind up reading that one later on sometime. In any case I do plan on getting it!

Also, jsyk, you can simply edit your post, you don't have to keep making new ones one after the other. ;)

Dez 20, 2015, 7:34pm

>26 .Monkey.: You just may want to check the ratings on Son of Rosemary. Fair warning.

Dez 21, 2015, 4:34am

Oh I'm not expecting anything marvelous LOL but it's just one of those things, horror enthusiast, need to get it. :P I won't spend much for it of course.

Dez 23, 2015, 2:47am

>27 sturlington: I saw the rating for that, too. :)

>28 .Monkey.: I'm the same way. If I'm really into an author/series, I'll read whatever comes out, no matter the rating. Best of luck with it! :)

Dez 23, 2015, 5:29am

Haha thanks :P Rosemary's Baby was just SO excellently done, even though I'd seen the movie and knew the ending, and lots of the other bits, I was still on the edge of my seat the whole time! And I mean, Levin was nearly 70 when he wrote the sequel, after pretty much not having written for over 20 years. Anyone who expects a miracle to come out of that story needs their head examined anyhow! xP Just be glad he did the fan-service of writing it in the first place, lol.

Dez 23, 2015, 8:05am

Rosemary's Baby is a five star book for me, and I've enjoyed pretty much everything else by Levin that I've read, but Son of Rosemary... Ouch. Anyway, I understand being a completist and I hope you enjoy it more than I did.

Dez 24, 2015, 4:20am

>30 .Monkey.: & >31 sturlington: Wow! I'm impressed he wrote a sequel at 70. Kudos to him, however the book turns out.

I hate to say it, but I haven't read anything by Ira Levin (though I do own an unread copy of The Stepford Wives). I haven't even seen Rosemary's Baby. I know, I know... shame on me. :)

Dez 24, 2015, 7:54am

>32 saraslibrary: Rosemary's Baby would perfectly fit our January theme.

Dez 28, 2015, 12:38am

>33 sturlington: Good point! :) I don't own it, but I'll check and see if our library has a copy or even an audiobook of it.

Dez 28, 2015, 8:39pm

>23 LibraryCin: I got a lot of ideas from Danse Macabre, which I'll also be suggesting during January.

Jan 1, 2016, 8:45am

>33 sturlington: I picked up a copy of RB from the library. Thanks for the suggestion.

Fev 1, 2016, 3:52pm

I need some more ideas for February!?

Fev 1, 2016, 4:01pm

>37 ccookie: Did you see the thread: -- a lot of ideas there.

Fev 2, 2016, 2:24pm

>37 ccookie: The posts are linked in the original post of this thread, that's its entire purpose. The one for Feb's suggestions is right here.

Fev 2, 2016, 10:50pm

>39 .Monkey.:
yes, thanks, monkey. I am aware of the posts at the top of this page. I was simply looking for MORE ideas since I did not possess any of the ones listed in >3 .Monkey.: :-)

>38 sturlington:
thanks, I had not yet found the Feb thread. I'm off to read the posts there and see if I can find any other suggestions.

Fev 3, 2016, 1:26am

>37 ccookie: "Non-English" February is kind of a hard month. I tried googling for books before and didn't have much luck, but I did find a couple sites that might help you out:

* (most listed have been mentioned here on LT as well)

Good luck! :)

Fev 4, 2016, 2:28pm

>41 saraslibrary: Had the same problem, and considered adding the Wikipedia link to the February thread, but when I went through the links I found there were very few authors that weren't much older and out of print. It's why I encouraged people to also consider books set in foreign countries, or written in English by authors with other cultural backgrounds.

I'm sure in some places, especially where there is a stronger oral tradition, there is not much horror fiction being produced. I would love to see authors from other countries writing horror. Foreign horror films often bring different cultural references to the genre that are eerily unfamiliar.

Fev 4, 2016, 10:12pm

>42 Moomin_Mama: That's a good option: choosing foreign settings, etc. I didn't know some of the books/authors were out of print or older. Honestly, I didn't check each one out. Sorry about that. :)

Oh, yes! The Asians and their ever-hairy ghosts. ;) (I love Asian horror, but even I tire of the same-old ghost movies. But then, I also tire of the same-old American slashers. *shrugs*)

Fev 5, 2016, 9:21am

>42 Moomin_Mama: Don't apologise for adding the link, some may find it useful. I went through each country as I'm hosting February's thread and found so little that I decided not to bother, but I did wonder if I should have added it anyway.

I remember how creepy the long-haired Asian ghost was when first seen, but I agree with you, they did become a bit over-done after awhile. There are often much more subtle differences in tone or direction that are harder to put your finger on, and these don't get so old or obvious as quickly.

Fev 21, 2016, 8:52pm

Here's the thread for March: Women authors

Maio 28, 2016, 3:58pm

Jun 27, 2016, 12:48pm

I've posted the July thread:

Ago 30, 2016, 1:05pm

I've posted the September thread here

Set 25, 2016, 3:28pm