The Classics (and Classic Horror novels)

Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by Walter o'Dim, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Walter o'Dim

    Walter o'Dim Member

    which ones have you read?

    I think I've only read Dracula and the Inferno and I'm thinking about getting Fankenstein. Maybe Picture of Dorian grey.

    what are some other good ones?
     
  2. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Dracula
    Frankenstein
    Some of Poe's works but a long time ago so don't remember which ones.
     
  3. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I know it's not considered a horror novel but I would include The Pearl by Steinbeck. What a horrible, horrible story and novel!
     
  4. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Check out The Palm Wine Drinkard...Amos Tuotola.
     
  5. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I'm reading Dracula finally. I've just started, but liking it so far.
     
  6. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I think I like The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde the best of the classic horror I've read. Dracula, Frankenstein, pretty much all of Poe, Lovecraft. I want to try THE MONK, but haven't found time.
     
  7. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    The Turning Of the Screw by M.R. James...The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins. There is a lot of classic horror but most were short stories. I have read them all, mostly.
     
  8. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Wow, you have not read this yet? It is good, but the women are saints and Bram does go on and on...twas the style then.
     
  9. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    The women are saints? Bummer. :)
     
  10. Angelo Bottigliero

    Angelo Bottigliero Well-Known Member

    The picture of Dorian Gray. While not horror, it's a terrific story.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles. (also, not so much horror..)

    The Call of Cthulhu.
     
  11. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I've read most of the books mentioned. I'll also add The Phantom of the Opera. I've read this 3 times or so. It's an easy read; not very long. Having only known the movie versions of the story, it's a fascinating book. The Phantom's backstory in the book is something I never knew about from just seeing the various movie versions. Very interesting.
     
  12. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I love me some crazy Edgar Allen Poe - but I'm a short story buff - so he's an easy read for me.
    I loved The Lottery & The House on Haunted Hill by Shirley Jackson.
    For some reason Ghost Story by Peter Straub feels like a classic to me, but it's not really that old.
     
  13. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    As far as novels go, Dracula and Frankenstein are all I can think of but I have read lots of short stories by Poe, Lovecraft and Stoker. I have Dr. Jekyll on my TBR list.
     
  14. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Why Chew Through The Restraints?

    ...Something Wicked This Way Comes....
     
  15. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I look forward to Dorian Gray very much. I'm a major Conan Doyle fanatic (an ancestor of mine created the very first Sherlock Holmes fan club. But I like Conan Doyle for other reasons, too), and Hounds was terrific, though not horror. I loved Call of Cthulhu.
     
  16. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Actually, you mean The Haunting of Hill House, I think :), and I agree, it was really great, as was The Lottery.
     
  17. Walter o'Dim

    Walter o'Dim Member

    I've been putting off reading classic novels for years because they sound good but I don't want to be confused by the language.

    These are the books I've been thinking of getting..

    a Tale of two Cities
    Great Expectations
    Frankenstien
    Picture of Dorian gray

    I was kind of put off by classics because the first classic I ever read was Moby Dick. which was the most boring book I've ever read.

    any other classics that people like? they don't have to be strictly horror I was going to change that in the title of the thread and forgot.
     
  18. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    Just altered the thread title for you now, Walter O.
     
  19. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    The Brothers Karamazov...The Idiot (which is interesting for what it says about pre-revolutionary Russia...there was this attitude of hate-all-things-Russian...so familiar, here in the States as the same attitude prevails at times...hate all things American...too...but I better not spoil it for you...some great scenes on a train) I think these two are much better than Crime & Punishment, that I've also read. I can't recommend Dostoyevsky enough.

    Don Quixote...Cervantes story might be more than four-hundred years old, but it is story...thoroughly enjoyable. There's a line or two in this one I've remembered: Virtue is persecuted by the wicked more than it is loved by the good. Nothing's changed. Friend to friend no more draws near and the jester's cane has become a spear. Sounds grim, but there is a great deal of humor in this story.

    Anna Karenina, Tolstoy...maybe you've seen the movie? another good long read.
    Anything by George Eliot. Her stories have as much psychological realism as Dosty's...if not more. The Mill on the Floss...Middlemarch...Silas Marner
    Ibsen.
    The Bard...but if you can find recordings that is so much more enjoyable as you get more than just his words...you get feeling, context, tone.

    Give the Brothers K a shot...if you don't like that, ignore the rest of what I've said.
     
  20. Angelo Bottigliero

    Angelo Bottigliero Well-Known Member

    I have this Ira Levin double: A kiss before dying and The boys from Brazil. Both excellent.
     

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