Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If I Taught Horror 101


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week the theme is Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If I Taught X 101.  This will definitely prove to be interesting - and I hope people would want to take my class on classic and modern horror.

Classic titles:


The Beetle by Richard Marsh [This was actually released the same year as Dracula, but was actually more popular at the time which has since fallen into obscurity.  It's a pulpy Gothic horror and a real page-turner.]


The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe


Dracula by Bram Stoker


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Modern Horror:


Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters


The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey


Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz


The Shining by Stephen King


What do you think of my list?  Would you like to take my class if we studied these books?

32 comments:

  1. Great topic!!! I'm not a fan of current horror (though I make exception for Stephen King), but I love the classics you've picked. I haven't yet Dracula but I'm planning on reading/listening to it in October of this year.

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  2. I love that you split it into classic and modern! I love a little horror in my life. Not sure if I could do a whole semester, but I'm willing to give it a go. :) I actually have Dorian Grey on my reading list for this year, hoping to get to it! I read The Shining many moons ago, and Doctor Sleep is now sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up as well...

    http://hiddenstaircase.net/2015/08/25/ttt-top-ten-books-that-would-be-on-your-syllabus-if-you-taught-time-travel-101/

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    1. Doctor Sleep is a fantastic continuation! I hope you like it and Dorian Gray. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I'm not a huge fan of horror but I would take your class. The books and their titles haven't scared me yet. That is a good sign.

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  4. OH MY GOD THIS IS A GREAT CLASS

    I would take it in a heartbeat. I've never read The Beetle and now I want to - pulpy Gothic horror is very much up my alley. (Have you ever read The Monk? Earlier than Dracula and The Beetle, but plenty of Gothic horror in that one.)

    Also, I love that you included The Little Stranger - out of all of Waters's books - here. It's one of my favorites, especially if you're thinking about horror. Such a great list!

    Layla @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I took a gothic horror class in college and The Beetle was one of the ones we read! The Monk was on the syllabus too along with The Castle of Otranto which is considered the first gothic novel. I've only read two of Waters' books and that was one - for another equally awesome college class! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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  5. Awesome topic! I love horror, and I’ve read most of these. I like that you included the classics.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. Great list! I love Edgar Allan Poe! Feel free to see mine http://wonderstruck-kcks.blogspot.com/2015/08/top-ten-books-that-would-be-on-your.html
    Happy Reading!

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    1. One of my favorite of the "classics" we studied in school. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. The Monstrumologist was amazing! I haven't moved on with the rest of the series but that one blew my mind. Also, love Odd Thomas. Devoured the first two books and thought it was great. Happy reading!

    My TTT: http://tsundokubooks.blogspot.com/2015/08/top-ten-tuesday-epic-fantasy-101.html

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    1. The entire Monstrumologist series is amazing! I hope you enjoy it if you get on to it. I've only read the first Odd Thomas book, but I'd love to read the rest of them. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Edgar Allan Poe is my go-to author for Halloween. His short stories are so chilling! I love Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Grey. I really want to read The Shining and Dracula. What an amazing topic you chose ;)

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    1. I know! :) I hope you like them and thanks very much!

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  9. Where do I sign up? I would definitely want a class with this syllabus! You've got some books I love here (Dracula, anything by Edgar Allan Poe, The Shining), and at least one that I'm overdue to read (The Monstrumologist). Great list!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you'll like The Monstrumologist!

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  10. Great list. I've only read Dracula and the start of Frankenstein, but I've heard of some of the others.

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  11. I'm signing up for your Horror 101 class :) I love well written horror books although I have not read many :)

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  12. I think it'd be such an amazing class ! It'd be so interesting to see the evolution of horror, and these books are really great choices. I'm signing up right away !

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  13. I don't read a lot of horror but now I know what to reference next time I am in the mood! :D Great picks

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    1. These are a good place to start! Thanks for visiting.

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  14. Great list and great class! I love gothic stories, I'm a big Poe fan and Frankenstein is one of my favorites. I've never heard of The Beetle though, I'll definitely have to check that one out!

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    1. It's kind of weird, but it's so good! I hope you like it!

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  15. Great list and great class! I love gothic stories, I'm a big Poe fan and Frankenstein is one of my favorites. I've never heard of The Beetle though, I'll definitely have to check that one out!

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  16. I love classic horror novels! So much yes for Dracula, Frankenstien, and Dorian Grey. Those are three of my favorite books ever. And Poe is a staple for all horror lovers, it's one of the few complete works I've read the entirety of. Great topic!

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