Friday, October 12, 2012

The Stuff of Nightmares: Classic Fright Fiction

compiled by Lise Horton

“Tobermory”, Saki (H. H. Munro)

“The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Dracula, Bram Stoker

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James

The Complete Canon of Edgar Allen Poe

“The Monkey’s Paw”, W. W. Jacobs

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

“The Highwayman”, by Alfred Noyes

“Titus Andronicus”, William Shakespeare

“The Visit”, Friedrich Dürenmatt

“The Petrified Forest”, Robert E. Sherwood

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

“Suddenly, Last Summer”, Tennessee Williams

“The Exorcist”, William Blatty

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving

The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

“Rosemary’s Baby”, Ira Levin

The Shining, Stephen King

Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo

The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells

The Canon of H. P. Lovecraft

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

The Monk, Matthew Lewis

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham

“The Damned Thing”, Ambrose Bierce

The Mysteries of Udolpho, Anne Radcliffe

The Ghost Stories, Edith Wharton

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

“Carmilla”, J. Sheridan le Fanu

“The Willows”, Algernon Blackwood

“The Minister’s Black Veil”, Nathanial Hawthorne

“The Canterville Ghost”, Oscar Wilde

“The Overcoat”, Nikoli Gogol

1984, George Orwell

"The Goblin Market", Christina Rossetti

… but for this author, the scariest book of all time? Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.

What's YOUR favorite novel of chills and terror?


  1. The only one on my list that you don't have up there is CAT'S CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut ... one of the most chilling endings I've read.

  2. I'd forgotten that one, Lisa! I was a huge Vonnegut fan in my younger and more impressionable years. But definitely should be included.