I’m a huge horror junkie, as you might guess from my obsession with Stephen King. But there are a few classics out there that I still haven’t read that I really need to!
- The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty. I’ve neither read this, nor seen the movies, although my mom always told me that when the original came out, it was the first (or maybe only?) movie to ever put barf bags in the theater. Yeah.
- Hell House – Richard Matheson. Matheson also wrote I Am Legend, which I also haven’t read, but I’m more into haunted houses than vampires or zombies or whatever it is I Am Legend is about. Also, Stephen King himself has said of Hell House that it’s “the scariest haunted house novel ever written. It looms over the rest the way the mountains loom over the foothills.”
- The Best of H. P. Lovecraft – H. P. Lovecraft. I’m still astonished with myself that I haven’t managed to read any Lovecraft yet. Maybe this will be my Lovecraft year.
- Red Dragon – Thomas Harris. Red Dragon introduces the character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter and is the first in a trilogy that also includes The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. My dad still shudders when he talks about this book, which I’m pretty sure read one night as a young adult when he was alone in the house. If I recall correctly, he slept with the lights on that night.
- The Amityville Horror – Jay Anson. Considering the fact that I grew up on Long Island less than 30 miles from where the supposed atrocities took place, I feel like I really should have read this by now.
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz. I hear about this all the time—particularly on Reddit threads about scarring events from childhood—so I can’t believe this book still constitutes a gap in my horror reading.
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving. I’m sure I’ve read an abridged version at some point in my life—don’t all schoolchildren get some version of this story at some point?—but I’ve never read the full story.
- The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe. I’ve wanted to read this ever since I read Northanger Abbey; it’s one of the heroine’s favorite books.
- The Stepford Wives – Ira Levin. Creepy robot ladies (or something like that)? Count me in.
- Psycho – Robert Bloch. This is one of the few horror movies I’ve seen where I haven’t read the book (if there was one) first. I actually didn’t know that Psycho was a book until recently. Now I can’t believe I haven’t read it!
What gaps do you have in your reading life?by