I am not a fan of the Horror genre. I don’t enjoy scaring myself for fun and I’d like to avoid restless and nightmare filled nights thank you very much. For those of you out in the world that can’t get enough of it (and kudos to you my fine friend for being braver than I am) or for those of you who want to try something horrific for the first time and don’t know where to start here is a list of some of the fundamentals of the genre.
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne: The house of seven gables serves as the ancestral home of the fictional Pyncheon family, whose distinguished legacy is tainted by pious thievery. When country cousin Phoebe arrives at the house, she is like a refreshing cool breeze.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer’s daughter, has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: The governess of two enigmatic children fears their souls are in danger from the ghosts of the previous governess and her sinister lover.
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft: Presents a collection of horror stories, combining scientific knowledge with an imaginative perception of the human mind.
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe: Author Edgar Allan Poe weaves the story of a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, tried and condemned to death and locked in a horrific torture chamber to meet his doom at the hands of his sadistic keepers.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: The story of Dr. Jekyll’s experiments, which result in his terrifying discoveries about the dual nature of man.
Dracula by Bram Stoker: Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells: A scientist who has discovered a way to make himself invisible unleashes his growing madness and frustrations by terrorizing a small town.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.
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