Horror class addendum: texts …

You can’t just watch scary stuff.   You’ve got to read scary stuff!  Here are the assignments:



Go to the library, or to the bookstore.  Go online.  Find yourself a couple of anthologies featuring horror stories, tales of the supernatural, etc.  (I think the following are pretty good: Classic Ghost Stories, ed. Grafton; Great Tales of Terror, ed. Joshi; Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, ed. Wagner and Wise.  There are lots of others besides.)

Having gone to the library, bookstore, internet, you are now invited/expected to choose your own set of readings from these various collections.  You might go for range and breadth, or you could alternatively key on a theme or type that is of particular interest.  Your choices should also be informed by the essays that you will be reading (qv.), and by your own researches.  The point is to read some enjoyable stories, but you should also be trying to connect and categorize a bit.

You should be reading some 25-40 pages per week from these sources.  You are to submit a bibliographically correct record (any recognized/standardized format will do) of each week’s reading by the beginning of each class period.  Include page counts, please.

Fiction is fabulous, but it’s the critical material that keeps us honest, and makes us smart.  You should also, during the courses of the semester, read the following essays.

Freud, “The Uncanny”

Lovecraft, “Supernatural Horror in Literature”

Oates, “Reflections of the Grotesque”

Schatz, “Genre Films”

Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp”

These essays are available all over the place, or they may require some uncovering.  You should know how to use the library, or be resourceful.  Find them.

In addition to the short stories and the essays, you should also read three of the novels listed in the following great big list.  One should be short (less than two hundred pages), one should be medium (between two hundred and three hundred pages), and the last long (more than three hundred pages). 

Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart

Richard Adams: Watership Down

Uneda Akinara: Ugetsu Monogatari

Kingsley Amis: The Green Man

H.C. Andersen (trans. Haugaard), Selected Stories: “Little Claus and Big Claus,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “The Snow Queen,” “The Red Shoes,” “The Neighbors,” “The Shadow,” “Under the Willow Tree,” “The Bog King’s Daughter,” “In the Duckyard,” “The Ice Maiden”

Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in Jerusalem

Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey

Honoré de Balzac: The Fatal Skin

James Barrie: Peter Pan

Charles Baudelaire: Les Fleurs du Mal

Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, The Unameable

Ambrose Bierce: Can Such Things Be?

Algernon Blackwood: Incredible Adventures

William Peter Blatty: The Exorcist

Robert Bloch: Psycho

Giles Blunt: Forty Words for Sorrow

Jorge Luis Borges: Labyrinths

Ray Bradbury: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights

John Buchan: Witch Wood

Georg Büchner: Woyzeck

John Bunyan: The Pilgrim’s Progress

Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange

Lord Byron: Manfred

James M. Cain: Double Indemnity

Albert Camus: The Plague

Truman Capote: In Cold Blood

Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber

Robert Chambers: The King in Yellow

Leonard Cline: The Dark Chamber

Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet

Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

Susan Cooper: The Dark is Rising

Robert Cormier: I Am the Cheese

Roald Dahl: The BFG/The Witches

Dante: Inferno (trans. Ciardi)

Walter de la Mare: The Return

Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist

Fyodor Dostoievsky: Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment

T.S. Eliot: The Wasteland and Other Poems

Guy Endore: The Werewolf of Paris

Euripides (trans. Teevan): Bacchae

Jack Finney: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Alan Garner: The Owl Service

J.W. von Goethe: The Bride of Corinth

William Golding: Lord of the Flies

Maxim Gorky: My Childhood

Alasdair Gray: Poor Things

J.&W Grimm (trans. Zipes), Selected

Stories: “A Tale About the Boy Who Went Forth To Learn What Fear Was,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Fisherman and his Wife,” “Cinderella,” “The Singing Bone,” “The Devil with Three Golden Hairs,” “The Magic Table, the Donkey, and the Club in the Sack,” “The Robber Bridegroom,” “Herr Korbes,” “The Godfather,” “Mother Trudy,” “Godfather Death,” “Thumbling’s Travels,” “The Juniper Tree,” “Sweetheart Roland,” “The Two Brothers,” “The TwoTravelers”

H. Rider Haggard: She

Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest

Thomas Harris: Red Dragon

Jaroslav Hasek: Good Soldier Schweik

Nathaniel Hawthorne: House of the Seven Gables

Seamus Heaney (trans.): Beowulf

Joseph Heller: Catch-22

Ernest Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms

Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley

James Hogg: The Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Geoffrey Household: Rogue Male

Richard Hughes: A High Wind in Jamaica

Ted Hughes: Tales from Ovid

Eugene Ionesco: The Lesson

Henry James: The Turn of the Screw

M.R. James: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House

Norton Juster: The Phantom Tollbooth

Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis, The Trial

Georg Kaiser: From Morn to Midnight

F.H. Karl: Undine

Stephen King: The Shining

Arthur Koestler: Darkness at Noon

Alfred Kubin: The Other Side

Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedy

Andrew Lang: The Arabian Nights

Sheridan Le Fanu: Carmilla

Ira Levin: Rosemary’s Baby

Matthew Lewis: The Monk

H.P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness

Lois Lowry: The Giver

Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano

George MacDonald: The Princess and the Goblin

Christopher Marlowe: Dr. Faustus

Richard Matheson: The Incredible Shrinking Man, I Am Legend

Charles Maturin: Melmoth the Wanderer

Cormac McCarthy: Blood Meridian, The Road

Wilhelm Meinhold: The Amber Witch

Herman Melville: Typee, Benito Cereno

Gustave Meyrink: The Golem

Allan Moore: From Hell

Frank Norris: McTeague

Flannery O’Connor: Wise Blood

George Orwell: 1984

Thomas Owen: The Cave of the Toads

T.L. Peacock: Nightmare Abbey

E.A. Poe: Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Terry Pratchett: Reaper Man

Phillip Pullman: The Golden Compass

Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho

Lynne Reid-Banks: Angela and Diabola

E.M. Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front

Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea

Ann Rice: Interview with a Vampire

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Dorothy L. Sayers: Whose Body?

Arthur Schnitzler: Leutnant Gustl/Fräulein Else

Walter Scott: The Bride of Lamermoor

Wm. Shakespeare: Titus AndronicusMacbeth

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

I.B. Singer: Satan in Goray, The Last Demon

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

E.G. Speare: The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Art Spiegelman: Maus, I & II

R.L. Stevenson: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,

Bram Stoker: Dracula

Jim Thompson: The Killer Inside Me

Leo Tolstoy: The Kreutzer Sonata

Mark Twain: The Mysterious Stranger

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five

Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto

John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

H.G. Wells: The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds

Nathanael West: The Day of the Locust

Donald Westlake: The Ax

Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Elie Wiesel: Night

Ursula Moray Williams: The Three Toymakers/Malkin’s Mountain/The Toymaker’s Daughter

John Wyndham: The Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos

W.B. Yeats: Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Emile Zola: Therese Raquin, L’Assomoir


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