30 review for Horror: 100 Best Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is a fascinating book and one which is greatly under played. The idea is yes there are 100 books listed chronologically to their main publication date. However its how they were obtained - as the introduction (which is fascinating in itself and is worth reading - something I will admit I do not do all the time) it is explained that the top leading horror writers were contacted (those still with us that is there were a couple who I think they took historical comments -Lovecraft for example) This is a fascinating book and one which is greatly under played. The idea is yes there are 100 books listed chronologically to their main publication date. However its how they were obtained - as the introduction (which is fascinating in itself and is worth reading - something I will admit I do not do all the time) it is explained that the top leading horror writers were contacted (those still with us that is there were a couple who I think they took historical comments -Lovecraft for example) and asked them to submit their favourite or most memorable book which inspired horror and terror in them. As I said the introduction is rather an insight since apparently there was a complete spectrum of results from this project from eager cooperation to blatant self promotion to outrage and dismissal. So as a result you have horror (of course) but science fiction, fantasy, thrillers in fact almost all genres were represented but with one common thread that they have something horrific in them, be it physical or implied or mental it is there. And as a result you have some fascinating titles sneak in there that I will admit I would either never have considered or possibly recognised. So for me it is a education and an eye opener. That coupled with the format- the fact that the editor writes as a brief overview of that the story is about and then you have the guest writers comments about that same title. I for one will be taking away a number of books I will be hunting down to read - and although you may not agree with some of the selections you cannot dismiss the scope and breath of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maria Lago

    He aprendido muchísimo con este libro. Me ha recordado lo variado que es el género y me ha descubierto no pocas maravillas. Me ha gustado también el formato, pues no se trata de una mera lista con reseñas, sino de una recopilación de recomendaciones escritas directamente por aquellos escritores que aman estos libros y los consideran esenciales y a mí me dan mucho gustito las cosas así, que salen desde la pasión de fan y me dan siempre unas ganas tremendas de empezar a leerlo todo. Os recomiendo He aprendido muchísimo con este libro. Me ha recordado lo variado que es el género y me ha descubierto no pocas maravillas. Me ha gustado también el formato, pues no se trata de una mera lista con reseñas, sino de una recopilación de recomendaciones escritas directamente por aquellos escritores que aman estos libros y los consideran esenciales y a mí me dan mucho gustito las cosas así, que salen desde la pasión de fan y me dan siempre unas ganas tremendas de empezar a leerlo todo. Os recomiendo encarecidamente estas 100 recomendaciones encarecidas (quién las desencarezca, buen desencarecedor será).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fraser Burnett

    I adore this book, and the book that followed in its cloven steps. Not much else needs said. A classic reference model, and one to be measured against future models. Bring on a third say I!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eric Byrne

    If one loves reading horror stories, this collection of essays curated by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman is fantastic guide to reading the very best available. One Hundred horror icons offer up critical essays on 100 captivating reads that moves beyond reviews and into realm personal enlightenment about what fine frights were brought to them and how they shined on a light on the path to become writers themselves. Of the essays (see below for the full list), I was most struck by F.Paul Wilson's piece If one loves reading horror stories, this collection of essays curated by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman is fantastic guide to reading the very best available. One Hundred horror icons offer up critical essays on 100 captivating reads that moves beyond reviews and into realm personal enlightenment about what fine frights were brought to them and how they shined on a light on the path to become writers themselves. Of the essays (see below for the full list), I was most struck by F.Paul Wilson's piece on William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist. How a devout Catholic was shaken to the core by the novel and film. That essay is worth the purchase price alone. Works- Essayist 1. DOCTOR FAUSTUS (c. 1592) Clive Barker 2. THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (1606) John Blackburn 3. THE WHITE DEVIL (1612) Diana Wynne Jones 4. CALEB WILLIAMS (1794) Scott Bradfield 5. THE MONK (1796) Les Daniels 6. THE BEST TALES OF HOFFMAN (1814-16) John Sladek 7. NORTHANGER ABBEY (1817) David Pirie 8. FRANKENSTEIN (1818) Jane Yolen 9. MELMOTH THE WANDERER (1820) Peter Tremayne 10. THE CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER (1824) Garry Kilworth 11. TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION John M. Ford 12. TWICE-TOLD TALES (1837, expanded 1842) Edgar Allan Poe 13. THE BLACK SPIDER (1842) Thomas Tessier 14. THE WANDERING JEW (1844-45) Thomas M. Disch 15. THE CONFIDENCE MAN (1857) Michael McDowell 16. UNCLE SILAS (1864) M.R. James 17. DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (1886) Jack Williamson 18. SHE (1887) Tim Stout 19. THE KING IN YELLOW (1895) H.P. Lovecraft 20. THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU (1896) Gene Wolfe 21. DRACULA (1897) Colin Wilson 22. THE TURN OF THE SCREW (1898) R. Chetwynd-Hayes 23. HEART OF DARKNESS (1902) Douglas E. Winter 24. THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS (1903) Richard Dalby 25. GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY (1904) Geoff Ryman 26. THE HOUSE OF SOULS (1906) T.E.D. Klein 27. JOHN SILENCE (1908) Hilaire Belloc 28. THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY (1908) David Langford 29. THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND (1908) Terry Pratchett 30. THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AMBROSE BIERCE (1909) Milton Subotsky 31. WIDDERSHINS (1911) Mike Ashley 32. THE HORROR HORN (1912-34) Basil Copper 33. A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS (1920) George Hay 34. THE TRIAL (1925) Steve Rasnic Tem 35. SOMETHING ABOUT EVE (1929) Robert E. Howard 36. MEDUSA (1929) Karl Edward Wagner 37. THE WEREWOLF OF PARIS (1933) Marvin Kaye 38. THE LAST BOUQUET (1933) Jessica Amanda Salmonson 39. THE CADAVER OF GIDEON WYCK (1934) Robert Bloch 40. A SECOND CENTURY OF CREEPY STORIES (1937) Hugh Lamb 41. THE DARK TOWER (c. 1938) Lionel Fanthorpe 42. JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN (1939) Dennis Etchison 43. THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS (1939) Donald A. Wollheim 44. OUT OF SPACE AND TIME (1942) Harlan Ellison 45. CONJURE WIFE (1943) Gerald W. Page 46. NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (1943) Maxim Jakubowski 47. THE LURKER AT THE THRESHOLD (1945) Graham Masterton 48. DELIVER ME FROM EVA (1946) Forrest J Ackerman 49. AND THE DARKNESS FALLS (1946) David G. Hartwell 50. THE SLEEPING AND THE DEAD (1947) Peter Haining 51. TRACK OF THE CAT (1949) Robert R. McCammon 52. THE SOUND OF HIS HORN (1952) Suzy McKee Charnas 53. LORD OF THE FLIES (1954) Joe Haldeman 54. I AM LEGEND (1954) Richard Christian Matheson 55. THE OCTOBER COUNTRY (1955) Joe R. Lansdale 56. NINE HORRORS AND A DREAM (1958) Stephen Gallagher 57. PSYCHO (1959) Hugh B. Cave 58. QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1959) Stephen Laws 59. CRY HORROR! (1959) Michel Parry 60. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (1959) Lisa Tuttle 61. THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH (1964) Tad Williams 62. THE PAINTED BIRD (1965) Jack Dann 63. THE CRYSTAL WORLD (1966) Craig Shaw Gardner 64. SUB ROSA (1968) Colin Greenland 65. THE GREEN MAN (1969) Brian Aldiss 66. THE COMPLETE WEREWOLF (1969) Neil Gaiman 67. GRENDEL (1971) Dan Simmons 68. THE EXORCIST (1971) F. Paul Wilson 69. THE SHEEP LOOK UP (1972) John Skipp 70. WORSE THINGS WAITING (1973) Frances Garfield 71. BURNT OFFERINGS (1973) Stephen King 72. 'SALEM'S LOT (1975) Al Sarrantonio 73. DEATHBIRD STORIES (1975) Craig Spector 74. MURGUNSTRUMM AND OTHERS (1977) Brian Lumley 75. SWEETHEART, SWEETHEART (1977) Charles L. Grant 76. ALL HEADS TURN WHEN THE HUNT GOES BY (1977) David J. Schow 77. THE SHINING (1977) Peter Straub 78. FALLING ANGEL (1978) William F. Nolan 79. THE WOLFEN (1978) Charles de Lint 80. THE TOTEM (1979) Shaun Hutson 81. GHOST STORY (1979) Peter Nicholls 82. THE LAND OF LAUGHS (1980) Christopher Evans 83. THE CELLAR (1980) David S. Garnett 84. RED DRAGON (1981) Chet Williamson 85. THE KEEP (1981) J.N. Williamson 86. THE DARK COUNTRY (1982) Samantha Lee 87. IN A LONELY PLACE (1983) Ramsey Campbell 88. THE ANUBIS GATES (1983) John Clute 89. THE ARABIAN NIGHTMARE (1983) Brian Stableford 90. THE WASP FACTORY (1984) Malcolm Edwards 91. THE CEREMONIES (1984) Thomas F. Monteleone 92. MYTHAGO WOOD (1984) Michael Moorcock 93. WHO MADE STEVIE CRYE? (1984) Ian Watson 94. SONG OF KALI (1985) Edward Bryant 95. THE DAMNATION GAME (1985) Adrian Cole 96. HAWKSMOOR (1985) R.S. Hadji 97. A NEST OF NIGHTMARES (1986) Robert Holdstock 98. THE PET (1986) Guy N. Smith 99. SWAN SONG (1987) Eddy C. Bertin 100. DARK FEASTS (1987) Jack Sullivan

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Shulman

    I Enjoyed This... Enough to consider reading some more books and seeing a few more scary movies. It was nice to be reminded of some of the movies that thrilled/scared me in my younger years. Newman did a great job.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Simon Jones

    Signed, limited edition of 300 copies issued without dustwrapper. Copy owned being no. 98.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deren Kellogg

    Intelligent, insightful reviews of horror films from the silent era to the present. The book is organized by decade and a lengthy essay reviewing that particular decade leads off each chapter. Then, the most important horror films of each decade are reviewed in more depth in chronological order. Interspersed throughout the volume are essays on themes in horror films, such as vampire films, TV horror, etc. I don't agree with all the reviews, but they are entertaining and were written by people wh Intelligent, insightful reviews of horror films from the silent era to the present. The book is organized by decade and a lengthy essay reviewing that particular decade leads off each chapter. Then, the most important horror films of each decade are reviewed in more depth in chronological order. Interspersed throughout the volume are essays on themes in horror films, such as vampire films, TV horror, etc. I don't agree with all the reviews, but they are entertaining and were written by people who obviously know and love horror films. I first got this in paperback and, when an updated editions came out, got THAT one for Kindle. The first edition has Lee Remick (from "The Omen") on the cover. I'd much rather look at her than at Leatherface, but oh, well. Anyway, this is a great resource for horror film fans. BTW, there seems to be some confusion on the part of Goodreads about this. I noticed some reviews on this page are actually for Horror: 100 Best Books, edited by Kim Newman. I hope this is in the right place!

  8. 4 out of 5

    David

    Love this book and it's sequel. Just wish I could find all the books listed here.

  9. 5 out of 5

    andrew jones

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dan Kobza

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robert S

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda Powell

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Lockley

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mario

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    Mira

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sean Hutchins

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Kennedy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tatterdemalion

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gregg

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eamonn Clarke

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aadra Jain

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Fulham

  25. 4 out of 5

    Libby

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lucas

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Mcgachey

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Sodergren

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

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