Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top 10 on Tuesday: My Favorite Monsters

It’s that time again—time for another list!  This week, it’s all about monsters in various scary forms.  Whether you don’t go swimming in the ocean (or the pool…) because of sharks, or museums creep you out with all the mummies, I’ve got a monster book for you.  Enjoy!

1.  Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton.  Sure, you’ve seen the movie, but films always leave some of the best stuff out.  In this case, print gives you more dinosaurs and more detail, as well as Crichton’s signature thriller style. 

2.  The Strange Caseof Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson.  The chilling classic was actually a story of something that gave the author nightmares as a child, a double life, only half of which was anything close to normal.

3.  Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux.  Part gothic romance, part tragedy, with an overall creepy vibe, Leroux’s classic features the disfigured phantom prowling the Paris Opera House and menacing cast and crew alike until driven to the point of obsession by the fair diva, Christine.   

4.  Jaws, by Peter Benchley.  Even after over thirty-five years, this menacing shark tale (inspired by actual events in New Jersey in 1916) is still more than scary enough to keep you out of the water!

5.  The Shining, by Stephen King.  When a man accepts a caretaker position at a remote mountain resort one winter, he brings his family into a place where madness lives, and he himself becomes a monster to be feared. 

6.  The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells.  Scientist Griffin discovers a method to become invisible, then cannot find a way to reverse the process.  Stuck beyond the human norm, madness and despair quickly ensue.

7.  American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis.  When is enough enough?  For one Wall Street yuppie, the answer is never, in all cases including murder.  What’s scarier?  The man as monster, or the society he represents? 

8. Usher’s Passing, by Robert McCammon.  A haughty, aristocratic family living in the heart of the North Carolina mountains is the lynchpin in this novel where mountain children disappear every year, and a monster known as The Pumpkin Man roams the woods.  This one may keep you up at night.

9. The Passage, by Justin Cronin.  Lauded by horror vet King as a standout, The Passage is everything a modern vampire story could hope to be—including scary!

10. The Loch, by Steve Alten.  Nessie may as well be a bath toy compared to Alten’s hungry monster of the famous Scottish loch.  Suspenseful, a little gruesome, and a true ode to the mysteries of the deep.

Keep it spooky, and I'll be back on Thursday with more tales of terror!

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