Mike Thorn - 100 Favorite Books

  1. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, by Herman Melville (1851)
  2. Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul, by William Blake (1794)
  3. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley (1818)
  4. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf (1927)
  5. Paradise Lost, by John Milton (1667)
  6. Melmoth the Wanderer, by Charles Maturin (1820)
  7. The Monk: A Romance, by Matthew Gregory Lewis (1796)
  8. Ulysses, by James Joyce (1922)
  9. Macbeth, by William Shakespeare (1606)
  10. It, by Stephen King (1986)
  11. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by William Blake (1793)
  12. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (1954)
  13. The Obscene Bird of Night, by José Donoso (1970)
  14. King Lear, by William Shakespeare (1606)
  15. Dracula, by Bram Stoker (1897)
  16. McTeague: A Story of San Francisco, by Frank Norris (1899)
  17. Selected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe [edited by Edward H. Davidson] (1956)
  18. On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius (55 BC)
  19. Tales of H.P. Lovecraft, by H. P. Lovecraft [edited by Joyce Carol Oates] (2000)
  20. Sanctuary, by William Faulkner (1931)
  21. The Room, by Hubert Selby Jr. (1971)
  22. The Killer Inside Me, by Jim Thompson (1952)
  23. Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood, by Algernon Blackwood [edited by E.F. Bleiler] (1973)
  24. Songs of a Dead Dreamer, by Thomas Ligotti (1986)
  25. Pet Sematary, by Stephen King (1983)
  26. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (1861)
  27. The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, by Herman Melville (1857)
  28. The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka (1915)
  29. Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe, by George Eliot (1861)
  30. Cane, by Jean Toomer (1923)
  31. The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner (1929)
  32. The Cipher, by Kathe Koja (1991)
  33. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde (1890)
  34. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (1938)
  35. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, by Yukio Mishima (1963)
  36. And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, by Gwendolyn Kiste (2017)
  37. The Invisible Man, by H. G. Wells (1897)
  38. The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain (1934)
  39. Voyage in the Dark, by Jean Rhys (1934)
  40. Labyrinths, by Jorge Luis Borges (1962)
  41. Whore, by Nelly Arcan (2001)
  42. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith (1999)
  43. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (1920)
  44. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
  45. Skin, by Kathe Koja (1993)
  46. full-metal indigiqueer, by Joshua Whitehead (2017)
  47. Strange is the Night, by S. P. Miskowski (2017)
  48. The Waste Land and Other Poems, by T. S. Eliot (1940)
  49. Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Connor (1952)
  50. The Woman Destroyed, by Simone de Beauvoir (1967)
  51. Dark Entries, by Robert Aickman (1964)
  52. If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin (1974)
  53. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie (1939)
  54. City of Night, by John Rechy (1963)
  55. Play It as It Lays, by Joan Didion (1970)
  56. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
  57. Traplines, by Eden Robinson (1996)
  58. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce (1916)
  59. Last Exit to Brooklyn, by Hubert Selby Jr. (1964)
  60. Hell House, by Richard Matheson (1971)
  61. Between the Acts, by Virginia Woolf (1941)
  62. Nature, by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1836)
  63. The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson (1959)
  64. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, by Yukio Mishima (1956)
  65. The Girl Next Door, by Jack Ketchum (1989)
  66. The Animal That Therefore I Am, by Jacques Derrida (2006)
  67. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury (1962)
  68. Antwerp, by Roberto Bolaño (2002)
  69. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, by Julia Kristeva (1980)
  70. Underworld, by Don DeLillo (1997)
  71. The Bataille Reader, by Georges Bataille [edited by Scott Wilson] (1997)
  72. Regarding the Pain of Others, by Susan Sontag (2003)
  73. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami (1994)
  74. Ghost Story, by Peter Straub (1979)
  75. A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick (1977)
  76. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by ‎Harriet Ann Jacobs (1861)
  77. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren (1946)
  78. Dubliners, by James Joyce (1914)
  79. Zombie, by Joyce Carol Oates (1995)
  80. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner (1930)
  81. The Scarf, by Robert Bloch (1947 / 1966)
  82. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs (1959)
  83. Bad Brains, by Kathe Koja (1992)
  84. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, by Frederick Douglass (1845)
  85. The Thing: A Phenomenology of Horror, by Dylan Trigg (2014)
  86. The Demon, by Hubert Selby Jr. (1976)
  87. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
  88. The Pines, by Robert Dunbar (1989)
  89. Only Pretty Damned, by Niall Howell (2019)
  90. Horror of Philosophy, vols. 1-3, by Eugene Thacker (2011-2015)
  91. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (1884)
  92. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D. H. Lawrence (1928)
  93. Dreamcatcher, by Stephen King (2001)
  94. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)
  95. The Other, by Thomas Tryon (1971)
  96. The History of Sexuality, vol. 1, by Michel Foucault (1976)
  97. The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James (1898)
  98. Delta of Venus, by Anaïs Nin (1977)
  99. A Very Easy Death, by Simone de Beauvoir (1964)
  100. Silence, by Shūsaku Endō (1966)

Mike Thorn is the author of the short story collection Darkest Hours. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and podcasts, including Dark Moon Digest, The NoSleep Podcast, Turn to Ash and Tales to Terrify. His film criticism has been published in MUBI Notebook, The Film Stage, The Seventh Row, Bright Lights Film Journal and Vague Visages. He completed his M.A. with a major in English literature at the University of Calgary, where he wrote a thesis on epistemophobia in John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. Visit his website (mikethornwrites.com) or connect with him on Twitter (@MikeThornWrites).


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