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cdfan
06-13-2011, 06:16 AM
After Dan was brave enough to admit that he had never read Stephen King before in one of these threads, it reminded me of a great article in #50 of the CD mag titled "Three Genre Books I'm Embarrased To Admit I've Never Read..."

So what "classics" have alluded you so far?

One of the top answers in the mag appears to be The Exorcist so I guess I will start there.

1. The Exorcist- Had I bought the CD version I may have finally been motivated to read it, alas my used paperback remains unread.

2. Dracula- Double Embarrasment, I have started/stopped this twice, why I can't finish I don't know.

3. Haunting of Hill House- Almost bought it but I thought the price was to high given the book is rather short, keep meaning to buy a used copy.

Tied for 3. Swansong- I add this because I do own it and have never heard any praise short of it being a true classic, so why have I never read it?

srboone
06-13-2011, 06:57 AM
I never read the Phantom of the Opera. I've had a copy of that book sitting on my shelf since 1977, and I've started it a few times, but never finished it.

I have lot of Clive Barker paperbacks, but I've only read The Great and Secret Show, the Thief of Always, and the two Abarat volumes.

Most of the single author anthologies I got from CD were the first exposure i had to them.

:o:o:o:o

Dave1442397
06-13-2011, 12:17 PM
A lot of it is just personal taste. I'm not into the Lovecraft style of writing at all, so I've never read some of the classics.

One book a lot of people raved about was Drood, by Dan Simmons. I got a couple of hundred pages into it and gave up...couldn't take it any more. I like almost everything else I've read by Simmons, but not that one!

TerryE
06-13-2011, 01:51 PM
cdfan, You must get around to reading The Haunting of Hill House. You can find mass market copies everywhere. I have a pretty nice QPB edition with We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and another Shirley Jackson novel (which title I can't remember right now). Hill House is a genuinely haunting novel and is extemely well written. It is the best haunted house story I've ever read, topping even The Shining.

I guess the top classic that I've never read is Frankenstein, and that is actually next on my reading list.

frik51
06-13-2011, 01:51 PM
One book a lot of people raved about was Drood, by Dan Simmons. I got a couple of hundred pages into it and gave up...couldn't take it any more. I like almost everything else I've read by Simmons, but not that one!

I agree. I decided to keep on reading, and I did, but barely.
I much prefer the one that came before, The Terror, or his last novel, Black Hills.

sk

Arkadia
06-14-2011, 11:23 AM
I regret never having read anything by Shirley Jackson or Matheson. I've never read a Clive Barker novel (though have read plenty of short stories). Nor have I read anything by Simmons or Ketchum. I'm sure there are many more, but this list is depressing enough for now ;)

frik51
06-14-2011, 03:49 PM
I'm sure there are many more, but this list is depressing enough for now ;)

Oh well, you're only 21; I envy you: so many great authors still to discover.

sk

RJK1981
06-15-2011, 02:38 AM
I have not yet read a full length novel from Bentley Little, Tim Lebbon, or Simon Clark, though I have a few from each on my shelves. I also have the Definitive Version of Dracula that Barns and Noble released that I haven't gotten to yet.

I'd say one of those would maybe be next on my list to read but I think my next read after I finish up Death Hunt on Evroon will be one of the ARCs I got from the early reader's club. I'd say what, but I'm not sure I should actually be divulging that information, lol

jmcraven
06-15-2011, 03:05 AM
I'm in the same boat as Dave when it comes to HP Lovecraft.

There's so many horror classics that I haven't read, but I have read Dracula, and reading it became a compulsion. I remember I was in class, reading it under my desk and the teacher called me out. He said, "What are you reading--and it better not be what I think it is." I will never forget the look on his face when I pulled out that huge book and said, "It's Dracula... by Bram Stoker."

frik51
06-15-2011, 04:20 AM
Go read Lovecraft, guys!
He's awesome.

sk

Dave1442397
06-15-2011, 01:25 PM
I remember those days! No wife, no kid, plenty of time to read at least one book a day, and sometimes five or six over a rainy weekend.

srboone
06-17-2011, 01:41 PM
I remember those days! No wife, no kid, plenty of time to read at least one book a day, and sometimes five or six over a rainy weekend.

I liked those days so much I couln't bear to give them up!

the_last_gunslinger
06-17-2011, 02:04 PM
There are a lot of horror writers I haven't had the privilege of reading yet. But one novel in particular that comes to mind is I am Legend by Richard Matheson. I also have not read Shirley Jackson's works yet.

And to those who have abstained from Lovecraft, he cannot be recommended highly enough. Some people tend to stray from him because of his lack of dialogue or action, but his ability to craft a compelling tale is unparalleled.

Tito_Villa
06-22-2011, 11:51 AM
I really want to read Frankenstein but other books keep coming up in the way, really need to read some Simmons too, read a short story of his about a class of zombies and it is one of the best i have ever read!

goathunter
06-22-2011, 12:10 PM
I tried to read Frankenstein three or four times and never could do it. I've resigned myself to never reading it.

Hunter

frik51
06-22-2011, 03:54 PM
Both Frankenstein and Dracula I read in my teens.
I found both rather dry and dull.
I think I expected more blood-and-guts.

sk

cdfan
06-22-2011, 04:29 PM
Frankenstein was one of my school assignments back in the day and I did enjoy the book. I think my teacher may have had something to do with that. Their enthusiasm for the material seemed to have rubbed off on me and I looked forward to the class discussions we did for the book. The same thing could be said for Macbeth, which we read that year. He was a good teacher.

Tito_Villa
06-23-2011, 08:50 AM
I quite enjoyed Dracula, and i loved the other wordly feel of the language used, i mean it was written well over 100 years ago!

PaulB
06-24-2011, 11:45 AM
I tried to read Frankenstein three or four times and never could do it. I've resigned myself to never reading it.

Hunter

Same here. Have started it a number of times but just got too bogged down and could not get pass the first 30 pages or so. It is definitely one I will try to revisit. I found Drood hard going but struggled through. Not too sure why as didn't really get much from the story. One classic I have not read is Jeckyl and Hyde. One I keep meaning to get to.

Tito_Villa
06-24-2011, 12:25 PM
Jeckly and Hyde is a good shout, another one i would like to read too!

goathunter
06-24-2011, 03:15 PM
I've read Dracula a couple of times (one of which was an annotated edition, which was really interesting) and enjoyed it both times. I also read and loved several H.G. Wells novels, including The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, and The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Hunter

srboone
06-24-2011, 04:18 PM
I've read Dracula several times and one of the protections against the movement of a vampire that's mentioned in that book is that a vampire can't cross certain bodies of water (which is where being able to turn into a bat comes in handy.) Edward Lee's Brides of the Impaler hinted at it, but didn't pursue it. Does anybody know of any novels where this aspect of the vampire is prominent or explored?

And I've never read I am Legend. (for thread subject integrity.)

cdfan
06-26-2011, 01:47 AM
Does anybody know of any novels where this aspect of the vampire is prominent or explored?

I'll try to throw this under a spoiler tag in case it is thought of as a plot point but one story that uses the water aspect is...

The Strain and The Fall by Del Toro and Hogan. I opened near the end of The Fall and right on that page they were saying the river is a no man's land for vampires.

thelion
06-28-2011, 06:09 AM
One classic I have not read yet is IT. I will have a chance once I get the 25th Anniversary Special Edition from CD though. What better excuse is there to start reading a King classic? Really looking forward to IT (pun intended).

srboone
06-28-2011, 06:22 AM
One classic I have not read yet is IT. I will have a chance once I get the 25th Anniversary Special Edition from CD though. What better excuse is there to start reading a King classic? Really looking forward to IT (pun intended).

Outstanding! one of my pet peeves is people who use the phrase "pun not intended". The pun may be the lowest form of humor, but it's humor, so claim it. If you knew it was a pun that you didn't intend, don't use it.

"Pun not intended" is right below people who don't use turn singals when driving on my list...

thelion
06-28-2011, 06:42 AM
Outstanding! one of my pet peeves is people who use the phrase "pun not intended". The pun may be the lowest form of humor, but it's humor, so claim it. If you knew it was a pun that you didn't intend, don't use it.

"Pun not intended" is right below people who don't use turn singals when driving on my list...

LOL. I'll definitely claim it. The lowest form of humor is right at my level... :-P

peteOcha
06-28-2011, 08:57 AM
And I've never read I am Legend. (for thread subject integrity.)

Same here, although I plan too. I loved the movie, both endings were good in my opinion. Not too long ago I got through a collection of short stories by Matheson so if see a nice copy of I Am Legend anywhere I'll pick it up. My local bookstore only had the movie tie in version and from the looks of it, it was a book just waiting to fall apart, put together fast just to sell some copies while the movie was still popular.

Tito_Villa
06-28-2011, 09:03 AM
It took me a few times to start IT, i don't know what it was but i just couldn't get into the book but once i had persevered i was sooo glad that i did!

peteOcha
06-28-2011, 09:05 AM
It took me a few times to start IT, i don't know what it was but i just couldn't get into the book but once i had persevered i was sooo glad that i did!

Just re-read it recently, great book!

P.S. - go post your collection already! I need something to drool over at work! :)

Tito_Villa
06-28-2011, 09:28 AM
Haha i would do but i'm waiting for the internet to be installed in my new home which will happen on thursday because i use my phone camera to take pics and thats installed on my labtop :/

peteOcha
06-28-2011, 09:38 AM
Ok, good to hear you'll be getting the interwebs installed this week! Can't wait for your collection!

Tito_Villa
06-28-2011, 09:41 AM
Might even start putting a few things up later so watch out :lol:

And yes it has been a wierd 4 weeks being there without the internet, but i feel it was a very worthy sacrifice

peteOcha
06-28-2011, 09:46 AM
Might even start putting a few things up later so watch out :lol:

And yes it has been a wierd 4 weeks being there without the internet, but i feel it was a very worthy sacrifice

Will do. Not much going on at the office anyway...:)

I would sacrifice the internet to live where you do! That cottage is amazing! And the pond.... Ahhh, just sit back, relax, and read somewhere peaceful and quiet...