Saturday, December 4, 2010

Horror Classics

Since I've become interested in the World of Darkness RPG, especially Promethean: the Created; I suddenly realized that I've never read Mary Shelley's book, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus.  Whoah! Stop the presses...  How could I have not read that book?  Well, upon reflection I was always more of a science fiction and fantasy reader, and really not interested in horror.

Frankenstein should have taken a course in cosmetic surgery.

Yes, yes, I've seen most of the Frankenstein movies, even the stupid ones.  I've also read some of Dean Koontz's books about Frankenstein's monster in the modern day.  ( Victor Frankenstein is really EVIL in the Koontz books. )  I need to reread those books again.  I think there was a movie made from the first book, not exactly sure...

Anyway, I also realized I had never read Dracula either!  Nor the Anne Rice books, and probably never will.  I definitely will not read the Twilight, sparkly vampires junk. Blech.... patooiu!  Hey, if you like those books and movies that's cool; it's just not my cup of tea.  Then I began to wonder what other horror classics there are that I never read? 

I'm currently reading The Dream Quest Of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Loveraft, and for some reason I find it cumbersome to read.  I mean I like it, but I can only go a few pages before I have to set it down.

As far as what I like to read, to sum it up quickly, I will read almost anything, old or new, fiction or nonfiction.  I read quite a bit, and can burn though a medium sized novel in an evening.  But I digress...

Anyway, I need to do some research, and discover what other horror classics I've missed.  My 'to do' list keep getting longer.  The year 2011 is going to be a busy one for me.


  1. Yeah I like my vampires to be from the Nosferatu vein. Sparkly vampires! Bah. I read at least one of those Anne Rice books and enjoyed it though, and I think Bram Stoker's book is a must.

  2. I am really interested in reading more about Promethean, especially the Disquiet mechanic. It sounds very intriguing.

  3. @za bulette: I agree vampires should be anything but sparkly. However, I am a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe.

    @Christian: WoD and Promethean are on my top ten to buy list. No thanks to you. ;)~

  4. My apologies in advance, but "let me tell you about my character...."

    For a Promethean game that ultimately never was, I came up with one Moses Cordell, a soulful, 1970s super-cop who was murdered by the mob and came back as one bad undead mutha.

    As part of his origin story, Cordell rescued a sleazy movie producer, who went on to say thanks by making a trashy flick in tribute: The Mummy Of Motown. My PC had to live down being "that guy with the terrible movie" in the Promethean community.

    I loved the concept so much, I had a friend design the official movie poster:

  5. Young Frankestein by Mel Brookes is hilarious. Watch that as well :)

  6. I can't say enough about reading the books you mentioned (MINUS the Twilight books- they are truly wretched). If for no other reason, you can say- yes, I read that, and I did (or didn't) like it.

  7. @Justin: That's funny, The Mummy of Motown.

    @Bartender: I've seen it several times, and yes, it's funny.

    @Loq: I have no intention of reading any Twilight books. The other books are on the reading list.