Saturday, April 13, 2013

Horror 101: Exploring the Roots of the Horror Genre - The Plan Forward

* - already read

Note: This is my intended "final" list for "the house" motif in Horror 101 for Tales To Terrify. I may have to shorten this list, or I may eliminate some books if it turns out that themes and tales are simply becoming a little repetitive, or I may have to remix, combine, or perhaps cook up more than Horror 101 episode over the summer, because this is DEFINITELY turning into a life's work. Also, many of these books I've already read in the course of my own personal pursuits. 

Evolution of the Gothic Tale:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson *
The Devil's Mansion, by Rex Jardin *

Emergence of YA Horror Houses and YA Gothic:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare *
Blackbriar, by William Sleator *
The House With a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs *

Suburban Horror Homes:

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, by Laird Koenig
The House Next Door, by Anne Rivers Siddons

Suburban Horror Homes II - Reality Blurred to Fiction:

The Amityville Horror: A True Story, by Jay Anson

This Apartment is Cursed!

The Curse, by Charles L. Grant
The Brownstone, by Ken Eulo

This Apartment is Unholy!

Rosemary's Baby, by Ira Levin
The Sentinel, by Jeffery Konvitz

Haunted Towers, Hotels and Estates

The Shining, by Stephen King *
Burnt Offerings, by Robert Marasco
The Watchhouse, by Robert Westall

Horror Houses: 1980

The Rosedale Horror, by Jon Ruddy
The Cellar, by Richard Layman

Haunted Houses - It's Alive! Redux

Usher's Passing, by Robert McCammon *
The Tea Party, by Charles L. Grant *
"As We Promise, Side by Side" by Charles L. Grant, from Dialing the Wind *

Horror Houses: Mid-1980's:

The Manse, by Lisa W. Cantrell
The Longest Night, by J. N. Williamson *

Homes With Many Rooms

Shadowlands, by Peter Straub *
Wildwood, by John Farris *

Horror Houses: 1990

House Haunted, by Al Sarrantonio 
Blake House, by Adrian Savage

Horror Houses and Psychic Investigators

Hell House, by Richard Matheson
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red, by Stephen King

Another Haunted Hotel; A Different Kind of Gothic

California Gothic, by Dennis Etchison
The Seaharp Hotel, edited by Charles L. Grant *

The House that Looms Over Us

The Collected Blackstone Chronicles, by John Saul

Horror Houses: 2000

A Winter Haunting, by Dan Simmons *
A Choir of Ill Children, by Tom Piccirilli *
The Tower, by Simon Clark

Harrow House - Douglas Clegg

Nightmare House
The Infinite

The "Modern Gothic"

Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffeneger
House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski

Horror Houses: Genre Blending

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, by Michael Boccacino *
77 Shadow Street, by Dean Koontz *

"The House" in Short Fiction

Haunted Houses: The Greatest Stories, edited by Martin Greenberg