Favorite Books List

Here is a list of my favorite literary works. The list is not complete and is totally subjective in that the books listed are my personal favorites - the books that I go back to for whatever reason and read again and again. This is NOT a list of books I think have the most literary merit, this IS a list of books I have enjoyed reading the most for whatever reason. My friend and peer, Vincenzo Bilof has done a similar list you may find of interest here, in response to a challenge I made to him. This, of course, being my response to said challenge. 



My Favorite Books (to date)






Fiction (Novels)




Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk


Big Sur – Jack Kerouac


Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad


Infinite jest – David Foster Wallace


The Killer – Colin Wilson


The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson


Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson


The Stranger – Albert Camus


Redemption Falls – Joseph O’Connor


Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Doystevsky


As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner


Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts


Bliss – Peter Carey


Killer on the Road – James Ellroy


Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon – Thomas Harris


David Morrell – First Blood


Surfacing – Margaret Atwood


The Walking Drum – Louis L’amour


Tortilla Flat – John Steinbeck


Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor


A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess


The Shipping News – Annie Proulx


In My Father’s Den – Maurice Gee


In the Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco


The Novel – James Michener


The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag – Robert A Heinlein


The Girls He Adored – Jonathan Nasaw


Ham on Rye – Charles Bukowski


Zombie – Joyce Carol Oates


Dandelion Wine, The October Country – Ray Bradbury


The End of the Night – John D Macdonald








Fiction (Horror)






Survivor – J.F. Gonzalez


The Backwoods – Edward Lee


The Face That Must Die – Ramsey Campbell


Exquisite Corpse – Poppy Z Brite


This Symbiotic Fascination – Charlee Jacob


Mystery Walk, Baal – Robert McCammon


The Shining, IT, The Dead Zone, The Stand – Stephen King


Ghost Story – Peter Straub


Psycho, American Gothic – Robert Bloch


Rats, Lair, Domain, The Fog – James Herbert


Slob – Rex Miller


Spawn – Shaun Hutson


Telekiller – John Warwick


The Lost – Jack Ketchum


Children of the Night, Carrion Comfort – Dan Simmons


Flesh and Blood, Family Portrait – Graham Masterton


Futile Efforts – Thomas Piccirilli


The Amityville Horror – Jay Anson


The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty








Short Story Collections






By Bizarre Hands – Joe R. Lansdale


The Complete Stories – Flannery O’Connor


Blue World – Robert McCammon


Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Edgar Allan Poe


Night Shift – Stephen King


Books of Blood 1-3 – Clive Barker


A Peaceable Kingdom – Jack Ketchum


The Most Beautiful Woman in Town, Tales of Ordinary Madness – Charles Bukowski


Collected Stories, The Fat Man in History – Peter Carey


The Nightmare Chronicles – Douglas Clegg


Ray Bradbury Stories (Vol 1 and 2) – Ray Bradbury


Red Dreams – Dennis Etchison


Run With the Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader – Charles Bukowski


20th Century Ghosts – Joe Hill


The Collection – Bentley Little





Anthologies






Cutting Edge – Ed. Dennis Etchison


Prime Evil – Ed. Douglas E Winter


Psycho-paths – Ed. Robert Bloch


Psychos – Ed. John Skipp


999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense – Ed. Al Sarrantonio








Poetry






The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner – Samuel Taylor Coleridge


The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – William Blake


Selected Poems – Carl Sandburg


Complete Works, Prufrock & Other Observations, Four Quartets – T.S. Eliot


The Cantos – Ezra Pound


Greed – Ai


The Monkey’s Mask – Dorothy Porter


Love is a Dog from Hell, Mockingbird Wish me Luck – Charles Bukowski


The Divine Comedy – Dante Aligheri


Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman


Ring of Bone – Lew Welch


The Theatre and its Double – Antonin Artaud


A Season in Hell – Arthur Rimbaud


The Flowers of  Evil – Charles Baudelaire


Cap and Bells – Francis Webb




And there you have it - my list, not by any means complete or chronological, just what it is. This will evolve.
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