ghostly recommendations request
Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
Mon Apr 11 12:32:59 EDT 2005
> My officemate is going on a long plane trip, and wants
> me to recommend her a nice, scary book. But she wants
> it 'old-fashioned' (a modern pastiche of gothic novels
> might fit the bill) and without vampires - she hates
> Anne Rice - or werewolves. Ghosts would be a plus.
> I've realised that every scary book I own (all five of
> them) involves vampires, though none of them is
> anything like Anne Rice. Horror isn't my favourite
> genre, so I'm having trouble thinking of something.
> Any thoughts?
She might try Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray", and I don't say
that just because of my name. It's truly a very creepy book, does not
contain vampires or werewolves, and has the advantage of being easily
Even if she doesn't like modern vampires, she might enjoy "Dracula" by Bram
Stoker, which I consider to be a masterpiece of the epistolary novel and
bears no resemblance to Anne Rice (I hate her work too).
Or there's Dennis Wheatley's "The Devil Rides Out", which involves
Satanists, IIRC, but not vampires or werewolves, and dates from about the
1930s. I expected it to be utterly cheesy and crap when I picked it up, but
it's actually very good.
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