уторак, 28. април 2009.


Jos nekoliko listi iz publikacije THE BOOK OF LISTS: HORROR, priređivača Ejmi Valas, Skota Bredlija i Dela Hauisona:


Caitlin R. Kiernan's 13 of the Top Ten Lovecraftian Films Not Actually Based (Or Only Loosely Based) on the Works of HPL:

1) Alien [Ridley Scott, 1979]

2) The Thing [John Carpenter, 1982]

3) The Creature from the Black Lagoon [Jack Arnold, 1954]

4) Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural [Richard Blackburn, 1975]

5) Dark Waters [Mariano Baino, 1994]

6) Ghostbusters [Ivan Reitman, 1984]

7) Event Horizon [Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997]

8) King Kong [Cooper/Schoedsack, 1933]

9) Solaris [Soderbergh, 2002]

10) Smilla's Sense of Snow [Billie August, 1997]

11) Hellbound: Hellraiser [Tony Randel, 1988]

12) Hellboy [Del Toro, 2004]

13) The Blob [Itwin S. Yearworth, 1958]

Brian W. Aldis's 8 Favorite Works of Horror


1) Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus [of course, the immortal horror story: poor creature without parents]

2) Bram Stoker's Dracula [read first as a boy by a candlelight, when electricity had failed]

3) Oliver Onions's "Beckoning Fair One" [to think that women could be so weird]

[I'm not really into horror in book form – unless you include Family Health, a fat encyclopedia which tells you of a thousand things of which you could die.]


4) Again, Frankenstein, by James Whale [with Karloff as the Creature]

5) Stanley Kubrick's Shining [some scenes of outstanding ghastliness, almost too horrific to watch]

6) Roy Andersson's Songs from the Second Floor [my family did not find this Swedish funny; I love its delicious sly wit and its depiction of worldwide mental breakdown; surreal, unique]

7) Clouzot's Les Diaboliques [a rundown boarding school; chief characters: the headmaster, his rich wife, and a female teacher who becomes his mistress; the interplay between these three characters is chilling and motivated by human cruelty; full marks for a horrifying ending; tremendously wily direction of a classic!]


8) Alan Ball's "Six Feet Under" [probably HBO's masterpiece; Close-ups of entire family ghastlinest; never criticize US television again after this shuddersome wonder!]

Steve Rasnic Tem's 30 Most Memorable Horror Short-Story Reads:

1) "A Country Doctor", Franz Kafka

2) "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson

3) "The Beckoning Fair One", Oliver Onions

4) "Evening Primrose", John Collier

5) "The Jar", Ray Bradbury

6) "The Hospice", Robert Aickman

7) "The Howling Man", Charles Beaumont

8) "Sticks", Karl Edward Wagner

9) "The Dark Country", Dennis Etchison

10) "Mackintosh Willy", Ramsey Campbell

11) "The Autopsy", Michael Shea

12) "The Body", Stephen King

13) "Stephen", Elizabeth Massie

14) "Mr. Dark's Carnival", Glen Hirshberg

15) "The Last Feast of Harlequin", Thomas Ligotti

16) "William Wilson", Edgar Allan Poe

17) "Porkie Pie Hat", Peter Straub

18) "The Night They Missed the Horror Show", Joe Lansdale

19) "In the Hill, the Cities", Clive Barker

20) "The White People", Arthur Machen

21) "Child's Play", Villy Sorensen

22) "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad", M.R. James

23) "The New Mother", Lucy Clifford

24) "The Willows", Algernon Blackwood

25) "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs", Harlan Ellison

26) "Feesters in the Lake", Bob Leman

27) "The Sea Was Wet as Wet Can Be", Gahan Wilson

28) "Confess the Seasons", Charles L. Grant

29) "The Girl With the Hungry Eyes", Fritz Leiber

30) "The Hell Screen", Akutagawa Ryunosuke

Michael Marshall Smith's Ten Best Horror Books That You Won't Find on the Horror Shelves:

1) Dead Babies, Martin Amis

2) The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson

3) The Informers, Bret Easton Ellis

4) Flicker, Theodore Roszak

5) The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks

6) Something Nasty in the Woodshed, Kyril Bonfiglioni

7) Lunar Park, Bret Easton Ellis

8) In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead, James Lee Burke

9) A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

10) The Bible, by various authors [no disrespect meant or implied, but seriously… the loons who campaining for the banning of fantasy or horror novels ought to try reading this baby from cover to cover…]

Kirby McCauley's Ten Best Horror Anthologies:

1) The Omnibus of Crime, [edited by] Dorothy L. Sayers

2) Sleep No More, August Derleth

3) They Walk Again, Colin De La Mare

4) New Terrors, Ramsey Campbell

5) Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, Herbert A. Wise + Phyllis Fraser

6) The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories, Robert Aickman

7) Terror by Gaslight, Hugh Lamb

8) Terror in the Modern Vein, Donald Wollheim

9) And the Darkness Falls, Boris Karloff w/ Edmund Speare

10) The Dark Descent, David G. Hartwell

Victor Salva's Ten Things We Have Lerned From Horror Movies:

  1. If your car breaks down in the rain outside a spooky house, sleep in the car
  2. Short cuts, back roads, and any lakes or resorts you're warned of by crusty, indigenious strangers should be avoided
  3. Skinny dipping or any other kind of nudism or sexual activity is punishable by death
  4. Never, ever, throw down and step away from the gun, knife, or any other weapon you have just used to kill the monster; you will need it again, trust me
  5. When bodies start to pile up or people go missing, the smartest thing to do is to split up the remaining group into easier target and hope nothing bad happens to them
  6. Most monsters are warded off by fire, a bright light, or a smaller budget, which makes it ill-advised to glimpse the creature in any great detail
  7. Always assume the calls are coming from inside the house – wherever you are
  8. Radiation causes gigantism in everything but human intelligence
  9. Aliens are creatures whose main interest is the human heart; other organs are considered side dishes
  10. No creature will ever really be destroyed until its box office potential is pronounced dead as well.