1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is a novel that has many different themes and elements.
The way in which the creature is created is an example of the theme of hubris. The creature’s physical appearance also fits with the theme of hubris. It embodies what Frankenstein felt in his heart but could not express with words.
The novel also deals with themes such as death, isolation, and discord. Frankenstein himself is an example of these themes; he’s isolated from society and this loneliness leads to discord.
2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
This is a perfect example of a well-written gothic novel that is not only able to scare the reader, but also to make them think deeply about the book. This book was written in 1959 and has long queues at libraries worldwide.
3. The Shining by Stephen King
This book tells the story of a family’s visit to an isolated hotel. The hotel is isolated from all of civilisation, and as the story progresses, it becomes clear that there is something very wrong with the hotel.
The book explores some interesting psychological ideas. For example, it poses the question: “What would you do if your sanity was slowly slipping away?” It also delves into how easy it can be for people to turn on one another in times of desperation.
The Shining is a classic suspense novel written by Stephen King in 1977. The book follows Jack Torrance who agrees to work as an off-season caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel. He takes his wife and son with him, hoping that this will give them a chance to bond with one another while he works on
4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson’s work explores themes of isolation, the power dynamics of families and more. This story, in particular, is a suspenseful mystery that is about two sisters who try to prove that they are not responsible for the death of their stepmother.
In 1951, when this book was published, it was considered quite shocking for a woman to write such an unapologetic portrayal of madness and violence.
The use of foreshadowing allows Shirley Jackson to create suspenseful situations in this book. For example, our protagonist sister’s fear is heightened by her knowledge that there are snakes under the floorboards.
5. Carrie (Movie Tie-in) – Stephen King, Director Brian De Palma and Screenplay Lawrence D. Cohen
Carrie is a 1976 American horror film based on Stephen King’s 1974 novel of the same name. Directed by Brian De Palma, the film tells the story of a socially outcast teenage girl who telekinetically causes her classmates to bully and ostracize her, but also has a clairvoyant power to predict future events.
The film had been passed over by many studios until it was picked up by New Line Cinema who then decided to release it in the winter of 1976. A year later, after several major changes had been made to the script, New Line Cinema gave it a limited release as part of an experiment with “New Hollywood” films. The film received various negative reviews but had high box office success none-the-less.
6. Pet Sematary (Movie Tie-in) – Stephen King, Director Mary Lambert and Screenplay Michael Wadle
Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was written in 1983 but the movie came out in 1989. The film is based on a novel from 1983 that tells the story of a family who moves to Maine and discovers an Indian burial ground which has the power to bring animals back to life. The movie follows Louis Creed (played by Dale Midkiff) and his family as they deal with tragedy and looming evil.
The film is directed by Mary Lambert, who also has an acting career, and Michael Wadle both worked together on Twilight Zone: The Movie from 1983.
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