Top Ten Tuesday: Dark Fiction 101

Hello class! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday: X 101, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Dark Fiction 101, encompassing horror, dark fantasy, and other forms of speculative fiction. Some examples may not immediately come to mind when “dark fiction” is mentioned, but may fall within this category due to horror elements within the story. Prepare to learn all about Dark Fiction, both classic examples as well as some of my favorites from the present. All book covers from Goodreads.

Dark Fiction 101

1. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft

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A classic. One of my favorite tales from Lovecraft.

 

2. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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My introduction to Poe. Also contains one of my favorite opening lines to a story.

 

3. Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti

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An excellent collection of short stories by a modern writer of dark fiction.

 

4. The Dark Eidolon by Clark Ashton Smith

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A collection of stories and poems by a contemporary of Lovecraft.

 

5. Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt

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An excellent example of an epic horror/dark fantasy story by a modern author.

6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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A hard-to-classify novel that is another one of my favorites.

 

7. Stalking You Now by Jeff Strand

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Proof that dark fiction can also be humorous.

 

8. The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

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The inspiration behind the Hellraiser film series.

 

9. The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliot

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The most messed up circus you’ll ever visit.

 

10. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

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AI gone horribly, horribly wrong.

 

What books would you suggest for this course? Alternatively, what was your 101 course?


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Zed Amadeo, indie author of fantasy and horror, has always held a curiosity for the unexplained. Especially that of the most elusive mystery of them all: the human psyche. Zed continues to be inspired by the strange happenings in the world, serving as fuel for Zed's latest fiction works.

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