These five classic novels make for good reading when it’s a dark stormy night. The power of the mind and a book can make a persons blood-curl. When the wind is howling, the moon is bright, and a strike of lightening glares through the window, these books will be in the back of anyone’s mind. These five are some of the best classic horror novels.
1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
The beginning with Jonathan’s journey to the Count already sets the mood for this chilling Gothic tale. Dracula is a tale of passion, vampires, hidden desires, and the willpower of man testified. Reinfield, is a terrifying character because the reader knows that he was once a sane man and if Dracula has this power over humans, to make them slaves then how can a person defeat him? The fears of the character are well written and the reader can almost feel them especially during the Mina chapters. She fears for Jonathan and she is watching her friend die from an ‘unknown,’ blood disease. Mina is a brave character for what she goes through. Undoubtedly Dracula, makes a great read.
2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is a wonderful story about a man trying to play God. What if people had the power to bring back the dead? Victor Frankenstein does try to play God but the story take a horrible turn. The mind of Victor is sometimes creepier than the Monster actually. His way of thinking is a little terrifying. The question is who is worse, The Creator of The Monster?
3. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House is a great book about ghosts and it’s a key figure in what psychological horror is about. Jackson just doesn’t give the reader just a haunted house, she gives a main character with a lot of baggage. She’s not super crazy but she’s also not normal either. It’s still a creepy ghost tale, Hill House is a house that not even the housekeepers will stay in after dark!
4. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde shows the reader that each person has a good and a bad side. Stevenson, made the calm Dr. Jekyll but after his experiments he turns into Mr. Hyde, a man who has no power over his former self and is a monster. The book once again gives the idea, that a person has two of them. It’s a creepy tale, an excerpt, “There is something wrong with his appearance, something displeasing, something downright detestable” are chilling words.
5. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
Ann Radcliffe was the grandmother of Gothic fiction, she helped create the genre. She has inspired many horror and all writers alike. The Mysteries of Udolpho is a Gothic tale about a young woman named Emily St. Aubert who deals with the death of her father, being basically trapped in a castle that is filled with supernatural terrors and has to deal with a cruel nobleman.
So those are the five classic novels that make anyone’s hair stand up and give them goosebumps. Each stories brings something to the reader, a look inside a mad man’s head, a vampire who wants to destroy a once happy couple, a castle that is haunted by not just ghosts of an evil nobleman and a haunted house.