Obscure Literary Monsters Challenge


Over at Electric Lit, JW McCormack wrote a great piece, 31 Fairly Obscure Literary Monsters. My first thought was, “Great list!” My second thought was, “This would make a cool reading challenge.” No start date, no end date. No fuss.

Warning! Electric Lit’s article does include spoilers!

  1. “The Sandman” by E.T.A. Hoffmann (1816)
    Review
  2. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg (1824)
    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2276
  3. “The Man of the Crowd” by Edgar Allan Poe (1840)
    Review
  4. “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1844)
    Review
  5. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1864)
    http://www.amazon.com/Uncle-Silas-Bartram-Haugh-Joseph-Sheridan-ebook/dp/B004UJSKCC/
  6. “Lokis” by Proser Mérimée (1869)
    http://frenital.byu.edu/merimee/works/Lokis.html
  7. “The Horla” by Guy de Maupassant (1887)
    http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Horl.shtml
  8. She by H. Rider Haggard (1887)
    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3155
  9. “The Damned Thing” by Ambrose Bierce (1893)
    Review
  10. “The Great God Pan” by Arthur Machen (1894)
    Review
  11. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)
    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/35
  12. “Sredni Vashtar” by Saki (c. 1901—1911)
    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3688
  13. “Count Magnus” by M.R. James (1904)
    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8486
  14. Alraune by Hanns Heinz Ewers (1911)
    http://www.amazon.com/Alraune-Frank-Braun-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00AWSSZ5C/
    (inexpensive edition)
  15. “Rogues in the House” by Robert E. Howard (1934)
    http://www.amazon.com/Rogues-House-Illustrated-Robert-Howard-ebook/dp/B00LXG4HV8/
  16. War with the Newts by Karel Čapek (1936)
  17. “It!” by Theodore Sturgeon (1940)
  18. Malpertius by Jean Ray (1943)
  19. The Horse and His Boy and The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (1954 and 1956)
  20. “The Howling Man” by Charles Beaumont (1959)
  21. The Genocides by Thomas M. Disch (1965)
  22. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)
  23. “Don’t Look Now” by Daphne Du Maurier (1971)
    Review
  24. “Conversation With A Cupboard Man” by Ian McEwan (1972)
  25. The Manitou by Graham Masterton (1975)
    Review
  26. Freddy’s Book by John Gardner (1980)
  27. Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalis (1982)
    Review
  28. The Thief of Always by Clive Barker (1992)
  29. “Thieving Bear Planet” by R.A. Lafferty (1992)
  30. “Subsoil” by Nicholson Baker (1994)
  31. Letter to His Father by Franz Kafka
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5 thoughts on “Obscure Literary Monsters Challenge

  1. That does make for an interestng list. I think I’m going to have to steal your idea. Maybe in 5 or 10 years I’ll’ve gotten through the list 🙂

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