I’m still fisking the Penguin list of 100 Best Books. Today we visit those books that make your spine tingle and your heart beat fast.
THE BEST SPINE-TINGLERS (according to the Penguin List)
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Castle of Otranto
Horace Walpole I read this book in college, but it must not have tingled my spine too much because I don’t remember a thing about it.
The Turn of the Screw
Henry James I cannot tell a lie; I’ve never read any James. My mom wrote a thirty page plus paper on James when she was in graduate school, and I had to type it—back when we used actual typewriters. That experience about cured me of any desire to investigate James’s prose for myself. Maybe someday.
Best Spine-Tinglers (according to Semicolon)
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s strange, yes, and classic.
Draculaby Bram Stoker. Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster are the staples of horror and tingling spines.
Frankensteinby Mary Shelley.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I’m enjoying this one now.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.