Thirteen + One


Thirteen of my favorite novels…
not based on their literary merit,
but certainly by their impact on me,
and not to be considered definitive
by any stretch of the imagination.

Off the top of my head —

+1. The Ninja
by Eric Van Lustbader

13. Spectre
by Robert Weverka

12. The Devil Rides Out
by Dennis Wheatley


11. Moonchild
by Aleister Crowley

10. The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien

09. The Witching Hour
by Anne Rice

08. The Stand
by Stephen King

07. The Song of Ice and Fire
by George R.R. Martin

06. House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski

05. The Hour of the Dragon
by Robert E. Howard

04. Foucault’s Pendulum
by Umberto Eco

03. The Illuminatus! Trilogy
by Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea

02. Lammas Night
by Katherine Kurtz

01. American Gods
by Neil Gaiman

UPDATE: The funny thing about lists like these is they’re stupid. Already, less than twenty-four hours later I’m second guessing it, thinking of the books left off. The Lord of the Flies is one. Ghost Story or even Shadowland  by Peter Straub are a couple of others. Koontz’ Odd Thomas deserves a mention, as do Manly Wade Wellman’s Thunstone novels. Hell, what about the ones I tore through as a kid, you know, the ones that really set me on the path, like The Secret Hide-Out, or The Children of Odin, not to mention The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Three Investigators, and a stack of Heinlein, Clarke, and Bradbury as high as the ceiling and beyond.

The thing is, I love books and I’ve read some great ones. And… I’ve read quite a few that weren’t so great. The beautiful thing about a well-written novel is that it wipes away the memory of a dozen that weren’t. I don’t dwell on the bad stories., but I sure as hell cherish the magical ones.


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