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ScolopaxMinor
Aug 7, 2017

rat time

Poe is always a fun read, and a good foundation to move on to other horror/Gothic literature (fitting, since it's Halloween). The Pit and the Pendulum, The Telltale Heart, and The Masque of the Red Death are all very influential and fairly easy to read. Lovecraft is good, but don't be a completionist and try to read his entire body of work (a lot of it isn't very good), just stick with the more popular stories like The Call of Cthulhu or Cool Air, and remember that Lovecraft was racist even by 1920s standards. Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein are also classics, but if you don't like Gothic literature, you probably won't be too into them.

I also want to stress how helpful it can be to have some sort of reading companion, whether it be a full separate book or even just Sparknotes. My ADD rear end sometimes misses pretty important poo poo in books, and it's helpful to have something to consult when I don't know what's going on. And more advanced examinations of the story are useful just because it helps me grasp and appreciate stories I might not otherwise enjoy.

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