Stephen King needs no introduction from me, nor does his brilliant novel, Misery. There were a number of his books I was thinking of to fill the final spot on my list, but this 1987 release about author Paul Sheldon held captive by his 'number one fan' Annie Wilkes takes the honour for its outright craziness and sense of fun.
The Bloody Chamber is all about fairy tales, with Carter reworking such classics as Red Riding Hood, Beauty & the Beast, Blue Beard, and Puss in Boots. These are not direct retellings of those tales. Instead, Carter explores and challenges the way women are represented in fairy tales, giving her protagonists strength and heroism.