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Eight Books that Inspire Me #8: Misery by Stephen King

Eight Books that Inspire Me #8: Misery by Stephen King

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.

Eight Books that Inspire Me #7: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Eight Books that Inspire Me #7: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

An unspecified cataclysm has taken place some years before, ending civilisation as we know it, and effectively ending the world. Fires ravage the landscape and ash covers the ground. Crops no longer grow. There are no more animals. The only thing left to eat is each other...

Eight Books that Inspire Me #6 I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Eight Books that Inspire Me #6 I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Published in 1954, Richard Matheson's short novel pretty much invented a subgenre of science-fiction - that of post-apocalyptic survival. A great pandemic has killed off most of the world's population, and those that have survived the disease have developed vampire-like symptoms. They cannot come out in daylight, have an aversion to garlic, thirst for blood - you know the drill.

Eight Books that Inspire Me #5 Under the Skin by Michel Faber

Eight Books that Inspire Me #5 Under the Skin by Michel Faber

In the remote Scottish countryside, a young woman drives up and down the motorways, eyeing up hitchhikers. She won't pick up just anyone - her passengers must be fit and strong, with no one to miss them...

Eight Books that Inspire Me #4: Ring by Koji Suzuki

Eight Books that Inspire Me #4: Ring by Koji Suzuki

Originally published in Japan in 1991, Koji Suzuki's Ring, sparked the beginning of a franchise that spans across six books, a TV series, film adaptations, video games, comics, and a plethora of fan fiction and fan sites. So what's it all about?

Eight Books that Inspire Me #3: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Eight Books that Inspire Me #3: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

First published in 1988, Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs has become so absorbed into popular culture that, even today, the mere mention of 'fava beans' or a 'nice chianti' will almost inevitably spark a round of lip-sucking Hannibal Lecter impersonations.

Eight Books that Inspire Me #2: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Eight Books that Inspire Me #2: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

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.

Eight Books that Inspire Me #1: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Eight Books that Inspire Me #1: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Sebold's simple but majestic prose, flawless characterisations, and ability to rip out my heart then put it back together again, has had me coming back to The Lovely Bones over and over.