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.
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.
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.