Mike Matei / July 4th, 2014
July 4, 2014 at 11:25 am
If you like deep sea exploration, read Clive Cussler’s books.
July 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm
yea, Cussler is fantastic! I have only read books from the Dirk Pitt series, but I’ve wanted to read some of his other stuff. I really enjoyed the Mediterranean Caper. The cool thing is most of Cussler’s books are on audiobook cd’s, so I can knock them out while driving.
July 4, 2014 at 11:26 am
Lovecraft is the best!
July 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm
To each his own, I guess, but I hated the only Lovecraft story I read . After years of hearing people tell me that I should read At the Mountains of Madness, I finally did, and man was it a drudge. I swear if I never read the word “eons” again I will die a happy man.
July 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm
Right, this book was dead boring.
July 4, 2014 at 9:48 pm
Eons. Also, to each their own. Like you said. I love Lovecraft personally. I think he had lots of fascinating ideas when it came to writing about aliens and actually making them believably alien.
July 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm
Well, I’d suggest you read his short stories instead, if you’re open to the possibility of ever changing your mind. As Lukas says, the man had so, so many interesting ideas, even if his writing style was indeed that of verbosity, many words overused (“loathsome” comes to mind). Try The Rats in the Walls. Very well paced and still incredibly fucked up. Not exactly an example of his famous cosmic horror, though, I suppose, but it’s among his best.
July 9, 2014 at 5:02 am
Both Poe and Lovecraft had writing styles that could be downright dreadful. They’re popular because of their ideas and the images they created.
July 12, 2014 at 11:27 am
They’re definitely an acquired taste, his prose style is incredibly overripe. You just know the guy sat for hours editing and re-editing his text just to get every little adjective down to the tee. There’s other authors that do much the same thing, Tolkien comes to mind, The Silmarillion is just a crazy heavy read, he literally was writing that from WW1 through to the day he died and his son ended up actually being the one to release it. I would highly recommend checking out The Call of Cthulhu, it’s no doubt just as verbose as At The Mountains of Madness, but it’s much, much shorter so it can be absorbed a little more readily.
Much of what Lovecraft’s quality was is that he pretty well invented a genre, things like Alien/Aliens, all the Hellboy stuff, the entire genre of cosmic horror, the idea of taking horror away from the familiar stock villains that had been largely the standard up to that point was all him. Until Lovecraft came along most horror was written from the framework of a generally hospitable universe, usually God or nature is kind of “looking out” for the good guy…he took it to a whole other place and influenced almost everything in the genre that came after him.
July 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm
July 5, 2014 at 8:43 pm
Very much so agreed! Though the style is very florid, I cannot imagine his monstrous entities explained in any other language than his colorful verbosity!
The Outsider, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Nameless City all gems!
The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Shadow Out Of Time were both used as the basis of the classic Dark Corners of the Earth video game from the early 2000’s.
July 12, 2014 at 11:33 am
Honestly I never really was all that into Shadow Over Innsmouth…it’s good and all, but when I compare it to the stories of his I consider the best, The Colour Out of Space or At The Mountains of Madness, Shadow just always felt to be one of his weaker entries. Still great by most standards, but kind of “meh” by lovecraft standards. Dark Corners of the Earth though was a great game…shame it’s followup was cancelled, the trailer floating around looks like it was going to be largely built around Call of Cthulhu…
July 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm
Poo do you love?
July 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm
also read a lot of poe growing up. thats that good timeless shit
July 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm
My favorite book by far is Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. He’s the same guy who wrote the novel Fight Club. Haunted seriously altered my perspective on life, and I don’t think anyone is ever quite the same after reading it.
July 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm
I think Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite classic horror author.. i have a thick book called the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe it has all of his stories, poems, short stories and pretty much everything else.. it’s pretty cool.
July 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm
Wow, I’ve read a couple more books that James has read! 🙂 Seriously, though, it’s more like one book, and one author. Dracula is a pretty good book, but most of the film versions don’t match up. Nosferatu is the only film version that is true to the novel. The rest go off on their own tangents. I think Hollywood directors like the idea of the Dracula character more than the actual storyline.
As for Stephen King, he’s the MAN. Can’t say enough about him. (Though he tends to be a bit on the pervy side at times. I don’t find his works to be “scary”, though). I haven’t read Salem’s Lot, but I’ve read a ton of his stuff. If you want to read a good yarn, he’s your man!
July 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm
I wish that someone would make a proper-budget relatively loyal adaptation of the Dracula novel. There’s so much there that’s already cinematic to begin with but too many people horseshit around with trying to make Dracula sympathetic or sexy or whatever, when he’s meant to be a goddamn irredeemable hideous monster.
Michael Crichton I also liked as a kid. In retrospect a lot of his stuff got a bit preachy, and he sort of went off the rails in later years, but Jurassic Park remains a fun read. Rising Sun is mostly just very eighties fears of Japan that are now outdated and comes off as a little racist, so you didn’t miss much.
War of the Worlds is one of the first ‘proper’ novels I read. I’ve always been a fan of Wells. Even now, a lot of descriptions in that book remain chilling.
July 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm
I’m right with you on the whole Dracula thing. The time has come to make a proper Dracula film.
July 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Maybe James will step up to the plate and make a Dracula or Frankenstein film.
July 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm
Under the Ozzy books, he has a book about Guinea Pigs
July 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm
It kills me how that copy of Dracula says “BASIS FOR A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE” on it. “A” major motion picture, as in just one?
July 4, 2014 at 11:48 pm
Salem’s Lot is a good example of a terrible adaptation. A lot of people love the 1979 TV movie but I hate it. Haha. That movie left out way too much stuff and just everything was wrong to me. IT was an amazing book and a great movie to me, even though they left a bit out.
July 4, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Yeah, I remember back when I first read Jurrasic Park, the movie had came out. For years I thought it was based off the movie. Just remember this was before the internet was, well, useful.
July 5, 2014 at 3:46 am
man I got a whole bookcase filled with Stephen King hardcover-paperback books but havent read any of them, I read about 60 some pages into The Gunslinger a few years ago an havent touched any of them since.
July 5, 2014 at 4:57 am
Cool collection and nice insight. Thanks for the video!
July 5, 2014 at 7:51 am
I agree with you on The Invisible Man. It is an easy read and a interesting story. I had to do a report on it when I was in high school. The book made me wanting to watch the Universal classic which I have yet to see.
July 5, 2014 at 7:56 am
When we talk about horror novels H.P.lovecraft is in the top,not to mention that people like king have inspired by him.And not only writers but also in other formats such as films and comic books.A man that because he didn’t wanted to ruin his works died poor and from the most forgotten,he is the lord of terror when it comes to horror stuff.Never forget that james.
July 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm
I read several S. King books growing up (31 yrs old). I really enjoyed the “Langoliers” and “The Silver Bullet”. I also have the Vincent Price/ Rathbone audio-book collection. I have a really cool audio-book with Peter Cushing and V. Price called “Aliens in The Mind” (sci-fi). I am almost finished with a Poe audio-book titled, ” The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” (very good). Sherlock Holmes books as well as anything else written by Arthur Conan Doyle are some of the best books to read or to listen to while audio-book while driving.
July 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm
Hey James, i got a question for you, have you ever heard of a book called “The Poseidon Adventure”? it’s a book that was written in the late 60’s and it had multiple movies based on it. the first movie was made in 1972 then they made a sequel in 1979 (it sucked by the way. stay away from it) and there where 2 remakes of the film. one was made for tv in 2005 and then an official remake came out in theaters the following year. if you haven’t heard of it then you’re probably thinking it’s a movie about the Greek god Poseidon, but it’s not. it’s a movie about an ocean liner called the S.S Poseidon that capsizes when it’s struck by a tsunami and the remaining survivors have to escape somehow. the 1972 movie and the 2006 remake kept the tsunami idea, however the 2005 made for tv remake had a more unique plot. in that movie the ship capsizes after a terrorist detonates a bomb on the ship and then the ship starts to list to it’s port side and then capsizes that way. anyway, check any of them out. they’re all magnificent. i never read the book but i bet it’s great. (please respond)
July 6, 2014 at 2:36 am
So that’s how ‘The Hangover’ got their idea 😛 Nice video James! I thought it was fascinating when reading Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein as a kid, I loved being in the same perspective as the tormented monster.
July 6, 2014 at 10:00 am
james I’m curious how you’d rank your top 10 hammer horror films. that’d be an awesome little video…anyway here’s mine: the mummy, horror of Dracula, curse of the werewolf, Dracula has risen from the grave, plague of the zombies, mummy’s shroud, Dracula prince of darkness, curse of Frankenstein, vampire lovers, the gorgon.
July 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm
I love Cthulhu books 😀
July 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Pleaaaaaaaase do Ready Player One. I promise it is awesome.
July 6, 2014 at 9:19 pm
Anyone heard of Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son? His novel ‘Horns’ was adapted into a film & will be released sometime in 2014. He also wrote the comic book ‘Locke & Key’, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. ‘Locke & Key’ made a pilot episode for television, but none of the networks picked it up; however, it is now being adapted into a film.
July 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm
Man we’ve really read a lot of the same books, though most all of this stuff is a really well known. Michael Crichton is one of my favorites and it really sucks he died a few years ago. I actually just read Eaters of the Dead and I really liked it as well. I really liked Timeline even though it was quite a long book. I think it could have been shorter but the attention to detail was nice.
I grew up with this obsession on Poe and even now I fondly remember the stories even though I wouldn’t call him my favorite author anymore. I bet you really enjoyed the Pit and the Pendulum (1961) with Vincent Price. It was a great movie but it has almost nothing to do with the original story by Poe. Also, The Raven (1963) and Masque of the Red Death (1964) which both had Vincent Price as well. He must have been a real Poe fan!
Thanks again for sharing your collection with us.
July 8, 2014 at 11:54 am
I also think Sphere is one of M.C.´s best books. A real pageturner. My mom collects books by King, M.C. and Dean Koontz. Have you read any Koontz, James? Lots of horrorful stuff there, but I prefer M.C. anyway, because his stories give me the feeling of “well, this could really, maybe, come true, for real”! Koontz is good if you like the more supernatural approach.
Nice to hear you talk about books. Thanks James.
July 8, 2014 at 11:58 am
BTW, it would be nice to see if you would consider making a “Bookshelf-tour” like you did with “nerd-room-tour”, and dvd-Collection. Fun to look at and see what we have in common.
July 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm
I love Stephen King books. So good. Im glad you read them too.
July 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm
I read all of Michael Crichton’s too. It’s a shame he died. It’s not an alien spacecraft damn it. Great books though.
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