I wor­ried a bit about our last Sum­mer Read­ing post, since it was slight­ly dis­crim­i­na­to­ry to psy­chopaths.  It was keep­ing me up last night, but then I real­ized that I could address the prob­lem by sim­ply tai­lor­ing a post to the speci­fic lit­er­ary needs of psy­chopaths!  Bravo, me!  So with­out fur­ther ado, here are some books you should look into if the non-psy­cho books aren’t your cup of tea or oth­er pre­ferred bev­er­age.  (No one’s say­ing blood!  But, may­be blood.)


Clas­sics such as Drac­u­laFranken­stein, and the works of Edgar Allan Poe:  There was a time, back in the day, when creepy mon­ster sto­ries were all the rage.  That time is pret­ty much all the time, so sure, there are mod­ern tales of mon­strous vil­lains and their vic­tims, but Stok­er, Shel­ley, and Poe were some of the sem­i­nal writ­ers in this gen­re.  More refined than the gory hor­ror of lat­er days, the ten­sion, uncer­tain­ty, and fear are what set the­se clas­sics apart.





The Call of Cthul­hu by H.P. Love­craft:  If there’s any­thing more hor­ri­ble than Lovecraft’s con­vic­tion that human­i­ty would lit­er­al­ly be dri­ven insane if forced to acknowl­edge its own insignif­i­cance, I’m not sure what it is.  That plus slum­ber­ing primeval mon­sters and jab­ber­ing cultists is what I call a good time!

[The Call of Cthul­hu is] a mas­ter­piece, which I am sure will live as one of the high­est achieve­ments of lit­er­a­ture.… Mr. Love­craft holds a unique posi­tion in the lit­er­ary world; he has grasped, to all intents, the worlds out­side our pal­try ken.” -Robert E. Howard (the cre­ator of Conan)



The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thomp­son:  Per­haps one of the most dis­turbing books to come out of the Amer­i­can Noir gen­re, Thompson’s first per­son nar­ra­tion forces the read­er, in true noir style, to be com­plic­it in the crimes of a sadis­tic, psy­cho­pathic killer.

Prob­a­bly the most chill­ing and believ­able first-per­son sto­ry of a crim­i­nal­ly warped mind I have ever encoun­tered.” —Stan­ley Kubrick





Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thomp­son:  The book that launched the crazy gonzo reporter’s career as a writer, Hell’s Angels is an in-depth, inside look at one of the most famous Motor­cy­cle Clubs in the coun­try and was also his first attempt at writ­ing a “non-fic­tion nov­el.”

Hunter Thomp­son has pre­sent­ed us with a close view of a world most of us would nev­er dare encoun­ter, yet one with which we should be famil­iar. He has brought on stage men who have lost all options and are not rec­on­ciled to the loss.” — NY Times review by Leo Lit­wak, 1967 



The Big Sleep by Ray­mond Chan­dler:  A clas­sic, hard­boiled crime sto­ry!  Chan­dler intro­duces his icon­ic inves­ti­ga­tor of sev­er­al sto­ries, Philip Mar­lowe, and sets a dark tone that per­vades the set­tings and char­ac­ters of the sto­ry.

As a study in deprav­i­ty, the sto­ry is excel­lent, with Mar­lowe stand­ing out as almost the only fun­da­men­tal­ly decent per­son in it.” — NY Times review by Isaac Ander­son, 1939




Doc­tor Sleep by Stephen King:  Stephen King is one of those authors whose fans always have some­thing to keep them enter­tained.  Last year’s Doc­tor Sleep is def­i­nite­ly no excep­tion.  Long await­ed sequel to one of King’s most famous and beloved books, The Shin­ingDoc­tor Sleep is a book to pick up if you’re into King’s speci­fic brand of crazy.

Wild ecto­plas­mic part­ly decayed vam­pire hors­es would not tear from me the sto­ry of what hap­pens next, but let me assure you King is a pro: by the end of this book your fin­gers will be mere stubs of their for­mer selves, and you will be look­ing askance at the peo­ple in the super­mar­ket line, because if they turn around they might have metal­lic eyes.” — NY Times review (by Mar­garet Atwood!), 2013

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