Alternative reading list: top 10 cult stories

A collection of cult classics, featuring Italo Calvino, Alan Moore, Angela Carter and Douglas Adams

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Alternative reading list: top 10 cult stories

Jorge Luis Borges – Labyrinths

This collection of mini mindwarps will make you see the world anew. Perfect for stretching both your imagination and your intellect.

Mark Z Danielewski – House of Leaves

A story within a story within a story, at its heart this is a creepy yarn about a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Angela Carter – The Bloody Chamber

Dark, luscious fairytale retellings by one of Britain’s finest feminist writers.

Mark Dunn – Ella Minnow Pea

This linguistically tricksy novel – the title can also read L-M-N-O-P – explores what happens when letters of the alphabet are banned one by one.

Alan Moore – Watchmen

A complex, dark, graphic masterpiece.

Italo Calvino – If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

The nature of stories and storytelling are questioned in this book of first chapters from other (invented) books.

Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Don’t panic! Relax with one of the funniest books ever written.

Katherine Dunn – Geek Love

Meet the carnival sideshow Binewski family: flipper-limbed Arturo, albino hunchback Olivia, and sex-worker Siamese twins Iphy and Elly.

Ursula Le Guin – The Left Hand of Darkness

The story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change gender.

JD Salinger – Nine Stories

Let everyone else read Catcher in the Rye – this is Salinger’s finest work.

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