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Stephen Melling

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  1. At school we were 'forced' to read Joby, a kind of Loving, A kestrel for a Knave, Lord of the Flies and Of Mice and Men. Gotta say, I loved them all apart from A kind of Loving. As an A-level student I was forced to read Death of a Salesman, Richard the III, The French Lieutenant's Woman and The Wife of Bath, Prologue and Tale. Only the Wife of Bath left me feeling grubby!! Although I've been lent books by enthusiastic friends and reading said books felt like pugatory. :readingtwo:

  2. I read a lot of horror, and these are authors and books I would definitely recommend:


    Richard Adam's The Girl in a Swing

    Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes

    William P. Blatty's The Exorcist

    Anything by Douglas Clegg, but a good book to start with would be Neverland or Nightmare House

    John Harwood's The Ghost Writer

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House

    Henry James' The Turn of the Screw

    Dean Koontz's The Bad Place or Midnight

    Richard Matheson's I Am Legend or Hell House

    Dan Simmon's Song of Kali or The Terror

    Anything by Peter Straub, but a good book to start with is Ghost Story


    Excellent selection!

  3. I've been having a looksee through here, and I have to say I'm really intrigued by Emily Dickinson.


    I'm not so well versed in poetry. I've read a lot of Shakespeare's plays and sonnetts, and I had John Donne in school. Beyond this, knowledge is very limited (the exception being Andre Bjerke, a Norwegian poet whom I adore).


    But, I have one I like, kind of a classic to the point of being a cliche.


    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening



    Whose woods these are I think I know.

    His house is in the village though;

    He will not see me stopping here

    To watch his woods fill up with snow.


    My little horse must think it queer

    To stop without a farmhouse near

    Between the woods and frozen lake

    The darkest evening of the year.


    He gives his harness bells a shake

    To ask if there is some mistake.

    The only other sound’s the sweep

    Of easy wind and downy flake.


    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

    But I have promises to keep,

    And miles to go before I sleep,

    And miles to go before I sleep.


    One of my all time favourties...

  4. Anything by Ray Bradbury.




    Clive Barker's books of Blood.................Jaqueline Ess

    Salinger's For Esme, with Love and Squalor....Title story

    Anything by H.G Wells.........................Time Machine

    Anything by Ramsey Campbell...................The Companion

    Stephen King's Night Shift....................Night Surf

    Anything by Hemingway

    Anything by Roald Dahl

  5. My favourites change with the, well, with the tides. John Betjeman's A Subaltern's Love Song is a particular favourite. I like The Raven, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, William Blake(I like the use of it in Bladerunner, though the poem was deliberately misquoted)Mmmmm. Could go on for quite a bit here... :readingtwo: