Written by: Matt Molgaard
I didn’t expect any of my contributors to be willing to stick their hand in the fire pit, so I took that liberty myself. I’ve got the gall to call them like I see them, and that’s exactly what I’m doing here. Trust me, you probably won’t be too crazy about this list!
I fully expect to be flamed back to the bad lands for this one. But, when you’re crafting a controversial article, I suppose that comes with the territory. So, before you send me your profanity laced tirades, know that… I’m completely ready for it!!
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Seriously, do I need to mention this? Twilight tries to pretend to be horror. But the romanticism of this piece of trash novel far outweighs any potentially eerie sequences, and that’s just not acceptable. Hey, Ms. Meyer, are you writing a horror story, or a love story? Because your attempt to see the two intertwine fails on an epic level. Complete, utter garbage, and easily the most overrated book to hit stands.
Ghost Story by Peter Schaub
Sorry to all you Straub fans. But I gave this one a go once more not too long ago, and my opinion remains the same. Straub may be fantastic for some, but he’s a sleeping pill for others. We’ll keep it short: dull, dull, dull, and then it’s a little dull. This one just reads completely flat for me.
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
H.G. Wells brought such magic to the page that it was ridiculous. This is an author who just didn’t settle for mediocrity. The best, or nothing for Wells. And because of that, this pick is tricky. Is it a quality tale? You bet your behind. However, it never once worked for me. Something about this one completely turned me off. I find it a bit preposterous, and it’s simply impossible for me to find myself dedicated to the page. Again, I can understand the general praise for this one, I just can’t agree with it. It’s overrated!
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Perhaps it is my disdain for your typical, romantic vampire that turned me off. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve never been able to truly dive into the works of Anne Rice. Whatever the case may be, Interview put me to sleep on more than a single occasion. I’m certainly the kinky when not romantic fans will always cherish this novel. I however am neither kinky nor romantic, and this one pulls a kamikaze. I can understand the success and respect the novel has received, but I still think it’s a bit ludicrous.
The Monk by Matthew Lewis
Does The Monk hold historical relevance? Sure it does. It also reads like it was crafted by an author in need of further refinement. There’s just something about it that – at times – has an almost elementary feel to it. That said, this gothic installment does have some extremely eerie moments, and some downright melancholy material to contemplate. But, in the end, I don’t believe it to be worth the abundance of praise it has received.
The Bad Place by Dean Koontz
Everything about this novel should have ensured major impact. But it went right over my head. Koontz fell into plenty of standard practices for this one and that didn’t help. I also didn’t care for the abundance of character shifts. I know countless fans will yearn to cyber slap me for this pick, but it’s just too damned muddled, and a slew of these characters aren’t particularly likeable. A shame. So much praise around this one… so little pay off.
Carrie by Stephen King
I’ll keep it real quick for this one here. Carrie captured the hearts of horror fans across the globe. A fine cinematic transfer didn’t hurt. For me, it was a dreadfully boring piece of work. I’ve read it multiple times, always hoping to find the beauty I’ve missed, but it’s not there. There may be a few brilliant scenes featured in this one, but a few just doesn’t cut it for me.
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Oh boy am I going to catch a verbal lashing for this one. I’ve got to be completely fair. Horns was awesome, 20th Century Ghosts was a fine piece, and I’m itching to read NOS4A2. That said, there was something really missing in Heart-Shaped Box. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it certainly left me a tad underwhelmed. And for a book recognized as a sublime offering… well, it was a major disappointment for me. Still a huge Hill fan regardless!
Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
I adored American Psycho. I felt the novel was nothing short of brilliant, completely engaging and somehow very cohesive, despite an outlandish premise. That was a golden offering. Lunar Park however – which has been praised to high heaven, might I add – fell completely flat for me. It was a disjointed mess, and while it does offer up some brilliant moments, the consistency of Ellis’ other works was sadly missing. I know many love it, but I can’t help but to feel this one is severely overrated.
World War Z by Max Brooks
I may infuriate enough fans to draw an angry mob to my doorstep, but the truth is, I’ve got be completely honest and tell it as it should be told. After a recent revisit, I think World War Z is arguably the most overrated piece of fiction to hit shelves in quite some time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually a good story. Hell, given the content, it’s an awesome story. But when all is said and done, final page turned, the only feeling left to linger in my belly came in the grumblings of disappointment. This is a great piece of work, but it’s – in my personal opinion – not even remotely near as perfect as many would have you believe.