Monday, September 21, 2009

List of Cult Fiction Classics

The following is a partial list at best, and it will no doubt contain titles that some people not only intensely dislike but feel unworthy of the appellation "cult fiction." Every individual can easily build his or her own list, and that, to a large extent, is what cult fiction is all about: books that have a personal appeal to certain individuals. What speaks to the mind and heart of one reader will not speak to the mind and heart of another. The following is intended as a sampling, nothing more, in order to get a better feel for the kind of title discussed on this website.

Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
Against Nature, Joris-Karl Huysmans
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
Axel by Philippe Auguste Villiers de Lísle-Adam
Be Cool by Elmore Leonard
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Farina
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
Candide by Emile Zola
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Carry Me Across the Water by Ethan Canin
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Celestine Prohecy by James Redfield
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Daddy Cool by Donald Goines
The Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
Dune by Frank Herbert
Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Generation X by Douglas Coupland
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pinchon
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Iron John by Robert Bly
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
London Fields by Martin Amis
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Outsider by Colin Wilson
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Pixel Juice by Jeff Noon
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
Reneé by Francois-Reneé de Chateaubriand
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaves of New York by Tama Janowitz
Something Happened by Joseph Heller
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
The Stand by Stephen King
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
The Van by Roddy Doyle
Walden II by B. F. Skinner
Warlock by Oakley Hall
The Wasp Factory by Ian Banks
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

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