I hereby declare this Top Five Week at Isak, in which I'll be sharing a host of lists that hone in on the fascinating, the curious, the strange, the interesting, and the altogether list-worthy.
1. Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale – Herman Melville (1851)
Danger, evil, obsession, and a fair bit of humor unfolds over the watery part of the world. The whale is only one of the novel's monsters, but his long shadow (ahem) darkens even the pages when he doesn't appear.
2. The Island of Doctor Moreau – H.G. Wells (1896)
The short novel begins with a shipreck onto an island that is stranger than most: it is peopled by bizarre, monstrous creatures crafted from the experiments of a cruel scientist.
3. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818)
In another nineteenth-century tale of scientists building monsters, a Geneva-born doctor discovers the secret of animating lifeless bodies.
4. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (1890)
The monster lurking in the attic becomes more and more apparent in this delightfully Gothic tale. It is worth noting that when it was published, the public was more frightened of the homoerotic subtext than the soul-selling.
5. I Kill Giants – Joe Kelly & JM Ken Nimura (2009)
Initiated as a comics series, it was collected into a full-length graphic novel. Barbara, a bold misfit in both her school and family life, believes a tribe of wretched giants are coming, and she must train to stop them. A devastating story on multiple levels.