Reading Lists, Fall 2013 edition

As mentioned before, one aspect of how the Seton Hill MFA program is structured is the “Readings in Genre” courses. Students in the program complete a minimum of three (the courses themselves are offered in cycle, the focus repeating every third semester). Entering my third semester, and presumably final Readings course, here’s what’s on tap for the term ahead.

Horror: Monsters
Novels
I am Legend (novella) – Richard Matheson
Snow – Ronald Malfi
Books of Blood (Vol. 1-3) – Clive Barker
Breeding Ground – Sarah Pinborough
The Wolfman – Jonathan Mayberry
Thirty Days of Night (Graphic Novel) – Steve Niles
Relic – Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
World War Z – Max BrooksShort Stories
(in Books of Blood & I Am Legend)
The Yattering and Jack – Barker
Rawhead Rex – Barker
Human Remains – Barker
The Funeral – Matheson

Movies
ALIEN – Ridley Scott, Dir.
The Thing – John Carpenter, Dir.

How-To
Writer’s Workshop of Horror – Michael Knost (ed.)

SF/Fantasy: Science Fiction Classics

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction – Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
Ubik – Philip K. Dick
Starship Troopers – Robert Heinlein
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula LeGuin
Dune – Frank Herbert
Other books considered, but outvoted, by the members of the class:
Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
Downbelow Station – C. J. Cherryh
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Mystery: Contemporary

Stork Raving Mad – Donna Andrews
Still Life – Louise Penny
A Test of Wills – Charles Todd
Plum Island – Nelson DeMille
Dead Until Dark – Charlene Harris
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo – Steig Larsson
Gone Baby Gone – Dennis LehaneHandbook of the Mystery Writer’s of America, 2nd ed. – Sue Grafton (ed.)

Romance (Contemporary/Women’s Fiction)

Where We Belong – Emily Griffin
Fire and Ice – Julie Garwood
Boomerang Bride – Fiona Lowe
Then Came You – Jennifer Weiner
The Witness – Nora Roberts
The Way Back Home – Barbara Freethy
Me, Myself,and Why? – Mary Janice Davidson*
OR
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn** Members of the class to vote during the semester
YA (Contemporary & Genre)Happy Families – Tanita Davis (realistic)
Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers (historical fantasy)
Pushing the Limits – Katie McGarry (romance)
Amelia is Dead and Gone – Kat Rosenfield (mystery)
Unwind – Neal Shusterman (futuristic/dystopian)
This is Not a Test – Courtney Summers (zombie)

And EITHER*:

The Farm – Emily McKay (vampire/survivalist)

OR

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (realistic)

*Members of the class voted during the summer.

In addition to the above, the “common novel” for the next Residency will be Joe Hill’s NOS4ATU. Everyone in the program also has an assigned “Craft” book for the semester… mine is James Scott Bell’s Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, 2nd ed.

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