50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter

We’ve reached the time of year when the days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending. Good if you’re a vampire or like to go to sleep early, less exciting for the rest of us. So what is one to do with all this extra darkness? Well, read some dark books, of course. After all, there’s nothing better to cut through the literal gloom than to curl up with some intellectual doom. All you need is a tiny light to see your book by. After the jump, 50 gloriously dark novels to read during these dark days. After a while, you may even stop wishing for the light to come.

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The Original Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, trans. Jack Zipes

You’re probably aware by now that all the fairy tales you knew and loved as a child are actually dark and disturbing as all hell. This book, edited and translated by eminent fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes, collects all 156 of the original Grimm stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions of their Children’s and Household Tales. Turns out it gets even darker than we thought out there in the woods.