You could argue that any of Bret Easton Ellis’s novels could be on the list, but we chose the easy way out and included American Psycho because we can never scrub the graphically detailed images of debased sex and cold-blooded killing from our impressionable minds.
The Tale of Genji 源氏物語 - a classic work of Japanese literature written by the Japanese noblewoman, Lady Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be considered a classic...I LOVE this book!!!!
Revival: A Novel by Stephen King - A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life. In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same...
In recounting the story of one woman's death and her burial from multiple points of view, this short, fierce book helped remake the modern novel and influenced generations of writers to come. – MK - GoodHousekeeping.com