Sunday, May 15, 2016

Five addictive books featuring sci-fi drugs

Chris Howard was born and raised in England, and it was there he first began writing stories and songs. He now lives in Denver, Colorado, where he and his wife enjoy mountains, music, and mugs of good coffee. He is the author of Night Speed, as well as the Rootless trilogy.

One of Howard's top five addictive books featuring sci-fi drugs, as shared at
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

In this classic mix of sci-fi and horror, Dr. Jekyll creates a serum that transforms him into the younger, crueler, and remorseless Hyde, an alter ego that allows Jekyll to express the nastier aspects of his personality and urges without guilt. After taking the potion repeatedly, Jekyll doesn’t need the serum at all to unleash his inner demons, but instead grows dependent on the serum to remain conscious. It’s a fascinating exploration of shame and repression, society and evil, and the danger of substance abuse threads through the tale like a dirty needle.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde also appears on Steve Toutonghi's list of six top books that expand our mental horizons, Irvine Welsh's list of six favorite books that explore human duality, the Huffington Post's list of classic works that are all under 200 pages, Koren Zailckas's top 11 list of favorite evil characters, Stuart Evers's list of the top ten homes in literature, H.M. Castor's top ten list of dark and haunted heroes and heroines and John Mullan's list of ten of the best butlers in literature, and among Yann Martel's six favorite books. It is one of Ali Shaw's top ten transformation stories and Nicholas Frankel's five best pieces of decadent writing from the nineteenth century.

--Marshal Zeringue