It’s a pretty well known fact that, historically, drama almost always holds up better than comedy. For example, you can still get swept up in dramatic narratives as ancient as The Odyssey. But do Aristophanes’ or Shakespeare’s “comedies” elicit even the slightest guffaws? Uh…not from me.
So, I hear you cry, are there any written works from more than 100 years ago that remain laugh out loud funny today? Well, don’t cry. Because yes, there are quite a few literary treasures that are still hysterically funny. And the good news is that I’ve done some of that research for you in my new article The best humor books from more than a century ago that remain funny today at Shepherd.com.
If you’ve never visited their site before (admittedly, the site’s in Beta, so you’re forgiven), Shepherd.com is doing a phenomenal job of creating highly curated book lists on just about any topic you can imagine – by highly opinionated authors, no less – including yours truly.
So, check out this link to find out which literary works from more than 100 years ARE still funny today! You won’t be sorry.
My article “Writing the Gift Story” is up at Review Tales. Here’s a bit of it:
“No one likes staring at a blank page. Fortunately, many writers cultivate all sorts of prompts and tools to conquer that authorial vacuum as much as possible – whether it be leaving the previous day’s writing off on a cliffhanger – or maintaining an endless List of Ideas forever begging to be written.
As a perpetual short story writer, I’ve developed a number of similar tools. But here’s one of my favorites that’s particularly useful at this time of year – The Gift Story.”
You can read the full article here.
PopImage – Halloween Required Reading – 2004
From my days as Reviews Editor at the lovely (but pretty much defunct) comics-related website www.popimage.com. A list of what I considered required horror reading back in 2004. I can think of at least 10 other books that are equally as good that are out right now – especially the newer collections of Ditko’s Charlton work (particularly The Thing), half a dozen vertigo books, Alan Moore’s Neonomicon (excellent stuff), and maybe a couple David Lapham pieces (very much liked his Caligula). Oh, and manga-wise, Junji Ito’s Uzumaki.
So, yeah, this list is pretty old school, but I think it holds up nicely.