Cult Classics: Nightmare Visions

Dystopian fiction is all the rage at the moment, but grim visions of the world as it might become, or as it already is, are nothing new. Here are some masterful views of our world glimpsed through a glass darkly that are perennially popular with our readers, and with good reason.

Atwood, Margaret
The Handmaid’s Tale
A day is coming soon when women will know their place: to clean, to breed, and to minister to their husbands’ needs. For many, that day may already be here.

Bulgakov, Mikhail
The Master and Margarita
The devil and his talking cat come to Moscow and find themselves right at home. Hilarious, beguiling and mind-bending, this surreal satire is a book like no other.

Burgess, Anthony
A Clockwork Orange
The lowest kind of ultraviolent filth, young Alex fulfills all our worst fears of a sick society. But is the cure worse than the disease?

Dick, Philip K.
The Man in the High Castle
When the Allies lost World War Two, everything changed. Or did it? What do the shifting sands of history matter next to the terrible constants of human nature?

Ellis, Bret Easton
American Psycho
Patrick Bateman has wealth, power, friends, and impeccable style, and is a homicidal monster. This sly, infamous satire of our materialistic culture is not for the squeamish.

Rand, Ayn
Atlas Shrugged
“Who is John Galt?” In her epic objectivist vision of a helpless world forsaken by its geniuses, Rand tells us who, and why we should care.

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