Classic (4) was H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds, first published in 1898; the latest (loose) film adaptation produced by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Cruise and Tim Burton.
An army of fighting Martian machines destroying England
Most remarkable was the 1938 radio broadcast directed and narrated by Orson Welles. You can download it from http://archive.org/details/OrsonWellesMrBruns or listen to it on youtube.com. Legend has it that listeners who had missed the introductory part of the play mistook it for reality, panicked and fled from their homes, clogging streets and highways in the Northeastern United States and Canada.
The next classic is from a well-known American author who was one of the earliest American writers of short stories, and one of the first in the US who tried to make a living through writing. He is largely considered the inventor of the detective story, but is probably better known for his gothic fantasies. Continue reading