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112. Communion (Whitley Strieber, 1987)
Noted horror and sci-fi author Whitley Strieber narrates a supposedly factual first-person account of his and his family's experiences with missed time, strange pains and behaviors and an increasingly elaborate story of alien abduction that he conjures forth while under hypnosis. Strieber approaches the subject matter initially with some skepticism but using a kind of internal logic that isn't entirely sensical at times, he slowly starts to piece together what he feels has been encounters with visitors from beyond.
So first of all, let me start this out by saying that this spun as a true story seems highly far-fetched. While on the surface Strieber seems very matter of fact and lucid about his experiences, some basic research finds a lot of issues with his accounts. Additionally I just don't find alien abduction stories even remotely scary. So there's that too. Having said that, Strieber is a seasoned writer and spins this tale with a certain amount of gravitas and story-telling skill that makes it at least somewhat entertaining on a surface level as well as adding a more humanistic, philosophical tone that I appreciate that keeps it from coming across like a raving conspiracy nut story. One other little thing of note I found interesting is that while Strieber does portray the "Greys", the prototypical aliens often cited (and referenced famously as this cover of this book as well), he also describes more benevolent visitors painted as short, squat little fellas in blue coveralls. Was Strieber visited by Minions!?
Anyway I digress. Overall I can't say I was a massive fan of this and definitely don't buy into it as a true story, but it is well-written for what it is.

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Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Ring Koji Suzuki
The Changeling Victor LaValle
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
The Good House Tananarive Due
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
Feed Mira Grant
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
Come Closer Sara Gran
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
City of Glass Paul Auster
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Psycho Robert Bloch
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Experimental Film Gemma Files
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Swan Song Robert McCammon
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Croning Laird Barron
The Cellar Richard Laymon
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Troop Nick Cutter
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Obscura Joe Hart
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Communion Whitley Strieber
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#162

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113. The Other (Thomas Tryon, 1971)
13-year-old twins Holland and Niles couldn't be more different. Niles is an angel, easy and light-hearted with a natural kindness that draws others to him. Holland, on the other hand, you could say was born under a bad sign. He continuously says and does naughty things ill-befitted a healthy young lad. Some of his behaviors even border on cruel. We get to know not only these two boys but their family as well, growing up as descendants of Russian immigrants in a small Connecticut town in the '30s. After a couple of mysterious deaths take place, it becomes clear that not all may be as they seem with Holland and Niles is powerless to help.
The Other is a hard one to write a synopsis for. Part Our Town, part something much darker, this is a very well-written and engaging novel from former actor Tryon that deals in tricks and illusion, challenging what is and isn't real with magic tricks a reoccurring motif. The Other is responsible, along with Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, for igniting the massive horror fiction boom of the '70s and '80s and it's easy to see why. This book has powerful imagery and is one that probably bears reading more than one to really get a feel for how ingenious it really is. Despite having seen the film adaptation (scripted by Tryon himself), this novel still put me under its spell and managed to surprise me regardless. It's difficult to talk about this one without spoilers, so just go read it. I can almost guarantee you'll love it.

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[ tr][td] Winter Tide [/td][td] Ruthanna Emrys [/td][/tr] tr][td] Maplecroft [/td][td] Cherie Priest [/td][/tr] tr][td] The Handmaid's Tale [/td][td] Margaret Atwood [/td][/tr] tr][td] The Atrocity Archives [/td][td] Charles Stross [/td][/tr] tr][td] Hawksmoor [/td][td] Peter Ackroyd [/td][/tr] [ tr][td] The Cement Garden [/td][td] Ian McEwan [/td][/tr] tr][td] By Bizarre Hands [/td][td] Joe R. Lansdale [/td][/tr]
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Ring Koji Suzuki
The Changeling Victor LaValle
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
The Good House Tananarive Due
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
Feed Mira Grant
The Collector John Fowles
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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tr][td] The Sound of his Horn [/td][td] Sarban [/td][/tr] [
Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
Come Closer Sara Gran
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
City of Glass Paul Auster
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Psycho Robert Bloch
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Experimental Film Gemma Files
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Swan Song Robert McCammon
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Croning Laird Barron
The Cellar Richard Laymon
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Troop Nick Cutter
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Obscura Joe Hart
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Communion Whitley Strieber
The Other Thomas Tryon
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114. Darker Than You Think (Jack Williamson, 1940)
Grizzled reporter Will Barbee is on his way to the airport to get a scoop on a potentially revelatory archeological find his former mentor Professor Mandrake is bringing back from some ancient Mongolian ruins. Along the way he runs into sexy young reporter April Bell who coaxes Will into joining him for the announcement. Despite heightened security and a general sense of paranoia, Professor Mandrake is seized by a sudden mysterious ailment while delivering his announcement and dies on the spot. Did April Bell have something to do with the professor's death? What is the mysterious object in the box that the professor brought back from the expedition? As Will digs deeper to find out what's happening, he discovers a whole underworld of dark magic and shapeshifting that kicks off a series of strange and terrible deaths that Will may be right at the center of.
Well, this was a pretty bonkers book. I've heard this multiple times referred to as a werewolf book which I suppose it has that as an elemement, but it's really more a witch/black magic story with multiple shapeshifting elements. You've got werewolves, yes, but also a were-sabretooth tiger, a were-snake, etc. In addition, the explanation for how these were-creatures live and operate is some of the most insane pseudo-scientific lunacy I've read in a while. Something about using probability to move between the atoms while astral projecting? I dunno. With this one, you just kinda have to accept the insanity and go along for the ride. It really is a lot of fun despite being totally preposterous. Really the biggest issue I had with it is just how obtuse the main character of Will Barbee is. He is constantly confronted with crazy stuff, from April Bell telling him on their first date that she's a witch to transforming into multiple animals and murdering people, and he just obstinately refuses to even entertain anything supernatural occurring until extremely late in the story. Also the ending was pretty easy to see coming. Despite all that though, I did enjoy this wacky, pulpy occult horror book.
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[ tr][td] Winter Tide [/td][td] Ruthanna Emrys [/td][/tr] tr][td] Maplecroft [/td][td] Cherie Priest [/td][/tr] tr][td] The Handmaid's Tale [/td][td] Margaret Atwood [/td][/tr] tr][td] The Atrocity Archives [/td][td] Charles Stross [/td][/tr] tr][td] Hawksmoor [/td][td] Peter Ackroyd [/td][/tr] [ tr][td] The Cement Garden [/td][td] Ian McEwan [/td][/tr] tr][td] By Bizarre Hands [/td][td] Joe R. Lansdale [/td][/tr]
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Ring Koji Suzuki
The Changeling Victor LaValle
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
The Good House Tananarive Due
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
Feed Mira Grant
The Collector John Fowles
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
Come Closer Sara Gran
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
City of Glass Paul Auster
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Psycho Robert Bloch
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Experimental Film Gemma Files
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Swan Song Robert McCammon
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Croning Laird Barron
The Cellar Richard Laymon
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Troop Nick Cutter
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Obscura Joe Hart
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Communion Whitley Strieber
The Other Thomas Tryon
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
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115. Feed (Mira Grant, 2010)
Georgia Mason and her brother Shaun are news bloggers in a world where the victims of a new virus causes the dead to reanimate and the living to potentially immediately turn if infected. The Mason siblings have snagged an amazing opportunity as official bloggers of the Senator Ryman campaign to run for president, but what they don't realize is that zombies are far less dangerous than the shadowy conspiracy they begin to uncover that threatens to drive the nation into a very scary place.
Feed is one that I have a lot of mixed feelings on. It had a very nice sense of world-building and has some genuinely interesting ideas that elevate it beyond the typical "survival the zombie apocalypse" story including its "All the President's Men" style political conspiracy plot. Grant is also capable of a compelling sequence when she wants to and isn't bogging us down with needlessly repetitive sequences of blood testing (which happens almost constantly here). Also while like I said the world building is actually quite good, really fleshing out how this world functions in a post-zombie society, Grant's character development on the other hand is pretty thin. The main character Georgia seems too kool for skool and her brother just sounds like an obnoxious frat guy most of the time. You've got the plucky sidekick (their tech wizard Buffy) whose only unique characteristic is that she's religious which naturally comes into play in the plot. Senator Ryman is your pretty standard idealistic (and non-existent) upstart politician who just wants to make the world a better place, and Governor Tate (ultra conservative southern racist asshole) is such an obvious evil guy that she might as well have named him Mr. Burns. The book also relies on a kind of twist 2/3 of the way through that I felt was kind of cheap in a way for reasons I can't really explain without major spoilers. I think with a better editor who could've pared down some of the repetitiveness of the book and who could've filed down the somewhat aimless middle section and if Grant had invested more time in character building, this could've been a lot more compelling than it was. As it is, it's still quite readable and is a fairly effortless one to dig into despite its flaws.
To Read (184)
[ tr][td] Winter Tide [/td][td] Ruthanna Emrys [/td][/tr] tr][td] Maplecroft [/td][td] Cherie Priest [/td][/tr] r][td] The Handmaid's Tale [/td][td] Margaret Atwood [/td][/tr] tr][td] The Atrocity Archives [/td][td] Charles Stross [/td][/tr] tr][td] Hawksmoor [/td][td] Peter Ackroyd [/td][/tr] [ tr][td] The Cement Garden [/td][td] Ian McEwan [/td][/tr] tr][td] By Bizarre Hands [/td][td] Joe R. Lansdale [/td][/tr]
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Ring Koji Suzuki
The Changeling Victor LaValle
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
The Good House Tananarive Due
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
The Collector John Fowles
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
Come Closer Sara Gran
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
City of Glass Paul Auster
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Psycho Robert Bloch
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Experimental Film Gemma Files
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Swan Song Robert McCammon
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Croning Laird Barron
The Cellar Richard Laymon
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Troop Nick Cutter
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Obscura Joe Hart
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Communion Whitley Strieber
The Other Thomas Tryon
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Feed Mira Grant
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116. Things We Lost in the Fire:Stories (Mariana Enriquez, 2017)
This short story collection from Argentine writer Enriquez is a kind of mix of dark urban horror in the vein of Ramsey Campbell mixed with socially conscious literature and the more psychological and societal terror of Shirley Jackson. In general the stories are quite good with some being better than others but overall worth checking out.
Perhaps the best story in the collection is "Under the Black Water", the tale of a prosecutor looking into the murder of a couple of boys by a pair of corrupt cops that leads her into the slums of city where she becomes immersed in a mysterious cult. While some of the stories in this collection go for more visceral shocks, this one is all slow burn creeping dread steeped in folk horror and is well worth the read. Like "Under the Black Water", several stories here deal with the clash between the middle and lower classes like "The Dirty Kid" (which was interesting but petered out at the end a little) and "The Neighbor's Courtyard" (I wasn't very clear what this one was even trying to say... I ended up feeling mixed about it). Some of the stories are a little more traditional in their telling like "The Inn" which felt like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Adele's House" a suitably creepy haunted house story, and "An Invocation of the Big-Eared Runt", a story of a tour guide who gives murder tours that finds his tour subject matter a little more uncomfortably close than he'd prefer. Others were bizarre and unsettling like "End of Term" (another with a gotcha kind of ending) and "No Flesh Over Our Bones", a weird one about a woman obsessing over a human skull she found. The titular story "Things We Lost in the Fire" was honestly I thought a little weaker than some of the others, coming across much more overtly political and heavy-handed than any of the others. I thought this approach blunted the author's intent of weaving subtle layered messages throughout the stories and the fact that it's the last story in the collection also causes one to leave the book with a very different idea of tone and message than the majority of the collection conveyed. Despite that, overall I liked this one in general and think it's worth a look if you dig legit horror stories with an interesting and unique worldview.
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Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Ring Koji Suzuki
The Changeling Victor LaValle
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Collector John Fowles
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
Come Closer Sara Gran
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
City of Glass Paul Auster
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Psycho Robert Bloch
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Experimental Film Gemma Files
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Swan Song Robert McCammon
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Croning Laird Barron
The Cellar Richard Laymon
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Troop Nick Cutter
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Obscura Joe Hart
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Communion Whitley Strieber
The Other Thomas Tryon
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Feed Mira Grant
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
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117. Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (Edited by Phyllis Fraser & Herbert Wise, 1944)
Here we have another mammoth 1000+ page anthology segmented into "Terror" (non-supernatural tales of murder and suspense) and "Supernatural" with, as the editors themselves point out in the intro, "Terror" getting the short shrift in comparison to the bevy of ghost stories taking up space. On the Terror front, we have much anthologized and beloved stories such as Poe's "The Black Cat" and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", Ambrose Bierce's "The Boarded Window", Saki's "Shredni Vashtar" and Richard E. Connell's highly influential "The Most Dangerous Game". It also includes stories from authors not normally associated with genre fiction like Thomas Hardy ("The Three Strangers"), William Faulkner ("A Rose for Emily") and Ernest Hemingway ("The Killers"), and while none of these would ever be classified as horror, they do all share a dark and macabre footprint that doesn't make them feel out of place in this compendium. Also in Terror we have some lesser known gems like W. W. Jacobs' "The Interruption" (whose much more well-known "The Monkey's Paw" will make an appearance later), H.G. Wells' lesser known "Pollock & The Poroh Man" (which I would argue should've been in the Supernatural section) and the epically suspenseful "Leningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson.
The Supernatural section which comprises roughly 2/3 of the book kicks off in fine fashion with Edward Bulwer-Lytton's creepy and atmospheric "The Haunters and the Haunted: or, The House and the Brain". Unfortunately it includes an extended epilogue not present in previous editions that really bogs the story down, and it's easy to see why Lytton excised it from prior versions. In addition we have several stories that we've seen many times before and since in other anthologies (mostly with good reason) such as Fitz-James O'Brien's "What Was It?", "The Horla" by Guy de Maupassant, F. Marion Crawford's "The Screaming Skull", Saki's "The Open Window", "The Ghost Ship" from Richard Middleton and "Afterward" from Edith Wharton. It also includes two of M. R. James' heaviest hitters with "Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad" and "Casting the Runes". It also includes not one, not two but THREE major novellas: "The Great God Pan" by Arthur Machen, "How Love Came to Professor Gildea" by Robert Hitchens (which was a solid story but honestly felt too drawn out) and Oliver Onions' classic "The Beckoning Fair One". Other standout stories include Algernon Blackwood's "Confession", the fantastical grim whimsy of E.M. Forster's "The Celestial Omnibus" which is like a Magic School Bus episode gone dark, the hauntingly sad and surprisingly subtle "They" from Rudyard Kipling as well as as some favorites I had read previously like Benson's creepy crawly "Caterpillars" and Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror". All in all, this is a suitably stacked horror anthology excellently curated with lots of great stories for both seasoned horror fans and newbies looking to dive more into the history of supernatural fiction.
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Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Ring Koji Suzuki
The Changeling Victor LaValle
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Collector John Fowles
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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tr][td] The Sound of his Horn [/td][td] Sarban [/td][/tr]
Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
Come Closer Sara Gran
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
City of Glass Paul Auster
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Psycho Robert Bloch
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Experimental Film Gemma Files
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Swan Song Robert McCammon
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Croning Laird Barron
The Cellar Richard Laymon
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Troop Nick Cutter
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Obscura Joe Hart
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Communion Whitley Strieber
The Other Thomas Tryon
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Feed Mira Grant
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
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118. The Grotesque (Patrick McGrath, 1989)
We find Sir Hugo at the start of this sordid gothic mystery wheelchair bound, paralyzed from the neck down and even unable to speak or indicate that's able to produce coherent thought. But we know he's thinking. Sir Hugo recounts the story of what brought him to this point. All his suspicions of his new butler Fledge, his suspicions of murder, of carnal relations with Sir Hugo's wife, of blackmail and of the position in which Sir Hugo finds himself. Sir Hugo's paranoia goes deep. It all starts with the disappearance of Sidney, the foppish beau of Sir Hugo's daughter Cleo. And when Sidney's bones are found pig-gnawed, Sir Hugo can only watch in abject disappointment as his loyal gardener George is tried for the crime while Sir Hugo seethes with vindictiveness, knowing that it's all Fledge's doing.
This was a delightfully macabre old school gothic tale in the grand tradition of McGrath's forbearers of the Victorian period complete with mysterious doings on the fog-drenched moors while also paying tribute to more recent dark gothic melodramas such as Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle and the sordid family troubles of V.C. Andrews. The Grotesque also has a sly sense of dark humor pervading the proceedings as we follow the highly unreliable first-person narration of Sir Hugo such as imagining Fledge mounting his wife in the pantry. The story jumps back and forth in time and Sir Hugo's memories and recollections spew forth in a kind of austere mish-mash. McGrath does a very good job of getting in Sir Hugo's headspace while constantly sewing seeds of doubt as to what's real and what's not. In a way this fractured narrative creates some ambiguities that may frustrate some of the more factual-driven folks out there and the pacing is a little stop-and-go at times because of the narrative style. Still, I think this is a very solid work that should prove to be satisfying for those looking for a more contemporary ancestor of the classic gothic fiction of an era gone by.
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[
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Ring Koji Suzuki
The Changeling Victor LaValle
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Collector John Fowles
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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tr][td] The Sound of his Horn [/td][td] Sarban [/td][/tr]
Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
Come Closer Sara Gran
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
City of Glass Paul Auster
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Psycho Robert Bloch
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Experimental Film Gemma Files
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Swan Song Robert McCammon
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Croning Laird Barron
The Cellar Richard Laymon
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Troop Nick Cutter
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Obscura Joe Hart
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Communion Whitley Strieber
The Other Thomas Tryon
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Feed Mira Grant
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
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119. The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce (Ambrose Bierce, 1869-1909)
Where to even begin with this massive collection? Bierce was perhaps best known in his day as a masterful biting satirist who also happened to occasionally write some of the most violent, dark, witty short stories of the day. This collection segments his stories into essentially three loose themes: "The World of Horror", The World of War" and "The World of Tall Tales'.
As one would expect from the title, Bierce's supernatural output is collected in "The World of Horror". This includes such well-regarded and frequently anthologies stories like "The Damned Thing", "The Boarded Window", "The Middle Toe of the Right Foot", and the Robert W. Chambers and Lovecraft favorite "An Inhabitant at Carcosa". His stories, whether supernatural or not tend to be very finely crafted, often with a kind of twist or sting at the end. In fact, the endings are often the strongest elements of his stories. He also keeps his short stories pretty short, with none of them long enough to take more than one sitting. Whether it be a story about a haunted house, an accursed pocket watch, a creepy road in the middle of the night, dopplegangers and other mysterious phenomena, Bierce uses very precisely worded and carefully crafted prose to cultivate an aura of the weird and unsettling. His stories are rarely outright terrifying but still often satisfying in and of themselves.
Another theme that Bierce was well-known for, captured in the section section of this collection under "The World of War", was his penchant for setting stories during the Civil War. Many of these also had elements of the weird like his most famous story "An Occurrence at Owl Creel Bridge", "Chickamauga" and "A Tough Tussle". The latter two stories are also examples of how he used incredlbly graphic and lurid descriptions of violence to convey the horrors of war. Some of his war stories were bitterly ironic military fiction like "Two Military Executions" and "One Officer, One Man" and while these wouldn't fall under the umbrella of horror, they're still generally well-written and engaging.
The third segment of this book and perhaps the most nebulous in theme is "The World of Tall Tales". This section groups together some of Bierce's most vile and absurdist fiction depicting characters that often come across as psychotic like the hilariously dark "My Favorite Murder", the matter-of-fact parenticide of "An Imperfect Conflagration" and the supremely fucked up, even for today, "Oil of Dog".
All in all, I enjoyed Bierce's stuff immensely and while they aren't 100% winners, his batting average is high enough to best most other writers of weird fiction out there.
To Read (180)
[
Title Author
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
Whispers Dean Koontz
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons
Zone One Colson Whitehead
Ring Koji Suzuki
The Changeling Victor LaValle
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Collector John Fowles
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
"Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shadowland Peter Straub
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Uncle Silas Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
Conjure Wife Fritz Lieber
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Phillip K. Dick
Worse Things Waiting Manly Wade Wellman
The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
She H. Rider Haggard
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
Caleb Williams William Godwin
A Voyage to Arcturus Dave Lindsay
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Herman Melville
The Crystal World J.G. Ballard
The Dark Tower and Other Stories C.S. Lewis
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
The Lurker at the Threshold H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth
Falling Angel William Hjortsberg
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf
The Wolfen Whitley Strieber
The Ceremonies T. E. D. Klein
The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves James Branch Cabell
The Totem David Morrell
The Wandering Jew Eugène Sue
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
Sweetheart, Sweetheart Bernard Taylor
The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
Nine Horrors and a Dream Joseph Payne Brennan
John Silence, Physician Extraordinary Algernon Blackwood
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
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X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
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"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
Come Closer Sara Gran
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
City of Glass Paul Auster
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Psycho Robert Bloch
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Experimental Film Gemma Files
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Swan Song Robert McCammon
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Croning Laird Barron
The Cellar Richard Laymon
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Troop Nick Cutter
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Obscura Joe Hart
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Communion Whitley Strieber
The Other Thomas Tryon
Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson
Feed Mira Grant
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Edited by Phyllis Fraser, Herbert Wise
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
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120. The Ceremonies (T.E.D. Klein, 1985)
Jeremy Friers is a college professor who takes sabbatical to work on some research on gothic literature. To let himself truly focus, he rents a room at a farm house in a remote religious community in New Jersey where many of the locals eye him with suspicion. Shortly before leaving for his summer long trip, he meets a shy waif of a young woman named Carol who aspires to be a dancer but spends much of her time working at a library as an assistant. They hit it off and despite a couple of false starts, Carol agrees to travel out and meet Jeremy at the Poroth Farm he's staying at. What neither realizes is that another new acquaintance of Carol's, an effeminate little old man nicknamed Rosie has been making plans, driving them all toward a fated convergence of evil in order to bring about the rise of the master.
Klein's slow burn, atmospheric folk horror is a straight-up masterful book of creeping dread that really delivers on what it sets out to do. The character development is very good and even the Poroths are given a much more interesting, multi-layered arc that would've been left by the wayside in a lesser writer's hands. Arthur Machen's classic story "The White People" looms large over this work with that story providing much of the skeletal framework of this much larger tale. Klein is a notoriously unproductive writer with only a handful of short stories and this fairly lengthy novel to his credit which I have to say is a crying shame. His prose is practical yet embued with a quiet menace that does such a good job of building suspense that you hardly notice when the point of no return has even arrived. It's a book that sneaks up on you before laying you to rest and is a bona fide classic of '80s horror fiction that you own it to yourself to read if you haven't already.
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Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
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Grendel John Gardner
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Out of Space and Time Clark Ashton Smith
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The Trial Franz Kafka
Murgunstrumm and Others Hugh B. Cave
The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll
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The Arabian Nightmare Robert Irwin
The White Devil John Webster
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The Totem David Morrell
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All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By John Farris
Night has a Thousand Eyes Carnell Woolrich
The Compleat Werewolf and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthony Boucher
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The Dark Country Dennis Etchison
Quatermass and the Pit Nigel Kneale
Who Made Stevie Crye? Michael Bishop
In a Lonely Place Karl Edward Wagner
The Track of the Cat Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck Alexander Lang
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Sub Rosa: Strange Tales Robert Aikman
Dark Feasts Ramsey Campbell
And the Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff
The Second Century of Creepy Stories Sir Hugh Walpole
Deliver Me from Eva Paul Bailey
The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales Marjorie Bowen
The Sleeping and the Dead August Derleth
The Monk Matthew Lewis
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The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
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Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stephen Sondheim
Edge of Running Water William Sloane
Harvest Home Thomas Tryon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
Who Fears the Devil? Manly Wade Wellman
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" William Hope Hodgson
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Elizabeth Bowen
Tales from the Nightside Charles L. Grant
The Hunger and Other Stories Charles Beaumont
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
A Stir of Echoes Richard Matheson
Peace Gene Wolfe
They Thirst Robert McCammon
The Dark Descent David G. Hartwell
Fantômas Marcel Allain
Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror Edited by Douglas E. Winter
Flicker Theodore Roszak
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Course of the Heart M. John Harrison
Darkness Weaves Karl Edward Wagner
The Nightmare Factory Thomas Ligotti
The Face That Must Die Ramsey Campbell
A Wrinkle in the Skin John Christopher
Skin Kathe Koja
The Trail of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural Arthur Machen
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
The Opener of the Way Robert Bloch
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural Editors of Playboy
The Night Stalker Jeff Rice
X,Y Michael Blumlein
More Tomorrow & Other Stories Michael Marshall Smith
The Third Ghost Book Edited by Lady Cynthia Asquith
The Off Season Jack Cady
Blood Sport Robert F. Jones
Creep, Shadow! Abraham Merritt
Sleep No More August Derleth
Reprisal Mitchell Smith
Feesters in the Lake Bob Leman
They Return at Evening H. Russell Wakefield
Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales Henry S. Whitehead
House of Flesh Bruno Fischer
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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Title Author
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The October Country Ray Bradbury
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Ghost Story Peter Straub
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie Stephen King
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uzumaki Junji Ito
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
The Ruins Scott Smith
MacBeth William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Salem's Lot Stephen King
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
The Damnation Game Clive Barker
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
1984 George Orwell
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Pet Sematary Stephen King
Misery Stephen King
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
The Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
Widdershins Oliver Onions
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Stranger Albert Camus
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Terror Dan Simmons
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
Come Closer Sara Gran
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
City of Glass Paul Auster
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Psycho Robert Bloch
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Experimental Film Gemma Files
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Swan Song Robert McCammon
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Croning Laird Barron
The Cellar Richard Laymon
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Troop Nick Cutter
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
The Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Obscura Joe Hart
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Communion Whitley Strieber
The Other Thomas Tryon
Darker Than You Think