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Best Horror Novels and Stories On-Going Discussion

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Best Horror Novels and Stories On-Going Discussion

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So looking through this section of the forum, I noticed the distinct lack of challenges akin to the movie challenges in the other section. For those who aren't aware, I'm a huge horror nut, both movies and books. I thought recently it's a shame that there are massive holes in my horror novel education, so I thought I'd create this on-going challenge to fill those in. For the lists I want to attempt to complete, there are a few that stuck out as solid and encompassing which included both classic and contemporary works:
NPR Reader Poll 100 Best Horror Novels and Stories
Reedsy Discovery 100 Best Horror Books of All Time
Jones and Newman's 100 Best Horror Books
Jones and Newman's Another 100 Best Horror Books
*FYI, I'm using LibraryThing links since it's just cleaner than the source links that are more blog-structured and a little tedious to scroll though.



Without further ado, here is a list of all the titles:
On At Least Two Lists
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Shining Stephen King
Dracula Bram Stoker
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Books of Blood 1 - 3 Clive Barker
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Carmilla Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
Uzumaki Junji Ito
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
Ghost Story Peter Straub
Tales of Mystery and Imagination** Edgar Allan Poe
Psycho Robert Bloch
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
The Collector John Fowles
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons

*NPR included just the story "Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad" while Reedsy included the whole collection
**NPR included "The Tell-Tale Heart", Reedsy and Jones 100 both included complete story collections
***NPR included only "The Great God Pan" and Jones 100 included the full collection The House of Souls
NPR List Only
Title Author
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Lord of the Flies William Golding
"The Body" Stephen King
The Other Thomas Tryon
"The Monkey's Paw" W.W. Jacobs
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
Sandman Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
"The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe
World War Z Max Brooks
The Ruins Scott Smith
Swan Song Robert McCammon
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
The House Next Door Anne Rivers Siddons
Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
"Shadow Over Innsmouth" H.P. Lovecraft
The Terror Dan Simmons
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
"The Great God Pan" Arthur Machen
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
The October Country Ray Bradbury
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
Reedsy List Only
Title Author
It Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
The Passage Justin Cronin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
Carrie Stephen King
Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger
Ghost Story Peter Straub
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
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
30 Days of Night Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Jones & Newman's Lists Only
Title Author
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
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
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 Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
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
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
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 Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Striber
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
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Widdershins Oliver Onions
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
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
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
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
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
The Stranger Albert Camus
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
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
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
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 Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
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
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
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
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
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
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
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
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
Anyone into this? I dunno if anyone on here reads as much horror fiction as I do. Anyway, as I finish them, I'll be posting little mini-reviews. Also I probably won't re-read the ones I've already read just so I can prioritize the ones I haven't.
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Good luck getting a challenge going! I won't be participating; I have mixed feelings about the film challenges to begin with, and I've never read with any eye to finishing books in any particular timeframe so I wouldn't even think of doing this, just doesn't work for me at all. But I will try to follow along.

Having only been into horror films very much within the last few years it's not surprising that I haven't really been a horror reader; however horror does overlap plenty with fantasy and SF, which I have read much more, and most of what I've read from these lists falls into one of those categories also. What I've already read:

Both lists: Beloved, At the Mountains of Madness

NPR list: "The Lottery", The Turn of the Screw, "The Tell-Tale Heart", "Young Goodman Brown", "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream", "It's a Good Life"

Reedsy list: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Tales*, The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales*

*not sure I've read every story from these collections, but probably almost all of them.

Pretty thin. Obviously I favor older stuff and the weirdness of Lovecraft and Lovecraftian writers has appeal, but I've never devoted much time or energy. And I fail to understand how someone who watches 3-5x as many movies as I do can also read ANYTHING, but clearly I manage my time poorly compared to, well, everybody. Of the books on those lists the one that certainly stands out is Frankenstein which I intended to read in it's bicentenary year in 2018 but just never did. And Dracula is obviously in the same category of cultural importance. Beyond that - lots of books that look interesting, several that I own, but the chance of me reading any of them, ever, is...not high. I have read a couple of S. King books, and a whole bunch by Dean Koontz - very much a guilty pleasure - but none that are on those lists. I have a 1st edition of The Shining, given to me by an aunt whose favorite book it was, shortly before she was murdered by her son - I used to be creeped out by the thought of reading it but I think 30+ years later I may be over that, and that's kind of a priority too. Otherwise I'll be interested to note the weirder and perhaps surreal choices if they're pointed out.
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James Herbert - Rats

Used to be a big horror novel fan, this book always stood out to me. The other work of James Herbert is pretty cool too.

There's one other book I remember from my younger days, about a little town where evil/tentacles/bugs are devouring the inhabitants. Couldn't for the life of me remember what it was called or who wrote it though :( it was pretty graphic and gruesome though.
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Onderhond wrote: August 10th, 2021, 8:39 pm
There's one other book I remember from my younger days, about a little town where evil/tentacles/bugs are devouring the inhabitants. Couldn't for the life of me remember what it was called or who wrote it though :( it was pretty graphic and gruesome though.
Hm... That sounds like the kind of thing that Robert McCammon would write but it specifically doesn't sound familiar.
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OldAle1 wrote: August 10th, 2021, 8:27 pm Good luck getting a challenge going! I won't be participating; I have mixed feelings about the film challenges to begin with, and I've never read with any eye to finishing books in any particular timeframe so I wouldn't even think of doing this, just doesn't work for me at all. But I will try to follow along.
After I posted it, I was thinking calling it a "Challenge" maybe might not be the best thing. But I wasn't thinking about any timeframe. More along the lines of some of the unofficial challenges like Top 250 Directors or They Shoot Zombies Don't They where you are just challenging yourself to complete the list, not really competing against anyone else for a duration.
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Onderhond wrote: August 10th, 2021, 8:39 pm James Herbert - Rats

Used to be a big horror novel fan, this book always stood out to me. The other work of James Herbert is pretty cool too.
I've actually had this one recommended to me before. I think it may have been mentioned in the Paperbacks from Hell book?
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I apologize for the incoherent memories, it's really been ages (more than 20 years) and not something I've ever revisited, but I also remember a very sexual angle. I think people actually died from continuous orgasms.
flavo5000 wrote: August 10th, 2021, 8:49 pm I've actually had this one recommended to me before. I think it may have been mentioned in the Paperbacks from Hell book?
There's apparently a film based on the book (Deadly Eyes, which looks terrible). Not sure how famous it is, it was just a book I found at our local library. I do remember some very graphic passages, of rats gnawing themselves through conscious victims. I was always pissed they had more books by that other Herbert (the Dune guy) :D
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So again, sorry for rambling on, but I think I'm talking about Tim Curran's Worm :D

Edit: guess I'm on brand, bringing up two books that aren't on the lists you posted.
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Alright. I thought I'd kick this off with a couple I finished over the weekend just to get things started. And before you start, no. I don't normally read two books in a weekend. We had a garage sale so I had nothing to do but just sit and read for two days straight for like 8 hours each day (if you notice my movie watching in the challenge threads plummeted this weekend too :lol: ).

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1. The Ruins (Scott Smith, 2006)
So I had seen the movie based on this book of a bunch of youthful, hard-partying tourists who get trapped on a large mound covered in colorful flowered but deadly vines so I generally knew what to expect. Overall it was a pretty decent book but I do feel conflicted about it. On one hand, it is paced really well with an interesting focus on the survival aspects of their situation the movie glossed over. On the other hand, the main characters were generally pretty damned unlikable so I didn't care about them at all.

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2. A Head Full of Ghosts (Paul Tremblay, 2015)
This one I really liked. It was pretty hard to put it down actually. On its surface, it's a basic possession story about a 14-year-old girl exhibiting strange behavior whose family is suffering financially and stoops to having a reality show built around her predicament. It's told from at least three different narrators at different points in time that creates an uneasy sense of what is or isn't real. Very impressive book that keeps delivering even after you think its over.
To Read (145)
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
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Road Cormac McCarthy
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
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
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
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
"The Great God Pan" Arthur Machen
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
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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
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Onderhond wrote: August 10th, 2021, 8:50 pm I apologize for the incoherent memories, it's really been ages (more than 20 years) and not something I've ever revisited, but I also remember a very sexual angle. I think people actually died from continuous orgasms.
flavo5000 wrote: August 10th, 2021, 8:49 pm I've actually had this one recommended to me before. I think it may have been mentioned in the Paperbacks from Hell book?
There's apparently a film based on the book (Deadly Eyes, which looks terrible). Not sure how famous it is, it was just a book I found at our local library. I do remember some very graphic passages, of rats gnawing themselves through conscious victims. I was always pissed they had more books by that other Herbert (the Dune guy) :D
I've got a feeling I read this as a kid too. might explain my slight rat phobia.
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Sounds like a fun challenge! I do enjoy horror and haven't really read much, all things considered (I think I've read 27 books across the lists you've posted? I might have miscounted) but it'll be tricky to do this alongside the Read the Books thread, so I'm not sure I can join in. I'll give it some thought, though!

No William Hope Hodgson on any of the lists? Shocking!!
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I actually don’t read a lot of horror but I may jump into this every now and then. I’m only just halfway through the NPR Sci-fi and fantasy list and I’ve been working on that since the mid 2000s lol.
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Leopardi wrote: August 10th, 2021, 11:36 pm
No William Hope Hodgson on any of the lists? Shocking!!
Seconded! Though the two novels that I've read, The House on the Borderland and The Night Land, probably don't qualify primarily as horror. Can't remember which short stories I've read, just 2 or 3 of those I think.
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Finally had a chance to look at the lists.. I've read 17 on the NPR list and 10 on the Reedsy list. Surprised at how many I'd never heard of. I generally prefer to read sci-fi and have never cared much for horror literature (even if I pretty much only consumed Goosebumps as a kid and my favourite book is horror). But maybe it's just that I haven't read enough.

I have read on NPR: Frankenstein (rubbish), The Shining, Dracula, The Handmaid's Tale, The Haunting of Hill House, The Lottery, The Yellow Wallpaper, Lord of the Flies, Sandman (the first volume), World War Z, The Exorcist, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Great God Pan, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Goosebumps (1-62 and many more lol), House of Leaves (rubbish), John Dies at the End.

And Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Road from the Reedsy list.
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I have read 38 from the first list and 32 on the second. To be honest I don't think much of either list: they seem to start with a smattering of classics and then become a list of recent popular horror. It feels like a book equivalent of the All-time Worldwide Box Office lists.

Two horror book lists which did really impress me were:
Horror: The 100 Best Books
Horror: Another 100 Best Books
At some point in my life I hope to have read all of these 200. (I've read 27 from the first list and 21 from the second)

As I am already a member of a horror book club and a Stephen King book club, I have my plate full with horror books at the moment, but I'd love to know other's opinions on these.
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ChrisReynolds wrote: August 11th, 2021, 9:26 am I have read 38 from the first list and 32 on the second. To be honest I don't think much of either list: they seem to start with a smattering of classics and then become a list of recent popular horror. It feels like a book equivalent of the All-time Worldwide Box Office lists.

Two horror book lists which did really impress me were:
Horror: The 100 Best Books
Horror: Another 100 Best Books
At some point in my life I hope to have read all of these 200. (I've read 27 from the first list and 21 from the second)

As I am already a member of a horror book club and a Stephen King book club, I have my plate full with horror books at the moment, but I'd love to know other's opinions on these.
Yea, I actually considered including those too (and I might still add them if I have the time). I just figured that my weakest spots were on more contemporary horror so I wanted to find a couple of lists that did have a large chunk of those.
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ChrisReynolds wrote: August 11th, 2021, 9:26 am I have read 38 from the first list and 32 on the second. To be honest I don't think much of either list: they seem to start with a smattering of classics and then become a list of recent popular horror. It feels like a book equivalent of the All-time Worldwide Box Office lists.

Two horror book lists which did really impress me were:
Horror: The 100 Best Books
Horror: Another 100 Best Books
At some point in my life I hope to have read all of these 200. (I've read 27 from the first list and 21 from the second)

As I am already a member of a horror book club and a Stephen King book club, I have my plate full with horror books at the moment, but I'd love to know other's opinions on these.
I went ahead and added the two Jones & Newman lists to the OP just because they are good lists and I thought it'd be good to round out with more classic horror novels.
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peeptoad wrote: August 13th, 2021, 9:42 am The Tomb- Lovecraft
If anyone is into audiobooks, many of the older public domain titles can be found on podcast streams as well like Loyal Books and The Great Stories with Trev Downey. I personally don't listen to audiobooks a whole lot but I do work them in occasionally, especially if they're free like these.
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3. Coraline (Neil Gaiman, 2002) 4/5
Lists: NPR & Reedsy
This was a quick read given it was target to the YA crowd, but Neil Gaiman is a damned good writer and creates a delightful and genuinely creepy world seen through the eyes of a curious girl who gets more than she bargained for when she goes through a mysterious door in the back of her flat. I had seen the movie already and the film is actually slavishly faithful to the book. Coraline would make for a great introduction to horror for kids (much better than any Goosebumps book I've read).
To Read (296)
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
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Road Cormac McCarthy
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
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Horrorstör Grady Hendrix
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
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
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
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 Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
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
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
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 Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Striber
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
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Widdershins Oliver Onions
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
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
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
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
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
The Stranger Albert Camus
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
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
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
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 Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
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
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
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
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
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
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
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
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
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"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
Ghost Story Peter Straub
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
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4. Horrorstör (Grady Hendrix, 2014) 4/5
The premise here is basically a cynical comedic take on haunted retail. It follows a group of employees of Orsk, an Ikea knock-off, as they stay overnight in the store to figure out what's been causing some weird stuff to show up in the Showroom floor lately. The book does a solid job of starting as a retail comedy not unlike the TV series Superstore while slowly morphing into a genuinely creepy at times haunted house-type story. It's very briskly paced, especially in the second half and is generally a lot of fun to read. Also an additional shout out to the graphic design of the book, tailored to look like a furniture catalog that slow starts to reflect the situation the characters find themselves in.
To Read (295)
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
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Road Cormac McCarthy
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
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
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
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
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 Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
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
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
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 Jewel of Seven Stars Bram Stoker
The Cellar Richard Laymon
The Wolfen Whitley Striber
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
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Widdershins Oliver Onions
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
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
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
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
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
The Stranger Albert Camus
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
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
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
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 Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
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
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
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
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
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
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
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
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
Read (47)
"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
Ghost Story Peter Straub
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
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5. The Jewel of the Seven Stars (Bram Stoker, 1903)
List: Jones & Newman's 100 Horror Books
Despite the popularity of the Universal monster The Mummy, I haven't really come across many horror novels based on Egyptology, so I was cautiously optimistic about this one despite me being unimpressed with Stoker's Dracula. Unfortunately, Stoker, like Lovecraft, is better with ideas than with execution. While the book retains some interest in the first half with the mystery of what's ailing Trelawney and why he left such oddly specific instructions, pretty much all suspense and mystery is dashed to the rocks as the second half gets increasingly more and more bogged down with stifling and endless dry exposition. The climax in the finale chapter isn't bad but feels like too little too late.
To Read (294)
[
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
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Road Cormac McCarthy
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
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
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
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
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 Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
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
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
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 Cellar Richard Laymon
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
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Widdershins Oliver Onions
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
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
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
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
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
The Stranger Albert Camus
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
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
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
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 Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
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
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
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
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
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
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
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
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
Read (47)
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
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A couple of shorter ones before tackling a longer one...

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6. "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1892)
List: NPR
I was actually quite impressed with this interesting psychological horror story given the time period it was released. It felt much more recent than 1892 and is clearly a precursor to works like Polanski's Repulsion.

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7. Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlowe, 1604)
List: Jones & Newman
I was somewhat dreading this due to my general dislike of Shakespeare (Marlowe is often rumored to have penned some of Shakespeare's works) but despite the more archaic dialogue, I actually quite liked it. Certainly containing more horror elements than I expected with dismemberments and the rather graphic ending, the thing that caught me most surprise was by its humor. I legitimately laughed out loud more than once at some of the wry, sarcastic dialogue, particularly from Faustus himself.
To Read (294)
[
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
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Road Cormac McCarthy
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
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
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
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
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 Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
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
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
Red Dragon Thomas Harris
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
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 Cellar Richard Laymon
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
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Widdershins Oliver Onions
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
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
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
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
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
The Stranger Albert Camus
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
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
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
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 Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
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
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
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
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
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
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
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
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
Read (47)
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
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8. Red Dragon (Thomas Harris, 1981)
List: Jones/Newman
This is one that has been on my backlog for a long time just out of sheer notoriety. Hannibal Lecter is easily one of the most recognizable fictional serial killers in literary and film history, so I felt obligated to read this one. So what's the verdict? Eh... After having seen three different adaptations in film/TV, the impact of the story itself has been somewhat lessened. Additionally, and I think the Hannibal TV series really brought this out more than either film adaptation, Will Graham is the most interesting character here, and the book abandons Will for large chunks in the second half. I think Harris wants Dolarhyde to be interesting but honestly he just isn't, and the book suffers. While I'm glad to have finally gotten around to finishing this one, it certainly isn't a book I'll return to any time soon whereas the Hannibal TV series remains a masterclass in serial killer fiction.

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9. Twice-Told Tales (Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1837)
List: Jones/Newman
Twice-Told Tales is a very diverse collection of stories, only some of which would slot into horror or even genre fiction at all. At its best, the book channels a puritanical fervor and religious zealotry in service of delivering a kind of creeping funereal gloom as in "The Minister's Black Veil" (probably the best story in the collection), "Lady Eleanor's Mantle", "The White Old Maid" and "The Wedding-Knell". It also features tales of light fantasy such as "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" (the only story from this book actually adapted for the Hawthorne anthology film Twice Told Tales) and in a way "Visions of a Fountain" that while interesting feels too slight and anti-climactic to be of lasting interest. Many of his stories are allegorical in nature with a strong moralizing tone such as in "The Great Carbuncle" and The Ambitious Guest" (with its bleakly ironic ending). The biggest downfall of the book in my opinion is the frequent slice-of-life stories that seem to do little but describe the day-to-day from a particular vantage point with no real narrative thrust to them ("A Rill from the Town-Pump", "Sights from a Steeple", "The Toll-Gatherer's Day", "Foot-prints on the Sea-shore", etc. While ethnographers may find these of interest, they do little for me but induce tedium. Overall, I certainly would not recommend the book as a whole for fans of horror fiction as there is far too little here, but there are probably a handful of stories I may recommend as mentioned above.
To Read (292)
[
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
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Road Cormac McCarthy
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
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
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
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Harlan Ellison
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
Penpal Dathan Auerbach
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
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 Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
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 Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
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 Cellar Richard Laymon
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
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Widdershins Oliver Onions
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
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
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
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
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
The Stranger Albert Camus
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
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
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
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 Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
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
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
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
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
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
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
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
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
Throat Sprockets Tim Lucas
Read (49)
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
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If I am going to challenge myself with any kind of reading it would be on the Nouveau Roman (have got quite a collection of Duras, Robbe-Grillet, Blanchot, Sarraute, Butor etc still to go through!), but I can give two tips in the horror genre (not something I am extensively read in, although I used to devour cheap pulp horror novel/series of German origin that used to be available over here in Dutch translations... professor Zamorra, John Sinclair... very "cool" stuff that I feel nobody beyond my generation even knows about...)

S.P. Somtow's - Moon Dance
Whitley Strieber's - the Wild

The only two horror novels, maybe next to Clive Barker's (shorter) The Hellbound Heart that have really stayed with me
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beavis wrote: September 7th, 2021, 6:40 pm If I am going to challenge myself with any kind of reading it would be on the Nouveau Roman (have got quite a collection of Duras, Robbe-Grillet, Blanchot, Sarraute, Butor etc still to go through!), but I can give two tips in the horror genre (not something I am extensively read in, although I used to devour cheap pulp horror novel/series of German origin that used to be available over here in Dutch translations... professor Zamorra, John Sinclair... very "cool" stuff that I feel nobody beyond my generation even knows about...)

S.P. Somtow's - Moon Dance
Whitley Strieber's - the Wild

The only two horror novels, maybe next to Clive Barker's (shorter) The Hellbound Heart that have really stayed with me
I have Strieber's Communion and Wolfen to read on my list. I'll add The Wild as well. Moon Dance looks interesting too.
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Has anyone ever tried Thomas Ligotti? I started reading one of his collections once, and I found the first story so disturbing that I couldn't continue.
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blocho wrote: September 8th, 2021, 1:47 am Has anyone ever tried Thomas Ligotti? I started reading one of his collections once, and I found the first story so disturbing that I couldn't continue.
I've read a graphic novel adaptation of his book The Nightmare Factory that was interesting but haven't actually read any of his novels yet.
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10. "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" (Harlan Ellison, 1967)
List: NPR
I might have read this a VERY long time ago but I didn't remember it, so I thought it was time to tackle it again. In short, this potently bleak story is a masterclass in short fiction. I generally like Ellison's writing which usually has a very off-kilter style regardless of the genre he's writing in, and "I Have No Mouth..." is one of his absolute best. Strongly recommended, and after checking this out I also suggest his Deathbird Stories collection as well as the video game of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream which lives up to the story quite admirably for the most part.

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11. Penpal (Dathan Auerbach, 2012)
List: NPR
So I'm not the biggest fan of creepypasta. It seems like you have to wade through a ton of really awful ones to find a couple of even decently creepy ones. Why bother when there are so many actual horror classics out there I haven't read? Anyway, Penpal had its origins as a creepypasta-esque series of Reddit posts, and it shows. The book is a sequence of recollections, dolled out non-chronologically about the narrator's childhood with a strong focus on his friendship with a boy named Josh and a mysterious set of circumstances that happened throughout his youth which culminates in an extremely bleak and depressing finale. The book overall isn't bad and was generally paced pretty well making for an easy read. It also generated a couple of genuinely creepy sections. My main issue with it though is the writing style which feels annoyingly over-written at times, very much what I'd expect from a story that had its origins on the internet. It's use of past-perfect tense also irked me for some reason I can't quite put my finger on. Plus it makes the common mistake of giving children dialogue and thoughts far too mature compared to how children actually talk (especially in the sections when the narrator is six). I will say, if you do actively enjoy creepypasta, this is certainly an above average example of it with some genuinely disturbing moments.
To Read (292)
[
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
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Road Cormac McCarthy
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
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
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
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
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 Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
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 Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Keep F. Paul Wilson
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 Cellar Richard Laymon
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
The Sound of his Horn Sarban
The Pet Charles L. Grant
Widdershins Oliver Onions
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
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle
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
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror E. H. Visiak
Horror Horn E. F. Benson
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
The Stranger Albert Camus
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Lost Worlds Clark Ashton Smith
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
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
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
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 Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Outer Dark Cormac McCarthy
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Jan Potocki
New Grub Street George Gissing
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell
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
Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley
Our Lady of Darkness Fritz Lieber
Some of Your Blood Theodore Sturgeon
The Grotesque Patrick McGrath
The Queen of Spades Alexander Pushkin
The Devil Rides Out Dennis Wheatley
The Revenger's Tragedy Thomas Middleton
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
Strange Toys Patricia Geary
By Bizarre Hands Joe R. Lansdale
A Scent of New-Mown Hay John Blackburn
Finishing Touches Thomas Tessler
The Haunted Omnibus Edited by Alexander Laing
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
Pages from Cold Point Paul Bowles
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
Nightshade Derek Marlowe
A Haunting Beauty Charles Birkin
Year of the Sex Olympics: Three Television Plays Nigel Kneale
Tales of Terror Charles Higham
Fancies and Goodnights John Collier
The Blind Owl Sadegh Heydayat
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
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I reread I Have No Mouth recently and it really is an amazing piece of writing. I haven’t read anything else by Ellison so I might give that story collection a shot.
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12. Widdershins (Oliver Onions, 1911)
Widdershins seems most often brought up for the inclusion of the novella "The Beckoning Fair One", Oliver Onions' ghostly tale of obsession, and it is a deserved reputation. This particular story in this collection is one of the better ghost stories of Victorian period English literature I've read. While the rest of the stories in the collection I would say aren't quite up to the same standard, there are some solid works here. Onions' characters are haunted in seemingly ambiguous ways. In many stories, including "The Beckoning Fair One", it can be hard to delineate between the supernatural and the mad. From the unseen spirit tormenting the titular character in Rooum, an 18th century ship in "Phantas" or an all-consuming masterwork in "Benlian", his characters see their lives drained away by the mysterious and ethereal. It even includes a couple of non-supernatural stories "The Accident" and "Hic Jacet" where the characters are still haunted but more by the past and their own inadequacies. "Hic Jacet" in particular was quite good, about a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-esque writer of popular detective fiction who wrestles with his own self-respect as he attempts to pen a fitting biography of his recently deceased friend, an artist with the utmost of integrity. The content of the stories were frequently interesting, but having said that, I will say like other works of Victorian literature, the writing style can be difficult to stay engaged with without proper focus. Oliver Onions is a very meticulous and dense writer of florid prose that may be out of reach of modern audiences at times. Still, I think "The Beckoning Fair One" in particular is worth reading for fans of horror 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
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft
Hell House Richard Matheson
The Silent Companions Laura Purcell
From Hell Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
The Road Cormac McCarthy
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
Psycho Robert Bloch
Ring Koji Suzuki
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes
The Changeling Victor LaValle
Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin
Dark Matter Michelle Paver
HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Drowning Girl Caitlin R. Kiernan
Pandemonium Daryl Gregory
Frankenstein in Baghdad Ahmed Saadawi
The Devil in Silver Victor LaValle
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys
The Grip of It Jac Jemc
Mongrels: A Novel Stephen Graham Jones
Last Days Brian Evenson
Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill
The Snowman Jo Nesbø
City of Glass Paul Auster
Dread Nation Justina Ireland
The Case Against Satan Ray Russell
Night Film Marissa Pessl
Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite
The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
The Mask Dean Koontz
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville
The Bad Seed William March
The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma
Gothic Tales Elizabeth Gaskell
Maplecroft Cherie Priest
The Good House Tananarive Due
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson
The Six-Gun Tarot R.S. Belcher
Mr. Shivers Robert Jackson Bennett
The Croning Laird Barron
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw
Shutter Courtney Alameda
Fiend: A Novel Peter Stenson
Parasite Eve Hideaki Sena
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction Violet Kupersmith
Obscura Joe Hart
The Beauty Aliya Whiteley
The Fifth Child Doris Lessing
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved Toni Morrison
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
I Am Legend Richard Matheson
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
The Woman In Black Susan Hill
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
Collected Ghost Stories* M.R. James
Those Across the River Christpher Buehlman
The Hunger Alma Katsu
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado
Come Closer Sara Gran
Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box Josh Malerman
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Mariana Enriquez
White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
Feed Mira Grant
NOS4A2: A Novel Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
The Other Thomas Tryon
The Collector John Fowles
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned Anne Rice
World War Z Max Brooks
Swan Song Robert McCammon
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
The Girl with All the Gifts M.R. Carey
Through the Woods Emily Carroll
Intensity Dean Koontz
The Terror Dan Simmons
Burnt Offerings Robert Marasco
The Elementals Michael McDowell
The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross
Experimental Film Gemma Files
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
The Fisherman John Langan
The Cipher Kathe Koja
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler
The Screwfly Solution James Tiptree Jr.
Goblin Market Christina Rossetti
Elizabeth Ken Greenhall
The Red Tree Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Willows" Algernon Blackwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Carol Oates
"It's a Good Life" Jerome Bixby
Goosebumps (The Complete Series #1-#62) R.L. Stine
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Minion L.A. Banks
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann VanderMeer
The Bone Key Sarah Monette
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories Laird Barron
The Jumbles Tracey Baptiste
Rotters Daniel Kraus
Alone with the Horrors Ramsey Campbell
Wylding Hall Elizabeth Hand
The Werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
Spirit Hunters Ellen Oh
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote
The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson
Furnace Livia Llewellyn
The Night They Missed the Horror Show Joe R. Lansdale
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"Please Momma" Cheysa Burke
"Left Foot, Right Foot" Nalo Hopkinson
"All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts" Sonya Taaffe
The Troop Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End David Wong
The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
Communion Whitley Strieber
The House of Souls*** Arthur Machen
Grendel John Gardner
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Outsider, and Others H.P. Lovecraft
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 Best Tales of Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
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 Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Song of Kali Dan Simmons
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin