31 October 2010

Reading list: Dark fiction

The list was from the website of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). It was compiled from a survey of their members in 1996. In its introduction it said: "Whether you are new to Horror, or simply want to become familiar with some of the classics and "bests" of dark fiction, the following books are a wonderful place to begin." Wonderful, it says? *shivers*


The Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood

The Exorcist: William Peter Blatty

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Ray Bradbury

Lost Souls: Poppy Z. Brite

The Hungry Moon: Ramsey Campbell

The Between: Tananarive Due

Darklands: Dennis Etchison

Raven: Charles L Grant

Dead in the Water: Nancy Holder

The Haunting of Hill House: Shirley Jackson

The Lottery and Other Stories: Shirley Jackson

The Turn of the Screw: Henry James

The Ghost Stories of M.R. James

Dr. Adder: K.W. Jeter

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories: Franz Kafka

Pet Sematary: Stephen King

The Shining: Stephen King

The Stand: Stephen King

Skin: Kathe Koja

Dark Dance: Tanith Lee

Conjure Wife: Fritz Leiber

Rosemary's Baby: Ira Levin

Songs of a Dead Dreamer: Thomas Ligotti

Lovers Living, Lovers Dead: Richard Lortz

The Dunwich Horror and Others: H.P. Lovecraft

At the Mountains of Madness: H.P. Lovecraft

The Hill of Dreams: Arthur Machen

Tales of Horror and the Supernatural: Arthur Machen

Sineater: Elizabeth Massie

I Am Legend: Richard Matheson

Relic: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley

Book of the Dead: John Skipp and Craig Spector, eds.

Ghoul: Michael Slade

Vampire Junction: S.P. Somtow

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson

Dracula: Bram Stoker

Some of Your Blood: Theodore Sturgeon

Phantom: Thomas Tessier

Sacrifice: Andrew Vachss

- compiled by Thomas Deja and Nicholas Kauffman

Source: http://horror.org/readlist.htm 

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