My Halloween and Horror Library

I organized this page into sections based on the medium of each work.  It's probably a misnomer to call it my library since I include books I have since sold, but it's Halloween-related and horror literature I've read and/or have (and plan to read, in some cases), so it's my past, present, future (and electronic) Halloween and Horror library.  (Yes, I have other books than these, but no one looking up this page wants a list of the home-improvement books, for example.)


Barnes and Noble Collectible Classics series


Short story anthologies

HP Lovecraft

He gets his own section because there's just too much to spread around into other sections otherwise.  Admittedly, there are still references to these and a few other Lovecraft-related pieces elsewhere on this page because I'm torn between the choice of gathering them all in one place under this heading or leaving them under their own by medium/genre.  If you're interested in collecting Lovecraft (and related) books, check out my page about A Lovecraft Library.

Influences and influencers
The Cthulhu Mythos

I tried to organize this list better (e.g., sci-fi anthologies, collections by author, built around specific stories, etc.), but there's a lot out there.  In fact, here's a list.
Kenneth Hite's Mini Mythos parodies:
Comics Adaptations
Role-playing and other games

Art and Pop culture

HR Giger - More about these here. Charles Addams and The Addams Family
Horror Hosts
Rocky Horror
Star Wars

Children's Books

A lot of what I'm including on this section might belong in other categories on this page, but these are all in Stan's bedroom as of this writing.  Bold titles are recommended reading.  Note: I don't update this list as often as I should.  It's just too easy to buy it and forget to jot down the title before bringing it upstairs.  In other words, there are many more than these.

The Scholatic monster series - I cover these on this Recommended Reading page.

Novels/Chapter Books

Long gone

I sold off almost all the physical copies of books I had already read back when I was in grad school.  I wanted to be more mobile, and my thinking was "Books are heavy, and I've already read these."  Some I wish I had back.

Clive Barker - The movie Hellraiser brought his name to my attention, and I picked up a discounted copy of his first novel The Damnation Game shortly thereafter.  He has terrific ability with language (maybe because composing everything longhand gives him the time to select the most choice words?  That's my hypothesis anyway), but I thought his later novels were anti-climactic and took too long to develop into anything.  I took a long break from him but recently read The Scarlet Gospels and enjoyed that (with some criticism).
Books of Blood vol 1 (1984)
Books of Blood vol 2 (1984)
Books of Blood vol 3 (1985)
The Damnation Game (1985)
The Inhuman Condition (1987)
In the Flesh (1987)
Weaveworld (1987)
Cabal (1988)
The Great and Secret Show (1989)
Imajica (1991)
The Thief of Always (1992)
Incarnations: Three Plays (1995)
Forms of Heaven: Three Plays (1996)
Sacrament (1996)
Galilee (1998)
Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story (2001)
The Scarlet Gospels (2015) - Got this recently, but note the gap from 2001 to now!  I thought his work went downhill.  I did like this book, however.

Thomas Harris - I read these in high school when Silence of the Lambs was coming out and was being promoted heavily.  I actually hate the movie (other than the actors' performances) because it's so over-the-top (e.g., Lecter's cell looks like a monster's cave blocked by plexiglass; it's just silly).
Red Dragon (1981)
The Silence of the Lambs (1988)
Hannibal (1999) (Actually, I never owned this; I got it from the library.  I personally think it's the best of the series, although the movie chickened out just like Jodie Foster did.  Tthe adaptation doesn't do it justice.)
Hannibal Rising - Recently picked up a copy of this shortest of the series.

Chuck Palahniuk - Yes, I started reading him after seeing Fight Club, but he has proven to be a surprisingly talented author capable of shifting across styles and genres, including some very experimental approachs that worked out very well.  I've read everything by him except for the most recent novel(s), but I'm only listing his so-called "horror trilogy" (which aren't related other than stylistically) and Damned (which is set in Hell and features numerous demons).  I sold the books I owned, though I got most of his from the library.
Lullaby (2002)
Diary (2003)
Haunted (2005)
Damned (2011)
Doomed (2014) (Actually, I do own this one.)
(Note: His book Invisible Monsters doesn't fall under the heading of horror literature, despite its title.  It's a good read though, as are most of his novels.  Actually, Diary isn't very good, or at least no one likes it as much as the others.)

Misc. - I also owned/read a few things by Anne Rice, Stephen King, etc. in addition to a lot of sci-fi (Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and very nearly everything by Frank Herbert).  I won't list that all out here, especially since it's disproportionately sci-fi over horror titles..

Audio books

H.P. Lovecraft: Dark Worlds - This series of audio "books" (they're all short stories with the exception of the last volume) are read by Wayne June.  It's probably the best pairing of a reader with the material.  Absolutely perfect.  Lovecraft's infamously hyperbolic narration (i.e., the frequent mix of shock, horror, disgust, disbelief) are delivered perfectly by June.  Maybe you'll find it too melodramatic, but I loved it.

The Call Of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror

The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Herbert West Reanimator
The Horror At Red Hook
The Outsider
The Statement Of Randolph Carter

The Music of Erich Zann
The Rats in the Walls
The Shunned House

Haunter of the Dark
The Lurking Fear
The Thing on the Doorstep

At the Mountains of Madness

I also have loads of other readings from Librivox and from YouTube users such as Morgan Scorpion.  In fact, I have at least one reading of nearly every solo piece by Lovecraft from one reader or another, plus occasional other works such as audio plays and documentaries.

Edgar Allan Poe - This collection of five volumes is actually from a couple sources that were repackaged into this series.  The first three volumes are read by Basil Rathbone (known best for playing Sherlock Holmes but who also starred in Universal's production of The Black Cat).  The last two volumes are read by Vincent Price (who was known for his many Poe adaptations with Roger Corman).

Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 1
City in the Sea
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Haunted Palace
The Pit and the Pendulum

Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 2
The Mask of the Red Death
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Black Cat

Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 3
The Raven
The Facts of the Case of M.  Valdemar
The Cask of Amontillado
The Bells
Annabel Lee

Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 4
The Imp of the Perverse

Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 5
The Gold Bug

Clive Barker - I don't own any of his audiobooks, but growing up, my local library had copies of several of his works, including:

The Hellbound Heart -
This was read by Barker himself!  The print version wasn't available in the US at the time (or at least I never found a copy until it was reprinted here long after he was an established author).

They also had stories from The Inhuman Condition and In the Flesh on tape, which I listened to as well out of curiosity, even though I had already read those collections.

Librivox recordings - Many classic novels and short stories can be found through this site.  Like I say above, I have quite a few from H.P. Lovecraft, as well as the original Frankenstein and Dracula.

YouTube - I found a lot of amateur and professional recordings on here, especially out-of-print audiobooks and readings of more obscure works.  Many of these by amateurs were as good or better than those by professionals.  I won't post a tutorial here, but there are plug-ins that allow you to download the videos, then you can rip them as mp3s (I use Any Audio Converter) for listening on your iPod or whatever.

Comic Books/Magazines

All of these are CBR files.  I sold off my physical collection of comics years ago, though I have a few trade paperbacks, some of which are listed on this page.  I also have several relatively recent issues of Scary Monsters and Famous Monsters of Filmland.

Aliens series - The best blend of sci-fi and horror to date.
Aliens - Alchemy 1-3
Aliens - Hive
Aliens - Music of the Spears - 1-2
Aliens - Platinum Edition
Aliens - Rogue 1-4
Aliens vs Predator - The Deadliest of the Species 1-12
Aliens vs Predator - War 0-4
Aliens vs Predator vs Terminator

Clive Barker - He's been involved with far more than these, but I mainly collected just the Hellraiser and Nightbreed projects.
Book of the Damned I - IV
The Thief of Always
Hellraiser - 1-20
Hellraiser - Dark Holiday Special
Hellraiser - Spring Slaughter
Hellraiser - Summer Special
Hellraiser - Nightbreed - Jihad 1-2
Pinhead mini-series - 1-4
Nightbreed - complete series
Great and Secret Show - 1-12

EC Comics - I have full runs for all the classic horror comics: Crime SuspenStories, Crypt of Terror, Shock Suspenstories, Shock Suspenstories, Tales From The Crypt, The Haunt Of Fear, and Vault of Horror.  Update: I've since gotten the complete output of all EC Comics.

Epic Illustrated - Complete series.
Heavy Metal - Mostly complete series (including the specials).
Alien Encounters - Complete series.
Alien Worlds - Complete series.
Twilight Zone - Complete series.
Twisted Tales - Complete series.
Gore Shriek - Complete runs of both volumes of this short-lived horror series.

Warren magazines
Famous Monsters of Filmland - Most issues from the original run.
Creepy - Most issues.
Eerie - Most issues.
Vampirella - Most issues.
Monster World - Most issues.

Graphic novels and series
Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children - Complete series 1-30
From Hell - The complete series by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein (1983)
H. P. Lovecraft - Graphic Classics
H. P. Lovecraft - The Dunwich Horror (2011)
H. P. Lovecraft - Graphic novel
H.P. Lovecraft - At The Mountains Of Madness
Someplace Strange - An Epic graphic novel illustrated by John Bolton.
Stray Toasters - This TPB collects 1-4 of the imaginative and dark series written(!) and beautifully and abstractly painted by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Vampyres 1-2 - Another Bill Sienkiewicz mini-series (portfolios, actually) published by Epic.

Role-Playing Games

I've sold off all my physical copies of these as well, but I picked up torrents PDF versions of old editions of most of the games I used to own or flipped through in book stores growing up.

Dungeons & Dragons - The various editions/voumes of the "Monster Manuals" have been a great source of inspiration over the years.  Lots of creatures from mythology all the way through H.P. Lovecraft-influenced designs.

Gamma World - My favorite RPG because of its mechanics and the ability to meld diverse genres.  Set in a distant post-apocalyptic future, it featured robots, aliens, and mutants, mutants, mutants galore!

Star Frontiers - Another sci-fi game.  Not really monster-laden, but there were some adventures reminiscent of (read: influenced by) the movie Alien (1979).

Call of Cthulhu - Lots of Lovecraft material broken down and expanded upon.

Various others - Marvel Super Heroes, Robotech, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.


Copyright 2012 the Ale[x]orcist.  Updated 2013-2016.