My Halloween and Horror
organized this page into sections based on the medium of each
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.)
The Vampyre (1819) - John William
Polidori short story or novella that was the first to synthesize many
mythic elements into what we would recognize as the modern
vampire. Full text: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6087
Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820) - Washington Irving. The
original telling of the story of the Headless Horseman. Full
Monkey's Paw (1902) - W. W. Jacobs. You probably read this
one in junior high along with Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" as an example of
suspenseful writing. Full text: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12122
Guest (1914) - Bram Stoker. Sometimes considered a lost
chapter of the more famous novel. Debate continues about its
relation to the original story. Full text: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10150
Lovecraft - I have all his fiction as well as a few essays and
even some of his poetry. These can be found any number of places
around the web. See my page on Halloween
literature for links. I also have a lot of the annotated
editions and other books in and about the mythos. See the
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
H.P. Lovecraft - Dark Worlds vol.1
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).
The Call Of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror
Lovecraft - Dark Worlds vol.2
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
Lovecraft - Dark Worlds vol.3
Herbert West Reanimator
The Horror At Red Hook
The Statement Of Randolph Carter
Lovecraft - Dark Worlds vol.4
The Music of Erich Zann
The Rats in the Walls
The Shunned House
Lovecraft - Dark Worlds vol.5
Haunter of the Dark
The Lurking Fear
The Thing on the Doorstep
Lovecraft - Dark Worlds vol.6
At the Mountains of Madness
I also have loads of other readings
Librivox and from YouTube users such as Morgan Scorpion. In fact,
I think I have at least one reading of every solo piece by Lovecraft
from one reader or another, plus occasional other works such as audio
plays and documentaries.
Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 1
Barker - I don't own any of his audiobooks, but growing up, my
local library had copies of several of his works, including:
City in the Sea
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Haunted Palace
The Pit and the Pendulum
Allan Poe - Vol. 2
The Mask of the Red Death
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Black Cat
Allan Poe - Vol. 3
The Facts of the Case of M. Valdemar
The Cask of Amontillado
Allan Poe - Vol. 4
The Imp of the Perverse
Allan Poe - Vol. 5
The Gold Bug
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
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
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
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 - Hive
Aliens - Music of the Spears - 1-2
Aliens - Platinum Edition
Aliens - Rogue 1-4
Aliens vs Predator - The Deadliest of the
Aliens vs Predator - War 0-4
Aliens vs Predator vs Terminator
He's been involved with far more than these, but I mainly collected
just the Hellraiser and Nightbreed projects.
the Damned I - IV
The Thief of Always
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
- 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.
Illustrated - Complete series.
Heavy Metal -
Mostly complete series (including the specials).
Alien Encounters -
Alien Worlds -
Zone - Complete series.
Tales - Complete series.
Complete runs of both volumes of this short-lived horror series.
Monsters of Filmland - Most issues from the original run.
- Most issues.
- Most issues.
Stories for Ugly Children - Complete series 1-30
The complete series by Alan Moore and
Wrightson's Frankenstein (1983)
Lovecraft - Graphic Classics
Lovecraft - The Dunwich Horror (2011)
Lovecraft - Graphic novel
Lovecraft - At The Mountains Of Madness
Strange - An Epic graphic novel illustrated by John Bolton.
Toasters - This TPB collects
1-4 of the imaginative and dark series written(!) and beautifully and
abstractly painted by Bill
1-2 - Another Bill
Sienkiewicz mini-series (portfolios, actually) published by Epic.
Edgar Allan Poe - I have a
leatherbound copy of his complete works.
Bram Stoker - A nice hardback Leiann gave me.
Louis Stevenson - Another leatherbound volume from the same
series of collected works. This one contains The Strange Case of
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) among other novels.
Stephen King -
Cycle of the Werewolf
(illustrations by Berni Wrightson)
Frank Herbert - Collectible Easton
Dead in Dallas (also
Club Dead, but I haven't finished it).
October Dreams (Halloween short story
Classic Horror Stories (B&N collectible volume)
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.
- I had been wanting this nice
leather-bound volume for some time, but was reluctant to buy it without
thumbing through it. Then I found a copy with the cellophane
broken, and I was able to see the contents. Two things I
especially liked were that the contents were in chronological order of
composition, and all the stories were prefaced by a short paragraph by
Joshi (plus a short biographical piece at the front of the book) giving
the dates and context of each. Additionally, several of his
juvenile stories were published at the back of the volume along with an
alternate draft of another story and his essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature." My
main criticism is that this volume lacks his so-called collaborations,
many of which were written entirely by Lovecraft based on just a
suggestion by those who commissioned such works (More here).
- Miscellaneous Writings by HP
- I had
already read almost all the works by this point, but the background and
connections are an added dimension, so I collected all the annotated
volumes, especially the revisions and collaborations, which I didn't
have in print up to that point. I discuss these on this page.
Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
Dreams in the Witch House and
Other Weird Stories
Annotated H.P. Lovecraft - Leslie S. Klinger
Crawling Chaos and Others:
Annotated Revisions and Collaborations of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 1
Influences and influencees
Short story collection by the author of Psycho.
- Begins with Lovecraft's essay
"Supernatural Horror in Literature" and then collects many of the
works/authors mentioned to give an overview of the genre up to that
point, effectively sketching Lovecraft's influences out in one place
for the reader. More info here, including a listing of all the
stories and their respective authors: http://www.stephenjoneseditor.com/book1993-hplbookofhorror01.htm
Update: There is also an annotated
out. I haven't had a copy in-hand to compare if the story
I should try to organize
this list better by topic (e.g., sci-fi anthologies, collections by
author, built around specific stories, etc., but there's a lot out
Reanimators by Pete Rawlik -
A brilliant novel that ties together several of Lovecraft's stories,
including some that aren't part of the mythos!
The Weird Company also by Pete Rawlik
- A sort of League of Lovecraftian Gentlemen (and lady).
Several anthologies below contain stories by Rawlik.
Short Story Anthologies (General)
Black Wings of Cthulhu - A
collection of short fiction based upon or influenced by
Lovecraft. Edited by S.T. Joshi. This is only the first
volume. They're compiling the sixth volume as of this writing!
Eldritch Chrome - An anthology of
sci-fi Lovcraftian stories.
Future Lovecraft - Similar to the
above, though not as good.
Cthulhu 2000 (Arkahm House
Acolytes of Cthulhu (Gahan Wilson
The New Lovecraft Circle (Gahan
Worlds of Cthulhu (Gahan Wilson
Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos
Space Eldtich II: The Haunted Stars
Frontier Cthulhu: Ancient Horrors in the
Cthulhu Unbound 2
Cthulhu Cymraeg: Lovecraftian Tales from
The Dark Rites of Cthulhu
The Book of Cthulhu
The Book of Cthulhu II
New Cthulhu: Recent Weird
Cthulhu's Dark Cults: Ten Tales of Dark
& Secretive Orders
Short Story Anthologies (by specific
Mask of Cthulhu and Trail of
Cthulhu both by August Derleth - Haven't read all of these
yet. Derleth is derided as a writer, but he's historically
important and the stories are good examples of the early mythos.
The Complete Pegana: All the Tales
Pertaining to the Fabulous Realm of Pegana - Lord Dunsany
The Klarkash-Ton Cycle - Clark Ashton
Mysteries of the Worm: Early Tales of
the Cthulhu Mythos - Robert Bloch
The Yellow Sign: The Complete Weird
Tales of Robert W. Chambers
The Strange Cases of Rudolph Pearson:
Horripilating Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Short Story Anthologies (about
specific stories/elements of the mythos)
The Ithaqua Cycle: The Wind-Walker of
the Icy Wastes
Tales Out of Innsmouth: New Stories of
the Children of Dagon
The Book of Eibon
The Yith Cycle: Lovecraftian Tales of
the Great Race and Time Travel
The Antarktos Cycle: Horror and Wonder
at the Ends of the Earth
The Hastur Cycle: Tales of Hastur, the
King in Yellow, and Carcosa (2nd ed)
The White People and Other Stories:
Volume 2 of the Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen
The Terror and Other Stories: Volume 3
of the Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen
The Tsathoggua Cycle: Terror Tales of
the Toad God
The Book of Bzyan
The Necronomicon: Selected Stories and
- Analysis, bibliographic
research, and appreciation of his works. Edited by S.T. Joshi.
- H.P. Lovecraft: The Mysterious
Man Behind the Darkness by Charlotte Montague
- Two volumes with multiple artists in each. Adaptations of several of the author's most
famous works. While the artwork could have been better in some of
these stories, I felt like most of these really captured
never say of the film adaptations.
- At the
Mountains of Madness by I.
N. J. Culbard. - Graphic
novel adapting the story of the same name.
- Lovecraft (graphic novel)
semi-fictional version of Lovecraft's life, positing that much of his
stories were autobiographical. The knowledge about HPL's actual
life is very thorough.
- Plus many other series or
adapatations that have appeared in other titles. I'm not going to
mention others, but the three above are particularly good.
Role-playing and other games
I have copies of lots of the materials (modules,
resources, etc.) from early versions of this game.
obviously influenced this universe right from
Again - Edward
Gorey. Another volume of collected works.
HR Giger - More about these here.
Charles Addams and The Addams Family
That's actually the title of this book, which is perhaps the
best overview of his body of work. I think it's a great starting
point to see just how prolific and creative he was, whereas the culture
generally focuses on simply his most famous period from the late '70s.
- Icons - Not as good a collection, but it gathers
together a lot of earlier and more incidental pieces, particularly
hand-drawn sketches that never make it into most collections.
- Basic ArH+
- H. R. Giger's Retrospective:
- See the "movies" section below.
Horror Business - Kirk
Hammett and Steffan Chirazi.
Cryptic Collectibles (2015) - About
published by Rue
Mad - A collection of horror-related pages from Mad Magazine,
especially the film satires, all arranged chronologically. Movies
parodied include: Alien, The
Shining, Poltergeist, Jaws, Jaws II, The
Exorcist, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Psycho II, The Omen, one of
the Halloween sequels, The Amityville Horror, Rosemary's Baby,
Ghostbusters II, The Witches of Eastwick, Alien Ressurection, Predator,
The Sixth Sense, Godzilla, Scream, Van Helsing, The Green Mile,
Interview with the Vampire, Frankenstein (Kenneth Branaugh
and several tv series: Buffy, Angel,
Mad About Star Wars - Similar to
the above in that it's a collection of many of the Star Wars features
that appeared in the magazine, particularly the movie parodies.
Interestingly, it's also annotated with hindsight-rich factoids.
- The Addams Family: an Evilution - H. Kevin Miserocchi and
- My Crowd - Charles Addams
- The World of Charles Addams
- Addams Chronicles: Everything
Ever Wanted to Know About the Addams Family - Stephen Cox
A collection of essays about and excepts from '50s horror comics.
It perhaps over-analyzes some aspects of the phenomenon, but there is a
good history on the subject if you can read around the
intellectualization of the material.
Mad Scientists and Other Denizens of
the Late-Night Airwaves Examined and Interviewed by Elena M. Watson - This
The Zacherley Scrapbook
by John Skerchock - About the horror host.
Zacherley for President (Again) by
John Skerchock - Silly book
filled with great vintage photos. More about both books here.
The Z Files: Treasures from Zacherley's Archives by Richard
- Authored by the designer himself. Mostly
illustrations/painting, but the text is from Giger's diaries during the
production of the movie, making it a very informative document of the
process as much as an overview after the fact. (Update: This also
doubles as a companion to Prometheus
in that many of these designs (including -most notably- the rejected
ones!) were included in that film.)
Alien: Vault - An in-depth
"making of" book. Contains a
lot of the artwork and behind-the-scenes stories about the process of
designing and filming the movie.
Note: More Giger books in the "Art" section that include works that
Rocky Horror Picture Show
(1979) - A book about the movie released when the phenomenon was
just getting started and the memories about the making-of were still
Rocky Horror Show score - The
sheet music to the stage production, although it's almost exactly
what's on film.
Star Wars: Year By Year - A
chronological history of Star Wars in pop culture: The films, toys,
"expanded universe" projects, etc. I thought I knew everything
there was to know about the series, and even I found a few fresh items
here. It's also a beautiful book. (Present from Dani for
xmas in 2012.)
The art is by the incomparable Ralph McQuarrie. It's beautiful
and gives a raw look at his first pass at the vision before others
attempted to translate them to film. Unfortunately, the text is
by Kevin J. Anderson. It's an interesting exercise in fiction to
give a guide to various locations from the perspective of different
characters, but I just didn't care for it.
Wars: The Visual Dictionaries:
Original Trilogy - They
could/should have expanded this into a larger book or three books (one
for each movie) instead of cramming so much on a page. The
volumes for the other movies have much better layouts.
I: The Phantom Menace
II: Attack of the Clones
III: Revenge of the Sith - These are full of great
close-ups of the costumes and props. Several have
composed from an
Star Wars: Force Awakens
Star Wars Episode I: The
Star Wars Episode I: Attack of the
Revenge of the Sith
Wars Episode IV: A New
Episode V: The Empire
Episode VI: Return of
Wars: The Force Awakens
Note: I used to have a lot more Star
Wars-related books, but I unloaded a lot of it when I was in grad
school. They included:
The Radio Dramatizations: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and
Return of the Jedi by Brian Daley
The Making of Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Laurent
Bouzereau and Jody Duncan
The Making of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Jonathan
Empire Building: The Remarkable Real-Life Story of Star Wars
by Garry Jenkins
The Annotated Screenplays by Laurent Bouzereau
Giant coffee tablebook book Dani bought me for xmas.
The Wizardry of Oz: The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 MGM Classic
(2004; original = 1999) by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman
The Dracula Scrapbook (1976) - Peter Haining and Christopher Lee
Monsters in the Movies - John Landis
Macabre II (interviews with Clive Barker and Stephen King)
Scared: How to Draw Fantastic Horror Comic Characters - Steve
Miller and Bryan Baugh
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:
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 more than these.
Movie Monsters - Alan Ormsby - I
remember getting a copy of this in 3rd grade through one of those
Scholastic book order things we always did. It was a huge
influence on me, although I was already nuts about Halloween. I
only found the title again after seeing it mentioned in a Halloween
blog. It's a kid's book about monster make-up and how to put on
horror shows written by a Hollywood professional and beautifully
illustrated by the author. You can find a scanned copy of it
Drop of Blood - Paul Showers and Edward Miller - A great way to
introduce the biology of blood by using Dracula as an instructor.
A Job For Wittilda - Caralyn and Mark Buehner
A Visit to the Haunted House - Dean Walley and Arlene Noel - Very cute
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith
Viorst and Ray Cruz
Aliens in Underpants Save the World - Claire Freedman & Ben Cort
Barry B. Wary - Leslie Muir and Carrie Gifford
Beneath the Ghost Moon - Jane Yolen and Laurel Molk
Big Pumpkin - Erica Silverman and S.D. Schindler
Castle of Fear by Patrick Burston
Cinderella Skeleton - Robert D. San
Souci and David Catrow - Great re-telling of the story of
Cinderella, only from a maccabre angle, plus in verse (albeit with a
rhyme scheme I wasn't crazy about: ABCCDDB... which makes it difficult
to land that last rhyme to coincide with the word from five lines up),
plus with excellent paintings.
Clifford and the Halloween Parade - Norman Bridwell
Clifford's Halloween - Norman Bridwell
Curious George goes to a Costume Party - Margret Rey (Author), H. A.
Dracula's Tomb - Colin McNaughton
Garfield's Scary Tales - Short stories.
Golem - David Wisniewski
Gus and the Baby Ghost - Jane Thayer and Seymour Fleishman
How to Potty Train Your Monster - Kelly S. DiPucchio and Michael Moon
How to Zap Zombies (How to Banish
Fears) by Catherine Leblanc and Roland Garrigue
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie
Brown - Charles M. Schulz
Kraken Attack - Mike Brownlow/Conina Fletcher
Litterbugs Come in Every Size - Norah Smaridge and Charles Bracke
Mommy? - Maurice Sendak, Arthur
Yorinks, and Matthew Reinhart. An amazing pop-up
book. Probably the best one I have ever seen, both on a technical
level and in terms of how well it worked for us as a story. (I'm
avoiding a spoiler, but Stan really enjoyed a personal connection.)
Monster Mish Mash - Alfred Perry
Monster Munchies - Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans
One-Minute Scary Stories - Shari Lewis and Lan O'Kun
Pennywhistle Halloween Book by
Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gilbar
Sam and the Firefly - P. D. Eastman
Scary, Scary Halloween - Eve Bunting and Jan Brett. I love
everything about this book. It has a wonderful text, beautiful
art, a nice twist at the end, and I think it perfectly and concisely
sums up so much about Halloween itself.
Scooby Doo and You: The Case of the Theater Phantom - Vicki Erwin
Scooby Doo Picture Book #18: The Surf Scare
Scooby Doo Picture Book #9: Snow Ghost
Scooby Doo Storybook Collection - Jesse Leon McCann
Skeleton Hiccups - Margery Cuylet and S.D. Schindler
Spooky Mad Libs - Roger Price and
Spooky Tricks (1968) by Wyler and
Ames and Talivaldis Stubis
Stellaluna - Janell Cannon.
This was a gift when our Stella Nova
was born. Technically, her name is Stella Nova Xela Luna Ray.
Swamp Monsters by Mary Blount
Christian and Marc Brown
- A very cute, hip
story you can teach your little zombie to count with, so long as you
don't object to gruesome violence in cartoon form. Stan loved it.
Highly recommended. A great way to
work on counting and anticipating rhymes.
Terrible Tuesday - Hazel Townson and Tony Ross
The Haunted House (Walt Disney)
The Friendly Witch - Rachel Elliot and Leo Broadley
The Frogs and Their Monster - Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
The Ghouls Come Haunting One by One - Tome McDermott and Liz McGrath
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving (Author), Michael
Monster at the End of this Book - Jon Stone and illustrated by Mike
Smollin - A Sesame Street book in which Grover warns us why we
shouldn't turn the next page.
The Night Before Halloween - Natasha Wing and Cynthia Fisher
The Scaredy Cats and the Haunted House
- Cindy Wheeler
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon - Mike Thaler and Jared Lee
The Warthog's Tail - Debby Atwell
The Witch's Child - Arthur Yorinks and Jos. A. Smith
There's Something There!: Three Bedtime Classics - Mercer Mayer
Trick or Treat - Louis Slobodkin
Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet - Diane de Groat
We Are Monsters - Mary Packard and John Magine
What was I Scared of?: A
Glow-in-the-Dark Encounter - Dr. Seuss -
A unique book among Seuss' works in that it literally glow in the dark
(or under a black light)!.
What's up in the Attic (with Bert and Ernie) (Golden Books)
Who Said Boo?: A Lift-the-Flap Book - Phyllis Root and Ana
Bats at the Library (A Bat Book) by Brian Lies
The Scholatic monster series - I
these on this Recommended
Mythical Monsters: The Scariest
Creatures from Legends, Books, and
Movies - Chris McNab (2006)
from Myth and Fiction - Gerrie McCall (Editor) (2007)
Unicorns: Magical Creatures from Myth and Fiction - Mia Di Francesco
Monsters and Villains of the Movies
and Literature - Gerrie McCall
Cryptids and Other Creepy Creatures: The World of Unsolved Mysteries -
John D. Wright (2009)
Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies Paperback - Lisa Regan (Author)
Monsters in the Night - Lisa Regan (2010)
Mythical Monsters: Legendary, Fearsome Creatures - Gerrie McCall and
Chris McNab (2011)
World's Worst Monsters &
Villains Scary Creatures of Myth,
Folklore, and Fiction - Kieron Connolly (Author) (2012)
Stories of the Constellations - Kieron Connolly (2013)
Alienology - Prof. Allen Gray
The Monster Manual: A Complete Guide to your Favorite Creatures - Erich
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
Clue #10: The Screaming Skeleton - A.E. Parker
Clue #13: Revenge of the Mummy - A.E. Parker
Fear Street: The Surprise Party - R.L. Stine
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Fright Time: 3 Spine-Tingling Tales for Young Readers - 3 authors
Ghosts of Fear Street #25: Halloween Bugs Me - R.L. Stine
Goosebumps: A Shocker on Shock Street - R.L. Stine
Goosebumps: Calling All Creeps - R.L. Stine
Goosebumps: How I Got My Shrunken Head - R.L. Stine
Goosebumps: Legend of the Lost Legend - R.L. Stine
Goosebumps: Monster Blood - R.L. Stine
Goosebumps: More Tales to Give you Goosebumps (10 short stories) - R.L.
Goosebumps: The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena - R.L. Stine
Goosebumps: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp - R.L. Stine
More about these on this Recommended Reading page.
Terror Academy: Spring Break - Nicholas Pine
The Best Halloween Ever - Barbara Robinson
The Thief of Always - Clive Barker
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.
Books of Blood vol 1 (1984)
Books of Blood vol 2 (1984)
Books of Blood vol 3 (1985)
Damnation Game (1985)
The Inhuman Condition (1987)
In the Flesh (1987)
The Great and Secret Show (1989)
The Thief of Always (1992)
Incarnations: Three Plays (1995)
Forms of Heaven: Three Plays (1996)
Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story
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
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 - Recenytly picked up a
copy of this shortest of the series.
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.
Doomed (2014) (Actually, I do own this
(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.)
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.
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
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.
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!
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
Various others - Marvel Super Heroes, Robotech, Teenage Mutant Ninja