Halloween and Horror
section of this site is dedicated
to Halloween music, and several other pages discuss movies, so I also
wanted to look at Halloween/horror in print form. Many of these
are available for free (electronically) via Project Gutenberg, and
links are provided. Some text adapted from Wikipedia.
H.P. Lovecraft - He primarily
authored short stories or serialized novellas in his lifetime, creating
a convincing underlying mythology of other-worldly creatures and their
interactions with human culture. About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_Lovecraft
Bradbury - Probably the most adapted author on the planet.
Many of his short stories have been used as the basis of tv (and
occasionally movie) scripts. About
The Shadow Out of Time
At the Mountains of Madness
The Dunwich Horror
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
Herbert West, Reanimator
The Rats in the Walls
King - Has written a tremendous number of horror novels, usually
dealing with the supernatural, sometimes aliens, and sometimes purely
psychological stories (e.g., Misery). The majority of his work
has been adapted for the screen (and some projects written for the
screen specifically) and almost invariably is within the author's
lifetime. About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Barker - Though he's usually labeled as strickly a horror
author, his work is often as much urban fantasy as anything else.
He's best known for creating the Hellraiser series which has gone on to
have a life of its own (not always to the best effects). About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Barker
The Dead Zone
The Dark Tower series
Damnation Game (1985)
- Author of numerous volumes of gothic/horror stories with a
supernatural basis. She will likely always be most vamous for her
Vampire Chronicles: Interview with a Vampire, etc., but she has also
written volumes featuring a ressurected mummy and a family of witches.
About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Rice
The Hellbound Heart (1986)
The Great and Secret Show (1989)
The Thief of Always (1992)
Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story
with the Vampire (1976)
Koontz - One of the best-selling authors. His stories
aren't strictly horror, although that's what he works in, primarily.
About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Koontz
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
The Witching Hour (1990)
The Mummy (1989)
McCammon - Not as widely-read as other authors on this page, but
he has sold a respectable number of books over the years. About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_McCammon
K. Hamilton - Although she also writes the Merry Gentry series
(which is more fantasy), she be most famous for the Anita Blake novels,
a series about "a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner and
supernatural consultant for the police." More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Blake
The Wolf's Hour (1989)
Charlaine Harris - The Southern Vampire Mysteries, also
known as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels,
written by bestselling author Charlaine Harris
that were first published in 2001 and now serve as the source material
for the HBO television series True
Blood. The series has been retronymed the True Blood Series upon
reprinting to capitalize on the television adaptation. She also has another series entitled The
Harper Connelly Mysteries. The series is told by a young
Harper Connelly, who after being struck by lightning, is able to locate
dead bodies and to see their last moments through the eyes of the
deceased. We may see a tv adaptation of this as well. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Southern_Vampire_Mysteries
- Most famous for his character Hannibal Lecter who has
appeared in all but his first novel (which was more of a thriller) and
has increasingly become the focus of each subsequent work. About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Harris
The Silence of the Lambs (1988)
Hannibal Rising (2006)
Chuck Palahniuk - Unless a better,
more-memorable film adaptation of one of his novels comes along, he's
always going to be known at "that guy who wrote Fight Club." but he has
experimented with a number of different writing styles and genres,
including his so-called "horror trilogy" (listed below), which are
actually unrelated novels but touch upon conventions and content of
supernatural literature. About
(Note: His book Invisible Monsters is
good, but doesn't fall under the heading of horror literature, despite
Strieber - Best known as that guy who talked to the aliens, but
he also authored (or co-authored) several horror novels, a couple of
which have been adapted as films. About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitley_Strieber
The Hunger (1981)
other novels became best-sellers and caught the public's
imagination. Here are some that stand out:
- The jury is out on how
much of this was fabricated right from the start versus embellished,
but it is the most American "haunted house" story that comes to
mind. The mythology established by the first book led to a number
of movie adaptations and sequels. About the book: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amityville_Horror
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
Jaws by Peter Benchley
The Haunting of Hill House by S. Jackson
The Vampyre (1819) - By 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) - By 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) - By 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
Allan Poe - While he also invented the detective story, he's
better known for horror writing, particularly the poem "The Raven" and
several noteable stories. About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe
Noteable short works:
of the House of Usher (1839)
King - Has several collections of short stories including Night
Shift (1978), Different
Seasons (1982), Skeleton Crew
(1985), Four Past
Midnight (1990), and Nightmares
Dreamscapes (1993). About
The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)
The Masque of the Red Death (1842)
The Black Cat (1843)
The Tell-Tale Heart (1843)
The Cask of Amontillado (1846)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1843)
- Most of his short stories were collected as the "Books
of Blood," although in the US, the later volumes acquired new names
instead of the original numbering. Originally there were six
numbered volumes. However, in the States, Volume 4 was released
as "The Inhuman Condition," Volume 5 became "In the Flesh," and Volume
6 had the novella "Cabal" added to it in place of another story, and
the entire volume was given the title of that story. About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Barker
This is a separate category from Comic Magazines (which are covered
Famous Monsters of Filmland -
The original monster magazine started by the legendary Forrest J
best-known horror movie magazine.
The sci-fi sister
magazine of Fangoria.
The magazine had a thirty-three year run
before discontinuing in 2009. No longer online either,
long-running sci-fi/horror movie mag.
Clive Barker - There have been a
number of projects originating directly or indirectly from the
story adaptations - Tapping the Vein,
Dread, Son of Celluloid, and
quite a few others have been painted and published in premium formats.
Novel adaptations of Weaveworld and The Great and Secret Show.
Wrightson's Frankenstein (1983)
- One of the first graphic novels I saw in a bookstore where it
wasn't filed with comic books. Gorgeous, incredibly-detailed
B&W artwork. It's a
classic interpretation of a classic.
- There was a regular
series, several specials, and even a solo mini-series for Pinhead plus
a cross-over with the character Marshall Law.
- Regular series plus Jihad,
a cross-over with Hellraiser.
- A collection of four
inter-locking series created by Barker for Marvel, though written and
pencilled by other artists. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razorline
- Publisher of such classic titles as Tales from the Crypt, The
Vault of Horror, The Haunt of
Fear, Weird Science, Weird Fantasy, etc.
About the publisher: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EC_Comics
Comics - Produced serveral horror and super-natural series such
as Tomb of Dracula, Blade, Dr. Strange, Werewolf by Night, Daimon
Hellstorm/Son of Satan, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, and Morbius, the
Living Vampire, among others. These were usually
the Marvel Universe itself rather than being given a separate
- Created by writer Robert
Kirkman and artist Tony Moore and first published in 2003 by Image
Comics. It is the basis of the tv series of the same name. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking_Dead_%28comics%29
This category is too amorphous to pin down, but some that come to mind
Bloody Mary - Usually involves a
repeated phrase in the mirror. See also Clive Barker's "Candyman"
for a modern re-telling.
- "...it was attached to the car."
Boogey Man - The vague ghoul every child is made afraid of.
There have been quite a few horror/monster-themed role playing games
over the years. I was never an expert outside of a handful of
couple games I played as a teenager, and I haven't kept up with this
genre since, so I'm sure someone else could greatly expand this list
with some research. As a result, this list is almost completely
restricted to a few TSR classics.
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).
Cthulhu - Based directly on H.P. Lovecraft's works.
Good sources for texts and audio versions of great reads.
Gutenberg - Free text (in multiple formats including audio
in some cases) of public-domain works. Or you can go directly to
Page for some lesser-known titles not listed above.
SFF Audio - Audio (some
free, but not all) of sci-fi authors.
Librivox - Audio books of works
in the public domain. I found them while looking for HP Lovecraft.
Dagon Bytes -
Texts of the greats.
University - Collections of works by and biographies of
members of the so-called "Lovecraft Circle."
Comics of the Golden and
Silver Age - You can find many of the classic EC comics and
horror mags here.