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J. L. Borges

Outlaws, labyrinthes, doppelgangers, and artifacts from other worlds... Borges the master of literary speculative fiction, creates unpredictable and inventive stories that will perplex and facinate.

Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
Penguin Classics 2006


J. L. Borges

Learn where many imaginary creatures from of folklore, mythology and literature originate and what they symbolize. Centaurs, nymphs, harpies, sirens, banshees, pheonixes, hippogriffs, minotaurs, mandrakes, nagas, and more. Illustrated by Peter Sis.

The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges
Penguin Classics 2006


Jeff Vandermeer

A masterpiece of excellent storytelling. This collection includes the World Fantasy Award winning 'Transformation of Martin Lake' and the popular 'The Cage'. Bogus bibliographies and glossaries, wonderful illustrations, great design, and interesting typography.

City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer
Spectra; reprint edition 2006


Thomas Ligotti

If you have the patience for existential dread that lingers long after the book is closed, Ligotti's thoughtful nightmares will bring you to the next level in horror. Contains two acclaimed short story collections.

Songs of A Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
Penguin Classics 2015


John Fowles

Nicholas Urfe is fighting for his sanity and his life in this mysterious novel of chilling surprises and twisting realities. Fowles gives you a chance to come to your own conclusions in this controversal masterwork.

The Magus by John Fowles
Dell; Rev Rei edition 1985


Arthur Machen

This is a perfect introduction to the father of weird fiction. Includes "The Novel of the White Powder" as well as the influential "The White People". Trespass into arcane realms with Machen's plain yet literary style. Highly recommended.

The White People and Other Weird Stories by Arthur Machen
Penguin Classics 2011


Arthur Machen

Stephen King called 'The Great God Pan' one of the best horror stories ever written. 'The Hill of Dreams' is a haunting tale of literary obsession and considered Machen's masterpiece.

The Great God Pan and the Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen
Watchmaker Publishing 2010 (different cover shown)

Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford

A mysterious woman engages the services of a portrait painter only to request that he not actually see her. He must create his vision from the many strange stories she tells him. Set in turn of the century New York, this novel is great fun with outlandish mysteries and adventures with the concerns of art and the artist.

The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque: A Novel by Jeffrey Ford
William Morrow; reprint edition 2003


C. L. Moore

Catherine Moore changed the realms of fantastic fiction forever. This 1953 edition includes the groundbreaking "Shambleau," about a seductive alien predator. One of the greatest contributers to "Weird Tales" magazine of 1930-1940's. Many of the stories are available online.

The Best of C. L. Moore
The Gnome Press, Inc. 1953


Paul Bowles

The collection is dedicated to Poe, yet the stories go beyond horror tales and into the realm of modern myth and shocking pathologies. The memorable title story, "A Delicate Prey" and the shocking "A Distant Episode" continue to haunt readers today.

The Delicate Prey by Paul Bowles
Harpercollins/Ecco 2015


E. F. Watkins

“At the top of the courtyard, on a kind of porch, stood a dark figure. Robed, with some kind of jeweled headdress. He watched, presided, approved. All of the butchery was at his command.” Click here for summary

One Blood by E. F. Watkins
Amber Quill Press, LLC 2010


Year's Best Weird Fiction

Kathe Koja brings her editorial sense to the second volume of the Year's Best Weird Fiction. Contributing authors from all over the world include Julio Cortazar, Jean Muno, Karen Joy Fowler, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Nick Mamatas, Carmen Maria Machado, Nathan Ballingrud, and more. A large number of these stories are by women that blend various genres into unique literature.

The Year's Best Weird Fiction Vol. 2 edited by Kathe Koja
Undertow Publications 2015


Umberto Eco

Like a medieval Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, Friar William of Baskerville and his assistant Adso of Melk are immersed in solving murders with multiple patterns and clues. Recommended for those who like a fascinating, complex, literary mystery novel filled with curious ideas and characters. Click here for summary

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1983


Alan Moore

The lives of twelve people who lived in Northampton, England over a period of 6000 years are mysteriously linked. Each chapter is a personal story about the area's strange ancestry and traditions. The plot weaves a tapestry, tying threads together from story to story. Alan Moore (Watchmen, From Hell, The League of Extraodinary Gentlemen) presents a dense, engrossing first novel.

The Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore
Top Shelf Productions 2009

Michael Cisco

Michael Cisco

The San Veneficio Canon contains Cisco's debut novel "The Divinity Student" - a surreal gothic fantasy composed of mysterious prose and weird imagery. Includes the ghoulish sequel, "The Golem". Soft on plot but overflowing with mesmerizing narrative.

The San Veneficio Canon by Michael Cisco
Prime 2005


Shirley Jackson

One of the great modern haunted house novels. “…the menace of the supernatural is that it attacks where modern minds are weakest, were we have abandoned our protective armor of superstition and have no substitute defense.” Click here for summary

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson; 1959
Penguin Books; 1984


American Supernatural Tales

Great introduction to some of the best american supernatural horror fiction. Stories by Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Fritz Leiber, T. E. D. Klien, Robert Block, Thomas Ligotti, Clark Ashton Smith, H. P. Lovecraft, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Stephen King, Ambrose Bierce and more.

American Supernatural Tales Edited by S. T. Joshi
Penguin Classics 2007


Clark Ashton Smith

Encounter Smith's phantasmagorical worlds and inventive prose that has influenced such masters of fantasy as Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Fritz Lieber, Michael Moorcock and Robert Silverberg. Both Bradbury and Ellison cited Smith's "The City of the Singing Flame" an inspiration in becoming writers. This edition also includes some of Smith's best poetry of the fantastic.

The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies by Clark Ashton Smith
Edited by S. T. Joshi
Penguin Classics 2014


Algernon Blackwood

Bizzare, unsettling, spooky, and sublime. Nine stories including the classics 'The Willows' and 'The Wendigo'.

Ancient Sorceries and Other Stories
Penguin Classics 2007


Ray Bradbury

Includes the classic tales "The Next in Line", "The Small Assassin", and "The Scythe". If you're a fan of imaginative writing, gather some October Country. You won't be dissapointed.

The October Country by Ray Bradbury
Del Rey 1985

tales of terror

Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

This classic collection has many of the greatest supernatural horror tales ever written including Edith Wharton's "Afterword", F. Marion Crawford's "The Screaming Skull", Walter de la Mare's "Out of the Deep", Dorothy L. Sayers' "Suspicion", E. M. Forster's "The Celestial Omnibus", E. F. Benson's "Caterpillars", Arthur Machen's "The Great God Pan", and the first modern haunted house story of mesmerism and time-shifting: Edward Bulwer-Lytton's "The Haunters and the Haunted". Highly recommended!

Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural
Modern Library; 1994 edition


Charlotte Perkins Stetson

Charlotte Perkins Gilman said the story was, "not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked." Does she escape? The ending depends on how you interpret the story...

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Stetson
First published in 1892


Robert Chambers

Set against the background of Chambers' mythology about a fictional two-act play that brings hallucinations and madness to the reader, this volume collects all ten macabre stories including "The Repairer of Reputations" and "The Yellow Sign." The King in Yellow has inspired the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft and the strange fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith.

The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers
Fall River Press 2014


A Connoiseur's Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories

A Connoiseur's Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories is a great introduction to the classic ghost story. Includes Amelia B. Edward's "The Phantom Coach", Elizabeth's Gaskell's "The Old Nurse's Story", Margaret Oliphant's "The Library Window", W. W. Jacob's "The Monkey's Paw", Henry James' "Sir Edmund Orme", Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Captian of the Pole Star", Ambrose Bierce's "The Moonlit Road", and Robery W. Chamber's "The Yellow Sign". Major Themes of women's rights and social injustice give these stories lasting depth.

A Connoiseur's Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories: The Phantom Coach edited by Michael Sims
Bloomsbury U.S.A. 2014

strange story


A man of science confronts the supernatural and is humbled. If you're interested in where the ideas of Victorian occultism came from, read this influencial novel.

A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2014 (different cover shown)

HPL Complete

H. P. Lovecraft

Stephen King calls Lovecraft "the 20th Century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." This edition has it all. Includes the influencial essay "Supernatual Horror in Literature".

H. P. Lovecraft Complete Fiction
Barnes and Novle, 2nd edition (purple ribbon) 2011


Edgar Allan Poe

Intense and beautifully written stories on the macabre, Poe had a talent for unveiling a character's descent into madness. He was one of the first writers to make his living exclusively through his writing, working for literary journals and as a literary critic.

The Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Vintage Books; 1975


Bram Stoker

"... the walls of my castle are broken. The shadows are many, and the wind breathes cold through the broken battlements and casements. I love the shade and the shadow, and would be alone with my thoughts when I may." I recommend that you read the book... many of the movies don't tell the entire story. Click here for summary

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series


M. R. James

This excellent edition presents all of James's ghost stories, including 'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad," "Casting the Runes" and "Count Magnus." plus an extensive appendix. Click here for summary

Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James
Oxford University Press, UK edition 2011