Horror: The 100 Best Books

Horror is enjoying a colossal boom. The books and movies of writers like Stephen King, Clive Barker and Peter Straub attract huge audiences, and there is a veritable flood of magazines, videos and TV shows catering to this seemingly insatiable appetite. But is this just a matter of blood and guts, or has the genre something more to offer? And how in hell is the general reader to select from this g
... Horror is enjoying a colossal boom. The books and movies of writers like Stephen King, Clive Barker and Peter Straub attract huge audiences, and there is a veritable flood of magazines, videos and TV shows catering to this seemingly insatiable appetite. But is this just a matter of blood and guts, or has the genre something more to offer? And how in hell is the general reader to select from this gory spate? Editors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman have tackled the problem by inviting the leading horror writers to nominate their own choices of the best books in the genre. The response has been astonishing: nearly all the leading authors in the field took to the idea with great enthusiasm, and the result is a stunning and fascinating collection of 100 essays by the very top names in horror. Contents
FOREWORD Ramsey Campbell
INTRODUCTION: IT SEEMED LIKE A SIMPLE IDEA AT THE TIME . . . Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
1. DOCTOR FAUSTUS (c. 1592) Clive Barker
2. THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (1606) John Blackburn
3. THE WHITE DEVIL (1612) Diana Wynne Jones
4. CALEB WILLIAMS (1794) Scott Bradfield
5. THE MONK (1796) Les Daniels
6. THE BEST TALES OF HOFFMAN (1814-16) John Sladek
7. NORTHANGER ABBEY (1817) David Pirie
8. FRANKENSTEIN (1818) Jane Yolen
9. MELMOTH THE WANDERER (1820) Peter Tremayne
10. THE CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER (1824) Garry Kilworth
11. TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION John M. Ford
12. TWICE-TOLD TALES (1837, expanded 1842) Edgar Allan Poe
13. THE BLACK SPIDER (1842) Thomas Tessier
14. THE WANDERING JEW (1844-45) Thomas M. Disch
15. THE CONFIDENCE MAN (1857) Michael McDowell
16. UNCLE SILAS (1864) M.R. James
17. DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (1886) Jack Williamson
18. SHE (1887) Tim Stout
19. THE KING IN YELLOW (1895) H.P. Lovecraft
20. THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU (1896) Gene Wolfe
21. DRACULA (1897) Colin Wilson
22. THE TURN OF THE SCREW (1898) R. Chetwynd-Hayes
23. HEART OF DARKNESS (1902) Douglas E. Winter
24. THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS (1903) Richard Dalby
25. GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY (1904) Geoff Ryman
26. THE HOUSE OF SOULS (1906) T.E.D. Klein
27. JOHN SILENCE (1908) Hilaire Belloc
28. THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY (1908) David Langford
29. THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND (1908) Terry Pratchett
30. THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AMBROSE BIERCE (1909) Milton Subotsky
31. WIDDERSHINS (1911) Mike Ashley
32. THE HORROR HORN (1912-34) Basil Copper
33. A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS (1920) George Hay
34. THE TRIAL (1925) Steve Rasnic Tem
35. SOMETHING ABOUT EVE (1929) Robert E. Howard
36. MEDUSA (1929) Karl Edward Wagner
37. THE WEREWOLF OF PARIS (1933) Marvin Kaye
38. THE LAST BOUQUET (1933) Jessica Amanda Salmonson
39. THE CADAVER OF GIDEON WYCK (1934) Robert Bloch
40. A SECOND CENTURY OF CREEPY STORIES (1937) Hugh Lamb
41. THE DARK TOWER (c. 1938) Lionel Fanthorpe
42. JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN (1939) Dennis Etchison
43. THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS (1939) Donald A. Wollheim
44. OUT OF SPACE AND TIME (1942) Harlan Ellison
45. CONJURE WIFE (1943) Gerald W. Page
46. NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (1943) Maxim Jakubowski
47. THE LURKER AT THE THRESHOLD (1945) Graham Masterton
48. DELIVER ME FROM EVA (1946) Forrest J Ackerman
49. AND THE DARKNESS FALLS (1946) David G. Hartwell
50. THE SLEEPING AND THE DEAD (1947) Peter Haining
51. TRACK OF THE CAT (1949) Robert R. McCammon
52. THE SOUND OF HIS HORN (1952) Suzy McKee Charnas
53. LORD OF THE FLIES (1954) Joe Haldeman
54. I AM LEGEND (1954) Richard Christian Matheson
55. THE OCTOBER COUNTRY (1955) Joe R. Lansdale
56. NINE HORRORS AND A DREAM (1958) Stephen Gallagher
57. PSYCHO (1959) Hugh B. Cave
58. QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1959) Stephen Laws
59. CRY HORROR! (1959) Michel Parry
60. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (1959) Lisa Tuttle
61. THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH (1964) Tad Williams
62. THE PAINTED BIRD (1965) Jack Dann
63. THE CRYSTAL WORLD (1966) Craig Shaw Gardner
64. SUB ROSA (1968) Colin Greenland
65. THE GREEN MAN (1969) Brian Aldiss
66. THE COMPLETE WEREWOLF (1969) Neil Gaiman
67. GRENDEL (1971) Dan Simmons
68. THE EXORCIST (1971) F. Paul Wilson
69. THE SHEEP LOOK UP (1972) John Skipp
70. WORSE THINGS WAITING (1973) Frances Garfield
71. BURNT OFFERINGS (1973) Stephen King
72. 'SALEM'S LOT (1975) Al Sarrantonio
73. DEATHBIRD STORIES (1975) Craig Spector
74. MURGUNSTRUMM AND OTHERS (1977) Brian Lumley
75. SWEETHEART, SWEETHEART (1977) Charles L. Grant
76. ALL HEADS TURN WHEN THE HUNT GOES BY (1977) David J. Schow
77. THE SHINING (1977) Peter Straub
78. FALLING ANGEL (1978) William F. Nolan
79. THE WOLFEN (1978) Charles de Lint
80. THE TOTEM (1979) Shaun Hutson
81. GHOST STORY (1979) Peter Nicholls
82. THE LAND OF LAUGHS (1980) Christopher Evans
83. THE CELLAR (1980) David S. Garnett
84. RED DRAGON (1981) Chet Williamson
85. THE KEEP (1981) J.N. Williamson
86. THE DARK COUNTRY (1982) Samantha Lee
87. IN A LONELY PLACE (1983) Ramsey Campbell
88. THE ANUBIS GATES (1983) John Clute
89. THE ARABIAN NIGHTMARE (1983) Brian Stableford
90. THE WASP FACTORY (1984) Malcolm Edwards
91. THE CEREMONIES (1984) Thomas F. Monteleone
92. MYTHAGO WOOD (1984) Michael Moorcock
93. WHO MADE STEVIE CRYE? (1984) Ian Watson
94. SONG OF KALI (1985) Edward Bryant
95. THE DAMNATION GAME (1985) Adrian Cole
96. HAWKSMOOR (1985) R.S. Hadji
97. A NEST OF NIGHTMARES (1986) Robert Holdstock
98. THE PET (1986) Guy N. Smith
99. SWAN SONG (1987) Eddy C. Bertin
100. DARK FEASTS (1987) Jack Sullivan

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