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Ah, fall!  My favorite season, Halloween, my favorite holiday, and the time my lovely wife and I chose get married.

I’ll add 2 reading lists to provide fodder for the upcoming season and the following long winter.

First is H.P Lovecraft’s Supernatural Horror in Literature.

The second list is Karl Edward Wagner’s “13 Books” lists that I’m largely copying over from http://miskatonicbooks.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/karl-edward-wagners-favorite-horror-novels/ (Thanks!).

Manly Wade Welman wasn’t found in the list and Wagner was a big fan of his work, publishing him twice under his Carcosa imprint.

Wagner divided his choices for favorite horror novels into three categories. Supernatural Horror, Science Fiction Horror and Non-Supernatural Horror.

I. The Thirteen Best Supernatural Horror Novels:

1.            Hell! Said the Duchess by Michael Arlen

2.            The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr

3.            Alraune by Hanns Heinz Ewers

4.            Dark Sanctuary by H.B. Gregory

5.            Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg

6.            Maker of Shadows by Jack Mann

7.            The Yellow Mistletoe by Walter S. Masterman

8.            Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin

9.            Burn Witch Burn by A. Merritt

10.            Fingers of Fear by J.U. Nicolson

11.            Doctors Wear Scarlet by Simon Raven

12.            Echo of a Curse by R.R. Ryan

13.            Medusa by E.H. Visiak


II. The Thirteen Best Science Fiction Horror Novels:

1.            The Death Guard by Philip George Chadwick

2.            Final Blackout by L. Ron Hubbard

3.            Vampires Overhead by Alan Hyder

4.            The Quatermass Experiment by Nigel Kneale

5.            Quatermass and the Pit by Nigel Kneale

6.            The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck by Alexander Laing

7.            The Flying Beast by Walter S. Masterman

8.            The Black Corridor by Michael Moorcock

9.            Land Under England by Joseph O’Neill

10.            The Cross of Carl by Walter Owen

11.            Freak Museum by R.R. Ryan

12.            Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

13.            The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham


III. The Thirteen Best Non-Supernatural Horror Novels:

1.            The Deadly Percheron by John Franklin Bardin

2.            Psycho by Robert Bloch

3.            Here Comes a Candle by Fredric Brown

4.            The Screaming Mimi br Fredric Brown

5.            The Fire-Spirits by Paul Busson

6.            The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr

7.            The Sorceror’s Apprentice by Hanns Heinz Ewers

8.            Vampire by Hanns Heinz Ewers

9.            Fully Dressed and in His Right Mind by Michael Fessier

10.            The Shadow on the House by Mark Hansom

11.            Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau

12.            The Master of the Day of Judgement by Leo Perutz

13.            The Subjugated Beast by R.R. Ryan