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MEME: Paul McAuley’s List of Essential Fantasy & Horror Titles

Hot on the heels of Paul McAuley’s List of Essential SF Titles, comes Paul McAuley’s List of Essential Fantasy & Horror Titles.

You know the drill, bold the ones you’ve read. I’m not including books I started but didn’t finish, which would add a few more checkmarks on my otherwise meager reading list.

UPDATE: For kicks, I italicized titles that I own but have not read.

  1. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus MARY SHELLEY 1818
  2. Tales of Mystery and Imagination EDGAR ALLAN POE 1838
  3. A Christmas Carol CHARLES DICKENS 1843
  4. Jane Eyre CHARLOTTE BRONTE 1847
  5. The Hunting of the Snark LEWIS CARROLL 1876
  6. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ROBERT LOUIS STEPHENSON 1886
  7. The Well At The World’s End WILLIAM MORRIS 1896
  8. Dracula BRAM STOKER 1897
  9. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary MR JAMES 1904
  10. Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things LAFCADIO HEARN 1904
  11. The Wind in the Willows KENNETH GRAHAME 1908
  12. Jurgen JAMES BRANCH CABELL 1919
  13. A Voyage to Arcturus DAVID LINDSAY 1920
  14. The King of Elfland’s Daughter LORD DUNSANY 1924
  15. The Trial FRANZ KAFKA 1925
  16. Lud-in-the-Mist HOPE MIRRLEES 1926
  17. Orlando VIRGINIA WOOLF 1928
  18. The Big Sleep RAYMOND CHANDLER 1939
  19. The Outsider and Others HP LOVECRAFT 1939
  20. Gormenghast MERVYN PEAKE 1946
  21. Night’s Black Agents FRITZ LEIBER JR 1947
  22. The Sword of Rhiannon LEIGH BRACKETT 1953
  23. Conan the Barbarian ROBERT E HOWARD collected 1954
  24. The Lord of the Rings JRR TOLKEIN 1954-5
  25. The Once and Future King TH WHITE 1958
  26. The Haunting of Hill House SHIRLEY JACKSON 1959
  27. The Wierdstone of Brinsingamen ALAN GARNER 1960
  28. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase JOAN AIKEN 1962
  29. Something Wicked This Way Comes RAY BRADBURY 1963
  30. The Book of Imaginary Beings JORGE LUIS BORGES 1967
  31. Ice ANA CAVAN 1967
  32. One Hundred Years of Solitude GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ 1967
  33. Earthsea URSULA LE GUIN 1968-1972
  34. Jirel of Joiry CL MOORE collected 1969
  35. Grendel JOHN GARDNER 1971
  36. The Pastel City M JOHN HARRISON 1971
  37. Carrie STEPHEN KING 1974
  38. Peace GENE WOLFE 1975
  39. Gloriana, or the Unfulfill’d Queen MICHAEL MOORCOCK 1978
  40. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories ANGELA CARTER 1979
  41. Little, Big JOHN CROWLEY 1981
  42. The Anubis Gates TIM POWERS 1983
  43. The Colour of Magic TERRY PRATCHETT 1983
  44. Mythago Wood ROBERT HOLDSTOCK 1984

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4 Comments on MEME: Paul McAuley’s List of Essential Fantasy & Horror Titles

  1. And here I thought I had not read many of the list.  But then you’re much more of an SF guy.


    I think, for its literary value, out of this list, you might enjoy Dracula the most out of this list. I am tempted to get that new Annotated version of the novel that recently came out…

  2. wha huh? // April 9, 2009 at 9:12 am //


    Chandler’s The Big Sleep? I’ve read that (and seen the Bogart movie). What’s Fantasy or Horror about it?

  3. I’m actually better on this list, I’ve read 10 of them!

  4. Considering I generally don’t read horror, I’m pretty happy with my whopping 5 books πŸ™‚ Although I’m not sure if <i>Earthsea</i> mean just <i>The Wizard of Earthsea</i> or the trilogy, which could actually up my count.

    John, you should check out the Earthsea books. They’re incredibly interesting and still one of the few fantasy series with minorities as the lead characters.

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