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Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your Attention

Our list of some of the best Classic Horror books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Creatures of Classic Horror: Guide and Coloring Book (2013)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your AttentionA fun and educational gift for almost any age!Did you know that the first version of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde was burned to ashes and then rewritten in just 6 days by a very ill Robert Stevenson? Were you aware that witch hunts and executions still exist in some countries? Or that the legend of the werewolf began in ancient Greece with King Lycaon? These are just a few of the intriguing facts that you’ll discover when you purchase The Creatures of Classic Horror. Lurking through the pages of this exciting new coloring book and guide, you’ll find: Dracula, Frankenstein’s creation, Doctor…
Author(s): Davina Rush, Davina J. Rush

2. Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories (Penguin Horror) (2016)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your AttentionHaunted Castles is the definitive, complete collection of Ray Russell’s masterful Gothic horror stories, including the famously terrifying novella trio of “Sardonicus,” “Sanguinarius,” and “Sagittarius.” The characters that sprawl through Haunted Castles are frightful to the core: the heartless monster holding two lovers in limbo; the beautiful dame journeying down a damned road toward depravity (with the help of an evil gypsy); the man who must wear his fatal crimes on his face in the form of an awful smile. Engrossing, grotesque, and completely entrancing, Russell’s Gothic…
Author(s): Ray Russell, Del Toro, Guillermo

3. Kill Time Coloring Volume 2: Stress Relief Adult Coloring Book (2017)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your AttentionThis book is designed to give you peace of mind. Instead of cussing at the person that made you mad, color the anger way. Release the tension in your life by coloring some of the greatest horror icons of all time. Now grab your machete (I mean coloring utensils), relax, and color the stress away. #91,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #182 in Paper Craft #21 in Stenciling #1142 in Coloring Books for Grown-Ups Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Horror Movie Classics

4. Swamp Monsters (Chilling Archives of Horror Comics) (2019)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your AttentionThe terror team that brought you Zombies, Return of the Zombies, and the petrifyingly popular, hit series, Haunted Horror, take you on an excursion of evil into the dankest, lagooniest corners of your nightmares, and dredge up over 240 pages of icky, drippy, slimy, grimy beasts from the grungy bottom of the Pre-Code comics’ bog. See the art of these full color classic comics  by mire monster masters , , , , the , and marshy more! Swamp Monsters Includes a fascinating introduction by comics legend, the acclaimed artist of Swamp Thing, “Swampy” ! #936,016 in…
Author(s): Steve Banes, Bob Powell, et al.

5. The Classic Horror Stories (Oxford World’s Classics) (2017)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your AttentionH. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a reclusive scribbler of horror stories for the American pulp magazines that specialized in Gothic and science fiction in the interwar years. He often published in Weird Tales and has since become the key figure in the slippery genre of “weird fiction.” Lovecraft developed an extraordinary vision of feeble men driven to the edge of sanity by glimpses of malign beings that have survived from human prehistory or by malevolent extra-terrestrial visitations. The ornate language of his stories builds towards grotesque moments of revelation,…
Author(s): H. P. Lovecraft, Roger Luckhurst

6. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction (2013)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your AttentionFantastic fiction has existed since man’s earliest days of telling tales around a fire. It deals with our most powerful emotions: fear, love and hope. Throughout its history, the short story has always been its most vital form. In short fiction, the boundaries of genre have been established, broken and re-established; the field has become differentiated and complex. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction displays the evolution of the genre, filled with significant and powerful works by some of the greatest masters of storytelling. Fantastic fiction…
Author(s): Franz Kafka, HP Lovecraft, et al.

7. Ghosts: Classic Monsters of Pre-Code Horror Comics (2019)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your AttentionIt flitters across the cold, foggy night, eyes ablaze with hate– and now glaring in your direction! You’re too paralyzed to move. It’s coming towards you… closer… closer… closer… From the terror team that curdled your blood with Haunted Horror, Zombies, Return of the Zombies, Haunted Love, and Mummies, GHOSTS is the latest and ghastly greatest in the Chilling Archives of Horror Comics collections. Over 240 pages of appalling apparitions, formidable phantoms, shuddery seances, shivery spooks ‘n specters, and evil wraiths with much more than just revenge on their murdered minds! Featuring hair-raising…
Author(s): Steve Banes, John Rozum

8. Classics of the Horror Film (1995)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your AttentionCritical reviews of classic and otherwise noteworthy horror movies are organized according to single film and recurrent motif or theme #900,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #563 in Movie Guides & Reviews #16003 in Performing Arts (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): William K. Everson

9. The Great God Pan & Other Classic Horror Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) (2018)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your Attention"Of creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few can hope to equal Arthur Machen." — H. P. Lovecraft Arthur Machen (1863–1947), Welsh novelist and essayist, is considered one of the most important and influential writers of his time. While displaying a preoccupation with pagan themes and matters of the occult — an interest he shared with his close friend, the distinguished scholar A. E. Waite — his writing transcends the genre of supernatural horror. Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as Paul Bowles and Jorge Luis…
Author(s): Arthur Machen

10. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film – Updated Edition (Princeton Classics) (2015)

 Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your AttentionFrom its first publication in 1992, Men, Women, and Chain Saws has offered a groundbreaking perspective on the creativity and influence of horror cinema since the mid-1970s. Investigating the popularity of the low-budget tradition, Carol Clover looks in particular at slasher, occult, and rape-revenge films. Although such movies have been traditionally understood as offering only sadistic pleasures to their mostly male audiences, Clover demonstrates that they align spectators not with the male tormentor, but with the females tormented―notably the…
Author(s): Carol J. Clover

Best Classic Horror Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some classic horror books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

GHOST STORIES forgotten classic tales: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense

Author(s): Morton, Lisa;Klinger, Leslie, S, editor
ID: 2727450, Publisher: Pegasus Books, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Universal Terrors, 1951-1955: Eight Classic Horror and Science Fiction Films

Author(s): Tom Weaver; David Schecter; Robert J. Kiss
ID: 2534855, Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Year: 2017, Size: 21 Mb, Format: epub

Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them

Author(s): Ron Backer
ID: 1352686, Publisher: McFarland, Year: 2015, Size: 65 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly record-breakers according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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