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Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should Enjoy

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Cosmic Horror books.

1. Shadows of Carcosa: Tales of Cosmic Horror by Lovecraft, Chambers, Machen, Poe, and Other Masters of the Weird (New York Review Books Classics) (2015)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyFrom the fictional land of Carcosa that inspired the HBO show True Detective to H. P. Lovecraft’s accursed New England hills, this collection features some of the most legendary landscapes of the cosmic horror genre. The collection includes the following twelve stories:   Edgar Allan Poe, “MS. Found in a Bottle” Bram Stoker, “The Squaw” Ambrose Bierce, “Moxon’s Master” Ambrose Bierce, “The Damned Thing” Ambrose Bierce, “An Inhabitant of Carcosa” R. W. Chambers, “The Repairer of Reputations” M. P. Shiel, “The House of Sounds” Arthur Machen, “The White People” Algernon…
Author(s): H. P. Lovecraft, R. W. Chambers, et al.

2. The Fisherman (2016)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyIn upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman’s Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other’s company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story. Soon, though, the men find themselves drawn into a tale as deep and old as…
Author(s): John Langan

3. The Rim of Morning: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror (New York Review Books Classics) (2015)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyIn the 1930s, William Sloane wrote two brilliant novels that gave a whole new meaning to cosmic horror. In To Walk the Night, Bark Jones and his college buddy Jerry Lister, a science whiz, head back to their alma mater to visit a cherished professor of astronomy. They discover his body, consumed by fire, in his laboratory, and an uncannily beautiful young widow in his house—but nothing compares to the revelation that Jerry and Bark encounter in the deserts of Arizona at the end of the book. In The Edge of Running Water, Julian Blair, a brilliant electrophysicist, has retired to a…
Author(s): William Sloane, Stephen King

4. Seven Spires: Whispers of the Necropolis (2018)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyDive into a world of madness and cosmic horror. J. M. Nelson’s anthology of short stories is filled with dread and sheer terror, all revolving around a lost city known only as “The Necropolis.” This collection features sixteen tales of pure dismay, including the nightmare inducing stories of: “Among the Court of the Stag-King”; “In the Shadow of the Necropolis”; “The Fourth Pyramid of Giza”; and many others. The gothic horror of J. M. Nelson will be sure to keep you up at night. #1,981,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #10812 in Occult Fiction #2638 in Horror Anthologies (Books)…
Author(s): J. M. Nelson

5. Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe (2015)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should Enjoy Thomas Ligotti’s debut collection, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, and his second, Grimscribe, permanently inscribed a new name in the pantheon of horror fiction.  Influenced by the strange terrors of Lovecraft and Poe and by the brutal absurdity of Kafka, Ligotti eschews cheap, gory thrills for his own brand of horror, which shocks at the deepest, existential, levels.Ligotti’s stories take on decaying cities and lurid dreamscapes in a style ranging from rich, ornamental prose to cold, clinical detachment. His raw…
Author(s): Thomas Ligotti, Jeff VanderMeer

6. The Colouring Book Out of Space: A Lovecraft Inspired Coloring Book of Cosmic Horror (2016)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyThe Colouring Book Out of Space is a well of eldritch monsters, inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Summon your coloring pencils and pledge your oath to the Great Old Ones. It is time to color your way through the Mythos! Every image was lovingly hand drawn with ink and brush by artist Jacob Walker. Forty fiends fill this Necronomicon like tome, each featured on single sided pages for your convenience. The coloring of cosmic horror within is safe for adults and kids alike. Be the witch or wizard that calls forth Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, Hastur, Elder Things, Yithians, Ghasts, and many others. Hours of ghoulish fun awaits….
Author(s): Jacob E Walker

7. I Am Providence: A Novel (2016)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyAt the Summer Tentacular, murder is non-fiction.For fans of legendary pulp author H. P. Lovecraft, there is nothing bigger than the annual Providence-based convention the Summer Tentacular. Horror writer Colleen Danzig doesn’t know what to expect when she arrives, but is unsettled to find that among the hobnobbing between scholars and literary critics are a group of real freaks: book collectors looking for volumes bound in human skin, and true believers claiming the power to summon the Elder God Cthulhu, one of their idol’s most…
Author(s): Nick Mamatas

8. The Tingleverse: The Official Chuck Tingle Role-Playing Game (2019)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoySporting events at the Billings Community Center are ending in angry outbursts, and in the woods nearby, sightings of The Manifested Concept Of Rage are becoming more and more frequent. Could the two be related? An entrepreneur moves to Montana and opens up a petting zoo for creatures of The Void. They claims the cages are secure, but when a big storm rolls into Billings some of the creatures escape. Was this their plan all along? Your reverse twin shows up with a mysterious box, looking for a place to stay. Strange noises are heard from the basement of the Billings Library at night….
Author(s): Chuck Tingle

9. Periphery: A Tale of Cosmic Horror (2019)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyFrom the Corner of Your Eye to the Focus of Your FearTampa Fire Rescue paramedic Andrew Tate thought he had put all of his father’s crazy nonsense behind him. Twenty years ago, John Tate had been the respected dean of biology at the University of Tampa, a coolly intellectual researcher and devoted family man. Certainly not the type prone to outbursts of hysterical dementia. Then one summer afternoon he returned home covered in blood, ranting about bizarre creatures hiding in plain sight and declaring his intention to move out in order to protect his wife and son from the horrors now stocking…
Author(s): Michael Winter

10. Bloodborne: A Song of Crows (2019)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyThe City of Yharnam is buried in snow.Eileen the Crow buries the Hunters. But one eludes her. Poisoned and overcome with beastly senses, he prowls Yharnam causing misery and havoc. Meanwhile the bodies mount, reality shakes, and strange things are amiss in Byrgenwerth. On the hunt for the Hunter, Eileen struggles with her own sanity and the disturbing change that a glimpse beyond reality brings.Blood and death pervade Yharnam and those who travel in its wake. Follow the quest of Eileen as she looks to uncover the truth of the city, and her most inner turmoil. #25,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)…
Author(s): Ales Kot, Piotr Kowalski

11. John Dies at the End (2012)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyYou should not have touched this book with your bare hands.NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late. They’re watching you.My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about , about , about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under .The only defense is knowledge. You need to read John Dies at the End, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me. The drug is called and it gives users a window into another…
Author(s): David Wong

12. Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird (2017)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoySpace madness! Fly away with us to the deeps of space for action and adventure, alien intrigue and bloody surprises. Join us out here where all things alien and weird flow freely. Dive headlong into spaceships and monsters, tentacles and insanity, determined struggle and starborne terror. Whether sprawling across civilizations or tightly focused and personal, these tales paint a psychedelic vision of strange proportions and wondrous possibility.This anthology contains 29 short stories of space opera blended with cosmic weird horror by a diverse array of all-star authors . . .Remy…
Author(s): Scott Gable, C Dombrowski

13. Berserk, Vol. 33 (2010)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyGuts the Black Swordsman and his companions brave the open sea, hoping to reach Puck’s homeland, Elfhelm, and its powerful elven king, who might be able to restore the sanity of Guts’ former lover, Casca. But seeking out a sanctuary for Casca means that Guts must postpone his hunt for his ex-friend and leader, Griffith, who has been reborn as a demon lord hell-bent on conquest. The winds of change blow fast and hard across the war-torn lands of the Holy See, and if Guts waits too long to exact his vengeance, Griffith might attain his murderous goals before Guts can return to…
Author(s): Kentaro Miura

14. Rick and Morty Vol. 1 (1) (2015)

 Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should EnjoyThe hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK & MORTY is now available in its first collection! Join the excitement as depraved genius Rick Sanchez embarks on insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty across the universe and across time. Caught in the crossfire are his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry. This collection features the first five issues of the comic book series, including “THE WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB of WALL STREET,” “MORT-BALLS!” and more, along with hilarious mini-comics…
Author(s): Zac Gorman , CJ Cannon, et al.

Best Cosmic Horror Books You Should Enjoy

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 cosmic 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.

What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror

Author(s): David Wong
ID: 2258999, Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Year: 2017, Size: 863 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really hot items according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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