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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Book Lists

Horror Writers Association Reading List

From the Horror Writers Association site:

"The Horror Writers Association (HWA) was formed, in part, to foster a greater appreciation of dark fiction among members of the general public. Whether you are new to Horror, or simply want to become familiar with some of the classics and 'bests' of dark fiction, the following books are a wonderful place to begin.

"Like most 'best of' lists, ours is somewhat quirky. The books that appear here were picked using a survey of HWA's general membership in 1996, so many excellent books published more recently do not appear here, and some of those that do are now out of print. Most of the recognized classics of dark fiction do appear here, though.

"Note: This list is arranged alphabetically by author's last name. No ranking is implied."


 1. (1973)
 2. (1971)
 3. (1962)
 4. (1992)
 5. (1986)
 6. (1995)
 7. (1982)
 8. (1993)
 9. (1994)
 10. (1959)
 11. (1949)
 12. (1898)
 13. (1931)
 14. (1984)
 15. (1915)
 16. (1983)
 17. (1977)
 18. (1978)
 19. (1993)
 20. (1992)
 21. (1943)
 22. (1967)
 23. (1986)
 24. (1977)
 25. (1963)
 26. (1971)
 27. (1907)
 28. (1948)
 29. (1992)
 30. (1954)
 31. (1995)
 32. (1818)
 33. (1989)
 34. (1987)
 35. (1984)
 36. (1886)
 37. (1897)
 38. (1961)
 39. (1982)
 40. (1991)