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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Book Lists

Fantasy: The 100 Best Books

In their 1988 book Fantasy: The 100 Best Books, James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock present a wide-ranging cross-section of the fantasy genre, from its eighteenth century Gothic origins through nineteenth century literary classics, pulp-era weird fiction, and on to modern favorites. Recognized classics are accompanied by lesser-known works ripe for rediscovery, resulting in an interestingly idiosyncratic and uniquely valuable guide to two-and-a-half centuries of fantastic stories.

Please note that the list is actually 110 books. Cawthorn and Moorcock counted some multi-volume series as single entries on their list but we include them here as separate volumes.


 1. (1726)
 2. (1764)
 3. (1786)
 4. (1796)
 5. (1818)
 6. (1820)
 7. (1838)
 8. (1843)
 9. (1847)
 10. (1851)
 11. (1864)
 12. (1865)
 13. (1871)
 14. (1884)
 15. (1886)
 16. (1886)
 17. (1888)
 18. (1891)
 19. (1891)
 20. (1897)
 21. (1898)
 22. (1908)
 23. (1946)
 24. (1909)
 25. (1911)
 26. (1917)
 27. (1914)
 28. (1912)
 29. (1912)
 30. (1915)
 31. (1918)
 32. (1920)
 33. (1922)
 34. (1922)
 35. (1946)
 36. (1924)
 37. (1926)
 38. (1926)
 39. (1925)
 40. (1927)
 41. (1930)
 42. (1931)
 43. (1931)
 44. (1932)
 45. (1970)
 46. (1933)
 47. (1933)
 48. (2008)
 49. (1969)
 50. (1935)
 51. (1935)
 52. (1950)
 53. (1971)
 54. (1937)
 55. (1948)
 56. (1958)
 57. (1939)
 58. (1941)
 59. (1940)
 60. (1948)
 61. (1943)
 62. (1942)
 63. (1943)
 64. (1947)
 65. (1965)
 66. (1946)
 67. (1946)
 68. (1950)
 69. (1959)
 70. (1950)
 71. (1946)
 72. (1947)
 73. (1948)
 74. (1972)
 75. (1950)
 76. (1951)
 77. (1953)
 78. (1961)
 79. (1949)
 80. (1954)
 81. (1954)
 82. (1956)
 83. (1956)
 84. (1959)
 85. (1978)
 86. (1975)
 87. (1966)
 88. (1966)
 89. (1977)
 90. (1966)
 91. (1968)
 92. (1971)
 93. (1967)
 94. (1968)
 95. (1969)
 96. (1969)
 97. (1969)
 98. (1972)
 99. (1972)
 100. (1973)
 101. (1975)
 102. (1976)
 103. (1977)
 104. (1979)
 105. (1980)
 106. (1983)
 107. (1986)
 108. (1984)
 109. (1985)
 110. (1987)