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Must-Read Pulp and Gothic Fiction

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The list author says: "I am a fan of all older spooky & fantastical fiction. These are the best of these genres I have read yet. I am always looking for more of these types of books, and more are coming back into print all the time. My favorite pulp stories are generally from 1920s-40s and I don't think any modern author has surpassed the skill of these writers yet."
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
"Lovecraft is mostly known as the creator of Cthulhu these days. This is an excellent place to start reading him if you haven't."
The Dreams in the Witch House: And Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics)
The Dreams in the Witch House: And Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics)
"My favorite of the Penguin Lovecraft editions, even though it contains the Randolph Carter clunkers. It's unmissable because of the title story and "The Shadow Out of Time", both very different but some of the best."
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics)
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics)
"The Penguin editions have footnotes & lots of extra info."
The Horror in the Museum
The Horror in the Museum
"A collection of stories Lovecraft edited or rewrote for other authors during his life. The stories are arranged according to the amount Lovecraft is supposed to have changed them. My favorites are the title story and "The Mound"."
Black Gods Kiss (Planet Stories Library)
Black Gods Kiss (Planet Stories Library)
"The adventures of Moore's Jirel of Joiry, the "female Conan". These stories are dark and lush."
Northwest of Earth: The Complete Northwest Smith (Planet Stories Library)
Northwest of Earth: The Complete Northwest Smith (Planet Stories Library)
"The stories of "Indiana Jones in space", Moore's character Northwest Smith."
Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors
Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors
"One story chosen for each year the hugely influential Weird Tales pulp was in print. If you're just starting to read weird fiction, start here."
Weird Tales: The Magazine That Never Dies
Weird Tales: The Magazine That Never Dies
"Marvin Kaye makes the best anthologies."
Weird Vampire Tales: 30 Blood-Chilling Stories from the Weird Fiction Pulps
Weird Vampire Tales: 30 Blood-Chilling Stories from the Weird Fiction Pulps
"I really don't care for most vampire stories, since they are usually Anne Rice style, or worse--- Twilight. Take my word for it that these stories are nothing like you're used to."
The Return Of The Sorcerer: The Best Of Clark Ashton Smith
The Return Of The Sorcerer: The Best Of Clark Ashton Smith
"Clark Ashton Smith is an amazingly lyrical writer, his stories are an interesting mix of horror/fantasy/sci fi, and reading them is a treat!"
The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard
The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard
"There are some amazing ideas at work here, even if a few stories are a bit dated and racially insensitive at times. Howard is also an hugely gifted poet. Usually I will skip anything resembling poetry, but Howard's seem alive, manly, and usually violent."
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: The Original Adventures of the Greatest Sword and Sorcery Hero of All Time!
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: The Original Adventures of the Greatest Sword and Sorcery Hero of All Time!
"Start here if you're interested in Conan. Conan stories are some of the best fantasy & supernatural fiction ever written. Forget the movies & comics, they can do no justice to this source material."
The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 2)
The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 2)
"Continued adventures of Conan, collected in the order in which Howard wrote them."
The Conquering Sword of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 3)
The Conquering Sword of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 3)
"Contains the stories considered to be Conan at his best & rawest. The last Conan stories Howard wrote."
The Monk (Oxford World's Classics)
The Monk (Oxford World's Classics)
"If you consider yourself a fan of horror & gothic fiction, you cannot miss this. The language may be dated, but once you get into the story, you won't care."
The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
"Classic psychological horror."
Best Ghost Stories of J. S. LeFanu
Best Ghost Stories of J. S. LeFanu
"One of the best gothic fiction writers, Lefanu's stories are strangely unsettling even today. "The Familiar" is my favorite."
Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics)
Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics)
"Even though there are a few snoozers here, Algernon Blackwood is a worthwhile read for those interested in gothic fiction. Many of his stories use the outdoors as sources of creeping terror and a feeling of isolation."
Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories (The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Vol. 1)
Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories (The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Vol. 1)
"Originally published as "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary", this edition includes a few other tales as well. Excellent introduction to MR James, a master of horror fiction."
Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New
Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New
"Marvin Kaye's anthologies astound me with the quality of stories selected. I almost never skip one!"
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old and New
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old and New
"Best gothic style ghost story anthology."
Masterpieces Of Terror And The Unknown - A Treasury Of Bizarre Tales Old And New - Book Club Edition
Masterpieces Of Terror And The Unknown - A Treasury Of Bizarre Tales Old And New - Book Club Edition
"Another stellar set of stories."
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories
"All stories take place in America. If you thought spooky stories couldn't happen here, think again."
Great Tales of Terror
Great Tales of Terror
"Edited by S T Joshi, who also did the Penguin Lovecraft editions, and the authoritative biography on Lovecraft."
The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories (Dover Mystery, Detective, & Other Fiction)
The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories (Dover Mystery, Detective, & Other Fiction)
"The King in Yellow story arc (The Yellow Sign, The Repairer of Reputations, Mademoiselle D'ys, The Mask, and In the Court of the Dragon) are very good. Very original, imaginative, and mysterious."