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Best Horror Fiction

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Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood
by Blackwood, Algernon

13 great stories by foremost British 20th-century supernaturalist. "The Willows," "The Wendigo," "Ancient Sorceries," others.
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Exorcist, The
by Blatty, William Peter

This unstoppable publishing phenomenon was the inspiration behind one of the most successful horror movies of all time. A powerful presence has taken possession of the 12-year-old daughter of a film star.
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LEISURE READING FICTION BLA




Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Bradbury, Ray

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and mind as has this one-Ray Bradbury's incomparable masterwork of the dark fantastic. A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes -- and the stuff of nightmare.
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LEISURE BRA and PS3503.R167 S66 2001
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Lost Souls
by Brite, Poppy Z.

One of the children of the night, dressed all in black, is not surprised to learn that his name is Nothing; nor is he surprised to discover that he is a vampire, and the son of a vampire.
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Hungry Moon, The
by Campbell, Ramsey

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Between, The
by Due, Tananarive

Although set largely in the black and Hispanic communities of Florida's Dade County, Due's first novel, a skillful blend of horror and the supernatural, poses questions about life and identity that transcend racial boundaries. Thirty years after he was saved from drowning by the beloved grandmother who died in his place, Hilton James has built a secure middle-class life for his African American family and saved a few lives himself through his social work in Miami's inner city. His comfortable existence is shattered when his wife, a judge, begins receiving racist death threats and he starts having nightmares of alternate life experiences so authentic that they begin to loosen his grip on reality. Is Hilton a latent schizophrenic, as his therapist thinks? Or are the dreams and death threats both signs of a cosmic scheme in which Hilton is meant to accept the death that he eluded before?
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The Dark Country
by Etchison, Dennis

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Raven
by Grant, Charles

Raven, a gripping, fast-paced thriller that begins in a familiar classic American setting - a roadside motel and restaurant - and drives, without pause to an unexpected and startling conclusion. A late-winter blizzard has closed the road beside Maclaren's Food and Lodging. The staff of three - Neil Maclaren, former cop turned motel-keeper; Julia Sanders, as capable handling trouble as she is mixing drinks; Willie Ennin, whose fondness for knives makes him a superb cook - prepare to entertain their few customers through a long winter night, unaware that they are being watched.
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Dead in the Water
by Holder, Nancy

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Haunting of Hill House, The
by Jackson, Shirley

The four visitors at Hill House-- some there for knowledge, others for adventure-- are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.
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PS3519.A392 H3




Lottery and Other Stories, The
by Jackson, Shirley

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PS3519.A392 L6




Turn of the Screw
by James, Henry

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PS2116 .T8




Ghost Stories of M.R. James
by James, M. R.

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PR6019 .A565 A6




Dr. Adder
by Jeter, K. W.

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Metamorphosis and Other Stories, The
by Kafka, Franz

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PT2621 .A26 A243




Pet Semetary
by King, Stephen

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Shining, The
by King, Stephen

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LEISURE KIN
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1977




Stand, The
by King, Stephen

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LEISURE KIN and GCCN PS3561 .I483 S7




Skin
by Koja, Kathe

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Dark Dance
by Lee, Tanith

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Conjure Wife
by Leiber, Fritz

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Rosemary's Baby
by Levin, Ira

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Songs of a Dead Dreamer
by Ligotti, Thomas

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Lovers Living, Lovers Dead
by Lortz, Richard

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At the Mountains of Madness
by Lovecraft, H. P.

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PS3523 .O833 A6 2005




Dunwich Horror and Others, The
by Lovecraft, H. P.

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PS3523 .O833 A6 2005




Hill of Dreams, The
by Machen, Arthur

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Sineater
by Massie, Elizabeth

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I Am Legend
by Matheson, Richard

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LEISURE READING FICTION MAT




Relic
by Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child

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Frankenstein
by Shelley, Mary

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PR5397 .F7 2003




Book of the Dead
by Skipp, John and Craig Spector

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Ghoul
by Slade, Michael

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Vampire Junction
by Somtow, S. P.

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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The
by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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PR5485 .A1 1992




Dracula
by Stoker, Bram

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PR6037 .T617 D7




Some of Your Blood
by Sturgeon, Theodore

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Phantom
by Tessier, Thomas

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Sacrifice
by Vachss, Andrew

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Award Description
The books that appear here were picked using a survey of the Horror Writers Association 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.

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