Sunday, March 17, 2013

My Lovecraft Reading List

I recently finished reading the Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft.

Not the extended works, this was just all the stuff he did on his own. Lovecraft opened his fictional universe of horror to his friends and other authors, leaving us all free to play and write and shudder. The Complete Works include everything Lovecraft ever wrote, including unfinished stories, things he wrote as a small child, and his essay on Supernatural Horror in Literature. Intended as a history, this is basically H.P.'s personal reading list for those who enjoy his work.

I made a list of all the titles and authors Lovecraft mentions, and started looking for them. To my delight, nearly everything is in the public domain and can be read on Project Gutenberg or The Internet Archive. You can even find free audiobooks for many. My list is approximately seven pages long, and I've only linked sources for the first two pages, but here it is in case you'd like to embark upon your own journey of literary horror. I'll add further links as I find them. The bold titles are the works that Lovecraft spent a significant amount of text discussing. Enjoy!

“Child Roland” Robert Browning
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
Elsie Venner Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The Upper Berth” F. Marion Crawford
“The Yellow Wall Paper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“The Monkey’s Paw” W.W. Jacobs
The Book of Enoch
The Claviculae of Solomon
On Wonderful Events Phlegon
“Philinnion and Machates” Proclus
“Bride of Corinth” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Morte d’Arthur Sir Thomas Malory
Dr. Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Macbeth William Shakespeare
Hamlet William Shakespeare
“Apparition of Mrs. Veal” Daniel Defoe
Adventures of Ferdinand, Count Fathom Tobias Smollett
“Ossian” James Macpherson
“Tam O’Shanter” Robert Burns
“Christabel” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Kilmeny James Hogg
“Lamia” John Keats
Wild Huntsman Gottfried August Bürger
Lenore Gottfried August Bürger
“The Ring” Thomas Moore
Faust Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Castle of Otranto Horace Walpole
“Sir Bertrand” Anna Barbauld
The Old English Baron Clara Reeve
The Recess Sophia Lee
The Mysteries of Udolpho Anne Radcliffe
The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne Anne Radcliffe
A Sicilian Romance Anne Radcliffe
The Romance of the Forest Anne Radcliffe
The Italian Anne Radcliffe
Gaston de Blondeville Anne Radcliffe
Edgar Huntly Charles Brockden Brown
Ormond Charles Brockden Brown
Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
Wieland Charles Brockden Brown
The Monk Gregory Lewis
The Castle Spectre Gregory Lewis
Tales of Terror Gregory Lewis
Tales of Wonder Gregory Lewis
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Fatal Revenge; or, The Family of Montoria Charles Robert Maturin
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Robert Maturin
Horrid Mysteries Marquis von Grosse
The Children of the Abbey Regina Maria Roche
Zofloya; or, The Moor Charlotte Dacre
Zastrozzi Percy Shelley
St. Irvyne Percy Shelley
History of the Caliph Vathek William Beckford
Arabian Nights
Caleb Williams William Godwin
St. Leon William Godwin
The Magus Francis Barrett
Faust and the Demon George W.M. Reynolds
Wagner, the Wehr-wolf George W.M. Reynolds
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Last Man Mary Shelley
“The Vampyre” Dr. John William Polidori
Redgauntlet Sir Walter Scott
Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft Sir Walter Scott
Tales of a Traveller Washington Irving
Alciphron Thomas Moore
The Epicurean Thomas Moore
“The Werewolf” William Harrison Ainsworth
The Phantom Ship William Harrison Ainsworth
“The Signalman” Charles Dickens
“The House and the Brain” Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Zanoni Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A Strange Story Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Varney, the Vampyre Thomas Preskett Prest
She Sir H. Rider Haggard
“Markheim” Robert Louis Stevenson
“The Body-Snatcher” Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
Undine Friedrich Heinrich Karl
Treatise on Elemental Sprites Paracelsus
The Amber Witch Wilhelm Meinhold
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Hanns Heinze Ewers
Alraune Hanns Heinze Ewers
“The Spider” Hanns Heinze Ewers
Hans of Iceland Victor Hugo
The Wild Ass’s Skins Honoré de Balzac
Séraphîta Honoré de Balzac
Louis Lambert Honoré de Balzac
“Avatar” Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier
“The Foot of the Mummy” Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier
“Clarimonde” Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier
“One of Cleopatra’s Nights” Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier
The Temptation of St. Anthony Gustave Flaubert
“Venus of Ille” Prosper Mérimée
“The Horla” Guy de Maupassant
“Who Knows?” Guy de Maupassant
“The Spectre” Guy de Maupassant
“He?” Guy de Maupassant
“The Diary of the Madman” Guy de Maupassant
“The White Wolf” Guy de Maupassant
“On the River” Guy de Maupassant
“Horror” Guy de Maupassant
The Man-Wolf Erckmann-Chatrian
“The Invisible Eye” Erckmann-Chatrian
“The Owl’s Ear” Erckmann-Chatrian
“The Waters of Death”
“Torture by Hope” Villiers de l’Isle-Adam
The Golem Gustav Meyrink
The Dybbuk Ansky
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allen Poe
“Metzengerstein” Edgar Allen Poe
“The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Edgar Allen Poe
“MS. Found in a Bottle” Edgar Allen Poe
“The Man of the Crowd” Edgar Allen Poe
“The Masque of the Red Death” Edgar Allen Poe
“Silence - A Fable” Edgar Allen Poe
“Shadow - A Parable” Edgar Allen Poe
“Ligeia” Edgar Allen Poe
“The Fall of the House of Usher” Edgar Allen Poe
A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys Nathaniel Hawthorne
Tanglewood Tales for Boys and Girls Nathaniel Hawethorne
Dr. Grimshawe’s Secret Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Marble Faun Nathaniel Hawthorne
Septimius Felton Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dolliver Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne
Legends of the Province House Nathaniel Hawthorne
“The Minister’s Black Veil” Nathaniel Hawthorne
“The Ambitious Guest” Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Ethan Brand” Nathaniel Hawthorne
The House of the Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne
“What Was It?” Fitz-James O’Brien
“Diamond Lens” Fitz-James O’Brien
“The Death of Halpin Frayser” Ambrose Bierce
“The Damned Thing” Ambrose Bierce
“The Suitable Surroundings” Amrose Bierce
“The Middle Toe of the Right Foot” Ambrose Bierce
“The Spook House” Ambrose Bierce
Can Such Things Be? Ambrose Bierce
In the Midst of Life Ambrose Bierce
Wandering Ghosts F. Marion Crawford
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
Trilby George de Maurier
The Maker of the Moons Robert W. Chambers
In Search of the Unknown Robert W. Chambers
The Wind in the Rose-Bush Mary E. Wilkins
“Fishhead” Irvin S. Cobb
“The Dead Valley” Ralph Adams Cram
The Dark Chamber Leonard Cline
The Place Called Dagon Herbert S. Gorman
Sinister House Leland Hall
“The Song of the Sirens” Edward Lucas White
“Lunkundoo” Edward Lucas White
“The Snout” Edward Lucas White
The Hashish-Eater Clark Ashton Smith
The Double Shadow and Other Fantasies Clark Ashton Smith
“The Phantom Rickshaw” Rudyard Kipling
“The Finest story in the World” Rudyard Kipling
“The Recrudescence of Imray” Rudyard Kipling
“The Mark of the Beast” Rudyard Kipling
Fantastics Lafcadio Hearn
Kwaidan Lafcadio Hearn
The Temptation of St. Anthony Lafcadio Hearn
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Xélucha” Matthew Phipps Shiel
“The House of Sounds” Matthew Phipps Shiel
The Purple Cloud Matthew Phipps Shiel
The Lair of the White Worm Bram Stoker
The Jewel of the Seven Stars Bram Stoker
Dracula Bram Stoker
The Beetle Richard Marsh
Brood of the Witch-Queen Arthur Sarsfield Ward
The Door of the Unreal Gerald Biss
Cold Harbour Francis Brett Young
Witch Wood John Buchan
“The Green Wildebeest” John Buchan
“The Wind in the Portico” John Buchan
“Skule Skerry” John Buchan
“The Were-wolf” Clemence Housman
The Elixir of Life Arthur Ransome
The Shadowy Thing H.B. Drake
Lilith George Macdonald
The Return Walter de la Mare
“Seaton’s Aunt” Walter de la Mare
“The Tree” Walter de la Mare
“Out of the Deep” Walter de la Mare
“A Recluse” Walter de la Mare
“Mr. Kempe” Walter de la Mare
“All-Hallows” Walter de la Mare
“The Listeners” Walter de la Mare
Visible and Invisible E.F. Benson
“The Man Who Went Too Far” E.F. Benson
Negotium Perambulans” E.F. Benson
“The Horror-Horn” E.F. Benson
“The Face” E.F. Benson
They Return at Evening H.R. Wakefield
Others Who Return H.R. Wakefield
“The Ghost of Fear” H.G. Wells
Thirty Strange Stories H.G. Wells
“The Captain of the ‘Pole-Star’” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“Lot No. 249” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“Mrs. Lunt” Hugh Walpole
The Smoking Leg John Metcalfe
The Celestial Omnibus E.M. Forster
“A Visiter from Down Under” L.P. Everett
Uncanny Stories May Sinclair
The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” William Hope Hodgson
The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The Ghost Pirates William Hope Hodgson
The Night Land William Hope Hodgson
Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder William Hope Hodgson
Chronicle of Clemendy Arthur Machen
The Hill of Dreams Arthur Machen
“The Great God Pan” Arthur Machen
“The White People” Arthur Machen
The Three Imposters Arthur Machen
“The Red Hand” Arthur Machen
“The Shining Pyramid” Arthur Machen
The Terror Arthur Machen
The Great Return Arthur Machen
“The Bowmen” Arthur Machen
“The Willows” Algernon Blackwood
“The Wendigo” Algernon Blackwood
“An Episode in a Lodging House” Algernon Blackwood
Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
John Silence-Physician Extraordinaire Algernon Blackwood
Jimbo Algernon Blackwood
The Centaur Algernon Blackwood
A Book of Wonder Lord Dunsany
A Dreamer’s Tales Lord Dunsany
The Gods of the Mountain Lord Dunsany
A Night at an Inn Lord Dunsany
The Laughter of the Gods Lord Dunsany
The Queen’s Enemies Lord Dunsany
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Dr. Montague Rhodes James
More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Dr. Montague Rhodes James
A Thin Ghost Dr. Montague Rhodes James
A Warning to the Curious Dr. Montague Rhodes JamesThe Five Jars Dr. Montague Rhodes James 

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