Book Recs


  • Dracula, Bram Stoker
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Carmilla, Sheridan Le Fanu (anthology: In A Glass Darkly)
  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (technically speaking, it is classed as philosophical fiction, but it’s a tense, unsettling read.)
  • Assorted short stories, Arthur Conan Doyle (I read an excellent anthology called Tales of Unease, which is available on Amazon.)

Modern Must-Reads:

  • Misery, Stephen King
  • Carrie, Stephen King
  • The Shining, Stephen King
  • The Hannibal Lecter tetralogy, Thomas Harris
  • The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty
  • The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
  • The Woman in Black, Susan Hill
  • The Bloody Chamber (anthology), Angela Carter

Young adult:

  • The Saga of Darren Shan, Darren Shan (twelve book series)
  • The Saga of Larten Crepsley, Darren Shan (four book series)
  • The Demonata, Darren Shan (ten book series)
  • ZOM-B, Darren Shan (twelve book series)
  • The Wardstone Chronicles, Joseph Delaney (thirteen book series)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant, Derek Landy
  • Tales from the Sinister City tetralogy, F.E. Higgins
  • The Dead of Winter, Chris Priestley
  • Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror, Chris Priestley
  • Tales of Terror from the Tunnel’s Mouth, Chris Priestley


  • Haunted Britain and Ireland, Derek Acorah
  • The World’s Most Evil Murderers, Colin and Damon Wilson
  • Black Country Ghosts, Anthony Poulton-Smith
  • Haunted Black Country, Philip Solomon
  • The Book of Urban Legends, Robin Reeve
  • The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved, Colin Wilson