A Teacher's Horror Reading List


History of the Genre

The Horror Readers' Advisory: The Librarian's Guide to Vampires, Killer Tomatoes, and Haunted Houses by Becky Siegel Spratford, Tammy Hennigh Clausen


Hooked on Horror: A Guide to Reading Interests in Horror Fiction by Anthony J. Fonseca, June Michele Pulliam


Supernatural Horror in Literature by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Full-text online


Horror of the 20th Century : An Illustrated History by Robert E. Weinberg

This is a good book to pick up where the Lovecraft book leaves off, and students love the pictures.


Stephen King's Danse Macabre by Stephen King

A good overview of the genre, with an eye for the popular.


The Thrill of Fear: 250 Years of Scary Entertainment  by Walter M. Kendrick

A good overview of the genre, with an eye for the more academic.  This makes a great companion to Danse Macabre.


The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural by Jack Sullivan


Writing Horror

Teaching and Writing Popular Fiction: Horror, Adventure, Mystery and Romance in the American Classroom by Karen M. Hubert

This book has a pretty good chapter on writing horror, that is aimed at teaching middle or high school students.


Writing Horror by Edo Van Belkom 

This might be a good one for middle and high school students, as it is written for the neophyte. 


The following books go a little more in depth into the craft and the genre:

Writing Horror by Mort Castle and the Horror Writers Association


On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association edited by Mort Castle

The second edition, with tons of new content.


How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction edited by J. N. Williamson




Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New edited Marvin Kaye

If you are only going to get one anthology, this should be the one.  An excellent sampling of great horror.


Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural by Phyllis Cerf Wagner

A good source for the classics of the genre.


The Dark Descent edited by David G. Hartwell

Collects the classic short stories in the genre.  This and the following book are excellent introductions into the history of the genre.


Foundations of Fear edited by David Hartwell

Collects the longer classics in the genre (long short stories, novellas, and novelettes).


There are also new Year's Best anthologies that come out every year.  If you want to show your students current trends in the genre, this would be a good way.

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow, Gavin J. Grant, and Kelly Link


The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror edited by Stephen Jones


Horror: The Best of the Year edited by John Betancourt


Critical Analysis of the Genre

The Philosophy of Horror: Or, Paradoxes of the Heart by Noel Carroll


Horror edited by Steffen Hantke


The Horror Reader edited by Ken Gelder


Writing Horror and the Body: The Fiction of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice by Linda Badley


Stephen King

Reading Stephen King: Issues of Censorship, Student Choice, and Popular Literature by Brenda Miller Power, Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, and Kelly Chandler


Stephen King (Bloom's Biocritiques) by Harold Bloom


Stephen King (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom


The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King by Christopher Golden, Stanley Wiater, Hank Wagner


The Stephen King Universe  by Christopher Golden, Stanley Wiater, Hank Wagner


Stephen King: America's Best-Loved Boogeyman  by George Beahm


Stephen King From A To Z: An Encyclopedia Of His Life and Work  by George Beahm


The Essential Stephen King : A Ranking of the Greatest Novels, Short Stories, Movies, and Other Creations of the World's Most Popular Writer by Stephen J. Spignesi


On Writing by Stephen King


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