Of Darkness and Light, by me. It’s been making people sleep with the light on since 1989. The sequel, The High Place, will be published soon.
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg. In my opinion, the greatest Scottish novel ever. I wrote about it, and others, in this essay.
Carnacki the Ghost-Finder by William Hope Hodgson. A classic, far ahead of its time. Here’s an essay I wrote about it. Also, I wrote The Host, a Thomas Carnacki story set in modern Scotland.
The Devil Rides Out by Dennis Wheatley. Another classic, but not at all ahead of its time. The racism, classism and general Little Englandism of this book sometimes reads like parody, but it’s still a great page-turner, still scary, and it arguably invented the occult novel as we know it.
The Night before Christmas of the Living Dead by M.V. Moorhead, despite its campy title, is a serious, suspenseful take on the Zombie trope.
The Last Weekend: a Novel of Zombies, Booze and Power Tools by Nick Mamatas has two things in common with this author’s other novels: it’s great, and it’s like nothing else you’ve read.
Blood and Kisses: Vampire Love Vol. 1 by J.T. Blackfriars. This novella, the only publication so far by a mysterious author, might someday be regarded as a classic. Here’s M.V. Moorhead’s review of it.
Julia by Peter Straub is haunting in every way, and still this author’s best work.
Full of Days by Bart Lessard is elegant and horrifying, my favorite work of one of my favorite contemporary authors.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Read this, okay? You’ll thank me. Then read The Moonstone.
Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito. I love Ito’s graphic novels Uzumaki and Gyo, but this collection of short tales is the best thing I’ve read by him.
The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories by Algernon Blackwood. What I said about Wilkie Collins applies equally to Blackwood.