Bibliography Pertaining to the Supernatural in Literature

Charles Dickens

Edgar Allen Poe

Herman Melville

Mary Shelley

Mr. James

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Virginia Woolf
Bibliography Pertaining to the Supernatural in Literature


The finest supernatural fiction I’ve ever read is by Charles Dickens, Algernon Blackwood, J. Sheridan LeFanu, and M.R. James. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is in a class by itself.

Different collections or editions of the works of these authors can be found on Amazon, although not always easily. Let me suggest the following:

Frankenstein. Mary Shelley. Ann Arbor Media, 2006.

A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens. Cheswold, Delaware, Prestwick House Inc, 2005.

Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood. Algernon Blackwood. Dover Publications, 1974.

The Complete John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood. Algernon Blackwood. Dover Publications, 1997.

Best Ghost Stories of J.S. LeFanu. J. Sheridan LeFanu. Dover Publications, 1964.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. M.R. James. Dover Publications, 1971.

Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories: The Complete Ghost Stories of M.R. James. Vol. 1. Penguin Classics, 2005.

The Haunted Doll’s House and Other Ghost Stories: The Complete Ghost Stories of M.R. James. Vol. 2. Penguin Classics, 2005.

Nathaniel Hawthorne : Tales and Sketches.The Library of America. 1996.

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.Edgar Allan Poe, Doubleday, New York NY, 1998.

Moby-Dick or, The Whale.Herman Melville. Northwestern University Press and The Newberry Library. 1998.

Orlando.Virginia Woolf. Harvest Books. 1973.

(Updated 7/27/07)

We receive numerous requests for information from students writing papers on the Vampire Chronicles and other novels by Anne. This is a list of books dealing with the themes of the vampire and/or supernatural literature.

The Blood is Life: Vampires in Literature. Leonard G. Heldreth and Mary Pharr, eds. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1999.

Blood Red: The Vampire as a Metaphor in Contemporary Culture. Joan Gordon and Veronica Hollinger, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997.

A Companion to the Gothic. David Punter, ed. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, 2000.

A Dark Night’s Dreaming: Contemporary American Horror Fiction. Tony Magistrale and Michael Morrison, eds. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 1996.

The Fantastic Vampire: Studies in the Children of the Night, James Craig Holte, ed. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2002.

ADDED 7/27/07Queer Gothic. George E. Haggerty. Urbana and Chicago: University of
Illinois Press, 2006.

Vampire Legends In Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes A Legend Most. William Patrick Day. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2002.

Writing Horror: The Fiction of Stephen King, Clive Barker and Anne Rice. Linda Badley. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Also offered:

The Biology of Horror: Gothic Literature and Film. Jack Morgan. Southern Illinois University: the Board of Trusties, 2002.

Gothic & Gender: An Introduction. Donna Heiland. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, 2004.

Fears and Fascinations: Representing Catholicism in the American South. Thomas F. Haddox. New York: Fordham university Press, 2005.

On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association. Mort Castle, ed. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 2007.

Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary. Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel, eds. Bryan Giemez, asst. ed. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006.

Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals: Bram Stoker and the Politics of Popular Fiction. David Glover. Durham and London: Duke University, 1996.

Also of possible interest:

The Unauthorized Anne Rice Companion. George Beahm ed. Williamsburg, Virginia: GB Publishing/Ink, 1995.

Conversations With Anne Rice: An Intimate, Enlightening Portrait of Her Life and Work. Michael Riley. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996.

Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers: Anne Rice: A Critical Companion. Jennifer Smith. Westport, Connection: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Haunted City: 3rd Ed: An Authorized Guide to the Magical Magnificent New Orleans of Anne Rice. Joy Dickinson. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp, 2004.

Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice. Katherine Ramsland. Penguin/Plume, 1994.

The Vampire Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. Katherine Ramsland. New York: Ballantine Books, 1995.

The Witches Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches. Katherine Ramsland. New York: Ballantine Books, 1994.