Karl Edward Wagner's Favorite Horror Novels


The late author, critic & anthologist Karl Edward Wagner provided three lists of the best horror novels of all time in his column for the June & August 1983 issues of Twilight Zone Magazine. His choices were ecclectic to say the least!


I. The Thirteen Best Supernatural Horror Novels:

  1. Hell! Said the Duchess by Michael Arlen
  2. The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr
  3. Alraune by Hanns Heinz Ewers
  4. Dark Sanctuary by H.B. Gregory
  5. Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg
  6. Maker of Shadows by Jack Mann
  7. The Yellow Mistletoe by Walter S. Masterman
  8. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
  9. Burn Witch Burn by A. Merritt
  10. Fingers of Fear by J.U. Nicolson
  11. Doctors Wear Scarlet by Simon Raven
  12. Echo of a Curse by R.R. Ryan
  13. Medusa by E.H. Visiak

II. The Thirteen Best Science Fiction Horror Novels:

  1. The Death Guard by Philip George Chadwick
  2. Final Blackout by L. Ron Hubbard
  3. Vampires Overhead by Alan Hyder
  4. The Quatermass Experiment by Nigel Kneale
  5. Quatermass and the Pit by Nigel Kneale
  6. The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck by Alexander Laing
  7. The Flying Beast by Walter S. Masterman
  8. The Black Corridor by Michael Moorcock
  9. Land Under England by Joseph O'Neill
  10. The Cross of Carl by Walter Owen
  11. Freak Museum by R.R. Ryan
  12. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  13. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

III. The Thirteen Best Non-Supernatural Horror Novels:

  1. The Deadly Percheron by John Franklin Bardin
  2. Psycho by Robert Bloch
  3. Here Comes a Candle by Fredric Brown
  4. The Screaming Mimi br Fredric Brown
  5. The Fire-Spirits by Paul Busson
  6. The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr
  7. The Sorceror's Apprentice by Hanns Heinz Ewers
  8. Vampire by Hanns Heinz Ewers
  9. Fully Dressed and in His Right Mind by Michael Fessier
  10. The Shadow on the House by Mark Hansom
  11. Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau
  12. The Master of the Day of Judgement by Leo Perutz
  13. The Subjugated Beast by R.R. Ryan

IV. Karl's faves were posted as a supplement to my little memoir:

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