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OATES, JOYCE CAROL

 

Bellefleur  (Dutton, 1980, Jonathan Cape, 1981.)

 

                Not seen.  Ghosts and a vampire.

 

Collector of Hearts, The  (Dutton, 1998.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Demon and Other Tales  (Necronomicon, 1996.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Haunted  (Dutton, 1974.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Museum of Dr. Moses, The  (Penzler, 2007.)

 

Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Mysteries of Winterburn  (Dutton, 1984, Jonathan Cape, 1984.)

 

                Not seen.

 

Night-Side  (Vanguard, 1977, Gollancz, 1979, Crest, 1980.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Tales of the Grotesque  (Dutton, 1992.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Wonderland  (Vanguard, 1971, Gollancz, 1972.)

 

                Not seen.  Doppelgangers.

 

OBOLER, ARCH

 

Cooper, Louisew House, 1969, Dell, 1970.)

 

A reporter is drawn within the circle of an odd family, with a child who possesses paranormal powers, and a dead grandmother whose presence survives the departure of her physical form.

 

O'BRANAGAN, DEVIN

 

Spirit Warriors  (Pocket, 1988.)

 

The anti‑Christ appears on Earth, armed with powerful occult weapons with which to subjugate the human race.  Opposed to him are the spirit warriors, a small band of people who must overcome their own self‑doubt and weaknesses in order to overcome the ultimate foe.

 

Witch Hunt  (Pocket, 1990.)

 

                This time it's the good witches versus the evil clerics who have persecuted and killed them through the centuries.  A young woman marries into the Hawthorne family, unaware of the fact that they have harbored magical powers for generations, but discovers her own supernormal abilities when a new crusade against magic begins.

 

O’BRIEN, FITZ-JAMES

 

Collected Stories  (Boni, 1925.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Diamond Lens, The  (Downey, 1887, Scribners, 1895, Altemus, 1909, Rudge, 1932.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Fantastic Tales of Fitz-James O’Brien, The  (Calder, 1977.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Supernatural Tales of Fitz-James O’Brien: Dream Stories and Fantasies, The  (Doubleday, 1988.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Supernatural Tales of Fitz-James O’Brien: Macabre Tales, The  (Doubleday, 1988.)

 

                Collection of unrelated strories.

 

What Was It? and Other Stories  (Ward Downey, 1899, Oliphant, 1974.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

O'BRIEN, JUDITH

 

Forever Bride, The  (Sonnet, 1999.)

 

                A woman pretending to be a medium contacts a real ghost and is talked into investigating an old murder mystery.  A romance novel.

 

OBSTFELD, RAYMOND  (Writes science fiction as Jason Frost.)

 

Reincarnation of Reece Erikson, The  (Tor, 1988.)

 

An Olympic athlete in training begins to undergo a personality change, and the woman who loves him suspects that he is plotting against her life.  She wonders about his sanity, but in actuality, he is wakening to the knowledge of a previous existence and acting out an age‑old enmity.

 

O'CALLAGHAN, MAXINE

 

Dark Time  (Diamond, 1992.)

 

                An alien who feasts on human misery is pursued by an interplanetary hunter who perishes shortly after arriving on Earth, but not before passing on its power to a young human.  A science fiction novel packaged and with the overtones of a horror story.

 

Dark Visions  (Tor, 1988.)

 

A woman has clairvoyant knowledge of events of which she could otherwise have no knowledge.  When she reports to the police that she has had a vision of a murder, she tips off the murderer, who decides to make sure that she is not able to provide any additional information.

 

Something's Calling Me Home  (Pocket, 1991.)

 

                An amoral killer locks an injured woman in a basement, but her thoughts are being picked up by a stranger who seeks to help.  A nice twist, the protagonist psychically linked to the victim rather than the villain this time.

 

OCHSE, WESTON (See collaboration which follows. Also writes Science Fiction.)

 

Recalled to Life  (Delirium, 2007.)

 

                ?

 

Scarecrow Gods  (Delirium, 2005.)

 

                A disparate group of outcasts battles a charismatic religious leader who is trying to raise an unholy power.

 

Seal Team 666 (Thomas Dunne, 2012.)

 

A special military unit confronts an occult conspiracy.

 

OCHSE, WESTON & NAVARRO, YVONNE

 

Ghost Heart (Dark Regions, 2012.)

 

A young woman accompanied by ghosts has adventures in an uninhabited wasteland.

 

ODOM, MEL

 

Blade  (Harper, 1998, based on the screenplay by David S. Goyer.)

 

                Vampires are on the verge of emerging from obscurity to challenge the human race for supremacy.  Blade is a creature half human, half vampire, kept alive with magical formulas, determined to wipe out the vampires and prevent them from seizing control.

 

Bruja  (Pocket Pulse, 2000.)

 

An Angel novel.

 

                Angel battles wits with a witch.

 

Crossings  (Simon Pulse, 2002.)

 

A Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel.

 

                A new video game is changing the personalities of the people who play it.

 

Cursed  (Simon Pulse, 2003.)

 

An Angel novel.

 

                Spike comes to Los Angeles and meets Angel after discovering that someone has put a bounty on his head.

 

Exodus  (Pocket, 2006.)

 

A Hellgate novel.

 

                Demons invade the modern world.  Based on a computer game.

 

Goetia  (Pocket, 2007.)

 

A Hellgate novel.

 

A resistance movement strikes back at the demons who have conquered Earth.

 

Image  (Simon Pulse, 2002.)

 

An Angel novel.

 

                Angel and friends battle a supernatural artist who keeps himself alive through his paintings, unleashing monsters against anyone who threatens him.

 

Redemption  (Pocket Pulse, 2000.)

 

An Angel novel.

 

                Angel is hired to protect an actress who portrays a vampire as an actress but who is herself mortal, although apparently some of her fans are convinced she's the real thing.  His plans grow complicated when he meets here and discovers that she is an exact duplicate of a vampire who knew generations earlier.

 

Revenant  (Pocket, 2001.)

 

A Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel.

 

                The sudden troubles caused by a gang of young Asians disrupts life in Sunnydale, but Buffy suspects that there is a supernatural force at work behind the scenes.

 

Unnatural Selection  (Pocket, 1999.

 

A Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel.)

 

                Willow takes a babysitting job, but someone has substituted a vicious monster for the child, and it's up to the gang to find out what happened and reverse the exchange.

 

O'DONNELL, ELLIOTT

 

Dead Riders, The  (Rider, 1952, Arrow, 1964, Paperback Library, 1967.)

 

A rugged hero encounters a satanic sorcerer in a remote part of the world, and the two vow eternal enmity toward one another.  More adventure story than horror, and a bit dated, but with much derring do amidst heavy doses of devil worship and magic.

 

Dread of Night  (Pillar, 1942.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

For Satan’s Sake  (Greening, 1904.)

 

                Not seen.  The battle between an agent of the Devil and an agent of good.

 

Haunted Highways and Byways  (Nash, 1914.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Haunted Man, The  (Cranton, 1917.)

 

                Not seen.

 

Sorcery Club, The  (Rider, 1912, Sphere, 1974.)

 

Although this novel is written in a style no longer popular, it has a near classic horror plot.  A group of men conjure up a demon who gives them a series of magical powers.  The only catch is that they must live in harmony with each other for a period of years.  And there, of course, lies the story.

 

Unknown Depths, The  (Greening, 1905.)

 

                Not seen.  Black magic in Africa.

 

O'DONNELL, KEVIN  (See collaboration with Mary Kittredge.)

 

O’FARRELL, EDDY

 

Ghost Came Twice, The  (Orpheus, 1970.)

 

                Pornography involving an amorous ghost.

 

O'HAR, GEORGE M.

 

Psychic Fair  (Pocket, 1989.)

 

A college student's life is transformed when he becomes involved with the occult, learns that he may possess mediumistic powers, and eventually makes contact with a personality from the past.  Before his life returns to normal, he must solve a mystery that originated long ago and enable a troubled spirit to find its rest.

 

O'HARA, GERALD JOHN

 

Malsum  (Avon, 1981.)

 

An Indian sorcerer is imprisoned unjustly and uses that time to hone his powers.  Once free, he sets about transforming himself into a supernatural engine of destruction, seeking vengeance against those who killed his sons.  A standard revenge story.

 

O'HARA, TRACEY

 

Death's Sweet Embrace  (Harper, 2011.)

 

Dark Brethren #2.

 

Vampire romance.

 

Night's Cold Kiss (Harper, 2009.)

 

Dark Brethren #1.

 

Vampire romance.

 

Sin's Dark Caress (Harper, 2012.)

 

Dark Brethren #3.

 

Vampire romance.

 

OHISHI, KEI

 

Ju-On  (DH, 2006.)

 

A ghost story.

 

O'KEEFE, SUSAN HEYBOER

 

Frankenstein's Monster  (Three Rivers, 2010.)

 

The monster strives to survive after destroying his creator.

 

OLDEN, MARC

 

Book of Shadows  (Charter, 1980.)

 

A group of people contend for possession of the Book of Shadows, an ancient manuscript which contains the secrets of witchcraft and sorcery.  An odd little story from one of the more talented writers dabbling in horror fiction.

 

Poe Must Die  (Charter, 1978.)

 

Edgar Allen Poe himself is the main protagonist in this novel of a legion of hellish creatures enlisted against a single man.  Poe is weakened by his failing health and poor self control, a textbook antihero struggling to triumph despite his own flawed nature.  Actually a well above average story.

 

OLDFIELD, PAMELA

 

Ghosts of Bellering Oast, The  (Blackie, 1987.)

 

                Not seen.  A ghost story.

 

Mill Pond Ghost and Other Stories, The  (Lion, 1991.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Pamela Oldfield’s Spine Chillers  (Blackie, 1987.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

OLDKNOW, ANTOINY

 

Passion Play and Other Ghost Stories, The  (Ash-Tree, 2006.)

 

Collection of unrelated stories.

 

OLECK, JACK

 

House of Mystery #1, The  (Warner, 1973.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

House of Mystery #2, The  (Warner, 1973.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Tales from the Crypt  (Bantam, 1972.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Vault of Horror, The  (Bantam, 1973.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

OLESKER, J. BRADFORD

 

Beyond Forever  (Signet, 1981.)

 

                A couple are separated at the height of their love when an accident kills the man, but his attachment is so powerful that it reaches across the border between life and death.  Unfortunately, the barrier inflicts certain changes on the personality that emerges.

 

OLIPHANT, MARGARET

 

Beleaguered City, A  (Munro, 1879, Macmillan, 1880, Oxford, 1988.)

 

                A town’s dead intercede to show the living the error of their ways.

 

Selected Short Stories of the Supernatural  (Scottish Academic Press, 1985.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Stories of the Seen and Unseen  (Roberts, 1889.  Blackwood, 1896.  Contents differ slightly.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

OLIVER, CHAD

 

Shores of Another Sea, The  (Signet, 1971.)

 

                A family involved in baboon hunting in eastern Africa encounters danger when the local baboons begin to act strangely, influenced by the presence of alien intelligences from another planet.

 

OLIVER, FRANCES

 

Children of Epiphany  (Ash-Tree, 2004.)

 

                A group of people born without souls steal them from others.

 

OLIVER, PATRICIA

 

Lady Jane's Nemesis  (Signet, 2000.)

 

                Newlyweds have to deal with the resentment of the ghost of the man's former wife.

 

OLIVER, REGGIE

 

Dracula Papers, The  (Chomu, 2011.)

 

Collection of loosely related stories.

 

Dramas from the Depths (Centipede, 2011.)

 

Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini and Other Strange Stories, The  (Haunted River, 2003.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Masques of Satan  (Ash-Tree, 2007.)

 

Collection of unrelated stories.

 

OLIVERI, MICHAEL  (See collaboration with J.F. Gonzalez.)

 

OLLIE, WILLIAM

 

Damned, The  (Delirium, 2008.)

 

The world dissolves into madness and supernatural horrors.

 

Sideshow  (Dark Regions, 2010.)

 

A supernatural carnival transforms its victims.

 

OLSEN, LANCE

 

Hideous Beauties  (Eraserhead, 2003.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

OLSON, DONALD

 

Sky Children, The  (Avon, 1975.)

 

A teenaged boy recovering from a protracted illness travels to a remote house, one that is shunned by people in the neighborhood because of a series of strange disappearances and other unpleasantness which afflicted people who went there alone.  Mystery and suspense as he investigates the possibility of a source of dark magic.

 

OLSON, PAUL

 

Night Prophets  (Onyx, 1990.)

 

A mysterious, charismatic religious group has founded its own community at a remote, sprawling complex.  A few of those who seek shelter within its walls learn the real purpose of the establishment, to provide sustenance to a small group of vampires who are running the church.

 

O'NAN, STEWART

 

Night Country, The  (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2003.)

 

                A ghost story surrounding an accident.

 

O'NEIL, TIMOTHY

 

Shades of Gray  (Viking, 1987, Ballantine, 1988.)

 

An army psychologist at West Point investigates a series of disturbing dreams among the students.  He expects to find a shared delusion, but instead uncovers undeniable evidence of life after death.

 

O'NEILL, GENE

 

Hitchhiking Effect, The (Dark Renaissance, 2015.)

 

Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Shadow of the Dark Angel  (Dominion, 2003, Bad Moon, 2009.)

 

A serial killer has the ability to make himself invisible, sort of.

 

ONIONS, OLIVER 

 

Bells Rung Backward  (Staples, 1953.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Collected Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions, The  (Nicholson & Watson, 1935, Dover, 1971.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Dead of Night, The (Wordsworth, 2010.)

 

Collection of unrelated stories.

 

First Book of Ghost Stories, The.  (See Widdershins.)

 

Ghosts in Daylight  (Chapman, 1924.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Ghost Stories  (Tartarus, 2001.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Hand of Kornelius Voyt, The (?, 1939, Valancourt, 2013.)

 

A young boy becomes the ward of a deaf mute with unusual mental powers.

 

Painted Face, The  (Heinemann, 1925.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories

 

Tragic Casements  (Haunted River, 2001.)

 

                Short ghost story.

 

Widdershins  (Secker, 1911, Adelphi, 1931, Penguin, 1939, Chatto & Windus, 1968.  Dover, 1978, as The First Book of Ghost Stories.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

O'ROURKE, KELLY

 

Mad House, The  (Boulevard, 1997.)

 

Halloween #2.

 

                A film crew staying overnight at the hospital where Michael Myers was once imprisoned discover that he still haunts the neighborhood, and stops in occasionally for an unwelcome visit.

 

Old Myers Place, The  (Boulevard, 1998.)

 

Halloween #3.

 

                The new residents of the Myers house have a teenage daughter who has finally started to fit in with a new circle of friends, but who is about to attract the attention of an inhuman and unstoppable killer.

 

Scream Factory, The  (Boulevard, 1997.)

 

Halloween #1.

 

Young adult novel based loosely on the Halloween movie series.  A haunted house amusement designed by teenagers gets dangerous when killer Michael Myers returns to town.

 

O'ROURKE, MICHAEL

 

Darkling  (Harper, 1993.)

 

A badly injured reporter seeks rest in a secluded cabin, where he encounters a ghostly young woman - literally - and a demonic force with the power to seize control of the living. 

 

Undine, The  (Harper, 1996.)

 

                An inhuman creature that looks like a beautiful woman escapes her captors and prepares to end the rule of human beings on the Earth.

 

OSBORNE, LOUISE

 

Satan Stone, The  (Popular Library, 1977.)

 

                A beautiful woman resides in a remote house plagued by occult manifestations, curses, misshapen beasts, and thumps in the night.  Although this novel has genuine supernatural elements, their delivery is for the most part muted.

 

OSIER, JOHN

 

Covenant at Coldwater  (St Luke's Press, 1983, Ballantine, 1986.)

 

An ambitious but amoral man discovers the means to raise the long dead as his servants, bringing terror to an entire community.  Zombies and voodoo magic superimposed on a typical small town, a blend that works surprisingly well in this case.

 

Driftglider and Other Stories  (Montilla, 1993.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

O’SULLIVAN, VINCENT

 

Book of Bargains, A  (Smithers, 1896.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Dissertation Upon Second Fiddles, A  (Richards, 1902.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Master of Fallen Years  (Tragara, 1990. Ghost Story Press, 1995, expanded.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

OTFINOSKI, STEVEN

 

Monsters to Know and Love  (Xerox, 1977.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Third Arm and Other Strange Tales of the Supernatural, The  (Xerox, 1977.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

Village of Vampires  (Fearon Pitman, 1979.)

 

A very brief story for people with little reading ability, with a pretty predictable plot concerning a horde of vampires that dominate a small village.

 

Zombie Maker, The  (Xerox, 1978.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

OVERFIELD, JOAN  (Pseudonym of Carolyn Madison.)

 

Shadowing, The  (Love Spell, 2002.)

 

                Romance and a family curse.

 

OWEN, DEAN  (Pseudonym of D.D. McGaughy.)

 

Brides of Dracula, The  (Monarch, 1960, from the screenplay by Jimmy Sangster.)

 

One of the best imitation Dracula movies, with an elderly woman holding her vampire son prisoner in their castle, until he tricks an unsuspecting guest into helping him escape.  Soon the local village girls are all falling under his influence, but eventually his liberator is instrumental in destroying him.

 

Konga  (Monarch, 1960, from the screenplay by Herman Cohen and Aben Kandel.)

 

A demented scientist experimenting with a growth serum eventually creates a gigantic gorilla to rival King Kong before both he and the monster are destroyed.  Some minor sex scenes were added to the book, but they fail to add much interest to this dull potboiler.

 

Reptilicus  (Monarch, 1961, from the screenplay by Ib Melchior and Sidney W. Pink.)

 

The best part of this is that you can't see the horribly bad special effects in this Danish monster movie.  A giant beast with a scaly head and poisonous breath stalks the countryside, destroying everything in its path until the authorities find a way to destroy it.

 

OWEN, J. BRADLEY

 

Dead Season  (Leisure, 1988.)

 

When he kills his brutal father under extremely justifiable circumstances, Tommy is forgiven by the town.  But things get more complicated and frightening when, as an adult, he moves into a house rumored to have hosted supernatural events in the past, and Tommy himself begins to fear his father is returning from the dead.

 

OWEN, THOMAS

 

Desolate Presence and Other Uncanny Stories, The  (Kimber, 1984.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.

 

OWEN, WALTER

 

More Things in Heaven m (Dakers, 1947.)

 

                Not seen.  An ancient cult enforces an ageless curse.

 

OWEN, WILLIAM

 

Strange Scottish Stories  (Jarrold, 1981.)

 

                Collection of unrelated stories.