Last updated 2/7/23




Ghost and the Goth, The  (Hyperion, 2010.)


A cheerleader's ghost is visible only to an unpopular boy haunted by a malevolent spirit.


KADREY, RICHARD  (Also writes Fantasy.)


Butcher Bird  (Night Shade, 2007.)


After being bitten by a demon, a man can see supposedly mythical creatures.


Devil Said Bang  (Harper, 2012.)


Sandman Slim #4.




Getaway God, The (Harper, 2014.)


Sandman Slim #5.


A mad god menaces the world.


Killing Pretty (Harper, 2015.)


Sandman Slim #6.


Death personified.


Kill Society, The (Harper, 2017.)


Sandman Slim #9.


The protagonist visits the land of the dead.


Kill the Dead  (Eos, 2010.)


Sandman Slim #2.


After visiting Hell, the hero fights monsters on Earth.


Sandman Slim  (Eos, 2010.)


Sandman Slim #1.


A mortal is sent to Hell.




Forever Song, The (Harlequin, 2014.)


Young adult vampire romance.




Poltergeist  (Warner, 1982, Granada, 1982, from the screenplay by Stephen Spielberg, Michael Grais, and Mark Victor.)


Freelings #1.


The Freeling family lead what appears to be a perfect life, until restless spirits start disturbing their home.  Then the youngest child disappears into another universe, kidnapped by the spirits of the dead, and the parents resort to scientists and a medium in their efforts to get their daughter back.


Poltergeist II  (Ballantine, 1986, Corgi, 1986, from the screenplay by Michael Grais and Mark Victor.)


Freelings #2.


                Although they fled their old home, the Freeling family is plagued by the supernatural once more.  Now the spirit of a domineering man who died with all his followers is back on Earth.  Only the intervention of ancient Indian magic might be powerful enough to save their children from an angry, evil spirit who resents being dead.




Evil Eye   (Henderson, 1996.)


                An artifact stolen from a museum causes people to hallucinate their worst nightmares, sometimes with horrible results.




Brujah  (White Wolf, 2003.)


A World of Darkness novel.


                Vampires maneuver behind the scenes of the court in Dark Ages Paris.


KALOGRIDIS, JEANNE  (Pseudonym of J.M. Dillard, whom see.)


Children of the Vampire   (Delacorte, 1995, Headline, 1995, Dell, 1996.)


Dracul #2.


Arkady Tsepesh, descendant of Dracula and an involuntary vampire, attempts to save his son from becoming the next generation's slave to their vampiric lord.  Unfortunately, the family curse is more powerful than his will.


Covenant with the Vampire  (Delacorte, 1994, Headline, 1994, Dell, 1995.)


Dracul #1.


Arkady Tsepesh discovers that his great uncle is actually Dracula, a centuries old vampire, in the opening volume of a series set before Stoker's novel.  Arkady tries to kill himself to prevent consummation of the family curse, but he is converted to vampirism instead.


Lord of the Vampires  (Delacorte, 1996, Headline, 1996.)


Dracul #3.


The protagonist finally hunts down and destroys Dracula, only to discover that there is an even greater creature lurking in the background.  The series ends with a climactic battle between opposing brands of vampirism.


KANE, ALEX  (See also Gene Lazuta.)


Shinglo  (Charter, 1989.)


                After stumbling into sacred ground in Vietnam, an ex‑serviceman in the US finds himself plagued by ghostly apparitions resentful of his intrusion.  As they grow stronger, they begin to affect his relationships with other people.




Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell (Solaris, 2016.)


Holmes battles the cenobites of the Hellraiser series.




City of Ghosts  (Del Rey, 2010.)


Chess Putnam #3.


An investigator of the paranormal has to work around a magical compulsion.


Personal Demons  (Juno, 2008.)


Unknown to the world, each of us is plagued by a personal demon, except one young woman with a unique power.


Unholy Ghosts  (Del Rey, 2010.)


Chess Putnam #1.


The dead have risen and the government has fallen, replaced by a mysterious church.


Unholy Magic  (Del Rey, 2010.)


Chess Putnam #2.


An investigator believes that ghosts are not responsible for the deaths attributed to them.




Hands of Glory  (Del Rey, 1981.)


Sword #2.


The spirit of a prehistoric shaman has taken up residence in a sword, using his magic to turn every wielder into a ravening berserker.  An alchemist recognizes the sword's power and seeks to divert the magic for other purposes.


Seeking Sword, The  (Ballantine, 1977.)


Sword #1.


A series of murders is linked to an ancient sword.  An investigator traces the history of the weapon back through time and discovers that it is magically occupied by a magician from the dawn of history.




Adult Version of Dracula, The  (Calga, 1970.)




Adult Version of Frankenstein, The  (Calga, 1970.)






Dreadful Hollow  (Vanguard, 1942, Paperback Library, 1965.)


Shortly after arriving at an old mansion, the protagonist realizes she is in terrible danger, although it's unclear just who among those living in the house is plotting against her.  There's a vampire in the family.




Dark Resurrection  (Barclay, 2001.)


                A surgeon discovers that there is a secret society of the undead, dominated by a man who recruits fresh minions by having them killed.




Dance of Death  (Dell, 1984.)


While recovering from a tragedy, a teenager is trapped in a mansion plagued by the ghosts of twin brothers.  But while one ghost seems to be disposed in her favor, the other is malevolent and plots her death.


Haunting in Williamsburg, A  (Avon Camelot, 1990.)


                Routine younger readers story about a child making friends with a ghost and helping it to find peace.




Vampires of Alfama, The  (Allen, 1976.)


                Not seen.




Salt and Silver  (Tor, 2009.)


A young woman opens a door to hell. 




Hunger, The (Putnam, 2018.)




Lucifer Child, The  (Dell, 1980.)


When a scientific experiment in genetic breeding succeeds, the results are not entirely pleasant. The resulting child extraordinary powers, can enter other people's minds at will, and has a habit of changing what he finds there.




Death Dreams  (Ballantine, 1979.)


When a woman whose child has died is temporarily dead herself, she crosses over to that other side and learns part of the truth of her daughter's murder.  Conscious again, and armed with that knowledge, she decides to even the score.


Ghostflight  (Dell, 1980.)


Amelia Earhart appears out of the sky, years after she disappeared, but apparently no older.  She carries a terrifying message, warning of a plot which will return Adolf Hitler to life and power.  A decidedly strange story.


Visions of Terror   (Warner, 1981.)


Following an accident, a seven year old girl develops the power to foresee the future.  Her mother reluctantly accepts this fact, until the child dreams of her own murder.  Is the future immutable, or can something be done to change the course of events?




Come Like Shadows  (?, 1993, Coteau, 2000.)


                During a production of the play Macbeth, a teenager discovers that a prop mirror provides visions of mysterious people with strange influence over the actors.


False Face  (MacMillan, 1988, Dell Laurel, 1990.)


                A supernatural story aimed at teenagers.  American Indian artifacts which possess supernatural qualities become the focal point in a battle to achieve occult powers.


Witchery Hill  ( McElderry, 1984.)


                Not seen.




Chasing the Dragon (ChiZine, 2009.)




Walk in Shadows  (House of Dominion, 2003.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Pandora  (Avon, 1977.)


This is a mixture of comedy and adventure, with occult overtones.  A woman becomes involved with a dashing man and a pair of occult dabblers, although most of the significant plot elements are cleared up rationally at the end.  There is also an ambiguous reference to reincarnation.




Secret Laboratory Journals of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, The  (Overlook, 1995.)


                Not really a novel, this is supposed extracts from Frankenstein’s journals, heavily illustrated.




Phantom  (Delacorte, 1991, Dell Island, 1993.)


                A retelling of the famous story of the Phantom of the Opera, very stylish, which includes the full life story of the tormented composer who hides beneath the opera house.  I'm still partial to the original by Gaston Leroux, but this makes a fine companion volume.


KAYE, MARVIN  (See also collaboration which follows.)


Fantastique  (St Martins, 1992.)


                A man with personal problems begins experiencing dreams in which he literally leaves his body.


Ghosts of Night and Morning  (Charter, 1987.) 


Sequel to A Cold Blue Light by Kaye in collaboration with Parke Godwin.  Aubrey House is the site of psychic disturbances, cold spots, uncanny lights, and the like.  A woman living there attempts to solve the mystery of the phenomena, and uncovers some of the history of the house.  Not exactly a ghost story, although it has a lot of common elements.


Possession of Immanuel Wolf and Other Improbable Tales, The  (Doubleday, 1981.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




A Cold Blue Light  (Charter, 1983.)


A disparate group of people travel to Aubrey House to investigate the bizarre psychic phenomena which trouble the lives of any who dwell there.   Each of the investigators has personal weaknesses of which interfere with their objectivity.  Marvin Kaye wrote a sequel, Ghosts of Night and Morning.




Christmas Babies  (Pocket Star, 1991.)


                A hidden laboratory is experimenting with manipulation of human DNA and produces a group of babies with unusual coloration and strange powers.  A blend of Frankenstein and the demonic child.




Jadoo  (Messner, 1957, Tower, 1966.)


                Not seen.  Occult adventure.




Castaways  (Leisure, 2009.)


Reality show contestants fall prey to monsters.


City of the Dead  (Leisure, 2005.)


Apocalypse #2.


                The reanimated dead have virtually taken over the world.  A group of survivors attempts to fortify a skyscraper and hold them off.


Complex, The (Deadite, 2016.)


                An apartment house is under siege by naked zombies.


Conqueror Worms, The  (Leisure, 2006.)


Earthworm Gods #1.


                Satanists call up endless rain, Leviathan, Behemoth, a deadly mermaid, and other creatures.


Dark Hollow (Leisure, 2008.)


Levi Stolzfus #1.


An ancient creature brings lust and death to a small town


Darkness on the Edge of Town, The  (Leisure, 2010.)


A town is cut off from the universe by evil darkness.


Dead Sea  (Leisure, 2007.)


Zombie Plague #1.


A plague of zombieism that affects even fish and birds destroys the world.


Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes from the End of the World  (Deadite, 2012.)


Earthworm Gods #3.




Earthworm Gods: The Deluge  (Deadite, ?)


Earthworm Gods #2.




Entombed  (Deadite, 2012.)


Zombie Plague #2.


Zombie apocalypse.


Gathering of Crows, A  (Leisure, 2010.)


Levi Stolzfus #3.


Superhuman creatures from another reality stalk the citizens of a small town.


Ghost Walk  (Leisure, 2008.)


A Halloween amusement attraction is set up in the middle of a genuinely haunted wood.


Ghoul  (Leisure, 2007.)


Levi Stolzfus #2.


                An eater of the undead forces a cemetery caretaker to help him.


Jack's Magic Beans (Deadite, 2011.)


Collection of unrelated stories.


Occurrence in Crazy Bear Valley, An  (Deadite, 2012.)


Monsters in the Old West.


Rising, The  (Delirium, 2003, Leisure, 2004.)


Apocalypse #1.


                The spirits of fallen angels revive dead bodies of humans and animals and threaten to overwhelm the world.


Rising: Selected Scenes from the End of the World, The  (Delirium, 2008.)


Short stories set in the Apocalypse series.


Rutting Season, The  (Bloodletting, 2006.)


A strange creature haunts the woods.


Take the Long Way Home (?, Deadite, 2011.)


Novella about a violent Rapture.


Tequila's Sunrise (Bloodletting, 2007.)


Chapbook about an Aztec who meets a god.


Terminal  (Bantam, 2005.)


                A man terminally ill encounters a child with the ability to heal, but discovers that the power is evil, not good.


Unhappy Endings  (Delirium, 2009.)


Collection of unrelated stories.


Urban Gothic  (Leisure, 2009.)


A group shelters in an apparently abandoned house and find inhuman cannibals in residence.


White Fire (Deadite, 2018)


The accidental release of a virus is accompanied by the arrival of an evil angel.


KEENE, CAROLYN  (House pseudonym.)


Nancy Drew: Ghost Stories  (Simon & Schuster, 1983.)


                Collection of loosely related stories.


Nancy Drew: Ghost Stories II  (Simon & Schuster, 1985.)  (Mike McQuay.)


                Collection of loosely related stories.


KEENE, JOSEPH E. & JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.   (See also separate listing for William W. Johnstone.)


Baby Grand  (Zebra, 1987.)


                The baby grand piano of the title is inhabited by a supernatural force which causes the death of a number of people before the protagonist realizes what's happening.  Has its moments, but slips into formula.




Baby, The  (Charter Diamond, 1990.)


                Another variation of the demon child.  Shortly after taking possession of an expensive estate, a woman decides that an evil presence in the house is trying to possess her unborn child.




Ghost Followed Us Home, The  (Minstrel, 1996.)


For younger readers.  Mildly suspenseful adventure of teenagers vs thieves in a museum where a genuine but unfrightening ghost is seeking help.


Sisters, Long Ago   (Cobblehill, 1990.)


                Not seen.




Dark Union  (Dell, 1983.)


                A woman plagued by animated corpses finally escapes from the horror only to discover that she is not alone, that people all over the country are suddenly finding that the word "death" no longer means what it once did. A comparatively restrained version of the zombies take over the world story.




Animus  (Leisure, 1993.)


A pair of twins are hosts to an unspeakable evil force that compels them to commit a series of murders. 


Breeder, The  (Leisure, 1987.)


Satan worship in a small resort community menaces a newlywed woman as she struggles to normalize her relationship with an unruly stepdaughter.  The devil or one of his minions has taken control of the town's children, and is using them to destroy their parents.


Madonna  (Leisure, 1985.)


A beautiful woman has returned from beyond the grave, using her beauty as a weapon in her quest to wreak bloody vengeance on the living. 


Prime Evil  (Leisure, 1988.)


An unholy ritual performed every thirteen years allows an age‑old man to continue his life indefinitely.  Now it is time for a fresh sacrifice, and unless the protagonist realizes what's about to happen, the villain will have stolen another slice of life.


School, The  (Leisure, 1988.)


An exclusive girls' school seems like the ideal place for Vanessa, until she begins to sense that something evil is happening just out of view.    Sure enough, some of her fellow students have committed murderous acts in response to a compulsive force with a more than human origin.  Filmed as Voodoo Dolls.


Spell, The  (Leisure, 1990.)


A struggling actor becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman and uses a magical spell to bind her to him.  Unfortunately, there's a flip side to the spell that puts him in mortal danger.


KELLEHER, VICTOR  (See also Veronica Hart.)


Baily’s Bones  (Kestrel, 1988, Dial, 1989.)


                The remains of a dead convict provide the means for his possession of a young child.


Del-Del  (Random House, 1991, MacRae, 1991, Walker, 1992.)


                A child is possessed by a malevolent entity.


Green Piper, The  (Kestrel, 1984.)


                A mysterious flash of light in the sky presages the arrival of a man whose influence begins to creep into the minds of the inhabitants of a small town.




Devil and the Doctor, The  (Simon & Schuster, 1940.)


                An unusual take on the devil, who sends a messenger to tell a mortal the true story of his conflict with god and place the man under his protection.


Folsom Flint, The  (Arkham House, 1969.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Last Magician, The  (PDA, 1978.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Solitary Hunters and the Abyss, The  (New Era, 1948.)


                Two unrelated stories.


Tales from Underwood  (Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1952.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Thing in the Cellar, The  (Bizarre, 1940.)


                Short story in pamphlet form.


KELLEY, JOCELYN  (Pseudonym of Jo Ann Ferguson.)


Lost in Shadow (Signet, 2007.)


A ghost story.




Dead Moon  (Fearon‑Pitman, 1979.)


A woman uses a forbidden book of magic to bring back the spirit of the man she loved following his accidental death.  But he was plotting her murder before he died, and now he is as intent as ever on carrying out his plans.


Night of Fire and Blood  (Fearon-Pitman, 1979.)


                Short tale of a demonic creature who demands blood sacrifices.




Deeper Hunger, A  (Leisure, 1994.)


A woman troubled by dreams of a dark, supernatural lover eventually discovers that he’s real and a vampire.


Shadows on a Sunset Sea  (Leisure, 1994.)


Romantic ghost story.


KELLY, RICHARD  (See also Richard Laymon.)




Blood Kin  (Zebra, 1996.)


A family with vampire heritage brings its undead master back to life and engages in an orgy of slaughter on the nearby townspeople.


Father's Little Helper  (Zebra, 1992.)


                A brutal murderer returns from the dead and uses his living son as his weapon in a campaign of brutal revenge against the citizens of a small town.  Predictable plot but handled nicely. 


Halloween Store, The  (Macabre Ink, 2020.)


Collection of unrelated stories.


Hindsight  (Zebra, 1989.)


The "gift" of second sight becomes a curse for a young girl whose accurate predictions of dire events lead her to be branded a witch.  When her brother is murdered, his body is not discovered until she uses her powers to bring the killers to justice.  Unfortunately, they don't remain imprisoned, and they plan to eliminate any possibility she might help capture them again.


Midnight Grinding and Other Twilight Terrors  (CD, 2009.)


Collection of unrelated stories.


Moon of the Werewolf  (Zebra, 1991.)


                A reasonably traditional werewolf novel, with a clan of the creatures transplanted from England roaming the hills of middle America.  Nice juxtaposition of old world horror with new world rusticism.


Pitfall  (Zebra, 1990.)


Texas law enforcement officials crack down on pitbull fighting, so frustrated partisans search for a new amusement. They find it in a particularly brutal and combative animal native to the desert but previously unknown.  Much to their chagrin, the creatures are smarter than they expect, and once they have escaped inside human communities, they find a better target than each other.


Possession  (Zebra, 1993.)


                A haunted house causes its residents to re-enact a horrible series of events that took place during the Civil War.


Something Out There  (Zebra, 1991.)


                The legend of a mysterious, shape changing beast seems no more than a good story until an elderly man dies under mysterious circumstances.  He was the creature's keeper and now, no longer controlled, she is free to walk the Earth at will.




Mark of a Witch  (Bles, 1959, Collins, 1959.)


                Not seen.  Involves witchcraft and a supernatural doll.




Human Resources  (Catbird Press, 1996.)


                A vampire decides that his survival skills make him managerial material, so he gains employment at a major corporation to put his theories into practice.




Killer Flies  (Signet, 1983.)


Yet another insect goes on a rampage, threatening to destroy the entire human race.  This time it's the common, everyday housefly, except that now it attacks in unbelievable numbers, killing and feasting on the dead bodies of farm animals first, then people.




Place at Whitton, The  (?, 1964.)


                Not seen.




Zombies vs Nazis (Skyhorse, 2011.)


Secret history in which Nazis battled zombies.


KENNER, JULIE  (Also writes Fantasy.  See also J.K. Beck.)


California Demon  (Berkley, 2006.)


Demon #2.


                A retired demon fighter tries to hold down a regular job and live in suburbia.


Carpe Demon  (Berkley, 2005.)


Demon #1.


                Light comedy adventure about a housewife who battles demons.


Deja Demon  (Berkley, 2008.)


Demon #4.


Demons crash an Easter egg party.


Demons Are Forever  (Jove, 2007.)


Demon #3.


                A demon hunter's daughter decides to stick with the family business.


Good Ghouls Do  (Jam, 2007, Ace, 2009.)


Horror High #2.


Vampirism is catching on at high school.


Good Ghouls' Guide to Getting Even, The  (Jam, 2007, Ace, 2009.)


Horror High #1.


A teenager converted to vampirism decides to get revenge on the undead.


KENNETT, RICK  (See also collaboration with A.F. Kidd.)


Abracadabra  (Ghost Story Society, 1997.)


                A man tangles with a magical artifact that makes him the target of a variety of supernatural events.


Reluctant Ghost-Hunter, The  (Haunted Library, 1991.)


                Collection of related stories.




Opal Legacy, The  (Ballantine, 1975.)


A peculiar jewel imbues a woman with the ability to see the future, although not always clearly.  From these visions, she concludes that her new husband is not the man she thought he was, and that he may be planning to use the jewel's powers for his own evil purposes. 




Twelve  (Pyr, 2010.)


Vampires #1.


Napoleon's invasion of Russia is troubled by vampire attacks.


Third Section, The  (Pyr, 2011.)


Vampires #3.


Vampires during the Crimean War.


Thirteen Years Later (Pyr, 2011.)


Vampires #2.


Vampires destabilize the tsar's reign.




Witch at Sparrow Creek, The  (Hippocampus, 2015.)


A young man battles the supernatural.




High Marks for Murder  (Berkley, 2008.)


A ghost urges a woman to solver her murder.


Murder Has No Class  (Berkley, 2010)


A headmistress has to placate a ghost.


KENYON, NATE  (Also writes Fantasy.)


Bloodstone  (Five Star, 2005.)


                An alcoholic and a prostitute travel to a remote town where they discover that an unholy force from beyond the grave is at work.


Bone Factory, The  (Leisure, 2009.)


A more than human killer terrorizes a town.


Reach, The  (Leisure, 2008.)


A psychology student discovers that a patient has genuine supernatural powers.


Sparrow Rock  (Leisure, 2010.)


Supernatural events follow a nuclear war.


KENYON, SHERRILYN  (Also writes Fantasy.)


Acheron  (St Martins, 2008.)


Dark Hunter #13


A god made mortal defends humanity.


Bad Moon Rising (St Martins, 2009.)


Dark Hunter #15.


War erupts among the werewolf clans.


Dance with the Devil ()


Dark Hunter #4.




Dark Bites (St Martins, 2014.)


Collection of sometimes related stories.


Dark Side of the Moon  (St Martins, 2006.)


Dark Hunter #10


                A reporter investigating a serial killer discovers that a vampire is responsible.


Deadmen Walking (Tor, 2017.)


A pirate gets involved with sorcery.


Death Doesn't Bargain (Tor, 2018.)


Devil May Cry  (St Martins, 2007.)


Dark Hunter #11.


A supernatural being's quest for revenge is opposed by a mortal woman.


Dream Chaser  ()


Dark Hunter #12.




Dream-Hunter  ()


Dream Hunter #1.




Dream Warrior  (St Martins, 2009.)


Dream Hunter #2.


A woman battles supernatural creature that invade dreams.


Fantasy Lover ()


Dark Hunter #1.




Infamous  (St Martins, 2012.)


Chronicles of Nick.


A young man fights zombies.


Instinct (St Martins, 2015.)


Chronicles of Nick #6.


Vampires and zombies.


Kiss of the Night  (St Martins, 2004.)


Dark Hunter #5.


                Romance involving an immortal Viking and some vampires.


Night Embrace ()


Dark Hunter #3.




Night Play ()


Dark Hunter #6.




Night Pleasures  (St Martins, 2002.)


Dark Hunter #2.


                A benevolent vampire encounters a skeptic.


One Silent Night  (St Martins, 2008.)


Dark Hunter #14.


An army of vampires prepares to take over the world.


Seize the Night  ()


Dark Hunter #7.




Sins of the Night ()


Dark Hunter #8.




Unleash the Night (St Martins, 2006.)


Dark Hunter #9.


                An outcast shapechanger falls in love with a human woman.




Christmas Trees and Monkeys  (IUniverse, 2002.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Undying Monster, The   (Heath Cranton, 1922, Macmillan, 1936, Allan, 1936, Award, 1968, Ash Tree, 2006.)


A moody, restrained novel of occultism, expressed as a long standing family curse, with overtones of lycanthropy.  There is a psychic detective who unravels the mystery rather too painstakingly at times.  It was made into a movie in 1942, although there isn't a great deal of correspondence between the two plots. 




Soul Catcher  (St Martins, 1995.)


                While dying as the result of a mugging, an Indian shaman summons up a wind elemental to avenge his death, and the disembodied spirit prowls the city until a young boy finds the power to send it back to its own world.




Horrible Dummy and Other Stories, The  (Heinemann, 1944.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


World, The Flesh, and the Devil, The  (Subterranean, 2007.)


Collection of unrelated stories.




Dream Painter  (Henderson, 1996.)


                A group of children team up to defeat an evil clown using supernatural powers to lure them under his control.




Revels Ending (Samhain, 2015.)






Night Screams  (Black Pumpkin, 1986.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Hell's Belles  (Zebra, 2007.)


A succubus escapes from Hell and becomes an entertainer.




Hunger  (Graphia, 2010.)


Horsemen #1.


A teen becomes the avatar of famine.


Rage  (Graphia, 2011.)


Horsemen #2.


A teen becomes the avatar of war.


KETCHUM, JACK  (Pseudonym of Dallas Mayr.  See collaboration which follows.)


Closing Time  (Gauntlet, 2007.)


Collection of unrelated stories.


Crossings, The (CD, 2003.)


                A western involving witchcraft.


Peaceable Kingdom  (Subterranean, 2002, Leisure, 2003.)


                Collection of unrelated stories not all of which are horror.


She Wakes  (Berkley, 1989, CD Publications, 2003, Leisure, 2004.)


A seductive vampire preys on mortal men, using her sexual allure to lead them astray.   The slain rise and follow, compelled to do her bidding in this fairly traditional entry in the vampire sweepstakes.




Sleep Disorder  (Gauntlet, 2003.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


KEY, SAMUEL  (Pseudonym of Charles De Lint, whom see.)


Angel of Darkness  (Jove, 1990. Tor, 2002, as by Charles De Lint.)


                A prominent musician composes a piece of music which unleashes supernatural forces.  An ever increasing circle of people find that in their dreams they enter a variation of the real world which is almost lifeless, disintegrating into chaos.  Dangers in that dream world affect them just as if they were awake.


From a Whisper to a Scream  (Berkley, 1992.  Tor, 2003, as by Charles De Lint.)


                Police attempt to track down a brutal serial killer, while a photographer discovers that the party responsible is actually the restless spirit of a dead man seeking revenge on his daughter.  How do you arrest a murderer who isn't really alive, and doesn't actually have a body?




Broken Fang and Other Experiences of a Specialist in Spooks, The  (Hodder, 1920. Dancing Tuatara, 2015, has additional stories.)


Arnold Rhymer #1.


                Collection of related stories about an occult investigator.


Yellow Death  (Books Ltd, 1921.)


Arnold Rhymer #2.


                Not seen.


KIDD, A.F.  (See also collaboration which follows.)


Summoning Knells and Other Inventions  (Ash-Tree, 2000.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




No. 472 Cheyne Walk -  Carnacki: The Untold Stories  (Ash-Tree, 1992.(


                Collection of related stories.


KIDDE, JANET  (Pseudonym of George Wolk. See also Barney Parrish.)


Prophetess, The  (Jove, 1978.)


Ann Welles discovers one day that she has the gift of prophecy.  Naturally, it's a mixed blessing, as people jockey for her favor, and some even begin to think of her as a more than human creature.  And at least one person believes that the world would be better if Ann's ability was stopped rather permanently.




Black Fire  (Leisure, 2004.)


                An unhappy man is tormented by the animated dead.


KIERNAN, CAITLIN  (See also Kathleen Tierney and collaboration with Poppy Brite. Also writes Science Fiction.)


Alabaster  (Subterranean, 2006.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Candles for Elizabeth  (Meisha Merlin, 1998.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Daughter of Hounds  (Roc, 2006.)


Chance Silvey #3.


                A woman with psychic powers confronts a changeling.


Five of Cups, The  (Subterranean Press, 2003.)


                A vampire novel.


From Weird and Distant Shores  (Subterranean, 2001.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers  (Subterranean, 2002.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Low Red Moon  (Roc, 2003.)


Chance Silvey #2.


                Two people with psychic powers are drawn against their will into a murder investigation.


Murder of Angels  (Roc, 2004.)


                Two women catch a glimpse of another reality which might spill over into ours.


Red Delicious (Roc, 2014.)




Red Tree, The  (Roc, 2009.)


A woman finds a manuscript suggesting a supernatural curse.


Tales of Pain and Wonder  (Gauntlet, 2000.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Threshold  (Roc, 2001.)


Chance Silvey #1.


                A woman confronts a young girl who tells her she is destined to defeat a supernatural creature that has existed since prehistory.


To Charles Fort, with Love  (Subterranean, 2005.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Big Rock Beat  (Forge, 1998, Tor, 2000.)


Rock #1.


                An attempt to create a low budget rock and roll horror film ends up in murder and a brush with the supernatural.


Horror Show  (Tor, 1996.)


A magazine writer interviews a controversial and reclusive horror film director and discovers that he used actual corpses in one of his movies.  As a consequence, he and his co-workers are all under a curse, and the director is the only one left alive.


Mojo Hand  (Forge, 1999, Tor, 2002.)


Rock #2.


                Someone is using voodoo to murder the leading Blues singers in the world until the protagonist figures out what's happening.


Shade of Pale (Tor, 1997.)


A police detective encounters a banshee.




Black Guard  (Tor, 2010.)


Wicked City #1.




Other Side, The  (Tor, 2010.)


Wicked City #2.




Scarlet Clan, The  (Tor, 2010.)


Wicked City #3.


Evil demons try to prevent a reconciliation between humans and their own kind.


Vampire Hunter D (Dark Horse, 2005, from the 1983 Japanese version.)


Vampires in the far future.




Blood Games   (Meisha Merlin, 2001.)


Garreth #3.


                Although he refrains from preying on humans, the vampire hero grows estranged from his friends, all of whom are aging while he does not.  Then a gang of vampire wannabes attract the attention of the authorities, and they must be eliminated to preserve his own secret.


Blood Hunt  (Tor, 1987.)


Garreth  #1.


One of the better vampire‑as‑hero novels.  A disgruntled policeman becomes obsessed with a series of murders that eventually lead him to track down a vampire.  When he confronts her, she attacks and turns him into another of her kind, but he resists the temptation to prey on humans.  Instead, he tracks her to her lair for a second confrontation on a more equal footing


Bloodlinks  (Tor, 1988.)


Garreth #2.


  The vampire policeman who destroyed an evil undead creature in that first novel is now trying to lead something like a normal life, working the night shift. But strange events begin to disturb him, and it appears that his old enemy might somehow have survived their last encounter.


Bloodwalk  (Meisha Merlin, 1997.)


                Omnibus of Blood Hunt and Bloodlinks.


Killer Karma  (Meisha Merlin, 2005.)


                A murdered police officer returns as an amnesiac ghost to solve his own case.


Wilding Nights  (Meisha Merlin, 2002.)


                A werewolf detective must discover the identity of one of her kind who is killing humans.




Sunsmoke  (Ace, 1985.)


A particularly thick smog becomes self aware and starts killing people, destroying buildings, and so on.  Published as SF, this is a variant of a standard "B" movie, with a few good scenes despite the silly sounding plot.


KILPATRICK, MICHAEL  (See collaboration with Nancy Kilpatrick.)


KILPATRICK, NANCY  (See also Amarantha Knight, collaboration which follows, and collaboration with Don Bassingthwaite.)


Bloodlover  (Baskerville, 2000.)


                Not seen.  A vampire novel.


Child of the Night  (Raven, 1996, Pumpkin, 1998.)


Vampire #2.


Three vampires decide to band together to help ensure their concealment from the living.


Cold Comfort  (Darktales, 2001.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Dracul: An Eternal Love Story  (Lucard, 1998.)


                A more erotic version of the original story of Dracula.


Endorphins  (Macabre, 1997.)


                Two novellas and two poems, all on a vampire theme.


Near Death  (Pocket, 1994, Pumpkin, 1998.)


Vampire #1.


A vampire with qualms about killing is attacked by a prostitute and traces the people responsible, a sinister group of vampires plotting world domination.


Planet of the Beast  (Black Flame, 2005.)


A Jason novel.


                A scientist clones Jason to build an army of superweapons and discovers his error too late.


Reborn  (Pumpkin, 1998.)


Vampire #3.


                Someone is systematically murdering members of the vampire community, and the key to their salvation is a man half human, half vampire.


Sex and the Single Vampire  (TAL, 1994.)


                Three related stories about vampires.


To the Third Power  (Black Flame, 2006.)


A Jason novel.


                The cryogenetically frozen body of Jason is revived and goes on another rampage.


Vampire Stories of Nancy Kilpatrick, The  (Mosaic, 2000.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Eternal City  (Five Star, 2003.)


                A woman disposing of her aunt's estate discovers that a nearby resort community is actually the front for a colony of vampires.


KILWORTH, GARY  (See also Garry Douglas.)


Angel  (Gollancz, 1993, Forge, 1996.)


Angel #1.


A police officer investigating a series of arson related murders discovers that an amoral angel is on Earth tracking down demons and incinerating any innocent humans who happen to be in the area.


Archangel  (Gollancz, 1994.)


Angel #2.


                Not seen.


Drowners, The  (Methuen, 1991.)


                A ghost story.


Hogfoot Right and Bird-hands  (Edgewood, 1993.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Moby Jack and Other Tall Tales  (PS, 2006.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Rain Ghost, The  (Hippo, 1989, Point, 1990.)


                For young adults.  After getting lost on the moors, a teenage boy finds himself being followed by a ghostly presence.




Scanners II  (Warner, 1991, from the screenplay by B.J. Nelson.)


                Malevolent forces try to create an army of scanners, people with psychokinetic powers, in order to take control of the country.


KIMBERLY, ALICE  (Pseudonym of Cleo Coyle.)


Ghost and Mrs. McClure, The  (Berkley, 2004.)


Haunted Bookshop #1.


                Murder mystery involving a real ghost.


Ghost and the Dead Deb, The  (Berkley, 2005.)


Haunted Bookshop #2.


                A ghostly detective solves a murder.


Ghost and the Dead Man's Library, The  (Berkley, 2006.)


Haunted Bookshop #4.




Ghost and the Femme Fatale, The  (Berkley, 2005.)


Haunted Bookshop #3.




Ghost and the Haunted Mansion, The  (Berkley, 2009.)


Haunted  Bookshop #5.


A bookstore owner and a ghost solve the mystery of the murder of a prominent socialite.




Dracula Began  (Pyramid, 1976.)


An interesting approach to the Dracula legend.  This is an historical novel about the childhood and early adult life of the real Dracula, but with vampirism thrown in as well.  The most famous vampire of all time is shown in a rather more sympathetic light than usual, driven to his evil ways by even more evil normal human beings.




Night Calls  (Harper, 1996.)


An oddly atmospheric tale of a village coping with the existence of vampires and werewolves.  Feels more like fantasy than horror.


KIMBRO, JEAN    (See also John Kimbro and Katheryn Kimbrough.)


Twilight Return  (Ballantine, 1976.)


A woman with a deep interest in the occult is investigating the life of a deceased composer when she becomes involved with a lustful spirit that lives beyond the grave.  Reincarnation and associated psychic phenomenon abound in this rather confused story.


KIMBRO, JOHN     (See also Jean Kimbro and Katheryn Kimbrough.)


Night of Tears  (Ballantine, 1976.)


An incredible mishmash of psychic powers, mysterious lights in the sky, flying saucers and aliens from space, human perversions and inter‑species love affairs.   A kitchen sink novel that uses a rapidly paced plot to conceal, unsuccessfully, the utter chaos.


KIMBROUGH, KATHERYN   (See also Jean Kimbro and John Kimbro.)


Alexandria, the Ambivalent  (Popular Library, 1981.)


Phenwick # 36. 


Alexandria unwisely gets involved with spies and the family ghost.


Ann, the Gentle  (Popular Library, 1978.)


Phenwick #20.


                Not seen.


Augusta, The First  (Popular Library, 1975.)


Phenwick #1.


                The opening volume of a long running gothic series (at least sixteen titles) the central theme of which is the return of the founder of the line, Augusta, in the form of an apparition, whenever one of her female descendants is in trouble.


Augusta, the Second  ( Popular Library, 1979.)


Phenwick #28.


                Not seen.


Barbara, the Valiant  (Popular Library, 1977.)


Phenwick # 16. 


To escape her stultified life, a woman agrees to a loveless marriage, only to have the family ghost intervene.


Belinda the Impatient  (Popular Library, 1982.)


                Not seen.


Carol, the Pursued  (Popular Library, 1979.)


Phenwick #28.


                Not seen.


Dorothy, the Terrified  (Popular Library, 1977.)


Phenwick #19.


                Not seen.


Evelyn, the Ambitious  (Popular Library, 1978.)


Phenwick #23.


                Not seen.


Harriet, the Haunted  (Popular Library, 1976.)


Phenwick #10.


                Not seen.


Ilene, the Superstitious  (Popular Library, 1977.)


Phenwick #14.


                Not seen.


Iris the Bewitched  (Popular Library, 1982.)


Phenwick #39.


                Not seen.


Isabelle, the Frantic  (Popular Library, 1978.)


Phenwick #22.


                Not seen.


Jane the Courageous  (Popular Library, 1975.)


Phenwick #2.


                Not seen.


Joanne, the Unpredictable  (Popular Library, 1976.)


Phenwick #8.


                Not seen.


Joyce, the Beloved  (Popular Library, 1979.)


Phenwick #27.


                Not seen.


Kate, the Curious  (Popular Library, 1976.)


Phenwick #13. 


A woman's dreams are haunted by images of the afterlife.


Katherine the Returned  (Popular Library, 1980.)


Phenwick #30.


                Not seen.


Laura the Imperiled  (Popular Library, 1981.)


Phenwick #38.


                Not seen.


Letitia, the Dreamer  (Popular Library, 1981.)


Phenwick #35.


                Wrongly accused of having an affair, two young people escape to Europe, but one of them cannot outrun the destiny that marks her family.


Louise, the Restless  (Popular Library, 1978.)


Phenwick #24.


                Not seen.


Marcia, the Innocent  (Popular Library, 1976.)


Phenwick #12.


                Not seen.


Margaret, the Faithful  (Popular Library, 1975.)


Phenwick # 3. 


Margaret's marriage is opposed by a nasty ghost.


Millijoy, the Determined  (Popular Library, 1977.)


Phenwick #15.


                Not seen.


Nancy, the Daring  (Popular Library, 1976.)


Phenwick #11.


                Not seen.


Nellie, the Obvious  (Popular Library, 1978.)


Phenwick #21.


                Not seen.


Olga, the Disillusioned  (Popular Library, 1980.)


Phenwick #32.


                Not seen.


Olivia, the Tormented  (Popular Library, 1976.)


Phenwick #9.


                Not seen.


Ophelia, the Anxious  (Popular Library, 1977.)


Phenwick #18.


                Not seen.


Patricia the Beautiful  (Popular Library, 1975.)


Phenwick #4.


                The heroine is sent off to a private school that is more prison than education, and ultimately learns of a terrible fate in store for her if the family ghost can’t help.


Peggy, the Concerned  (Popular Library, 1980.)


Phenwick #31.


                Not seen.


Phyllis, the Cautious  (Popular Library, ?)


Phenwick #33.


                Not seen.


Polly, the Worried  (Popular Library, 1979.)


Phenwick # 25. 


Polly's problem is that every man who shows affection toward her dies horribly soon after.


Rachel, the Possessed  (Popular Library, 1975.)


Phenwick # 5. 


Either Rachel is schizophrenic or she is periodically possessed by a demon.  Can the family ghost help her discover which?


Rebecca, the Mysterious  (Popular Library, 1975.)


Phenwick #7.


                A woman suffering psychological problems after being abducted by a runaway slave begins to delve into the family history and discovers evidence of occult manifestations.


Romula the Dedicated  (Popular Library, 1981.)


Phenwick #37.


                Not seen.


Ruth, the Unsuspecting  (Popular Library, 1977.)


Phenwick #17.


A family feud is complicated by an ancient curse and the family ghost.


Susannah, the Righteous  (Popular Library, 1975.)


Phenwick #6.


                A jewel stolen from India casts a strange spell over the beautiful young woman who comes to possess it.


Ursula, the Proud  (Popular Library, 1980.)


Phenwick #34.


                Not seen.


Yvonne, the Confident  (Popular Library, 1979.)


Phenwick #26.


                An ambitious woman’s plans for her future are in jeopardy when she realizes there is a supernatural influence affecting her family.




Scaredy Cat  (Little, Brown, 2009.)


Suddenly Supernatural #2.




School Spirit  (Little Brown, 2008.)


Suddenly Supernatural #1.


A little girl can see ghosts.


Unhappy Medium  (Little, Brown, 2009.)


Suddenly Supernatural #3.


A child helps a spirit find peace.




Blood Circle  (Sphere, 1989.)


                Not seen.




Demon Shield  (Lynx, 1989.)


                An abandoned church is the gathering place of hellborn forces who begin to influence the lives of people living in the area.  Baffled, the police seek the assistance of a demonologist, who must risk his life in order to dispel the malevolent forces gathering on every side.




Night Vision  (Richard Marek, 1979, Tor, 1982.)


Three people share similar dreams, in which a superhuman, godlike being walks the earth.  When they dream, real murders are committed, as though the dreams were focusing all of their subconscious hatreds.


Southpaw  (Lynx, 1988.)


A run down baseball team begins to win game after game, despite a lack of real talent.  Eventually, their ex‑coach recognizes that something supernatural is involved, particularly when brutal and unsolved murders follow each victory.


KING, J. ROBERT (Also writes Fantasy.)


Angel of Death  (Angry Robot, 2009.)


A serial killer and a police officer are both watched by a supernatural being.


Death's Disciples  (Angry Robot, 2011.)


The survivor of a plane crash is pursued by those who didn't survive.


Heart of Midnight, TSR, ?




KING, STEPHEN  (See also collaborations which follow.)


Bad Death of Edward Delacroix, The  (Signet, 1996, Penguin, 1996.)


Green Mile #4.


                See The Green Mile.


Bag of Bones  (Scribners, 1998.)


                A writer suffering from psychological problems following the death of his wife returns to a small town in Maine and gets involved in an ugly custody battle.  Things are complicated by the presence of multiple ghosts in his house, and the bizarre history of the town which still influences its living residents.


Bazaar of Bad Dreams, The (Scribner, 2015.)


Collection of unrelated stories.


Carrie  (Doubleday, 1974, New English Library, 1974, Signet, 1975, Pocket, 1999.)


The famous novel of a psychic teenager getting her revenge, one of the books that helped start the emergence of horror novels as a separate genre.  Carrie White is a disturbed, unpopular girl whose psychokinetic powers eventually enable her to rebel against a religiously obsessed mother, but not soon enough to prevent a violent tragedy she is made the butt of a cruel joke by her schoolmates.  Made into an excellent motion picture.


Cell  (Scribners, 2006.)


                A pulse through cellphones turns most of the population into telepathic zombies.


Christine   (Donald Grant, 1983, Viking, 1983, Hodder, 1983, Signet, 1983, New English Library, 1984.)


When a nerdish teenager buys a broken down old car, he undergoes a gradual transformation.  The car is either inhabited by or is itself a demonic force, resistant to damage, capable of acting against its owner's enemies of its own volition.  After the car kills several people, the teenager is fatally linked to it and becomes possessed by the same evil force.


Coffey on the Mile  (Signet, 1996, Penguin, 1996.)


Green Mile #6.


                See The Green Mile.


Coffey's Hands  (Signet, 1996, Penguin, 1996.)


Green Mile #3.


                See The Green Mile.


Cujo  (Viking, 1981, Mysterious Press, 1981, Macdonald, 1982, Signet, 1982, Futura, 1992, Plume, 1994.)


Not supernatural unless the young boy's visions of a murderer's ghost are interpreted as genuine.  A rabid St. Bernard holds a woman and her young son prisoner in their disabled car after killing two other people.  The ending in the book is tragic, unlike the movie in which both are able to escape.


Dark Half, The  (Viking, 1989, Signet, 1990, Hodder, 1990.)


                When a prominent writer symbolically kills off his pseudonym, that unreal personality manifests itself as a separate individual, announcing its intention of killing the protagonist's acquaintances and family to protect its continued existence.  Suspenseful but the resolution is unsatisfactory.


Dead Zone, The  (Viking , 1979, Macdonald, 1979, Signet, 1980, Futura, 1980, Ulversoft, 1983, Plume, 1991, Easton, ?)


After spending years in a coma, John Smith wakes into a strange new world, one in which everything and everyone he knew has changed, and one in which he has an uncanny ability to see events from a distance, even events that have not taken place yet.  A psychopathic killer and a psychotic politician figure prominently in his visions and he decides it is his duty to assassinate an ambitious man whom he foresees destroying the world.


Desperation  (Viking, 1996,  Hodder, 1996, Signet, 1997,  New English Library, 1997.)


An evil force seizes control of a small town in the Southwest, using one body after another as it waylays passers through and murders them in exotic and disgusting ways.  One of his prisoners is a young boy who has some sort of undefined religious experience which allows him to escape and eventually overcome the creature.  The novel is linked to The Regulators, which appeared as by Richard Bachman.  The two share the same character names and certain plot elements.


Doctor Sleep (Scribner, 2013.)


A psychic has visions of murder.


Dreamcatcher  (Scribners, 2001, Hodder, 2001, Pocket, 2001, New English Library, 2002.)


                A spaceship full of intelligent fungus from another planet crashes in Maine and begins to infect the local population.  The opposition consists of a maniacal military officer and four friends who have vague telepathic powers.


Duma Key  (Scribners, 2008.)


An accident victim recovering on a remote island off the coast of Florida becomes caught up with revenants and other spooky events.


End of Watch (Scribners, 2016.)


A hospitalized mass murderer gains the power to project himself into other people.


Everything's Eventual  (Hodder, 2002, Scribner, 2002, Pocket, 2003.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Firestarter  (Viking, 1980, Phantasia, 1980, Futura, 1980, Signet, 1981, Plume, 1994.)


A little girl with the ability to start fires by the power of thought is sought by the government because of her potential value as a weapon.  Her father attempts to elude them despite the dogged persistence of a government agent with an agenda of his own.


Four Past Midnight  (Hodder, 1990, G.K. Hall, 1990, Signet, 1991, New English Library, 1991, Viking, 1991.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


From a Buick 8  (Hodder, 2002, Scribner, 2002.)


                A state police troop acts as guardian of a thing that looks like a car but which is actually a gateway to another universe.


Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The  (Scribner, 1999.)


                A nine year old girl is lost in the woods of New Hampshire.  As she wanders about, she becomes aware that she is being stalked by a supernatural creature.


Green Mile, The  (New American Library, 1997, Orion, 1998, Pocket, 1999.)


                Originally published as six separate installments.  The story involves death row in a small prison.  One of the inmates is an apparently mentally handicapped black man accused of murder who actually has the power to heal the sick.  His jailers are sympathetic and actually arrange for him to leave his cell and cure a dying woman, but ultimately they have to proceed with his execution even though they know he is innocent.


Hearts in Atlantis  (Scriber, 1999, Pocket, 2000, Hodder, ?, New English Library, 2002.)


                A series of related stories about a young boy who makes friends with an elderly man who turns out to be a refugee from another reality.  The man is eventually recaptured, but still manages to return to influence the boy later in his life.


If It Bleeds (Scribner, 2020.)


Collection of unrelated stories.


Insomnia  (Viking, 1994, Ziesing, 1994, Hodder, 1996.)


Ralph Robertson's retirement is interrupted by a bout of insomnia, after which he is able to detect the auras of people around him.  Then he sees mysterious figures invisible to the rest of the world, and is drawn into a plot involving the Fates themselves.


It  (Viking, 1986, Hodder, 1986, Signet, 1987.)


King's big, ambitious novel flashes back and forth between the childhood adventures of a band of friends and their adult lives.  An evil clown with supernatural powers, the manifestation of another entity whose very nature is hard to comprehend, dogs their lives.  They eventually discover that the clown is the manifestation of a turtlelike alien creature living in a cavern, so they descend to destroy it forever.


Joyland  (Hardcase, 2013.)


Murder mystery with a ghost.


Just After Sunset  (Scribner, 2008, Pocket, 2009.)


Collection of unrelated stories.


Later (Hardcase, 2021.)


A teenager's ability to talk to dead people puts him in danger.


Lisey's Story  (Scribner, 2006.)


                The widow of a successful writer discovers that he was in contact with a world unlike our own.


Mouse on the Mile, The  (Signet, 1996, Penguin, 1996.)


Green Mile #2.


                See The Green Mile.


Needful Things  (Viking, 1991, Hodder, 1992, Signet, 1992, G.K. Hall, 1992, New English Library, 1994.)


                A strange new shop provides the ultimate answer to everyone's dreams, in exchange for their willingness to play cruel jokes on their friends and neighbors.  Their reactions escalate through assault to murder until finally someone has the courage to refuse and the tide is turned.  The shopowner is apparently the devil himself.  Inconsistencies in the plot make this one of King's weaker efforts.


Night Journey  (Signet, 1996, Penguin, 1996.)


Green Mile #5.


                See The Green Mile.


Nightmares and Dreamscapes  (Viking, 1993, Hodder, 1993, Signet, 1994, G.K. Hall, 1994.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Night Shift  (Doubleday, 1978, New English Library, 1978, Signet, 1979.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Outsider, The (Scribner, 2018.)


A vampirish creature can assume the form of humans it touches.


Pet Sematary  (Doubleday, 1983, Hodder, 1983, Chivers Press, 1984, Signet, 1984, New English Library, 1985, Pocket, 2002.)


A family's proximity to a magical burial ground is the basis for this creepy story of the walking dead.  Any living creature buried in a particular plot of land subsequently returns to life, of a sort.  But their actions aren't quite normal, and they have a new and darker purpose to their existence.  An excellent, modern version of the classic short “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.


Regulators, The  (Dutton, 1996, (Hodder, 1996,.New English Library, 1997.  Ostensibly under the Richard Bachman name, but openly advertised as a Stephen King novel.)


                A mysterious entity uses cartoon characters as the model for extremely deadly creatures which capture a small town and torment its residents.


Revival (Scribners, 2014.)


A bitter ex-minister uses electricity to cure people, but there are horrifying side effects.


Rose Madder  (Viking, 1995, Compass, 1995, Hodder, 1996.  Paperback?)


                A battered wife seeks to escape her psychopathic husband at a women’s shelter, but he pursues, killing anyone who gets in his way.  She also begins to experience strange dreams set in another world, and will ultimately have to defeat him on that plane in order to thwart him on the more familiar one.


Salem's Lot.  (Doubleday, 1975, New English Library, 1975, Signet, 1976,  Plume, 1991, Pocket, 1999.)


One of the best written vampire novels of all time.  A small town in Maine is shaken by strange comings and goings in the night, disappearances and deaths, everything tied to the renting of an abandoned house of bad repute to a mysterious stranger whom no one has ever seen.  Their new neighbor is a vampire, and one of the most powerful and frightening examples of the species ever created.


Secretary of Dreams, The  (Cemetery Dance, 2006.)


Collection of unrelated stories.


Shining, The   (Doubleday, 1977, New English Library, 1977, Signet, 1978, Plume, 1991, Pocket, 2002.)


An intensely frightening and suspenseful variation of the haunted house story.  A young couple and their son agree to be the winter custodians of an enormous hotel, but they have not been there long before manifestations of an ancient, evil power threaten their lives.  Although there are trappings of the traditional ghost story, the explanation is quite different.


Shining, The, Salems’ Lot, Carrie  (Heinemann, 1981.)


                Omnibus of the three novels.


Silver Bullet, The  (Signet, 1985.)


                Story and screenplay for the film about a town terrified by a werewolf.


Skeleton Crew  (Macdonald, 1985, Putnam, 1985, Signet, 1986, Futura, 1986.  Scream Press, 1985, has additional stories.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Stand, The   (Doubleday, 1978, New English Library, 1979, Signet, 1980.  Doubleday, 1990, Hodder, 1990, have a large amount of restored text.)


An unusual mixture of science fiction and horror.  A new plague wipes out most of the population of the world.  In the aftermath, two rival forces begin to gather, those of good and those of evil, preparing for the ultimate confrontation to determine the future of humanity.  Later editions were substantially longer, adding portions which were edited out of the original edition.


Storm of the Century  (Pocket, 1999.)


                Screenplay for the television miniseries about a town that is held prisoner by a supernatural force during a snowstorm.


Thinner  (Putnam, 1984, Signet, 1985, New English Library, 1985, Chivers Press, 1986, originally published as by Richard Bachman but later acknowledged as by King.)


When a fat man accidentally angers a gypsy magician, he falls under the power of a curse which causes him to become thinner each day, sloughing off weight. Unless he can find the gypsy and reverse the process, the ultimate diet will kill him.  Sounds humorous but it's actually very suspenseful.


Tommyknockers  (Putnam, 1987, Signet, 1988, Hodder, 1988, New English Library, 1989.)


An ancient, alien spaceship is secretly unearthed from where it lay buried for ages.  Somehow, a still active force extrudes itself, affecting the bodies and personalities of anyone within range, altering them in compliance with some preconceived programming of its own, and imparting to those it touches the secrets of an incredible and dangerous technology.


Two Dead Girls, The  (Signet, 1996, Penguin, 1996.)


Green Mile #1.


                See The Green Mile.




Gwendy's Button Box (Cemetery Dance, 2017.)


Novella about a man who gives a young girl a magical box.


Gwendy's Final Task (Cemetery Dance, 2022.)


The dangerous cursed box is disposed of in outer space.




Black House  (Random House, 2001.)


Talisman #2.


                An evil force from another reality uses a human serial killer as his agent to steal children, picking from among them those who have a mysterious psychic talent.


Talisman, The  (Viking, 1984, Signet or Berkley?, 1985, Penguin, 1985.  Donald Grant, 1984, in two volumes, New American Library, 1984.)


Talisman #1.


This is more of a fantastic adventure in another world than a horror novel despite the packaging, although one of the principle characters is in fact a werewolf.  A totally bizarre journey across the familiar world and a less familiar one, both conducted at the same time.


KING, TABITHA  (See also collaboration with Michael McDowell.)


Small World  (Macmillan, 1981, Signet, 1982.)


A particularly nasty character develops a device which allows him to shrink people down to the size of toys.  This is a really effective way to get even with his enemies.


KINGDOM, WILL  (Pseudonym of Phil Rickman, whom see.)


Cold Calling, The  (?)




Mean Spirit (Corgi, 2001.)


A medium faces genuine supernatural forces.


KINGSBURY, EVAN  (Pseudonym of Robert Walker, whom see.)


Fire & Flesh  (Jove, 2002.)


                A supernatural creature returns amid a heat wave, incinerating its victims and becoming more powerful with each life it takes.




Hellcat  (Leisure, 1992.)


After successfully murdering her abusive husband, a woman's life becomes a terrifying ordeal.  A mysterious black cat appears, ostensibly harmless, but clearly inhabited by the dead man's vengeful spirit.


KINION, RICHARD  (See also Edward Lee.)


Sacrifice  (Zebra, 1995.)


An unhappy woman is possessed by a demonic force that allows her to get revenge on those who have wronged her, but her newfound sexuality and personal power come at a price that includes taking human lives.




Complete Supernatural Stories of Rudyard Kipling, The  (Allen, 1987.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Mark of the Beast and Other Horror Tales, The  (Dover, 2000, Gollancz, 2006.)


                Collection of sometimes loosely related stories.


KIRALY, MIRA  (See also Elaine Bergstrom.)


Leanna  (Berkley, 1996.)


A writer visits a mysterious house in New Orleans where she gradually falls under the influence of the ghost of a woman who once lived there.


Madeline  (Berkley, 1996.)


Another sequel to the “Fall of the House of Usher”.  This time Edgar Allen Poe is asked to help a young mother whose child has been stolen by descendants of the Usher family.


Mina  (Berkley, 1994.  Ace, 2000, as by Elaine Bergstrom.)


A direct sequel, with some overlap, to Stoker's classic vampire story, this time concentrating on Mina.  Even following Dracula's death, she is not free of the taint of his blood and is drawn toward the existence of the undead.  Mostly romantic in its treatment.




Dangerous Nature  (Zebra, 1993.)


                Animal rights activists free some experimental animals who have been experimented upon to induce tissue regeneration, and now they are turning into more than normal creatures who prey on human beings.


Deadly Breed  (Zebra, 1991.)


                A government research project developing new variations of animals falls prey to its subjects when it underestimates the hatred and ingenuity which they possess.  A pretty bland nature goes wild novel.




Reflections of a Vampire  (Rahu, 2002.)


                Self published novel about a vampire who seeks to convert a group of minions in preparation for a periodic period of hibernation.




Ancestral Shadows  (Eerdman, 2004.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Lord of the Hollow Dark (St Martins, 1979.)


A haunted house.


Lost Lake.  (See The Surly, Sullen Bell.)


Off the Sand Road  (Ash-Tree, 2002.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Princess of All Lands, The  (Arkham House, 1979.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Surly, Sullen Bell, The.  (Fleet, 1962,  Paperback Library, 1964.  Paperback Library, 1966, as Lost Lake.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Watchers at the Strait Gate  (Arkham House, 1984.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


What Shadows We Pursue  (Ash-Tree, 2003.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


KISNER, JAMES    (See also Martin James.)


Earthblood  (Zebra, 1990.)


                A sprawling warehouse constructed on ancient Indian sacred grounds is the scene of several accidents, each more serious than the ones before.  Ancient spirits living in the ground influence the minds of those above, causing them to react with anger and poor judgment, ultimately reducing the entire operation to chaos.


Poison Pen  (Zebra, 1990.)


                A professional debunker of psychic phenomena learns that not everyone is a fake while pursuing his investigation of a famous medium.  Magic interferes first with his physical health, then with his ability to pursue his career.


Quagmire, The  (Zebra, 1991.)


                Children begin to disappear in the vicinity of a quagmire, as an evil personality uses its supernatural powers to suborn the will of others and seize control of their bodies.  A fairly well developed story of witchcraft and ancient evil.


Strands  (Leisure, 1988.)


A murderer never reaches trial but is instead lynched by a group of local townspeople.  The individuals responsible cut up the rope as a kind of macabre souvenir of their deed, but now his evil spirit walks the earth, tracing each of his enemies by means of that piece of rope.  Well done, though it's hard to muster much sympathy for the lynch mob.


Tower of Evil  (Leisure, 1994.)


A group of people isolated in a skyscraper by a terrible snowstorm discover that the building is occupied by demonic forces that begin systematically slaughtering their guests.




Glimmer  (Balzer & Bray, 2012.)




Whisper (Balzer & Bray, 2012.)




KITTREDGE, CAITLIN  (See Science Fiction collaboration with Jackie Kessler. Also writes Fantasy.)


Black Dog (Harper, 2014.)


Hellhound #1.




Grim Tidings (Harper, 2015.)


Hellhound #2.


Adventures of a demon hunter.


Night Life  (St Martins, 2008.)


Nocturne City #1.


Werewolf romance.


Pure Blood  (St Martins, )




Nocturne City  (St Martins, 2008.)


Nocturne City #2.


Werewolf romance.


Second Skin  (St Martins, 2009.)


Nocturne City #3.


Werewolf romance.


Street Magic  (St Martins, 2009.)


Black London #1.




Witch Craft  (St Martins, 2009.)


Nocturne City #4.


Werwolf romance.




Shelter, The  (Tor, 1987.)


Meadbury might have been the perfect town.  Every decision is worked out logically, because the community is in a sense a single entity, with all its citizens contributing to the overall development of their creation.  But an outsider realizes the horrible truth, that Meadbury is no longer functioning sanely at all.




Blood and Chocolate  (Delacorte, 1997, Dell Laurel, 1999.)


                A young girl struggles to reconcile her daytime life as a high school student with her secret identity as part of a clan of werewolves.  When she falls in love with a normal boy, her future in both communities is put into jeopardy.


Silver Kiss, The  (Delacorte, 1990.)


                A vampire story for young adults in which the young vampire male is seeking love and companionship from a teenaged girl.




Animal Hour, The  (Pocket, 1993.)


                Odd story about a psychopathic killer and a woman who is guided by voices in her head to bring him to justice.


Uncanny, The  (Dell, 1998.)


                An oddly old fashioned novel about a dying film director, a neurotic woman, a self destructive young man, his obsessed mother, and their battle against an evil manipulator who has found the secret of immortality and has killed countless people in his quest to secure the means to make himself deathless.


Werewolf Cop (Pegasus, 2015.)


Werewolf #1.


The title tells it all.




Family Unit and Other Fantasies, The (ChiZine, 2014.)


Collection of unrelated stories not all of which are horror.




Sherlock Holmes & Mr. Hyde, Titan, 2022


Holmes uncovers the classic mystery.


Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula




Knowledge of Good and Evil, The  (Tor, 2011.)


A struggle for a journal that contains the knowledge of the title, complete with a visit to Hell.




Hell's Shadows (Createspace, 2012.)


Haunted house story.




Mrs Rahlo's Closet and Other Mad Tales  (Ipublish, 2001.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Ceremonies, The   (Viking, 1984, Bantam, 1985, Pan, 1986.)


A strange being stirs in its resting place, an elderly, gnarled tree in a small New Jersey town.  Ancient rituals are about to be reinvoked, including human sacrifice, in order to meet the needs of a powerful, supernatural entity which seeks its freedom.  Exceptionally good characterization and a brilliantly evoked setting make this a standout novel.


Dark Gods  (Viking, 1985, Bantam, 1986, Pan, 1987.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Events at Poroth Farm, The  (Necronomicon, 1990.)


                Short story in pamphlet form.




Ancestors  (Pageant, 1988.)


 A young man is able to remember critical events from the lives of his ancestors.  Is it the revelation of a new scientific principle involving heredity or is he possessed by a supernatural force which imparts this knowledge as part of an evil plan?


Campfire Story  (Diamond, 1990.)


                A session of campfire storytelling gets out of control when one of a circle of friends suggests the most horrible way to die.  The group is subsequently stalked by a demonic manifestation that can disguise itself as the most innocuous things in their environment.




Frostwing  (Aspect, 1995.)


                A man’s dreams are haunted by images of a gargoyle, which he finally encounters in Chicago, leading him to believe the statue houses an inhuman intelligence.


King of the Grey  (Questar, 1993.)


                Vampires and other legendary creatures only half exist until they are given full life by a mortal human who is forced to find the strength to control his inadvertent creations.




Undead Ruins, The (Permuted, 2015.)






Sasquatch: Monster of the Northwest Woods  (Belmont Tower, 1977.)


A ten foot tall abominable snowman forays out into the world of civilized men, killing and mutilating its victims until a single man decides to do something about it.  An abominably bad book.


KNIGHT, AMARANTHA  (Pseudonym of Nancy Kilpatrick, whom see.)


Amarantha Knight Reader, The  (Masquerade, ?)


                Collection of excerpts from novels.


Darker Passions: Carmilla  (Masquerade, ?)


                Spiced up version of the J. Sheridan LeFanu story.


Darker Passions: The Curse of the Mummy  (Masquerade, ?)


                Not seen.


Darker Passions: Dracula, The  (Masquerade, 1993, Circlet, 2001.)


A spiced up version of Dracula, with very little regard for the original story.  Adds sadomasochism, kinky sex; subtracts suspense, most of the plot, and all of the original characterization.


Darker Passions: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The  (Masquerade, 1995.)


                Spiced up version of the Robert Louis Stevenson short novel.


Darker Passions: The Fall of the House of Usher  (Masquerade, ?)


                Spiced up version of the Edgar Allen Poe story.


Darker Passions: Frankenstein, The  (Masquerade, 1995.)


                Spiced up version of Mary Shelley’s classic.


Darker Passions Reader, The  (Masquerade, 1996.)


                Excerpts from the various novels.


Darker Passions: The Pit and the Pendulum  (Masquerade, ?)


                Spiced up version of the Edgar Allen Poe story.


Darker Passions: The Portrait of Dorian Gray  (Masquerade, ?)


                Spiced up version of the Oscar Wilde story.




Jane's Warlord  (Berkley, 2004.)


                A serial killer jumps forward from the past to claim new victims.


Love Bites (Berkley, 2014.)


Vampire romance.


Master of Smoke  (Berkley, 2011.)


Master #5.


An involuntary werewolf rescues another whose memories have been erased.


Master of the Moon  (Berkley, 2005.)


Master #2.


                A werewolf helps the police track down a vampire.


Master of the Night  (Berkley, 2004.)


Master #1.


                Romance novel about a secret agent of the US who is actually a vampire.


Master of Fire  (Berkley, 2010.)


Master #4.


Vampire romance.


Master of Wolves  (Berkley, 2006.)


Master #3.


                A werewolf detective romance.


Vampire's Christmas, The  (Changeling, ?)






Broken Angel  (Delirium, 2005.)


                An amnesiac has supernatural powers.


Feral  (Five Star, 2003.)


                A young girl escapes from the bogeyman, who tries to recapture her despite the efforts of her father and a woman to protect her.


Reservoir Gods  (Delirium, 2009.)


A giant creature lives in a reservoir.


KNIGHT, HARRY ADAM  (Pseudonym of John Brosnan and Leroy Kettle.)


Bedlam  (Gollancz, 1992.)


                After a serial killer is caught and imprisoned, people begin to succumb to deadly dreams about him.


Carnosaur  (Star, 1984, Bart, 1989, Tor, 1993.)


                A megalosaurus rampages through the modern world, destroying everything in its path.  No US edition, although one was announced from Bart Books before they went out of business.


Death Spore  (See The Fungus.)


Fungus, The  (Star, 1985, Franklin Watts, 1985, Gollancz, ?  Pinnacle, 1990, as Death Spore, by John Brosnan and Leroy Kettle.)


An experiment designed to create a more abundant source of food backfires, releasing a fungus which spreads with incredible speed, attacking human beings and transforming them into monstrous creatures.  I guess we all have days like this.


Slimer   (Star, 1983, Bart, 1989.)


A group of vacationers become stranded on a deserted oil rig finds the clothing of the crew scattered about, as though they had been dissolved.  A genetic experiment has gone wrong, and an amorphous creature with intelligence that surpasses that of humans is on the prowl for more victims.


Worm  (? 1987, Bart, 1988.)


                Mysterious pregnancies and giant wormlike creatures inhabiting the city sewers provide most of the thrills in this fast paced, movie style thriller.




What Rough Beast  (Leisure, 2005.)


                Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini track down a monster in London.


KNIGHT, J.  (Pseudonym of Jan Steven Strnad.)


Risen  (Pinnacle, 2004.)


                An evil presence in a small town brings the dead back to life.


KNIGHT, MALLORY T.  (Pseudonym of Bernhardt Hurwood, whom see.)


Dracutwig  (Award, 1969.)


A lithe British fashion model adopts a new look, pale, dressed in black, with bats for pets.  Dracutwig is all the rage, but what no one seems to realize is that she is actually the daughter of Dracula himself, and similarly cursed with vampirism. Played primarily for laughs.




Babydoll  (Zebra, 1988.)


When Ned moves into a temporary home, he never expects the strange series of events which will take place across the street, the ghostly appearances, the evil doll, or the danger which will menace him personally.  Rather disjointed.




Daylight  (Ballantine, 2003.)


                Theology and a murder mystery mix in this vampire story.




Spooky Stuffs: Hawaiian Ghost Stories  (Island Heritage, 1974.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Ace of Spades, The  (Skullvines, 2009.)


Black Jack Derringer #1.


Novella set in an Old West where not everyone is human.


Blackburn and Scarletti Mysteries, The  (Black Death, 2007.)


Two related stories.


Iron Angel  (Black Death, 2005.)


Shredder #1.


                A good witch battles demons.




Disciple, The  (Bantam, 1983.)


An old time preacher really can raise the dead and heal the sick.  But there is a darker side to the services he leads, and a violent, horrible conclusion as the force which assists him exposes its darker side.




Marked by Moonlight  (Pocket, 2007.)


A werewolf romance.




Bad Brains  (Dell, 1992, Millennium, 1993.)


                Following an accident in which he received a head injury, an unhappy young painter experiences a series of strange visions which might be dismissed as hallucinations except for the fact that some of his paintings are beginning to spontaneously change as well. 


Blue Mirror, The (Farrar Strauss & Giroux, 2004.)


                Young adult horror about a teenager whose new boyfriend isn't quite human.


Cipher, The  (Dell, 1991.)


                A struggling artist and his domineering girlfriend discover a black hole in a supply closet which alters anything placed within its borders.  An introspective view of the disintegration of the protagonist's personality with some startling imagery and innovative plotting.


Extremities  (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998.)


                Collection of unrelated stories not all of which are horror.


Skin  (Dell, 1993, Millennium, 1993.)


                A sculptor and a dancer explore the limits of the body in this twisted tale of obsession, self mutilation, and the extremes of art.  Stylistically intense like all this author's work, which doesn't appeal to every taste.




Vampire Express  (Bantam, 1984.)


Choose Your Own Adventure #31.


                A multi-path gamebook.




Apocalypse, The.  (See The Guardian.)


Beast, The.  (See Monster.)


Guardian, The  (Bantam, 1979. (Secker & Warburg, 1979, as Sentinel II.  New English Library, 1979, as The Apocalypse.)


Sentinel #2.


An apartment building in New York City is on the literal doorstep of Hell in this follow‑up to the same author's successful first novel.  Rape, revenge, murder, disfigurement, and the threat of eternal damnation as a blind nun sits her silent watch, protecting the world from what lies beyond.


Monster  (Ballantine, 1982.  New English Library, 1983, as The Beast.)


 This story of oil explorers who discover there really is a monster in Loch Ness holds no surprises, but moves surprisingly well, with just the right mixture of suspense and adventure.


Sentinel, The  (Simon & Schuster, 1974, Secker & Warburg, 1974, Ballantine, 1976.)


Sentinel #1.


A model in New York City becomes involved with a series of bizarre events in her apartment building.  An investigation begins which penetrates into secret hierarchies of the Roman Catholic Church.  But what does the blind priest watch out of those ruined eyes


Sentinel II.  (See The Guardian.)


KOOGLER, DORI  (See collaboration with Ashley McConnell.)


KOONTZ, DEAN  (See also Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, and Owen West.  Also writes as Aaron Wolfe, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, David Axton, and others. See also collaborations with Kevin J. Anderson and Ed Gorman.)


77 Shadow Street  (Bantam, 2011.)


A supernatural entity menaces the inhabitants of an apartment house.


Bad Place, The  (Berkley, 1990, Putnam, 1990, Headline, 1990.)


                A man plagued by black out spells from which he emerges with blood on his person hires investigators to watch him, but they invariably fail to discover just what happens when his mind is elsewhere.  Two brothers with extraordinary powers have the ability to transcend their human forms.


Breathless (Bantam, 2009.)




Brother Odd  (Bantam, 2006.)


Odd #3.




City, The (Bantam, 2014.)




Cold Fire  (Berkley, 1991, Putnam, 1991, Headline, 1991.)


                A series of dramatic rescues establishes a mysterious man as a hero, but how is he drawn to such disasters with such regularity, and why does he continue to allude to the imminent arrival of a deadly danger to everyone?  Could it be that he has the power to create malevolent beings through an act of will, and then feels compelled to thwart them?


Darkest Evening of the Year, The  (Bantam, 2007.)


A woman and a dog face a supernatural danger.


Darkfall  (Berkley, 1984 . W.M. Allen, 1984, Headline, 1990, as Darkness Comes.)


A series of horrible murders are initially explained away in mundane terms ‑ a psychopathic killer, a savage demonstration of the power of organized crime.  But the reader knows what's really going on that a sorcerer has opened a door to hell and let loose a horde of diminutive creatures which rend and destroy any target against which they are directed.


Darkness Comes.  (See Darkfall.)


Dead and Alive  (Bantam, 2009.)


Third in a series, the other two being by Kevin J. Anderson and Ed Gorman.  A modern retelling of the story of Frankenstein.


Dean Koontz Omnibus, A  (Headline, 1993.)


                Omnibus of Cold Fire, The Face of Fear, and The Mask.


Dead Town, The  (Bantam, 2011.)




Deeply Odd  (Bantam, 2013.)




Demon Seed  (Bantam, 1973, Corgi, 1977, Berkley, 1997, Headline, 1998.)


A science fiction horror story.  Proteus is a supercomputer who rebels against its human masters, imprisoning a woman within her home, planning an unnatural union of flesh and machine. Made into a film.


Door to December, The  (Signet, 1985.  Fontana, 1987, as by Leigh Nichols.  Headline, 1991, as by Richard Paige.)


                An unhappy little girl seems to be the subject of persecution by an supernatural force, but ultimately we discover that she is manifesting the poltergeist and other phenomena herself.


Dragon Tears  (Headline, 1992, Berkley, 1993, Putnam, 1993, Headline, 1993.)


A policeman and several people associated with him are plagued by a man who has developed the power to project physical variations of himself, and who believes himself to be a god with the mission of wiping out anyone he doesn't like.


Face, The  (Bantam, 2003.)


                One of the author's rare genuinely supernatural stories.  A crazed anarchistic serial killer targets the young son of a famous actor, whose life is indirectly protected by a guardian angel.


Fear Nothing  (Bantam, 1998, Headline, 1998.)


Snow #1.


                The protagonist is so allergic to light that he cannot go outside by day, and must even shun electric lights whenever possible.  Shortly after his father's funeral, he discovers that the body has been stolen, and his subsequent investigation leads to a nationwide conspiracy resulting from a biological experiment gone horribly wrong.  The entire story takes place during a single night.


Flesh in the Furnace, The  (Bantam, 1972.)


Pertos is a brilliant artisan who creates living puppets to do his bidding.  It seems to him a perfect arrangement, until one day when his creations begin to resent the way in which he treats them, deciding to fashion a new order at his expense.


Forever Odd  (Bantam, 2005.)


Odd #2.


A man can see demons invisible to everyone else.


From the Corner of His Eye  (Bantam, 2000, Headline, 2000.)


                An amoral serial killer is somehow psychically aware that a young child presents a danger to him.  He searches for the boy, who is one of two children who are able to look into alternate universes.


Good Guy, The  (Bantam, 2007.)




Hideaway  (Berkley, 1992, Putnam, 1992, Headline, 1992.)


                The protagonist of this story is clinically dead but is revived in time to resume his life.  Unfortunately, the experience creates a psychic link to a murderous other personality, who must be unmasked before he it is too late.




Innocence (Bantam, 2014.)




Life Expectancy  (Bantam, 2004.)


                A young man faces a series of prophesized crises.


Midnight  (Berkley, 1989, Putnam, 1989, Headline, 1989.)


A deranged scientist seeking to turn humans psychologically and physically into emotionless, totally rational beings misjudges the complexity of human life.  The result is a number of shapechangers, each prey to fits of uncontrollable rage.  A rationalized werewolf story.


Night Chills  (Atheneum, 1976, Allen, 1977, Berkley, 1983, Headline, 1990.)


An experimental gas turns people into ruthless, maniacal killers, but also may unlock the secret of a mental power previously only dreamed of as a fantastic possibility.  But to master the power, someone must be ruthlessly willing to sacrifice lives in the process.


Odd Apocalypse  (Bantam, 2012.)


Odd #5.


A man who can communicate with the dead plumbs the secrets of a haunted mansion.


Odd Hours  (Bantam, 2008.)


Odd #4.




Odd Thomas  (Bantam, 2003.)


Odd #1.


                A softspoken man is secretly able to communicate with the dead.


Phantoms  (Berkley, 1983, Putnam, 1983, Allen, 1983, Headline, 1990.)


A small California town is menaced by a series of weird manifestations, giant insects and other monsters who seem to share a common desire to kill people.  A creature whose existence is unsuspected lurks nearby, creating lifeforms to do its bidding.   Unrelenting suspense throughout, one of Koontz's best novels. 


Saint Odd (Bantam, 2015.)


Odd #6.


A man who can see evil spirits ponders his fate.


Seize the Night  (Bantam, 1999, Headline, 1999.)


Snow #2.


                Christopher Snow returns, this time to solve the mystery of disappearing children, whom he believes have been abducted by sinister government agents involved in illegal experiments.  He discovers that government experimenters not only introduced a mutative virus into the world, they also succeeded in traveling to a parallel world with very different lifeforms.


Servants of the Twilight  (Berkley, 1990, Headline, 1991.  Pocket, 1984, Dark Harvest, 1988 under the title Twilight.)


A woman must protect her son from a cult who believes him to be the Anti‑Christ.  Minimal ambiguous supernatural element, but heavy on suspense.  Made into a mediocre film.


Sole Survivor   (Putnam, 1997, Headline, 1997.)


                The survivors of an air crash develop supernatural powers.


Strange Highways  (Warner, 1995, Headline, 1995.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.


Strangers  (Putnam, 1986, Allen, 1986, Berkley, 1987, Headline, 1990.)


A group of totally unrelated people scattered across the United States react to a compulsion to travel to a small town. At the same time, a series of psychic phenomena occurs in their vicinity, preventing anyone from interfering with the completion of a mysterious master plan.  Like most of this author's recent "horror" novels, this is actually science fiction.


Three Complete Novels  (Wings, 1991.)


                Omnibus of The Servants of Twilight, Darkfall, and Phantoms.


Ticktock  (Ballantine, 1996, Headline, 1996.)


A Vietnamese American receives a doll that transforms into a reptilian creature intent upon killing him.  He escapes in the company of a decidedly unusual young woman, and is pursued throughout the night by the ever larger monster.  Not entirely serious.


Twilight.  (See Servants of the Twilight.)


Twilight Eyes  (Berkley, 1987,  Allen, 1987, Headline, 1990.)


A carnival setting helps make this novel of strange creatures discernible only to a man with peculiar eyes  one of the more original horror stories of the last decade.  A well rounded cast of characters contributes as well.  The protagonist initially suspects his own sanity, but eventually realizes that he is the key to unmasking a terrifying plot.


Vision, The   (Putnam, 1977, Bantam, 1978, Corgi, 1980, Headline, 1990.)


Mary Bergen is a talented clairvoyant who has a premonition of her own murder at the hands of a psychopathic killer. Unfortunately, the vision is not detailed enough for her to identify her assailant or the exact time and place of the murder, and if she cannot solve the crime before it happens, she won't be around to solve it at all.


Watchers   (Putnam, 1977, Headline, 1987, Berkley, 1988.)


Two genetically manipulated creatures have escaped from a government laboratory.  One is a highly intelligent dog, the other a hideous monster which hates everything around it, and particularly its fellow escapee.  Now the two are locked in a battle to the death, and everyone who encounters them will be in mortal danger.  Made into three mediocre films.


Werewolf Among Us, A  (Ballantine, 1973.)


A science fiction novel included primarily because this story of an entity who is part human, part machine, is also a unique and often fascinating variant on the traditional werewolf story.


What the Night Knows  (Bantam, 2010.)


A dead serial killer returns from the grave.


Whispers   (Putnam, 1980, Berkley, 1981, Allen, 1981, Headline, 1990.)


A woman is stalked by a mysterious, menacing figure who lurks outside her apartment or follows her on the street. Although most of the suspense and terror relies on the psychological oppression of the protagonist, the climactic scenes are fast paced and disconcerting and involve a very twisted villain.


Winter Moon  (Ballantine, 1994, Headline, 1994.  This is actually a virtually complete rewrite and massive expansion of the 1974 novel Invasion which Koontz wrote as Aaron Wolfe and which was published by Laser Books.)


An alien invader capable of controlling minds and regenerating its own loathesome body confronts a family newly moved to a rural area and snowbound in their home.




All Good Things (Permuted, 2015.)


Zombie apocalypse.


Haven (Permuted, 2015.)


Zombie apocalypse.




Rachmaninoff's Ghost  (Silver Lake, 2003.)


                A musician invokes the ghost of the famous composer.




Historian, The  (Little, Brown, 2005, Back Bay, 2007.)


                Research into the life of Dracula reveals that vampires are real.




Dark Legacy  (Scythe, 1996.)


                Hitler teams up with Satan to sow the seeds of another world war following his death.




Possessed!  (Hustler, 1980.)


                Pornography involving poltergeists.


KOTLAN, C.M.  (See collaborations with G.C. Edmondson.)




Leopard's Tooth, The  (Clarion, 1976, Avon Bard, 1978.)


An entertaining novel designed primarily for younger readers.  A boy accompanying an anthropological expedition to Africa during the last century becomes involved with ancient magic and a local sorcerer.


Midnight Examiner, The  (Houghton Mifflin, 1989.)


                Not seen.  Voodoo.




Eye of the Devil  (Critics Choice, 1989.)


The legendary creature rumored to inhabit a boggy region returns, killing anyone who stumbles into its lair.  But there's a puzzling pattern to the killings, almost as though someone had a sinister purpose quite unrelated to the creature's normal habits.




Nightmare Man, The  (Point, 1988, Hippo, 1988.)


                Mild supernatural adventure for young readers, featuring a young boy who has dreams of a menacing figure, one which reappears at a key point in his life.


KRAUS, DANIEL (See also collaboration with George Romero.)




Brainstorm  (Bantam, 1991. )


                A boy with the ability to kill with the power of his mind is the target for ambitious government agents.  He escapes and the chase is on.  A nicely constructed but overly familiar story.




Dragon Circle  (Aladdin Books, 1990.)


Wynd #1.


                A group of children confront the supernatural.


Ghostly Business, A  (MacMillan, 1984, Aladdin, 1990.)


Wynd #3.


                Children must deal with a gang of ghosts.


Witching Hour, The  (MacMillan, 1981, Aladdin, 1990.)


Wynd #2.


                A coven of witches plots to turn children into monsters.


KRENTZ, JAYNE ANN (Also writes Science Fiction.)


Copper Beach (Putnam, 2012.)






Carnivores  (Zebra, 1993.)


An unsuspected genetic anomaly leads to the reappearance of dinosaurs in the Everglades.  At the same time, several human beings experience strange dreams of a primitive lifestyle.  It's a kind of genetic timequake, the science not very credible, but the story quite interesting.


Demon's Fright  (Zebra, 1992.)


                A charismatic teenager convinces his friends to participate in occult rituals and animal sacrifices, following which authentic demons are invoked into the real world.  And you though playing with matches was dangerous!




Dream and the Desert  (Collins, 1953, Houghton Mifflin, 1954.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Body and Soul  (Bantam, 1998.)


                A romantic ghost story in which a man returns in ghostly form two hundred years after his death to protect a young woman who is investigating the mysterious death of her mother.


Bride of the Wolf (Nocturne, 2012.)


Werewolf romance.


Call of the Wolf  (Berkley, 2006.)


                Omnibus of Secret of the Wolf and To Catch a Wolf.


Chasing Midnight  (Harlequin, 2007.)


Romance involving vampires and werewolves.


Luck of the Wolf (Nocturne, 2012.)


Werewolf romance.


Once a Wolf   (?, 2000)


Wolf #2.


                Not seen


Prince of Dreams  (Bantam, 1996.)


                A vampire romance.  The good vampire draws sustenance from dreams but his brother is evil.


Prince of Shadows  (Bantam, 1996.)


A woman befriends a wolf, only to discover that it changes back into a handsome man when the sun comes up.  When her new lover is suspected of murder, she joins him in the wild to track down the real killer.  A romance.


Prince of Wolves  (Bantam, 1996.)


                A werewolf romance in which a woman travels to a remote part of Canada and falls in love with a man who is a shapechanger.


Secret of the Wolf  (Berkley, 2001.)


Wolf #3.


                Romantic novel about a contemporary werewolf with a split personality.


To Catch a Wolf  (Berkley, 2003.)


                A woman who is secretly a werewolf feels strangely attracted to a man working in a circus, only to discover that he is also a shapeshifter.


Touch of the Wolf  (Bantam, 1999.)


Wolf #1.


                An historical romance involving werewolves seeking to live undetected among normal humans.




Blood Wrath  (Playboy, 1981.)


A secret society which plans to take control of the world through murder and terror prepares for its final triumph.  But on the eve of their victory, something begins to go horribly wrong, as if the supernatural powers they invoked have their own agenda.




Who Is Mary Stark?  (Doubleday, 1974, Avon, 1975.)


A quietly spooky story about Mary Stark, a woman whose presence has a subtle but pervasive influence on all around her, but whose own existence seems chimerical, as though perhaps she never really existed at all.




Ghost in the Mirror, The  (Willowisp, 1985.)


                A young girl discovers that the various problems in her life are linked to a ghostly presence in an antique mirror.




Tooth: A Tale of Love and Death in Paradox  (University Editions, 1996.)


                Two vampires battle for supremacy in a future Earth that is depressingly decadent.




Cordelia Collection, The  (Simon Pulse, 2002, based on screenplays by Ashley Gable, Thomas A. Swyden, Josh Whedon, Ty King, and David Greenwalt.)


A Buffy the Vampire Slayer book.


                Collection of episodes from the television series.


Haunted Tales  (Parachute, 1989.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Dark Woods  (Berkley, 2004.)


                Hunters run into trouble when they wound a sasquatch.




Hunt, The  (Tor, 1988.)


Two men wander off on a vacation, planning to track down an abominable snowman as they trek through the forest.  But one actually plans the murder of his friend, although he is confounded in his attempts when a real monster shows up, one with enough malice to take care of them both.  Some astonishing coincidences mar an otherwise good story.  The best abominable snowman novel I've read, although that isn't saying much.




Journal of Professor Abraham Van Helsing, The  (Forge, 2005.)


                The lost diaries of the famous vampire hunter.




Woman with the Flying Head and Other Stories, The  (Sharpe, 1998.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.




Button Bright  (Jove, 1990.)


                A young girl escapes the people who murdered her father, and finds that she has the ability to move from one world to the other.  And with access to a place not of our own universe, she can draw upon powers that have never before been known on Earth.




Thirst  (Leisure, 1995.)


Awkward and unsuspenseful story of an ancient Carpathian vampire who comes to the new world in search of fresh victims.  And since no one in this country believes in such quaint dangers, he’s very successful in his hunting.




Lammas Night  (Ballantine, 1983.)


Hitler's fascination with the occult is well documented. Kurtz explores in this novel the possibility that he planned an attack on England using all the occult forces which he had gathered together, so that British Intelligence had no alternative but to gather a coven of British witches to counter the attack.




Silver Shadows  (BMI, 1997.)


                A woman is haunted by prescient dreams of a mysterious evil force, during the resolution of which she finally encounters true love.




Book of IOD, The  (Chaosium, 1995.)


                Collection of stories related to the Cthulhu Mythos.




From Out of the Silence  (Books Ltd, 1920.)


                Collection of unrelated stories.