Book List by Theme

Welcome.
These horror book lists were originally compiled for ReadThisNow.net, a 24/7 online readers’ advisory service started by Cleveland Public Library several years ago. When the entire KnowItNow 24/7.net family moved to the State Library of Ohio, they eliminated the role of the genre genius and the book and website lists we made. I was granted permission to take my book lists and use them as I wished.
–Compiled by The Undead Rat

Most of my themed booklists are no longer showing. I have begun the process of reformatting and updating them.


Demon Ex Machina

Demons and their kin have plagued humanity for ages, and now they plague this list. Whether it is a simple demonic possession or an all out epic invasion of Earth, you’ll find the nasty critters here.
Created on: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Updated on: Friday, February 15, 2013

Horror Most Humorous

Can there really be humorous horror? Can you laugh and be frightened at the same time? Read these titles and decide for yourself.
Created on: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Updated on: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Demon Ex Machina

Demons and their kin have plagued humanity for ages, and now they plague this list. Whether it is a simple demonic possession or an all out epic invasion of Earth, you’ll find the nasty critters here.
Created on: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Updated on: Friday, February 15, 2013

Zombies are a Guy’s Best Friend

Running out of friends? Bring them back from the dead like they do in these books.
Created on: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Updated on: Thursday, February 21, 2013

So Not Your Typical Zombie

Looking for more zombie stories? You can check these books out but be warned . . . these are not your parent’s zombies . . .
Created on: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Updated on: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dying to be Immortal

If they are human, live forever and aren’t undead, then they are the few, the elite: the immortals. Whether they’re doomed to walk the Earth until the curse is broken or slough off their age and decadence onto a painting, the books in this list show how living forever can be a horrifying proposition.
Created on: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Updated on: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Giant Monsters — Not Just For Movies Anymore

With the success of Cloverfield, now is the time to start a book list dedicated to those horrifically huge monsters that we love so well.
Created on: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Updated on: Sunday, February 24, 2013

Literary Horror Rising

One would think that literary fiction and horror would make strange bedfellows and yet there has been a resurgence of the literary horror novel and it shows no sign of dying.
Created on: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Updated on: Monday, March 4, 2013

Who do Voodoo?

Shrouded in mystery and misinformation, this religion is sometimes seen as a benefit to the people or a dangerous bane. Which one will it be this time? Well, in the world of horror fiction, very little is ever a benefit . . .
Created on: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Updated on: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Totally Teen Horror

As if the teen years weren’t horrible enough, now we have horror for teens.
Created on: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Updated on: Monday, March 11, 2013

Totally Teen Paranormal

My daughter loves to read horror books. Here are some of the titles she’s been reading . . .
Created on: Monday, March 11, 2013
Updated on: Monday, March 11, 2013

Unusual Horror

Novels of unusual horrors for those times when vampires, werewolves and ghosts aren’t enough.
Created on: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Updated on: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ohio Fear Masters

Ohio has her share of horror writers and they are very much worth checking out here.
Created on: Sunday, May 23, 2004
Updated on: Monday, May 25, 2009

Women Writing Horror

Some of the best horror fiction is being written by women who want to scare you to death. This list is an introduction to them.
Created on: Wednesday, July 9, 2003
Updated on: Thursday, May 29, 2008

Women Writing Urban Fantasy

Some of the best horror/urban fantasy fiction is being written by women who want to scare you to death. This list is an introduction to them.
Created on: Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Updated on: Thursday, May 29, 2008

African-Americans Writing Horror

Far too long underserved by the horror field, there are now several African-Americans who are making a name for themselves here and bring their unique perspective to the genre. Here are a few of them.
Created on: Sunday, January 30, 2005
Updated on: Monday, May 5, 2008