100 MUST-READ BOOKS ABOUT MONSTERS

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    Monsters under the bed. Monsters in the closet. Monsters in the woods. Sea monsters. Otherworldly monsters. When we want to drive home how horrible a person’s actions are, we call them a monster. The old explorers and cartographers marked off unexplored areas with the ominous phrase, “Here there be monsters.” We reminisce fondly about the classic monster movies of the 1930s and ’40s. Monsters, man. They’re everywhere.

    We never outgrew the monsters of our childhood. They just moved from the closet to our reading materials. So I’ve put together a list of 100 monster stories, organized by type (or breed, if you will) for your reading pleasure.

    A couple notes about this list: I tried to stick as close to horror & dark fantasy as I could, and I chose not to include a lot of well-known titles & authors on this list, because we all know Dracula and Frankenstein and Cujo. Hopefully you’ll find something new here!

    Aliens
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    1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey5th Wave Rick Yancey Cover

    2. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

    3. In the After by Demitria Lunetta

    4. The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

    5. Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell


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    Biological Horrors

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    6. Annihilation by Jeff VandermeerAnnihilation_by_jeff_vandermeer

    7. Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough

    8. The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman

    9. Clickers by J.F. Gonzalez

    10. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

    11. Jaws by Peter Benchley

    12. The Loch by Steve Alten

    13. Monster by Frank Peretti

    14. The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea

    the troop15. Parasite by Mira Grant

    16. The Ruins by Scott Smith

    17. Seeders by A.J. Colucci

    18. Slither by Edward Lee

    19. The Troop by Nick Cutter


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    Demons

    20. Come Closer by Sara Gran

    21. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

    22. The Gates by John Connolly

    my best friend's exorcism23. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

    24. Mr. B. Gone by Clive Barker

    25. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

    26. Netherworld by Lisa Morton



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    27. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

    28. The Collector by John Fowles

    perfect days29. Off Season by Jack Ketchum

    30. Out by Natsuo Kirino

    31. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

    32. Succulent Prey by Wrath James White

    33. Survivor by J.F. Gonzalez

    34. We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk

    Vampires
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    35. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    36. Dark Corner by Brandon Massey

    37. Fledgling by Octavia Butler

    38. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

    39. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

    40. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

    41. The Night Wanderer by Drew Taylor Hayden

    42. The Quick by Lauren Owen

    43. The Passage by Justin Cronin

    44. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

    Werewolves

    45. Breed by Chase Novak

    46. The Devourers by Indra Das

    47. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

    Mongrels_cover-678x102448. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

    49. Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

    50. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

    51. Wilding by Melanie Tem

    52. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice



    Witches

    53. A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli

    Hex54. The Circle by Bentley Little

    55. The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin

    56. Gideon by Alex Gordon

    57. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

    58. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

    59. Nazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell

    60. Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder

    Zombies

    61. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry

    62. Feed by Mira Grant

    63. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater

    64. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

    65. Jesus Freaks by Andre Duza

    66. The Missing by Sarah Langan

    67. The Rising by Brian Keene

    68. World War Z by Max Brooks

    69. Zone One by Colson Whitehead

    Various, Miscellaneous, and Sundry

    70. Alice by Christina Henry

    71. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

    72. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

    73. Bonechiller by Graham McNamee

    74. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

    75. Clay by David Almond

    76. Dead Bitch Army by Andre Duza

    77. The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle

    78. Dweller by Jeff Strand

    79. Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

    80. The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell

    81. The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni

    82. John Dies at the End by David Wong

    83. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

    84. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

    85. Monstress by Marjorie Liu

    86. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

    87. North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud

    88. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

    89. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughn

    90. Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

    91. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

    92. The Revenant Road by Michael Boatman

    93. The Ritual by Adam Nevill

    She Walks in Shadows Silvia Moreno-Garcia Paula Stiles94. Roosevelt’s Beast by Louis Bayard

    95. The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut

    96. She Walks in Shadows by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (ed.)

    97. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

    98. The Terror by Dan Simmons

    99. Threshold by Caitlin Kiernan

    100. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman et al.

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