Grand Grimoire (Horror)
It’s also worth noting the collection of fiction that has inspired my Call of Cthulhu campaigns and other forms of horror and weird fantasy role-playing (we have a “Chicago Unseen” setting that was OWoD for years before we gave up on the game system). Much of this has also cross-pollinated my science-fiction and fantasy settings as well. For what it is worth, I’m limiting this section (for the moment) to fiction rather than some of the ostensibly non-fiction works which have been great reads for this purpose. I might include a small list of those in the future.
Bradley, Marion Zimmer – An author who has provided years of enjoyment, in thos genre she had a whole series of modern occult horror tied together by the character “Colin MacLaran” that she wrote over the course of decades.
Crowley, Aleister – Moonchild is a classic of the genre.
Chambers, Robert W. – A precursor to Lovecraft, Chambers is the originator of the dreaded King in Yellow and has inspired a host of other writers with his weird fantasy and horror.
Collins, Nancy A. – Her Sonja Blue novels really captured my imagination after too many Anne Rice copycats.
Elflandsson, Galad – The Black Wolf is a Lovecraftian style of novel and kind of an obscure work, but worth reading if you can find it.
Ken, Asamatsu – A Japanese writer I thoroughly enjoyed Queen of K’n-Yan it is an entirely fascinating new view of the Lovecraftian Mythos.
Kiernan, Caitlin R. – In my opinion, the only person worthy of the tile “Lovecraft’s heir”, her writing is amazing and I’m avid collector of her work.
King, Stephen – As much as you moight expect there to be a long list here, pretty much it is only The Fog and ‘Salem’s Lot, maybe Pet Cemetary, but I’m not a huge fan of his writing.
Kurtz, Katherine – Another writer who has provided a great deal of enjoyment over the years, across genres, her Adept novels, along with some related works like Lammas Night fit here.
Lovecraft, H.P. – An enduring relationship over the years, his work has been pretty seminal for how I treat both horror and make a certain amount of ontological and eschatological sense of my game worlds.
Rice, Anne – Her vampire novels of course, at least the first trilogy, I read Interview with a Vampire when it first came out, and loved the next couple of novels before she went off the rails.
Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein.
Smith, Clark Ashton – One of the “Lovecraft Circle”, his Averoigne novels are a favorite as is Zothique.
Stoker, Bram – Dracula…
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Wheatley, Dennis – The two novels sitting on my shelf are To The Devil A Daughter and The Devil Rides Out and they make for an enjoyable if not somewhat campy read.
Wilson, F. Paul – I enjoyed The Keep when it came out, and then I enjoyed his Repairman jack novels, and then I enjoyed him tying it all together.
Wolfe, Gene – An Evil Guest is a worthy bit of writing as an homage to Lovecraft.
It is worth noting that I am not listing things that may or may not have influenced me at one point but that I cannot in good conscience recommend to anyone (like anything written by Laurell K. Hamilton).