Favorite Books

Authors listed in no particular order (as they appear on my bookshelves, or occur to me as I type this)






Ursula K. Le Guin

Earthsea Trilogy


C. J. Cherryh

Fortress In the Eye of Time

Morgaine Saga (series) although this one is technically science-fantasy


James P. Blaylock

The Lost Coin

Land of Dreams


Poul Anderson

The Broken Sword


Joy Chant

Red Moon, Black Mountain


J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit


Hope Mirrlees



Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn


Marion Campbell

The Dark Twin


Meredith Ann Pierce

Dark Angel Trilogy


Patricia McKillip

Ombria in Shadow

Song for a Basilisk

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Riddlemaster Trilogy


E. R. Eddison

The Worm Ouroboros


Tanith Lee

The Winter Players

Companions on the Road

Kill the Dead

The Castle of the Dark

The Wars of Vis (series)

The Secret Books of Venus (series)


Algernon Blackwood


A Descent into Egypt




C. J.  Cherryh

Hunter of Worlds

Port Eternity

Serpent’s Reach

The Faded Sun (series)


Tanith Lee

Sabella or The Bloodstone

The Silver Metal Lover




Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

Our Mutual Friend

Great Expectations

Bleak House

The Haunted Man


Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice



Sense and Sensibility


Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre


Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights


Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South


Joseph Sheridan LeFanu

Uncle Silas




C. S.  Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia (series)


Susan B. Cooper

The Dark is Rising Sequence (series)


George MacDonald

The Princess and Curdie


Joan Aiken

Midnight is a Place

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Nightbirds on Nantucket


John Masefield

The Box of Delights


Margot Benary-Isbert

The Wicked Enchantment


Leon Garfield


Black Jack

Devil in the Fog


Dahlov Ipcar

The Queen of Spells


Elizabeth Marie Pope

The Perilous Gard


Alan Garner

The Moon of Gomrath




Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Rappaccini’s Daughter”

“The Birthmark”


Vernon Lee

“Amour Dure”

“A Wicked Voice”


Tanith Lee

“The One We Were”

“Bite-Me-Not, or, Fleur de Feu”

Red as Blood, or, Tales from the Sisters Grimmer (collection)


C. J. Cherryh

“The Only Death in the City”


Algernon Blackwood

“Ancient Sorceries”

“Secret Worship”


Fitz James O’Brien

“The Lost Room”


R. Murray Gilchrist

A Night on the Moor & Other Tales of Dread (collection)


Patricia A. McKillip

“A Troll and Two Roses”


Robin McKinley

“Touk’s House”


George MacDonald

“The Day Boy and the Night Girl”

“The Light Princess”

“Little Daylight”


Charles Dickens

“The Magic Fishbone”

“Captain Murderer”

“Doctor Marigold”


Lucius Shepard

“The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule”


Sylvia Townsend Warner

Kingdoms of Elfin (collection)


Isak Dinesen


Seven Gothic Tales (collection)



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