The best advice for anyone hoping to write in the supernatural genre is to read heavily in that genre. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Sometimes authors try to dive into fantasy after years spent in historical fiction...and it shows when they don’t know how to write it.
Now, some of you aren’t writers—you just love the supernatural genre. You’re a reader. And to that I say, good for you! The world needs more readers. Being a reader is fun, exciting, addicting. If you’re looking into the supernatural genre as a reader OR a writer, I would suggest getting a good base of books.
I am an avid fan of the classics. Most of these books are from American authors, but I love rereading them because they are the heart and soul of supernatural and horror fiction. Hopefully some of these authors will be familiar to you (and their works), but if not...welcome to an introduction to supernatural and horror classics! Proceed at your own risk.
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
- Edgar Allan Poe, poems and short stories. I personally love The Black Cat, The Raven, The Haunted Palace and The Tale-Tell Heart
- Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula
- H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Call of Cthulhu, and The Outsider
This is a blend of horror fiction and supernatural, but I love both and simply had to share these favorites. If you are dipping your toe in the water, this is definitely what I would recommend starting out with.
Don’t worry, I will be posting more recent supernatural must-reads soon! Of course, I will be putting in a shameless plug for my own work. Comment on your favorite supernatural books! What do you want to add to the list?