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Recommended Books

The Australian and International fiction stories listed below (alphabetically by author's last name) are ones recommended by members of this organisation. Links have been provided (where available) to the individual homepages of Australian authors where bibliographies can be found.

The list is not all-inclusive and will be added to as time goes by, but it should provide many hours of good reading to keep you busy for now! More Australian horror stories can be found by posting a message to Southern Horror.

Please contact AHWA if you notice an error on this page, or would like to recommend a good read.

If you are looking to purchase any of the listed books, we suggest trying your local bookshop, the book's publisher, or for any of the Australian books, one of the booksellers listed at the bottom of the page.


  • Riley Jenson Guardian Series by Keri Arthur
  • Through Soft Air by Lee Battersby
  • Terror Australis (edited by Leigh Blackmore)
  • Bonescribes: Year's Best Australian Horror 1995 (edited by Bill Congreve and Robert Hood)
  • Book of Shadows volume 1 (edited by Angela Challis)
  • Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror 2006 (edited by Angela Challis & Shane Jiraiya Cummings)
  • FlashSpec volume 1 (edited by Neil Cladingboel)
  • Strange Fruit by Paul Collins
  • Epiphanies of Blood by Bill Congreve
  • Intimate Armageddons by Bill Congreve
  • Shadow Box (edited by Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Angela Challis)
  • Southern Blood (edited by Bill Congreve)
  • Gathering the Bones (edited by Jack Dann))
  • The Art of Arrow Cutting by Stephen Dedman
  • The Lady of Situations by Stephen Dedman
  • Never Seen by Waking Eyes by Stephen Dedman
  • Restless by Garry Disher
  • An Intimate Knowledge of the Night by Terry Dowling
  • Basic Black - Tales of Appropriate Fear by Terry Dowling
  • Blackwater Days by Terry Dowling
  • The Pilo Family Circus, by Will Elliott
  • Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories (edited by Ken Gelder)
  • Prismatic by Edwina Grey
  • Doorways for the Dispossessed by Paul Haines
  • The Black Crusade by Richard Harland
  • The Dark Edge by Richard Harland
  • The Vicar of Morbing Vyle by Richard Harland
  • Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood
  • The Road by Catherine Jinks
  • Born of the Sea by Victor Kelleher
  • 13: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Rick Kennett
  • 472 Cheyne Walk, Carnacki: the Untold Stories by A. F. (Chico) Kidd and Rick Kennett
  • Black Juice by Margo Lanagan
  • Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
  • Carnies by Martin Livings
  • The Mother by Brett McBean
  • The Last Motel by Brett McBean
  • The Darkness Within by Jason Nahrung with Mil Clayton
  • The Lamplighter by Anthony O'Neill
  • The Circle of Nine Trilogy by Josephine Pennicott
  • The Music of Razors by Cameron Rogers
  • Australian Stories of Horror and Suspense From the Early Days (edited by Gordon Neil Stewart)
  • Penumbra by Stephen Studach
  • A Tour Guide in Utopia by Lucy Sussex
  • Dead Europe by Christos Tsiolkas
  • Australian Horror Stories (edited by Bill Wannan)
  • The Grinding House by Kaaron Warren
  • Angel of Ruin by Kim Wilkins
  • Grimoire by Kim Wilkins
  • The infernal by Kim Wilkins
  • The Resurrected Man by Sean Williams
  • Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales by Cameron Trost


  • Grave Markings by Mike Arnzen
  • The Resurrection Man's Legacy by Dale Bailey
  • The Vampire Huntress Legends Series by L.A. Banks
  • Books of Blood, Volumes 1-6 by Clive Barker
  • Cabal by Clive Barker
  • Imajica by Clive Barker
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite
  • The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers
  • Prey by Michael Crichton
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (edited by Ellen Datlow)
  • The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
  • Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  • Creed by James Herbert
  • Shrine by James Herbert
  • Fluke by James Herbert
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • Twentieth Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  • The House on the Borderlands by William Hope Hodgson
  • The Horror Stories of Robert E Howard
  • The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • Christine by Stephen King
  • It by Stephen King
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • 'salem's Lot by Stephen King
  • Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Door to December by Dean R. Koontz
  • Mr Murder by Dean R. Koontz
  • The Funhouse by Dean R. Koontz
  • By Bizarre Hands by Joe Lansdale
  • Endless Night by Richard Laymon
  • Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
  • Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
  • The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
  • The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  • The Best of H. P. Lovecraft (edited by Robert Bloch)
  • Necroscope by Brian Lumley
  • Blue World by Robert McCammon
  • The Vampire Slayers' Field Guide to The Undead by Shane MacDougall
  • The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
  • Tengu by Graham Masterton
  • The Sleepless by Graham Masterton
  • Ritual by Graham Masterton
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
  • The Quorum by Kim Newman
  • Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
  • Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
  • Out of Space and Time by Clarke Ashton Smith
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Ghost Story by Peter Straub
  • Who Goes There? by Don A Stuart
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  • The Cracken Wakes by John Wyndham

Australian Booksellers

Agog! press


Agog! Press will be able to provide details of how to purchase any of their numerous top quality anthologies and collections.

Altair Australia

Altair-Australia Books was established in 2004 to bring to light some of the lesser known works of Australia’s and the World’s leading writers in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Australian Online Bookshop

The Australian Online Bookshop sells books on all subjects but specializes in computer books, science fiction, fantasy, and Australian books of all types.

Australian Speculative Fiction

Aust Speculative Fiction promotes Australian speculative fiction through reviews on the website, selling Australian small press speculative fiction and hard to get overseas published Australian speculative fiction in the on-line bookstore.


The Booksearch Wizard - Online Used Books and Out of Print Books Finder. Search millions of out-of-print books offered by thousands of booksellers all over the world.  

Black Beacon Books


Black Beacon Books is an independent, award-winning publisher based in Brisbane, Australia. We publish imaginative and thought-provoking fiction that falls into the genres of mystery, suspense, psychological horror, adventure, black humour, and the just plain weird. We aim to provide our readers with tales that entertain and, at the same time, have something to say about society and the human condition. Our potential customers and contributors should be aware that unlike many independent, and indeed major, publishing houses, Black Beacon Books only releases titles that are of the highest quality in terms of content, editing, and design. is a search engine for books. Readers can browse the thousands of books listed with the site. Search by title, author, or browse by genre.


Booktopia - Australia's fastest growing online bookstore - Over 1 million titles to choose from.

Brimstone Press


Brimstone Press - An independent Australian publisher of dark literature.



Searches 8 Book websites and 100's of Australian Bookstores

CSFG - Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild

CSFG Publishing is the small press arm of the CSFG, and they should be able to provide sale details for any of their anthologies listed on this page.

Galaxy Bookshop

Australia’s oldest Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror specialist bookshop.

Gaslight Books

A specialty bookshop in Canberra, Australia, for readers of crime, mystery and detective fiction, and science fiction, fantasy and horror.

MirrorDanse Books

One of Australia's most respected and longest running independent publishers of science fiction and horror.

Slow Glass Books

Australia's largest science fiction, fantasy and horror mail order bookstore.



The bookstores listed above should be able to help with the majority of titles, or be able to order in anything not in stock. If all else fails, drop us a line at Southern Horror, and we're sure we can find the book you're after.