The best books with a twist on supernatural monsters

Stephen Jarrett Author Of Canopus and Keel - The Hive
By Stephen Jarrett

The Books I Picked & Why


By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Book cover of Frankenstein

Why this book?

The first book I read as an adult and one that fascinated me about the conflict between science and fantasy. It’s an amazing mix of Gothic horror and science fiction. It’s a truly surprising book and some say the first zombie book, but it’s really the first golem book. The book tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss student of natural science who creates an artificial man from pieces of corpses and brings his creature, the monster, to life.

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Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

By Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson

Book cover of Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

Why this book?

Wow! What a book series. Dean Koontz took the classic tale of Frankenstein and added myth, terror, and magic. This series was a huge influence for my Canopus and Keel series, showing me how you can take classic lore and twist it into something new and exciting. The story follows the mysterious tattooed Deucalion as he arrives in New Orleans, tracking the serial killer dubbed “The Surgeon”. Could the surgeon be Dr. Victor Frankenstein, the creator of Deucalion, himself? 

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The Shining

By Stephen King

Book cover of The Shining

Why this book?

I had to include a Stephen King novel and to me, The Shining is still the ultimate blend of madness, horror, and magic. Jack Torrance yearns for solitude and a position as an off-season caretaker for the Overlook Hotel is the perfect place for him to write his great novel, not think about alcohol, and have a fresh start with his family after ‘the incident’. As the snow falls, the isolation threatens the sanity of Jack, and as the hotel ‘shines’ it reveals to Jack’s son, Danny the horrors of its past.

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Storm Front

By Jim Butcher

Book cover of Storm Front

Why this book?

The book that launched the Dresden Files series and Harry Dresden. Set in a world where dangerous supernatural and magical creatures live beside humans, Harry is a professional wizard consulting for the Chicago P.D on a series of bizarre murders committed with black magic. Can Harry solve the murders and make some dollars along the way?

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American Gods

By Neil Gaiman

Book cover of American Gods

Why this book?

No one takes classic supernatural characters that we all know and spins them into enigmatic, mysterious characters like Neil Gaiman.  American Gods is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on the mysterious Shadow Moon. The Old Gods have been forgotten, losing power to technology and media, new gods to a new generation of followers, but the oldest god of them all, Odin, has a plan to become relevant again and it all centers on Shadow Moon.

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