Lovecraft Reading List

by John J. Miller on September 6, 2013 · 2 comments

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  • Sumo

This semester, I’m teaching “H.P. Lovecraft and the Psychology of Horror,” a one-credit honors seminar, with my colleague Collin Barnes of the psychology department. The first section of ten students filled up so quickly we offered a second. That filled up immediately as well.

For the first class, we met in the evening at the graveyard near campus and talked about horror as a literary genre. Then we read “The Statement of Randolph Carter,” finishing in total darkness.

Here’s the reading list for the whole semester—the correlated contents, so to speak.

Works by H.P. Lovecraft:

  • “The Statement of Randolph Carter”
  • “The Outsider”
  • “Supernatural Horror in Literature: Introduction”
  • “The Music of Erich Zann”
  • “The Rats in the Walls”
  • “The Call of Cthulhu”
  • “The Colour Out of Space”
  • “The Whisperer in Darkness”
  • “At the Mountains of Madness”
  • “The Dunwich Horror
  • “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”
  • “The Dreams in the Witch House”
  • “The Shadow Out of Time”
  • “The Haunter in the Dark”
  • “The Festival”

Fiction by others:

  • Thomas Gray: “Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard”
  • William Knox: “Mortality”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne: “Young Goodman Brown”
  • Edgar Allan Poe: “The Fall of the House of Usher”
  • Algernon Blackwood: “The Willows”
  • M.R. James: “Count Magnus”
  • Arthur Machen: “The Novel of the Black Seal”
  • Jose Luis Borges: “There Are More Things”
  • Russell Kirk: “Behind the Stumps”
  • Robert Bloch: “The Shambler from the Stars”
  • Charles Dickens: “The Signal-Man”
  • John Collier: “Back for Christmas”

Non-fiction by others:

  • Dirk Mosig: “Lovecraft: The Dissonance Factor in Imaginative Literature”
  • Ernest Becker: The Denial of Death (excerpt)


  • Reber Clark

    This. Is. Excellent. More than could be hoped for. Mr. Miller, I applaud you! I have spoken constantly about getting Lovecraft’s work into classrooms across the US. We have Hawthorne and Poe and of course Lovecraft completes the triad. Thank you for posting this news and best of luck with your semester! Iä Iä! (sorry, couldn’t resist)

  • Robert

    I hope you won’t mind a comment from one across the political divide, but my compliments on a superb reading list; I am sure your students learned a lot and had a blast too. I wish I could get access to your article on Aickman, which I have heard is excellent as well.

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