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Elephant Boy
Variation on the old book meme theme from philmophlegm.  Book list is taken from  "Fantasy - The 100 Best Books" by James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock and dated 1988 (!).  Some books in this list that would not have leapt out at me as either fantasy or indeed 'best'...  

100 books (in order of date of publication) behind the cut. Repost and embolden the ones you've read if it takes your fancy.




Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift  (I think I read this when I was too young to really get the satire aspect)
The Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole
Vathek, William Beckford
The Monk, Matthew Gregory Lewis
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley  
Melmoth the Wanderer, Charles Robert Maturin
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, Edgar Allen Poe
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens  ( I think I've read this as a book.  Have seen 999 versions of it on TV and stage, as who has not, and have read it as a play-script which makes it hard to remember) 
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte  (Wasn't impressed, frankly - and is this really fantasy?  I suppose you could read it as a ghost story, but I'd call it psychological thriller. ) 
Moby Dick, Herman Melville  ( can't remember most of it all that clearly, apart from the scene where someone makes an overcoat out of a whale's penis, which I think is an image that tends to stay with you) 
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh, J. Sheridan LeFanu
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Flatland, Edwin A. Abbott
She, Henry Rider Haggard  (Rider Haggard is such a guilty pleasure.) 
Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Twilight of the Gods, Richard Garnett
The Story of the Glittering Plain, William Morris  ( I have actually got this lurking on my Kindle but haven't read it yet) 
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde  (Fantasy?  Really?  And if this gets in, why no Saki?) 
Dracula, Bram Stoker
The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton
The House on the Borderland, William Hope Hodgson
Black Magic, Marjorie Bowen
Zuleika Dobson, Max Beerbohm
A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs  ( Always preferred the Jungle Book.  Similar theme, but much more subtle and clever.  Also Burroughs is not a patch on Kipling as a writer) 
The Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Night Land, William Hope Hodgson
Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Citadel of Fear, Francis Stevens
A Voyage to Arcturus, David Lindsay
The Worm Ourobouros, E.R. Eddison
The Haunted Woman, David Lindsay
Lady into Fox and A Man in the Zoo, David Garnett
The King of Elfland's Daughter, Lord Dunsany
The Ship of Ishtar, Abraham Merritt
The Trial and The Castle, Franz Kafka  (am reminded that I don't have a copy of these, and I feel I really should) 
Witch Wood, John Buchan
War in Heaven, Charles Williams
Turnabout, Thorne Smith
The Night Life of the Gods, Thorne Smith
Dwellers in the Mirage, Abraham Merritt
Zothique, Clark Ashton Smith
The Werewolf of Paris, Guy Endore
Lost Horizon, James Hilton
Northwest Smith, Catherine L. Moore
Jirel of Joiry, Catherine L. Moore
The Circus of Dr Lao, Charles G. Finney
Land Under England, Joseph O'Neill
Conan the Conqueror, Robert E. Howard
At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft  ( Have read and seen multiple versions of this, but don't *think* I've read the original. )
To Walk the Night, William Sloane
Roads, Seabury Quinn  ( have no idea what this is, but I so love the name 'Seabury Quinn') 
The Once and Future King, T.H. White (but The Sword in the Stone is by far the best bit) 
Slaves of Sleep, L. Ron Hubbard
Caravan for China, Frank R. Stuart
Fear, L. Ron Hubbard
Darker Than You Think, Jack Williamson
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, H.P. Lovecraft
Land of Unreason, Fletcher Pratt & L. Sprague de Camp
Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber
The Book of Ptath, A.E. van Vogt
The Dark World and The Valley of the Flame, Henry Kuttner
Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone, Mervyn Peake
The Exploits of Engelbrecht, Maurice Richardson
Mistress Masham's Repose, T.H. White 
Adept's Gambit, Fritz Leiber
The Well of the Unicorn, Fletcher Pratt
You're All Alone, Fritz Leiber
The Dying Earth, Jack Vance
The Devil in Velvet, John Dickson Carr
The Tritonian Ring, L. Sprague de Camp
Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson
The Sword of Rhiannon, Leigh Brackett
The Broken Sword, Poul Anderson
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Golden Strangers, Henry Treece
The Great Captains, Henry Treece
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
The Serpent, Atlan, The City, Some Summer Lands, Jane Gaskell
The Crystal World, J.G. Ballard
Black Easter and The Day After Judgement, James Blish
Rosemary's Baby, Ira Levin
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula le Guin  (YAY!) 
The Green Man, Kingsley Amis
Neither the Sea nor the Sand, Gordon Honeycombe
The Philosopher's Stone, Colin Wilson
The Pastel City, M. John Harrison (I thought: the best of the Viriconium tales, before the whole interpretative dance and locusts thing really kicked off) 
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, Angela Carter
Red Shift, Alan Garner
The Compleat Enchanter, L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt
The Alteration, Kingsley Amis
Our Lady of Darkness, Fritz Leiber
The Drawing of the Dark, Tim Powers
The Sending, Geoffrey Household
The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, Terry Pratchett 
The Businessman: A Tale of Terror, Thomas M. Disch
Hawksmoore, Peter Ackroyd
Expecting Someone Taller, Tom Holt  (was this really already published in 1988? Gosh.) 


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wellinghall
10th Aug, 2012 13:04 (UTC)
I certainly think Dorian Gray is fantasy. So is much Saki ... but not really his full-length novels, as opposed to his collections of short stories.
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