Top 100 Fantasy Novels

This list was composed by James Cawthorne and Michael Moorcock in there great book Fantasy:100 of the best books, a great reference for the fantasy lover.

1. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift 1726
2. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole 1765
3. Vathek by William Beckford 1786
4. The Monk by M. G. Lewis 1796
5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 1818
6. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin 1820
7. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe 1838
8. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 1843
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 1847
10. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville 1851
11. Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Hough by J. Sheridan Le Fanu 1864
12. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll 1865
13. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott 1884
14. She by H. Rider Haggard 1886
15. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 1886
16. The Twilight of the Gods by Richard Garnett 1888
17. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 1891
18. The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of the Living Men by William Morris 1891
19. Dracula by Bram Stoker 1897
20. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James 1898
21. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson 1908
22. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton 1908
23. Black Magic by Marjorie Bowen 1909
24. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs 1911
25. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm 1911
26. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1912
27. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson 1912
28. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912
29. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 1915
30. The Citadel of Fear by Gertrude Barrows Bennett 1918
31. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay 1920
32. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay 1922
33. Lady into fox by David Garnett 1922
34. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison 1922
35. The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany 1924
36. A Man in the Zoo by David Garnett 1924
37. The Trial by Franz Kafka 1925
38. The Castle by Franz Kafka 1926
39. The Ship of Ishtar by A. Merritt 1926
40. Witch Wood by John Buchan 1927
41. War in Heaven by Charles Williams 1930
42. The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith 1931
43. Turnabout by Thorne Smith 1931
44. Dwellers in the Mirage by A. Merritt 1932
45. Lost Horizon by James Hilton 1933
46. The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore 1933
47. The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney 1935
48. Land Under England by Joseph O’Neill 1935
49. At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft 1936
50. The Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard 1936
51. To Walk the Night by William Sloane 1937
52. Roads by Seabury Quinn 1938
53. Caravan for China a novel by Frank Stanley Stuart 1939
54. Jirel of Joiry by C. L. Moore 1939
55. Slaves of Sleep by L. Ron Hubbard 1939
56. Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson 1940
57. Fear by L. Ron Hubbard 1940
58. Northwest Smith by C. L. Moore 1940
59. The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward by H. P. Lovecraft 1941
60. Land of Unreason by L. Sprague de Camp 1941
61. The Book of Ptath by A. E. Van Vogt 1943
62. Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber 1943
63. The Dark World by Henry Kuttner 1946
64. The Exploits of Engelbrecht by Maurice Richardson 1946
65. Mistress Masham’s Repose by T. H. White 1946
66. Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake 1946
67. Valley of the Flame by Henry Kuttner 1946
68. Adept’s Gambit by Fritz Leiber 1947
69. The Well of the Unicorn by Fletcher Pratt 1948
70. The Dying Earth by Jack Vance 1950
71. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake 1950
72. You’re All Alone by Fritz Leiber 1950
73. The Devil in Velvet by John Dickson Carr 1951
74. The Tritonian Ring by L. Sprague de Camp 1951
75. Zothique by Clark Ashton Smith 1951
76. The Sword of Rhiannon by Leigh Brackett 1953
77. The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson 1954
78. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien 1955
79. The Golden Strangers by Henry Treece 1956
80. The Great Captains (The Epic Romance of King Arthur) by Henry Treece 1956
81. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 1959
82. Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake 1959
83. The Serpent by Jane Gaskell 1963
84. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock 1963
85. The Crystal World by J. G. Ballard 1964
86. Atlan by Jane Gaskell 1965
87. The City by Jane Gaskell 1966
88. Black Easter, or Faust Aleph-Null by James Blish 1967
89. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin 1967
90. The Day After Judgement by James Blish 1968
91. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin 1968
92. The Green Man by Kingsley Amis 1969
93. Neither the Sea Nor the Sand by Gordon Honeycombe 1969
94. The Philosopher’s Stone by Colin Wilson 1969
95. The Pastel City by M. John Harrison 1971
96. The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman by Angela Carter 1972
97. Red Shift by Alan Garner 1973
98. The Compleat Enchanter by L. Sprague de Camp 1975
99. The Alteration by Kingsley Amis 1976
100. Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber 1976
101. The Once and Future King by T. H. White 1977
102. Some Summer Lands by Jane Gaskell 1977
103. The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers 1979
104. The Sending by Geoffrey Household 1980
105. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett 1983
106. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett 1983
107. The Businessman by Thomas M. Disch 1984
108. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd 1985
109. Expecting Someone Taller by Tom Holt 1987

Eric

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