Project: Monster

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the classic monsters in all their forms.  From novels to radio to the silver screen and beyond, it’s a trip through nostalgia as I take a fresh look at old favorites and peek in on newer versions.  There’s a lot of ground to cover, and I’m only just getting started.  As I post new blogs, I’ll add those links here, more or less in alphabetical order by monster type.


Alien Invasions

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, 1897 – novel

Mercury Radio Theatre On the Air Presents: The War of the Worlds, 1938 – radio drama

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, 1978 / 2012 – stage musical

War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches, 1996 – anthology

The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter, 2017 – novel



Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, 1872 – novella

In a Glass Darkly by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, 1872 – anthology

Vampyr, 1932 – film


The Creature from the Black Lagoon

The Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1954 – film

The Shape of Water, 2017 – film



Dracula by Bram Stoker, 1897 – novel

“Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker, 1914 – short story

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, 1922 – film

Dracula, 1931 – film

Dracula’s Daughter, 1936 – film

Horror of Dracula, 1958 – film

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992 – film

Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty, 2013 – novel


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886 – novella



Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 1818 – novel

Frankenstein, 1910 – film

Frankenstein, 1931 – film

Bride of Frankenstein, 1935 – film

Son of Frankenstein, 1939 – film

The Curse of Frankenstein, 1957 – film

RoboCop, 1987 – film

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, 1990 – novel

In the Shadow of Frankenstein, 2014 – anthology

The Lost World by Michael Crichton, 1995 – novel



“Afterward” by Edith Wharton, 1910 – short story

Ghosts: Edith Wharton’s Gothic Tales, 1937 – anthology

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire, 2014 – novel

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, 1983 – novel


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, 1831 – novel

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1923 – film


The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man, 1933 – film


King Kong

King Kong by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper, novelization by Delos W. Lovelace, 1932 – novel

King Kong, 1933 – film

Doc Savage: Skull Island by Will Murray, 2014 – novel

Kong: Skull Island, 2017 – film

King Kong vs. Tarzan by Will Murray – 2017 – novel


The Mummy

The Mummy, 1932 – film

The Mummy’s Hand, 1940 – film

The Mummy, 1999 – film

The Mummy, 2017 – film


The Phantom of the Opera

Angels of Music by Kim Newman, 2016 – anthology

The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson by Nicholas Meyer, 1993 – novel

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911 – novel

The Phantom of the Opera: The Lost Chapter by Gaston Leroux, 1909 – novel fragment (lost chapter)

The Phantom of the Opera, 1925 – film

The Phantom of the Opera, 1986 – stage musical

Phantom by Susan Kay, 1990 – novel

The Phantom of Valetta by Vicki Hopkins, 2011 – novel

Shadows of the Opera, Book One: The Mark of the Revenant by Rick Lai, 2011 – novel



Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1982 – film

Metropolis by Thea von Harbou, 1925 – novel

Metropolis, 1927 – film

Metropolis by Thea Von Harbou and Third Ear Radio Theater, 1995 – audio drama

The Towers of Metropolis, Volume One, 2016 – anthology


Satanic Panic

City of the Shrieking Tomb by Patrick A. Rogers, 2018 – novel

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by William Peter Blatty, 1971 / 2011 – novel



Candyman, 1992 – film

Halloween, 1978 – film

Halloween II, 1981 – film

Psycho by Robert Bloch, 1959 – novel

Sleepy Hollow, 1999 – film

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974 – film


Vampires (misc.)

Dracula’s Guest: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories, 2010 – anthology

Dark Shadows, 2012 – film

Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers, 2013 – novel

Queen of Kings: The Immortal Story of Cleopatra by Maria Dahvana Headley, 2011 – novel

The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers, 1989 – novel

The Vampyre by John Polidori, 1819 – novella

Varney the Vampyre, or The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest, 1845-1847 – serialized novel

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, 1847 – novel


The Wolf Man / Werewolves

WereWolf of London, 1935 – film

The Wolf Man, 1941 – film

The Howling, 1981 – film

Wolfen, 1981 – film


Reference Works

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News by A. Brad Schwartz, 2015 – radio history

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis: Cinematic Visions of Technology and Fear edited by Michael Minden and Holger Bachmann, 2000 – film history, essay anthology

Gothic Art: Vampires, Witches, Demons, Dragons, Werewolves & Goths by Nicola Henderson, 2013 – art

A History of Horror by Wheeler Winston Dixon, 2010 – film history

Studying Hammer Horror by Victoria Grace Walden, 2016 – film history

Theatre of Fear and Horror: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris 1897-1962 by Mel Gordon, 2016 – theater history


Non-Review Blog Posts

A New World of Gods and Monsters (Dark Universe commentary)

More Monsters (Dark Universe Update)