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Christopher Golden

Six Outstanding Standalone Fantasy Novels

There’s a certain satisfaction in picking up a fantasy novel and knowing it’s a standalone. For one, you won’t have to wait a year, or two, or even five before you find out what happens next. In that time you’ve invariably forgotten much of the first, or previous book anyway, so a lot of the time you have to reread to get up to speed. Also, you won’t end up picking up an interesting looking fantasy novel from the shelves, starting it, then realizing it’s actually book two of a trilogy, or book four in a ten book series.

With Blood of the Four, we wanted to build a big, epic world full of fascinating characters, and tell a story that comes to a definite end. The reader will hopefully end up satisfied, the story threads come together. Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t other stories that could be told about that vast world of Quandis…

We were partly inspired by other great standalone fantasy novels we’ve read, but because we read so broadly in so many different genres, when we discussed making this list, we also wanted to take a broad definition of fantasy. Here are just a small selection of our favorite fantastical epics, with a few words about why we think they work so well. We came up with the list together, then split them up, three a piece.

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Five Haunted House Novels You May Not Have Read

I love a great haunted house novel, even if sometimes the haunting is by a demon rather than a ghost. I suppose that’s a “possessed house” novel instead, but let’s not split hairs. Then there are the haunted object stories, like King’s Christine (a car) or Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box (a suit of clothes). In my new novel, Dead Ringers, I weave together a crazy quilt of those elements, including a demon in a basement, a room full of haunted mirrors, and ghosts with agendas. But when they’re done right, the straight-up haunted house novel is one of the most beautiful, elegant, and terrifying subgenres in literature. If you like this sort of thing, even a little, odds are you have already read the big three—Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Stephen King’s The Shining, and Richard Matheson’s Hell House. Maybe you’ve even read The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, which purported to be a true story. But here are Five Haunted House Books You Probably Haven’t Read, and should…for better or worse.

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