12 Dark Fantasy Books Every Nerd Needs To See Before They Die

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This is the genre that is entrancing to read, also levels to the other side of human nature which supernatural and weirdly out of the ordinary. Here are the twelve novel who celebrated yet manage to make the genre a must read.

12Coraline by Neil Gaiman

First Published: 2002

Plot Summary:
Coraline and her parents move to a new house and she discover a locked door in the drawing room and when she open it reveal only brick wall. Until one day it lead to a mysterious passageway to the other side is the same exactly house but in alternate world with “Other parents” just like her own parents but more interesting but with black button as eyes. When finally revealed they want her to stay, to change her, and never let her go. She battle them with all her wits and bravery to save herself, her real parents, and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With help from a talking cat and a stone, she must partake on a dangerous game in the high stake of losing all.

Reason for you to read this:
The author has managed to deliver a wonderfully scary story, with subtle yet intense. Originally is a dark fantasy children story but is well known and loved by all ages. It stands in the grey area of idyllic and horrible until it becomes clear. When you read it, you will be enchanted like Coraline and refuse to leave the strange world. Coraline is a storytelling at its best in otherwordly premise and shadows tip toeing unseen.

Best Quote:
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

First Published: 2011


Plot Summary:
Jorg Ancrath the former privileged royal child and raised with love by his mother, turns dark as the charming, cold, and cruel Prince of Thorns after the brutal death of her mother and brother. He leads a band of evil outlaws causing violence, nightmare, and chaos everywhere to ascend the throne with his ability to master the living and the dead.

Reason for you to read this:
This is a tale of blood and magic, brotherhood and betrayal, brutal but compelling, yet dark and beautiful. The kind of dark fantasy that is full of macabre and explicit description not for the faint of heart, yet well worth it to prevail.

Best Quote:
“Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you’ll find an edge to cut you.”

First Published: 1982

Plot Summary:
The author introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead the last Gunslinger who seems to bring death everywhere he goes. The novel followed his lone mysterious quest through abandon world which reflecting our world in pursuit of the man in black. The evil creature with a gruesome ability to bring the dead back to life.

Reason for you to read this:
Start only as a short story in a fantasy magazine it become so popular that Stephen King wrote it to a novel and then series, it took 25 years for him to finished this series and have been considered his most visionary writing. A bewitching mix of science, fiction, fantasy, and horror. The new edition of revised and expanded version includes new material, introduction and forward, especially the four full color illustrations and trade paperback formats.

Best Quote:
“And will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live.”

9Weaveworld by Clive Barker

First Published: 1987

Plot Summary:
This dark fantasy trilogy is a struggle of destruction over Fugue, a world of Seerkind the magical creature by others. After the Scourge almost destroy them to extinction, the Seerkind wove their world with the rest of survivor into a carpet and protected it until they found a saver place. Eighty years later, the last guardian pass the carpet to Suzanna her granddaughter before her death. Unknown to them the banished Seerkind, Immaculata is in serach of the carpet for revenge. Thus set Suzanna journey to creation and destruction.

Reason for you to read this:
For you who interested in a mix of science fiction and dark fantasy this is the book you’re looking for. The author successfully use pure fantasy and macabre style to engross you in the book. Also the theme of life and duty to society and greater good will appeal to our humanity and morale.

Best Quote:
“That which is imagined can never be lost.”

First Published: 1992

Plot Summary:
The Dominator and his wife the Lady are powerful dark wizards, together with their servant the Taken build an empire full of evil and terror until White Rose lead a rebel against them and overthrown their regime. Though they are so powerful that nobody could kill them but instead imprisoned. Until the wizard Bomanz naively released the Lady for the hope of learning her wisdom yet were tricked and so cause her to return with her dark army and unleashed back the dark empire.

Reason for you to read this:
This is a novel about battle of dark and light, good and evil, a dark fantasy with a mix of epic fantasy yet complex as you wonder who is good who is evil.

Best Quote:
“Evil is relative. You cant hang a sign on it. You can’t touch it or taste it or cut it with a sword. Evil depends on where you are standing, pointing your indicating finger.”

7Shadowland by Peter Straub 

First Published: 1980

Plot Summary:
The story focuses on two boys Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale, they spend their summer holiday at Del’s uncle Coleman Collins located in the Vermont forest of New England. He is actually the best magician in the world. They thought he is teaching them fun harmless tricks, but in reality is real evil sorcery.

Reason for you to read this:
This story is thick with horror and suspense, not an ordinary coming of age innocent happy story. Even from the beginning of the novel you will be startled, and overcome with bad feeling of things go wrong. Accompanied with shocking illustration and ominous atmosphere this is a dark fantasy must read.

Best Quote:
“You’ll never get anything done if you walk around with an unchipped heart.”

6Ancient Images by Ramsey Campbell

First Published: 1989


Plot Summary:
After a stolen copy of old and never released before Karloff/Lugosi film cause the death of his colleague, Sandy Allan sets on an investigation of its history and lineage. As he starts to unveil the tragedies haunting the production, an ancient force protecting it fiercely threaten her life.

Reason for you to read this:
If you’re into the terrifyingly real horror, this is a must book to read. Written with such grip to reality he surely will make you feel transported to the every pages.

Best Quote:
“She walked Toby to Victoria Station and left him at the barrier. On her way into the underground she thought he’d followed her, but there was nobody to be seen behind her on the escalator that sailed downwards with a faint inconsolable squeal.”

5At Fear’s Altar by Richard Gavin

First Published: 2012

Plot Summary:
This compilation of dark fantasy and horror, related with people’s daily lives which turn to unexpected horrors. Cleverly written and building tension covered unexpected turns with monsters and portal to another world.

Reason for you to read this:
Filled with collection of finest weird fiction so unique and effective, rich with textured style, deft character portrayal, and powerful terrifying creation is a pleasure to read for you the horror lover.

Best Quote:
“But you said you banished King Him after … that you banished King Him the last time.”

4Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

First Published: 2016

Plot Summary:
The story focuses on the triplets born in Fennbirn island, the three equal heirs to the crown as Queen each gifted with different dark magic. Mirabella the fierce elemental, Katherine the poisoner, and Arsinoe the naturalist. The sisters have to fight for the crown in the battle of their sixteen birthday, the last standing queen will be the winner the sole crowned Queen. But unknown to Mirabella and the whole island, Katharine and Arsinoe has been faking their power and making alliance. Until they betray each other, revenge arise and the crown queen might not necessarily the strongest but surely the darkest of them all.

Reason for you to read this:
This dark fantasy of sisters fight to the death for the queen crown and throne is a book to behold and is a journey of twist and turn to read. It is thrilling to read and unsure to root for which queen to be the winner, as each may not as what she seem and each are unpredictable and ruthless.

Best Quote:
“Three dark queens are born in a glen, sweet little triplets will never be friends. Three dark sisters all fair to be seen, two to devour and one to be Queen.”

First Published: 2016

Plot Summary:
Dali Harimau is the tigress shapeshifter and posses the magic to self healing, but she opposed violence and the idea of sheding blood like her kind. She even turn to a vegetarian to prove her point. Yet Jim the jaguar shapeshifter are her complete opposite, he control Atlanta Cat Clan with brutal force. Until one day Dali and Jim have to cooperate to investigate the missing of a woman’s grandmother, and eventually have to face an even darker and stronger enemy.

Reason for you to read this:
This novel with its fast pace action and suspense will keep you reading to the end, full of magic, mystery, romance and dark forces.

Best Quote:
“At first he didn’t want to tell us, and then Jim asked him if he was left or right handed. The bodyguard asked why and Jim told him that he would break the other arm first, because he wasn’t a complete bastard.”

2The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

First Published: 2015

Plot Summary:
Carolyn live a normal American life until her parents died, she were taken away with the others by “Father”. Father bring them up in his own customs, studied from the books of their home’s library which help them understand the secrets of Father’s power. They even wonder that Father could be the God, and then one day Father mysteriously missing and they have to stand their ground and prepare for battle to protect the library or the control over all creations will be in chaos.

Reason for you to read this:
This book serves unexpected plot and interesting material of unimaginable things, like power to raise the dead, talk to lion, and even put out the sun. If you’re looking for a fantasy read with enticing property yet are dark and not cliche this is the book you must get.

Best Quote:
“Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”

1Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

First Published: 1994

Plot Summary:
This tells story of a science student Victor Frankenstein with his obsession of life and imparting life to the dead. He collected and experimented on stolen body parts and finally bring live a monstrous human being. After seeing the creature hideousness he was terrified of the horror he created and lead it to be lonely and isolated. The innocent creature turn evil and goes to murderous revenge against it’s creator.

Reason for you to read this:
Upon its release this novel rise to bestseller and become leading ancestor of horror science fiction genres. This book contemplate on the matter of importance and mighty of science yet clash with the humanity and morale, to the point how far human can defy it in the name of advance science and accomplishment. If you’re looking for a contemplating book of science and morale this is it, especially in the advance of our technology nowadays it will leave you questioning of our own progress and the possibility of this matter.

Best Quote:
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”


CONCLUSION
These twelve dark fantasy novels are the great balance of scare, horror, thriller and mystery. With another world premise against mythical creatures and dark magic, some even evil as the main character is a different twist of fantasy genre that is worth to read and collect.

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