International and Area Studies Supernatural & Horror Reading List

IAS_Supernatural and Horror Reading List

Despite the long-held assumption that supernatural belief would eventually decline as science advanced, this has simply not been the case.¹ Whether embedded in everyday life or seasonal customs, the pages of horror fiction, or the goriest of slasher films, supernatural narratives remain prevalent and offer valuable insights into cultural fears and values, historical and contemporary issues, and individual experiences and behaviors.

For its fall 2021 reading list, the International and Area Studies (IAS) Department of the UCLA Library presents 42 works that explore the inexplicable, otherworldly, and frightening. The list includes works of fiction; collections of folktales, legends, and myths; and scholarly studies by folklorists, anthropologists, historians, and film scholars. It is organized alphabetically by country, island, or territory, with some multi-regional works included at the end. Click on the linked titles to access the books through the UCLA Library.

May you find something here to help you pass these longer, darker nights of autumn. To borrow Count Dracula’s beckoning words to Jonathan Harker, “Once again . . . welcome . . . Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”

See Goldstein, Diane E. “Scientific Rationalism and Supernatural Experience Narratives” in Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore, edited by Diane E. Goldstein, Sylvia Ann Grider, and Jeannie B. Thomas. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2007.

International Area Studies Supernatural Reading List