Suggested Readings

Here you will find suggested readings for further teratological information.



Asma, Stephen T. An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Barber, Paul. Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Of Giants: Sex, Monsters, and the Middle Ages. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

Gilmore, David D. Monsters: Evil Beings, Mythical Beasts, and All Manner of Imaginary Terrors. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

Oswald. Dana M. Monsters, Gender and Sexuality in Medieval English Literature. Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2010.

Picart, Joan S. and John Edgar Browning, eds. Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Warner, Marina. Monsters of Our Own Making: The Peculiar Pleasures of Fear. Lexington: The University of Kentucky Press, 1998.

Williams, David. Deformed Discourse: The Function of the Monster in Medieval Thought and Literature. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1996.


Morton, Adam. On Evil: Thinking in Action. New York: Routledge, 2004. Print.

Oppenheimer, Paul. Evil and the Demonic: A New Theory of Monstrous Behavior. New York: New York Univerity Press, 1996. Print.


Allhoff, Fritz, ed. Serial Killers: Being and Killing. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Philosophy for Everyone.

Carroll, Noël. The Philosophy of Horror; or, Paradoxes of the Heart. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Thacker, Eugene. In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy Vol. 1. Alresford: Zero Books, 2011.

– – -. Starry Speculative Corpse: Horror of Philosophy Vol. 2. Alresford: Zero Books, 2015.

– – -. Tentacles Longer Than Night: Horror of Philosophy Vol. 3. Alresford: Zero Books, 2015.


Campbell, Joseph. The Power of Myth. New York: Anchor Books, 1988. Print.

Jung, C.G. The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. Trans. R.F.C. Hull. Beijing: China Social Sciences Publishing House, 1999.


Lovecraft, H.P, comp. H.P. Lovecraft Classic Stories. London: Arcturus, 2016. Print.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. London: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, 1818. Print. [The novel was republished twice more; in 1823 with only minor editorial changes, and in 1831 with major stylistic and narrative changes. The 1831 edition is the most popular version because of its easy adaptation to theater and film, as well making Victor a more sympathetic character instead of the overly neurotic and ambitious mad scientist he is in the 1818 edition. However, the original 1818 is a much more horrifying story with a richer teratological narrative and philosophical critique of nineteenth-century British culture. Being so, I recommend reading the original novel not only because it makes a good read on a lonely stormy night, but also because two centuries later we are still dealing with many of the issues that a frustrated Shelley included in her terrifying tale.]

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. London: Archibald Constable & Co., 1897. Print.