As is well known, the Castlevania series was directly influenced by the Universal Studios and Hammer Films horror classics. Of course, those movies were based on novels and novellas, influential works of horror literature.
For completeness sake, and because we keep referencing them in our horror movie reviews, we've started reviewing these classics books as well.
Classics of Horror Literature
- Carmilla. Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan. 1872.
- Dracula. Stoker, Bram. 1897.
- Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Shelly, Mary. 1818.
- The Vampyre: A Tale. Polidori, John William. 1819.
Castlevania Comics and Manga
The Castlevania series has produced a number of tie-ins and spin-off comics. Although they are of questionable connection to the official continuity of the series, we will review them as we find official English-language publications.
- Castlevania: The Belmont Legacy. Rodionoff, Hans. IDW Publishing. 2005.
Other Books and Comics
And while we won't be covering every horror work ever released, we will occasionally cover other monster-related materials that in some way catch our eye for the site:
- Bloodlist. Elrod, P.N. Ace. 1990.
- Dracula, Motherf**ker. de Campi, Alex. Image. 2020.
- Hard Spell. Gustainis, Justin. Angry Robot. 2011.
- Evil Dark. 2012.
- Known Devil. 2014.
- I, Strahd: Memoirs of a Vampire. Elrod, P.N. TSR. 1993.
- Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs. Rodionoff, Hans. Wildstorm. 2008.
- World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Brooks, Max. Crown. 2006.