10 best books like Lud-in-the-Mist (Hope Mirrlees): The King of Elfland's Daughter, The Emperor of Dreams, The Worm Ouroboros, The Complete Compleat Enchanter, The Mabinogion Tetralogy, The Well of the Unicorn, Jurgen, The Well At The World's End: Volume I, The Conan Chronicles: Volume 2: The Hour of the Dragon, The Green Pearl and Madouc

AuthorLord Dunsany
In fantasy, I've seen magic used in many ways: as plot device, curio, religious allegory, and the personification of morals, but rarely do I find a book where magic is truly magical. Too often, it's a convenience, a cliche, but for Dunsany, magic is pervasive, mysterious, unknowable, and lovely. He...
AuthorClark Ashton Smith
From the vampire-haunted alleyways of mediaeval Averoigne to the shining spires of dying Zothique, Clark Ashton Smith weaves his literary sorcery, transporting us to forgotten realms of necromancies and nightmares, lost worlds and other dimensions. In the enchanted regions of Hyperborea, Atlantis...
AuthorE.R. Eddison
This is the book that shaped the landscape of contemporary science fiction and fantasy. When The Lord of the Rings first appeared, the critics inevitably compared it to this 1922 landmark work. Tolkien himself frankly acknowledged its influence, with warm praise for its imaginative appeal. The story...
AuthorL. Sprague de Camp
This omnibus volume brings all five of L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's "Compleat Enchanter" tales together in one nearly 500 page volume -- a good thing or bad thing depending on one's perspective, since each one of them is short, and really, light enough, to tempt one towards perusing on into...
AuthorEvangeline Walton
The retelling of the epic Welsh myth that is "certainly among the top 5 fantasy series of the twentieth century" (

The Mabinogion is to Welsh mythology what the tales of Zeus, Hera, and Apollo are to Greek myth. these tales constitute a powerful work of the imagination, ranking...
AuthorFletcher Pratt
Robbed of lands and heritage by the rapacious Vulkings, young Airar Alvarson had only his limited gift for sorcery to aid him against a world of savage intrigues. Then he met a mysterious sorcerer and was given a strange iron ring -- a ring that led him into a futile conspiracy and soon had him fleeing for...
AuthorJames Branch Cabell
One of the most-talked-about works of the 1920s, this compelling fantasy recounts the odyssey of a middle-aged pawnbroker who regains his youth for a year of amorous adventures. Jurgen's allegorical journey leads through a supernatural dreamscape to romances with Guenevere and The Lady of the Lake...
AuthorWilliam Morris
Possibly the second true "imaginary world" fantasy novel (the possible first being Morris' The Wood beyond the World). Also, for a long time one of the longest -- 220,000 words, more-or-less, so longer than just about anything up until a certain Oxford professor started writing about a certain trip...
AuthorRobert E. Howard
Conan the Cimmerian: he rose from boy-thief and mercenary to become king of Aquilonia. Neither supernatural fiends nor demonic sorcery could oppose the barbarian warrior as he wielded his mighty sword and dispatched his enemies to a bloody doom on the battlefields of the legendary Hyborian Age. Collected...
AuthorJack Vance
In Lyonesse: The Green Pearl and Madouc the magical lands of high enchantment - the Elder Isles, the land, long-vanished beneath the ocean, from which King Arthur's ancestors fled to Britain - come to brilliant life again. In this ancient land the realm of chivalry and the world of faerie exist side by...
AuthorPoul Anderson
Thor broke the sword Tyrfing to save the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds earth, heaven and hell. Now the elves need the weapon for their war against the trolls. Only Scafloc, a human kidnapped and raised by elves, can hope to persuade Bolverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Scafloc...
AuthorC.L. Moore
Jirel of Joiry, the first of the great female warriors, the beautiful commander of the strongest fortress in the kingdom, would face any danger to defend her beloved country. She wielded her bright sword against mighty armies, the sinister magic of evil sorcerers and fearsome castles guarded by the...
AuthorWilliam Hope Hodgson
The House on the Borderland and Other Novels is a collection of short novels by author William Hope Hodgson. It was published by Arkham House in 1946 in an edition of 3,014 copies. The collection was reprinted by Gollancz in 2002, with a new introduction by China Miéville, as volume 33 of their Fantasy...
AuthorFritz Leiber
Las espadas de Lankhmar (3/5): un comienzo prometedor a bordo de un barco, con bastante humor y situaciones de pura fantasía. Y tras llegar a la ciudad la fantasía no para, pues un ejército de ratas (de ratas tal como las conocemos) armadas, quiere hacerse con el poder. Me ha recordado mucho a Gotreh...
AuthorLeigh Brackett
Well, this was quite a hefty collection containing many stories and a couple of novellas, mostly set on Mars or Venus.

In some ways, Leigh Brackett carried on the tradition of swash-buckling adventures in space started by Edgar Rice Burroughs but it's not just more of the same. There is a progression...
The Mark of the Beast and Other Horror Tales (Dover Horror Classics)
AuthorRudyard Kipling
I'm not quite sure if it happened only once, but I seem to have the memory in my mind of the blind Jorge Luis Borges, whenever an English-speaking visitor came to interview him, asking the visitor to read out loud to him from the work of Rudyard Kipling. As for myself, it has been some years since I've read...
AuthorJonathan Carroll
For Joe Lennox, successful young writer, Vienna provides a refuge from the tragedy of his brother's death, until he starts up a friendship with the eccentric India Tate and her magician husband Paul. Gradually Joe falls in love with India, but Paul finds out - before he suddenly drops dread. And now Joe...
AuthorSylvia Townsend Warner
Elfindom is an aristocratic society, jealous of its privileges. The ruling classes engage in such pursuits as patronizing the arts or hunting with the Royal Pack of Werewolves, while the lower orders take pleasure in conducting brutal raiding parties into the world to torment mortals.

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