10 Irish Horror and Dark Fantasy Authors You Should be Reading

In Honour of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some great Irish horror and dark fantasy authors you should be reading.

Bram Stoker (1847 – 1912) – Classic gothic horror author.

Best known for: Dracula (1897)

Caitlín R. Kiernan (1964 – ?) – Multi-Award-Winning Author of various horror, dark fantasy, science fiction and weird fiction.

Selected Bibliography:

Novels: Silk (1998), The Drowning Girl: A Memoir (2012), Threshold (2001), The Red Tree (2009)

Short Story Collections: Two Worlds and in Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume One) (2011), Tales of Pain and Wonder (2000)

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Charles Maturin (1782 – 1824) – Gothic author and playwright

Known for: Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)

Darren Shan (1972 – ?) – very prolific and well known writer of multiple series, including The Cirque du Freak Series (which includes the Vampire Blood Trilogy, the Vampire Rites Trilogy, the Vampire War Trilogy, and the Vampire Destiny Trilogy), The Demonata 10-Book Series, and several other one-off or spin-off books.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) – prolific playwright, poet, novelist, journalist and essayist. Perhaps an unexpected inclusion on this list, as Wilde is not really known as a dark fiction writer, however I feel that The Picture of Dorian Gray definitely falls under the speculative fiction category, with a dark edge.


(Joseph) Sheridan Le Fanu (1814 – 1873) – Victorian writer of gothic ghost stories and mysteries.

Best Known For: Uncle Silas (1864), In The Glass Darkly (Short Story Collection, 1872), The House by the Churchyard (1863) , Carmilla, The Rose and the Key (1871)

Mildred Darby (1867 – 1932) – Gothic fiction author, published under the name of Andrew Merry.

Selected works: Paddy-risky (1903), The Hunger (1910)

Derek Landy (1974 – ?) – Best known for the Skulduggery Pleasant series

Novels: Skulduggery Pleasant series (YA Books, 2007-2014), Demon Road series (2015-2016)

David Conway (1963 – ?)

Novels: Tokyo Gothic (2009), Death Disco (2009), Kinky Kabuki (2010), Celebrity Bedlam (2010), Metal Sushi (1998)

Gerald J. Tate (1954 – ?)

Novels: Cappawhite (2006, re-released 2009), Beyond the Forest’s Edge (2008), From Sparta (2009)

Short Story Collections: Hot Sand, Cool Sea (2008)


Have I missed anyone? Let me know in the comments if your favourite Irish horror/dark fantasy author has been left out.


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