Zenna Henderson’s “Wilderness,” along with works by Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, John Dickson Carr, Mildred Clingerman, Gordon R. Dickson, and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.
When the son of a powerful Stormwarden battle-mage is kidnapped, the only man who can bring him home alive is Garrett, P.I. And when Garrett takes the case, it explodes from twists and double-crosses.
Garrett, P.I., is hired to find the woman his dead war buddy Danny left a fortune in silver to. Of course, that’s not so easy when the woman lives in the no-man’s-land between two warring kingdoms.
A gritty, phantasmic noir set in the slums of Johannesburg, in a world where criminals find themselves bonded to animals granting magical powers. (It’s much better than that may sound.)
Fritz Leiber’s World Fantasy Award-winning take on the lurking, eldritch horror popularized by H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. Set in San Francisco, it deals with madness and horrors breeding in the cities of modern man.
Fritz Leiber’s classic dark fantasy, a tale of supernatural powers handled by a housewife. A great horror novel; even though it’s a bit dated and showing its age, it has an amazing mood, with horror lurking just a few chapters away.