Brian Lumley

Brian Lumley (born 2 December 1937) is an English author of horror fiction. He came to prominence in the 1970s writing in the Cthulhu Mythos created by American writer H.P. Lovecraft but featuring the new character Titus Crow, and went on to greater fame in the 1980s with the best-selling Necroscope series, initially centered on character Harry Keogh who can communicate with the spirits of the dead.

Brian Lumley
Lumley in 2011
Born (1937-12-02) 2 December 1937
County Durham, England
Occupationnovelist, Writer
GenreHorror, science fiction


Born in County Durham, he joined the British Army's Royal Military Police and wrote stories in his spare time before retiring with the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 in 1980[1] and becoming a professional writer.

In the 1970s he added to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos cycle of stories, including several tales and a novel featuring the character Titus Crow. Several of his early books were published by Arkham House. Other stories pastiched Lovecraft's Dream Cycle but featured Lumley's original characters David Hero and Eldin the Wanderer. Lumley once explained the difference between his Cthulhu Mythos characters and Lovecraft's: "My guys fight back. Also, they like to have a laugh along the way."[2]

Later works included the Necroscope series of novels, which produced spin-off series such as the Vampire World Trilogy, The Lost Years parts 1 and 2, and the E-Branch trilogy. The central protagonist of the earlier Necroscope novels appears in the anthology Harry Keogh and Other Weird Heroes. The latest entry in the Necroscope saga is The Mobius Murders.

Lumley served as president of the Horror Writers Association from 1996 to 1997. On 28 March 2010 Lumley was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association.[3] He also received a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010.[4]


Lumley's list of his favourite horror stories—"not complete by any means and by no means in order of preference"—includes M. R. James' "Count Magnus", Robert E. Howard's "The Black Stone", Robert W. Chambers' "The Yellow Sign" from The King in Yellow, William Hope Hodgson's "The Voice in the Night", and H. P. Lovecraft's "The Haunter of the Dark" and "The Colour Out of Space".[5]


This is a list of Lumley's more notable novels and short story collections. This list of novels and short stories is not exhaustive. Lumley has had many pieces published in periodicals and other publications, sometimes as works in progress or partial works, under his own name and jointly with other writers.

NecroscopeNecroscope Saga1986512novel
Necroscope II: Wamphyri!Necroscope Saga1988496novelUS Title: Necroscope II: Vamphyri!
Necroscope III: The SourceNecroscope Saga1989528novel
Necroscope IV: DeadspeakNecroscope Saga1990560novel
Necroscope V: DeadspawnNecroscope Saga1991592novel
Vampire World 1: Blood BrothersNecroscope Saga1992752novelUS Title Blood Brothers
Vampire World 2: The Last AerieNecroscope Saga1993768novelUS Title The Last Aerie
Vampire World 3: BloodwarsNecroscope Saga1994784novelUS Title Bloodwars
Necroscope: The Lost Years Volume 1Necroscope Saga1995483novelUS Title Necroscope: The Lost Years
Necroscope: The Lost Years Volume 2Necroscope Saga1996468novelUS Title Necroscope: Resurgence, The Lost Years Volume Two
E-Branch 1: InvadersNecroscope Saga1998560novelUS Title Necroscope: Invaders
Necroscope: Defilers, E-Branch Volume 2Necroscope Saga1999672novel
Necroscope: Avengers, E-Branch Volume 3Necroscope Saga2000576novel
Harry Keogh: Necroscope and Other Weird Heroes!Necroscope Saga2003320collection
Necroscope: The TouchNecroscope Saga2006672novel
Necroscope: Harry and the PiratesNecroscope Saga2009416collectionUK Title Necroscope: The Lost Years Harry and the Pirates
Necroscope: The Plague-BearerNecroscope Saga2010184novella
Necroscope: The Möbius MurdersNecroscope Saga2013176novella
PsychomechPsychomech Trilogy1984351novel
PsychospherePsychomech Trilogy1984272novel
PsychamokPsychomech Trilogy1985445novel
The Burrowers BeneathCthulhu Cycle Deities1974novelPart of the Titus Crow series
The Transition of Titus CrowCthulhu Cycle Deities1975novelPart of the Titus Crow series
The Clock of DreamsCthulhu Cycle Deities1978novelPart of the Titus Crow series
Spawn of the WindsCthulhu Cycle Deities1978novelPart of the Titus Crow series
In the Moons of BoreaCthulhu Cycle Deities1979novelPart of the Titus Crow series
ElysiaCthulhu Cycle Deities1989novelBook ties together & concludes Titus Crow, Dreamlands and Primal Land series
Hero of DreamsCthulhu Cycle Deities1986novelPart of the Dreamlands series
Ship of DreamsCthulhu Cycle Deities1986novelPart of the Dreamlands series
Mad Moon of DreamsCthulhu Cycle Deities1987novelPart of the Dreamlands series
Iced on AranCthulhu Cycle Deities1992collectionPart of the Dreamlands series
House of CthulhuCthulhu Cycle Deities1991collectionPart of the Primal Land series
Tarra Khash: Hrossak!Cthulhu Cycle Deities1991novelPart of the Primal Land series
Sorcery in ShadCthulhu Cycle Deities1991novelPart of the Primal Land series
Beneath the MoorsCthulhu Cycle Deities1974novella
Khai of Ancient Khem1980novelKhai of Khem in recent editions
Demogorgon1987345 novel
The House of Doors1990novel
The House of Doors: The Second Visit1998novelUS title: Maze of Worlds
The Fly-By-Nights2011novel
The Caller of the Black1971collection
The Horror at Oakdeene and Others1977collection
The House of Cthulhu and Others1984collection
Fruiting Bodies and Other Fungi1993collection
Dagon's Bell and Other Discords1994collection
Return of the Deep Ones and Other Mythos TalesCthulhu Cycle Deities1994collection
The Second Wish and Other Exhalations1995collection
A Coven of Vampires1998collection
The Whisperer and Other Voices2001collection
Brian Lumley's Freaks2004collection
Screaming Science Fiction: Horrors from Out of Space2006collection
The Taint and other Novellas: Best Mythos Tales Number 1Cthulhu Cycle Deities2008collection
Haggopian and Other Tales: Best Mythos Tales Number 1Cthulhu Cycle Deities2008collection
The Nonesuch and Others2009collection
The Subterranean Press edition
  • Necroscope (novel)
  • Brian Lumley's Freaks
    • Introduction
    • In the Glow Zone
    • Mother Love
    • Problem Child
    • The Ugly Act
    • Somebody Calling
  • A Coven of Vampires (1998)
    • What Dark God?
    • Back Row
    • The Strange Years
    • The Kiss of the Lamia
    • Recognition
    • The Thief Immortal
    • Necros
    • The Thing from the Blasted Heath
    • Uzzi
    • Haggopian
    • The Picknickers
    • Zack Phalanx is Vlad the Impaler
    • The House of the Temple
  • Screaming Science Fiction: Horrors from Out of Space
    • "Snarker's Son"
    • "The Man Who Felt Pain"
    • "The Strange Years"
    • "No Way Home"
    • "The Man Who Saw No Spiders"
    • "Deja Viewer"
    • "Feasibility Study"
    • "Gaddy's Gloves"
    • "The Big 'C'"
  • The Taint and other novellas: Best Mythos Tales, Volume One (2007)
    • "Introduction"
    • The Horror at Oakdeene
    • Born of the Winds
    • The Fairground Horror
    • The Taint
    • Rising with Surtsey
    • Lord of the Worms
    • The House of the Temple
  • Haggopian and other stories (2008)
    • Introduction
    • The Caller of the Black
    • Haggopian
    • Cement Surroundings
    • The House of Cthulhu
    • The Night Sea-Maid Went Down
    • Name and Number
    • Recognition
    • Curse of the Golden Guardians
    • Aunt Hester
    • The Kiss of Bugg-Shash
    • De Marigny's Clock
    • Mylakhrion the Immortal
    • The Sister City
    • What Dark God?
    • The Statement of Henry Worthy
    • Dagon's Bell
    • The Thing from the Blasted Heath
    • Dylath Leen
    • The Mirror of Nitocris
    • The Second Wish
    • The Hymn
    • Synchronicity or Something
    • The Black Recalled
    • The Sorcerer's Dream
  • The Nonesuch and Others (2009)
    • Introduction
    • "The Thin People"
    • "Stilts"
    • The Nonesuch
  • The Fly-by-Nights (2011)


  1. "Brian Lumley's website". 2 December 1937. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  2. Brian Lumley, "Mail-Call of Cthulhu", Black Forbidden Things, p. 194.
  3. Scott, Sifu (29 March 2010). "Horror Writers Association Presents 2009 Stoker Winners". Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  4. World Fantasy Convention (2010). "2010 World Fantasy Award Winners & Nominees". Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  5. "An Interview with Brian Lumley", Robert M. Price, Nightscapes No. 5.

Further reading

  • Leigh Blackmore. Brian Lumley: A New Bibliography. Sydney: Dark Press, 1994. San Bernardino, CA: Borgo Press, 1987.
  • Brian Lumley and Stanley Wiater (eds). The Brian Lumley Companion. NY: Books, 2002.
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