Retro Monsters in Books

Whether with tentacles or webbed feet, laser-vision or antennae, these books about retro monsters are here to conquer the Earth, and everyone on it. With fantastically illustrated covers festooned with dames in distress, killer robots, alien interlopers and much more, there's nowhere safe to hide from these vintage villainous volumes. Hearken back to the days of The Thing, The Blob, and other hilariously scary beasts bent on destruction. They're campy! They're kitschy! They're collectible!

The best retro monster books:


Killer Crabs
by Guy N. Smith

Their claws were strong enough to snap a man in half. Their shells were impenetrable, even by a six-inch naval gun. Their eyes glowed with malevolence, and as they tore their victims limb from limb they seemed to grin with sadistic delight. Never before had the world seen such an army.

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The Thing From Outer Space
by John Campbell

A selection of classic John W Campbell's short stories, published in 1966.

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Creature from the Black Lagoon
by Vargo Statten

Written by John Russell Fearn under the pseudonym Vargo Statten issued to coincide with the release of the iconic sci-fi film Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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Lord of the Spiders
by Michael Moorcock

Michael Kane, twentieth-century scientist, travels again through space and time to face the perils of eon-old Mars. This is the second story in the towering Martian trilogy.

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The Fallible Fiend
by L. Sprague de Camp

"He looked like a cross between a dragon and a catfish, and he could bend iron bars into pretzels with a flick of his hand. But what Zdim the mild-mannered demon really was, was a scholar."

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The Killer Thing
by Kate Wilhelm

In a last-ditch effort to liberate his beloved planet Ramses, a scientist in the twenty-third century develops a super-robot--one with a computer for a brain and a two-mile laser for an eye.

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The Valley of the Worm
by Robert E. Howard

The Valley of the Worm is a story in the James Allison series and tells the tale of a Texan who recalls his past lives as ancient heroes.

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Polyphemus
by Michael Shea

From sea-monsters in outer space (Polyphemus) to aliens in human bodies (The Autopsy), these six stories by the author of In Yana, the Touch of Undying display a distinctive talent for the macabre.

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Invaders from the Infinite
by John W. Campbell

"Mighty battles between huge space armadas were but skirmishes in the galactic war, as the invincible aliens savagely advanced and the Earth team hurled bolt after bolt of pure ravening energy-until it appeared that the universe itself might end in one final flare of furious torrential power."

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The Beasts From Beyond
by Manly Wade Wellman

Strangers on the Heights which was originally published in the summer 1944 issue of Strartling Stories and Later published as Beasts From Beyond and Nuisance Value originally published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1939 and later republished under the title, The Dark Destroyers.

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The Creature from Beyond Infinity
by Henry Kuttner

Like a great, lethal snake, plague creeps through the galaxies. No conscious entity can halt its progress, and life is slowly draining from planet after planet.

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Invader From Space
by Patrick Moore

Young adult science fiction, adventure novel, first published in 1963.

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Giants From Eternity
by Manly Ward Wellman

Scientists investigate a mysteriously expanding red blight that is growing around the site of a meteor crash. With the help of the daughter of a famous scientist, they soon discover that the blight is not only alive, but that it consumes nearly everything in its path.

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The Hydra Monster
by Lee Falk

What is the meaning of HYDRA - a mysterious evil that spans oceans and continents? Who are the black clad men - with V's tattoed on shaven skulls - who appear in the wake of wars, earthquakes, fires and other catastrophes?

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Bug-Eyed Monsters
Anthony Cheetham (ed)

Bug-Eyed Monsters is one of the finest collections available of classic SF masterpieces by internationally acclaimed authors who pay their bizarre and superbly entertaining tributes to the weird and wonderful nasties.

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Invaders of Earth
by Groff Conklin (ed)

A 257-page science fiction anthology, reprinting 15 stories from the 1952 hardcover first edition, on the topic of Earth being invaded.

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Mutants: Eleven Stories of Science Fiction
by Robert Silverberg (ed)

A virus attains intelligent consciousness. Men search desperately for normal infants after an atomic war. A mind-reading three-year-old with enormous powers holds an entire village in terror. Evolution takes a turn in reverse. A trifling shift in the genetic structure of a dahlia has remarkable consequences for mankind. Mutant ants get a chance to rule the world.

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The Moon Month
by Jack Vance

A fascinating blend of murder mystery and high-concept science fiction, The Moon Moth has long been hailed as one of Jack Vance's greatest works.

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Invaders from Rigel
by Fletcher Pratt

Murray Lee woke up with a feeling of overpowering stiffness in every muscle. He turned over in bed and felt his left elbow, which seemed to be aching particularly--and received the shock of his life. The motion was attended by a creaking clang, and his elbow felt like a complex wheel. Why--he was metal all over!

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The Invaders: Dam of Death
by Jack Pearl

Adventure series of books from children, authorized edition based on the popular television series from the 1960s.

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