1970’s books

When I was looking for horror books for the seventies it didn’t take long for me to come up with a list of books to talk about. The seventies and eighties were a great time for horror novels.  One of the most intriguing books I found was one written in 1972 called The Werewolf vs. Vampire Women by Arthur N Scram. This book is supposed to be an adaptation of a movie that was released  under the same name in 1971 but according to what I read, the book doesn’t follow the movie.  The book begins in a morgue where a  man called Waldo who happens to be a werewolf  is lying in a morgue on a table with a  silver bullet in him. The mortician removes the bullet and Waldo springs to life killing the mortician. Waldo the werewolf then goes out into the world and finds two female med students who are doing a masters thesis on a vampire queen named Wandessa de Nadasdy. Waldo hates vampires so he decides with the help of the female med students that he his going to find this queen and kill her. This books sound just corny enough to be entertaining.

Another book I wanted to mention was written in 1979 called The Majorettes by John Russo who was one of the co writers of Night Of The Living Dead.  This book was written at the same time that slasher movies were becoming popular. The story begins when  high school nerd Tommy Harvack who has a crush on a majorette named Nicole Hendricks, goes to meet her in the woods. Unfortunately for them they get murdered while on the rendezvous. The killer is not stopping there though, he has his sites set on killing the whole majorette squad. Can the police stop him in time? The Majorettes was originally meant to be a movie but when Russo could not get funding for it, he made it into a novel instead. A movie was finally released based on The Majorettes in 1987.

The 1970s also brought us a comic book that ran from 1972 to 1979 called Tomb of Dracula. This title was published by Marvel Comics, it was written by Marv Wolfman, drawn be Gene Colan and inked by Tom Palmer. The story for Tomb of Dracula was that Dracula was revived in the present day 1970’s and is being hunted by the decedents of the vampire hunters that once killed him. Tomb of Dracula also marked the first appearance of Blade who had his own comic series, TV series and three movies.

If your going to talk about books of the 1970’s you have to to mention the biggest horror author of all, Stephen King. King’s first novel was released in 1974 called Carrie. Carrie as you probably know tells the story of a shy girl in high school who discovers that she has telekinetic powers and uses them to take revenge on the  classmates that made fun of her.

My favorite Stephen King novel was his second novel which was released in 1975 called Salem’s Lot. Salem’s Lot follows the story of a man named Ben Mears who grew up in Salem’s Lot Massachusetts. He moved away when he was 12 but has now returned to find the town a very different place. The streets are deserted in the daytime, the town has been infected by vampires and only a few town residents are left to stop the vampires from taking over. I don’t feel that I have to say to much about Salem’s Lot here because most people reading this blog probably at least know the story from the 1979 mini series or the 2004 mini series which followed the book closely. Salem’s lot was heavily influenced by Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House which was recently mentioned in this blog.

Sticking with the subject of vampires, I feel I also need to mention Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire which was written in 1973 and released in 1976. The story for Interview With A Vampire follows Louis as he tells the story of his life over the last 200 years. Interview With The Vampire spawned 11 sequels that I know of and also had a movie made on it in 1994.

What’s your favorite 1970’s horror novel? Leave a comment and let us know.


5 thoughts on “1970’s books

  1. I was really into Ann Rice in the early 1990’s I read the first 5 vampire chronicles and the first Mayfair Witches book and then I lost interest. I think the last book I read was The Vampire Armand and I didn’t like it. I loved the first five though.


  2. Yeah, that one was hard to get through. I think the one that killed it for me was Blood and Gold. I just wanted the Viking guy to reach over and SMACK Marius to shut the hell up. I’ve been trying to read Blackwood Farm for 6 years. However, David… if you like her first stuff, you might enjoy Pandora – which is a newer one that I loved. Or Vittorio the Vampire which has no connection with the other vampires and is good on it’s own. I haven’t read them in awhile, but I remember them being really good and more like her first ones. As for the witches… yes, the first one was good, the 2nd had me lost about 1/2 way through and I couldn’t even get through #3.


  3. LOTS of great, if somewhat forgotten, horror novels from the 1970s:

    ALL HEADS TURN AS THE HUNT GOES BY by John Farris (1977)
    THE MANITOU by Graham Masterton (1975)
    THE RATS and THE FOG by James Herbert (’74 and ’75)
    INCUBUS by Ray Russell (1977)
    THE AUCTIONEER by Joan Samson (1975)
    THE SEARCH FOR JOSEPH TULLY by William Hallahan (1974)
    GHOST STORY by Peter Straub (1979)
    THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR by Anne Rivers Siddons (1978)
    PROGENY OF THE ADDER by Leslie Whitten (1974)
    BURNT OFFERINGS by Robert Marasco (1973)
    THE OTHER and HARVEST HOME by Thomas Tryon (’72 and ’73)

    Some are better than others but all are worth checking out. Nary a King in the bunch!


    • Good list, I don’t think I’ve read any of these, though I have read books by Peter Straub and Graham Masterton. By the way you have a great blog. If you check out my blog post for 1960’s books there is a link to a blog that shows a lot of Corgi horror novels from the 1960’s through the 80’s. The art work on those books is great. Thanks for the post.


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