Gamemaster's Recommended Readings

My version of Appendix N: The following list contains books which may aid Gamesmasters in the creation of their worlds, and the adventures thereof... For this list I've only included those that I have personally read and recommend. Note - I will be adding to this list from time to time.
Last Updated: 1/26/2023

Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Hobbit, JR Tolkien Lord of the Rings, JR Tolkien The Silmarillion, JR Tolkien Farmer Giles of Ham, JR Tolkien The Narnia Chronicles, CS Lewis Conan Series, Robert Howard Solomon Kane Series, Robert Howard Tarzan Series, Edgar Rice Boroughs Lensman Series, E. Smith A Wrinkle in Time Series, Madeleine L'Engle The Dragon and the Unicorn Series, A. A. Attanasio Sabriel Series, Garth Nix The High King Series, Lloyd Alexander Mossflower, Brian Jacques Perdido Street Station, China Mieville The City and the Stars, Arthur C. Clarke Elric of Melniboné Series, Michael Moorcock Vril, The Power of the the Coming Race, Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Medieval Romance & Adventure Stories

Arthurian Romances, Chretien de Troyes The Faerie Queen, Edmund Spenser Sir Gwaine and the Green Knight Tales of King Arther, Sir Thomas Malory Tristan and Isolde, Strassburg The Song of Roland Idylls of the King, Alfred Lord Tennyson The Quest of the Holy Grail, Walter Map [Mattarasso] The Death of King Arthur, Walter Map The Pearl, (rare - difficult to find) The Lady of the Lake, Sir Walter Scott The Travels, Marco Polo The Laxdaela Saga Parzival, W.V. Eschenbach Willehalm, W.V. Eschenbach The Nibilungenlied The Mabinogion Beowulf

Fairy Tales & Folktales

Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson Folk Tales, The Brothers Grim Irish Fairy Tales, Jeremiah Curtin The Complete Fairy Tales, George MacDonald The Yellow Fairy Tale Book, Andrew Lang The World's Great Folktales, James Forster (Editor) Danish Fairy Tales, Inge Hack

Gothic & Horror

Castle of Oranto, Horace Walpole Dracula, Bram Stoker Frankenstien, Mary Shelly Vathek, William Beckford The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis Perlandria Series, C. S. Lewis Poetry by Edgar Allan Poe Stories by Lovecraft The Greater Trumps, Charles Williams The Place of the Lion, Charles Williams The Worm Ouroboros, E. R. Eddiison Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories, Algernon Blackwood



The Norse Myths, Kevin Crossley-Holland Saga of the Volsungs, Jesse L. Byock Egil's Saga, Paul Edwards Prose Edda, Jean I. Young


Illiad, Homer Odyssey, Homer


The Hermetica; The Lost Wisdom of the Pharohs, Timothy Freke & Peter Candy


Mythologies of the Ancient World, S. Kramer Myths from Mesopotamia, Stephanie Dalley Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Meopotamia, N.K. Sandars Sumerian Mythology, S. Kramer The Sumerians, S. Kramer Inanna; Queen of Heavan and Earth, S. Kramer


Journey To the West Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, Pu Songling

Poetry, Plays and Fables

The Aeneid, Virgil La Vita Nova, Dante Lysistrata, Aristophanes The Clouds, Aristophanes The Wasps, Aristophanes The Poet and the Woman, Aristophanes The Frogs, Aristophanes Metamorphosis, Ovid Fables of Aesop The Works of Sir Walter Scott

Judeo-Christian Literature of Old

The Holy Bible [King James] Paradise Lost, Milton Divine Comedy, Dante Piers the Ploughman, William Langland Dark Night of the Soul, St. John of the Cross The Ladder of Perfection, Walter Hilton The City of God, Augustine The Fathers of the Church; Homilies on Leviticus, Origen Confessions, Saint Augustine Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Bede The Guide for the Perplexed, Moses Maimonides

Classical History


The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides The Histories, Herodotus


Germanicus, Tacitus Lives, Plutarch The Age of Alexander, Plutarch The Early History of Rome, Livy Rome and the Mediterranean, Livy The War with Hannibal, Livy The Rise of the Roman Empire, Polybius


The History of the Kings of Britain, Geoffrey of Monmouth The Travels, Marco Polo

Ancient Transcripts


The Epic of Gilgamesh


The Hermetica, Timothy Freke Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt, Gaston Maspero


Shrimad Bhagamatam (Volumes 1-14) Dharmapada Bhagavad Gita


Tao te Ching, Lao Tzu The Art of War, Sun Tzu The Book of Five Rings, Musashi The I Ching; The Book of Chnages, King Wen, Trans. Brian Browne Walker The Three Kingdoms

Political Theory & Philosophy

Classical Greek

The Republic, Plato The Laws, Plato The Symposium, Plato The Meno, Plato The Crito, Plato Euthyphro, Plato Apology, Plato Phaedo, Plato The Politics, Aristotle Metaphysics, Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle

Post-Medieval European & American

The New Atlantis, Francis Bacon The Prince, Machiavelli On History, Kant Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche Selected Essays, Emerson (On Nature) The Glass Bead Game, Herman Hess History of Political Philosophy, Leo Strauss & Joseph Cropsey Thoughts on Machiavelli, Leo Strauss Introduction to the Reading of Hegel; Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit, Alexandre Kojeve Love of Glory and the Common Good; Aspects of the Political Thought of Thucydides, Michael Palmer

Research Resources

Warefare in the Classical World, John Warry A field Guild to the LIttle People, Nancy Arrowsmith The Encyclopedia of Superstitions, E & M Radford The World Guide to Gnomes, Faries, Elves and other Little People, Thomas Keightley The Ancient Engineers, De Camp Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs; Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World, Adrienne Mayor