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A fictional book is a non-existent book created specifically for (i.e. within) a work of fiction.



Such a book may (1) provide the basis of the novel's plot, (2) add verisimilitude by supplying plausible background, or (3) act as a common thread in a series of books or the works of a particular writer or canon of work. A fictional book may also (4) be used as a conceit to illustrate a story within a story, or (5) be essentially a joke title, thus helping to establish the humorous or satirical tone of the work. (Fictional books used as hoaxes or as purported support for actual research are usually referred to as false documents.)


Several stories in Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges' short story collection entitled Ficciones are reviews of fictional books; in this case, the fictional book is the basis of the story. As an example of the second use of fictional books, Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell includes scholarly footnotes to invented biographies, magical texts, newspapers and journals to add to the texture and depth of the story. H. P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon might be considered an example of the third usage, since it appears as a recurring motif in several of the Cthulhu Mythos stories. Many (but not all) of the fictional books mentioned in the work of Douglas Adams are of the joke title variety. H.G. Wells' "The Shape of Things to Come", which purports to be a history textbook published in 2106, includes - just like actual history books - numerous footnotes, some of them referring to actual historical sources but most to fictional ones.

Inclusion criteria

This is a list of fictional books that appear in literature. Fictional books appearing in other other print media, such as comics, are listed in List of fictional books from periodicals. Fictional books that appear in other types of media, such as television shows, are listed in List of fictional books from non-print media.

This is not a list of works of fiction (i.e., actual novels, mysteries, etc), but rather imaginary books that do not actually exist. The fictional books on this list are ordered alphabetically under the name of the actual author who invented them.



Works invented by Gilbert Adair

In The Act of Roger Murgatroyd:

  • The Case of the Family Jewels by Evadne Mount
  • Death Be My Deadline by Evadne Mount
  • The Mystery of the Green Penguin by Evadne Mount
  • No Murder in the Title by Evadne Mount
  • Oedipus vs. Rex by Evadne Mount
  • The Proof of the Pudding by Evadne Mount
  • The Stroke of 12 by Evadne Mount
  • The Timing of the Stew by Evadne Mount
  • The Urinal of Futility by Evadne Mount
  • The Wrong Voice by Evadne Mount (play)

In A Mysterious Affair of Style:

  • Death: A User's Manual by Evadne Mount
  • Eeny-Meeny-Murder-Mo by Evadne Mount (play)
  • Murder Without Ease by Evadne Mount
  • The Tourist Trap by Evadne Mount (play)

Works invented by Douglas Adams

In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series:

The fictional electronic book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, depicted on the cover of a 1991 electronic edition of the actual trilogy.
  • The Big Bang Theory: A Personal View by Eccentrica Gallumbits
  • Celestial Homecare Omnibus
  • Encyclopedia Galactica
  • Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Sex But Have Been Forced To Find Out by Oolon Colluphid
  • Fifty-Three More Things to do in Zero Gravity
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Mk. II
  • Life Begins at Five Hundred and Fifty
  • Practical Parenting in a Fractally Demented Universe
  • Sidereal Daily Mentioner's Book of Popular Galactic History
  • Songs of the Long Land by Lallaffa
  • Squornshellous Swamptalk
  • Time Traveller's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations by Dr. Dan Streetmentioner
  • The Ultra-Complete Maximegalon Dictionary of Every Language Ever
  • Where God Went Wrong by Oolon Colluphid
  • Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes by Oolon Colluphid
  • Who Is This God Person Anyway? by Oolon Colluphid
  • Well That About Wraps It Up for God by Oolon Colluphid
  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Guilt But Were Too Ashamed To Find Out by Oolon Colluphid
  • You and Your Planets by Gail Andrews

Works invented by Lloyd Alexander

In The Book of Three, there is a distinct and fictional tome named The Book of Three

Works invented by Martin Amis

In The Information:

  • Aforethought by Richard Tull
  • Amelior by Gwyn Barry
  • Dreams Don't Mean Anything by Richard Tull
  • Invisible Worms (unpublished) by Richard Tull
  • Summertown by Gwyn Barry
  • Untitled by Richard Tull

Works invented by Poul Anderson

In The Earth Book of Stormgate:

  • Far Adventure, an autobiography by Maeve Downey
  • The Sky Book of Stormgate by Rennhi
  • Tales of the Great Frontier by A. A. Craig. (Poul Anderson had used the pseudonym ""A. A. Craig"" for two earlier stories.)
  • A "running set of reminiscences" by James Ching
  • Private journals of Hirharouk

Works invented by Piers Anthony

In The Source of Magic:

  • The Anatomy of Purple Dragons, author unknown
  • Hailstones: Magic vs. Mundane, author unknown
  • The Status of Spirits in Royal Abodes, author unknown
  • Tales for Ghosts, author unknown

Works invented by Margaret Atwood

In The Blind Assassin:

  • The Blind Assassin by Laura Chase
  • The Chase Industries: A History

In The Robber Bride:

  • Five Ambushes by Antonia Fremont
  • Four Lost Causes by Antonia Fremont
  • Deadly Vestments: A History of Inept Military Couture by Antonia Fremont (in progress)


Works invented by John Barnes

In One For the Morning Glory:

  • Highly Unpleasant Things It Is Sometimes Good To Know, compilation
  • Things That Are Not Good To Know At All, compilation
  • Chronicles, by Cedric
  • The Codwalloper's Daughter, traditional story ballad
  • Penna Pike, traditional story ballad, extended by Prince Amatus
  • The Masque of Murder, by Roderick
  • The Tragical Death of Boniface the Good, by Roderick
  • The Third Part of Prince Amatus, by Roderick
  • King Boniface, by Roderick
  • Robber Baron: The Rise of the Thunder Family from Terror of the North to the Kingdom's Most Respected Barony, by Deacon (Prime Minister) Dick Thunder (authorship disputed)
  • Memoirs, by King Amatus

Works invented by L. Frank Baum

In The Lost Princess of Oz:

  • The Great Book of Records, by an unknown author

In The Road to Oz:

  • Encyclopedia Donkaniara, by an unknown author

In the Oz books, by Baum and his successors:

  • Glinda's Great Book of Records

Works invented by John Bellairs

In The Face in the Frost:

  • An Answer for Night-Hags
  • Krankenhammer by Stefan (the mad cobbler of Mainz) Schimpf
  • Nameless Horrors and What to Do About Them
  • Six Centuries of English Spells
  • Table of Rust Rates by Captain Monkhouse

In Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull:

  • Clavicule de Saloman, La by Warren Windrow
  • Weird Tales of the Maine Seacoast

In The Dark Secret of Weatherend:

  • A History of Hoosac County
  • Eminent Minnesotans
  • Peculiarities of American Cities
  • The Book of the Dead by Simon of Salisbury
  • The Testament of J. K. Borkman by Jorgen Knut Borkman

In The Figure in the Shadows:

  • Free Inquiry into the Properties of Magic Amulets by Florence Helene Zimmermann

In The House with a Clock in its Walls:

  • Cloud Formations and Other Phenomena by Isaac Izard
  • Hardesty's Universal Omnium Gatherum

In The Letter, The Witch, and the Ring:

  • A Cyclopedia of Jewish Antiquities by Reverend Merriwether Burchard

In The Mummy, The Will, and the Crypt:

  • Stately Homes of New England

In The Doom of the Haunted Opera (with Brad Strickland):

  • Transactions of the Capharnaum County Magicians Society (6 volumes)

In Vengeance of the Witch-Finder (with Brad Strickland):

  • History of the Barnavelt Family and the Rebellion Against King Charles I by James Barnavelt
  • Persecution, for Witch-Craft, of Martin Christian Barnavelt by Martin Christian Barnavelt

Works invented by Robert Bloch

In The Man Who Collected Poe:

  • The Crypt by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Further Adventures of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Worm of Midnight by Edgar Allan Poe

In The Suicide in the Study:

  • Cultes des Goules by Comte d'Erlette
  • Black Rites by Luveh-Keraphf


Works invented by Jorge Luis Borges

  • Anglo-American Cyclopedia 1917 edition
  • April March by Herbert Quain
  • The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim by Mir Bahadur Ali (1932)
  • Axaxaxas Mlo
  • Biography of the Baal Shem by Dr. Marcel Yarmolinsky (1940)
  • The Book of Sand
  • Combed Clap of Thunder
  • Confessions of a Thug by Meadows Taylor (1839)
  • The Conversation with the Man Called Al-Mu'tasim: A Game of Shifting Mirrors by Mir Bahadur Ali (1934) -- Illustrated version
  • Don Quixote and other works by Pierre Menard
  • An Examination of the Philosophy of Robert Fludd by Dr. Marcel Yarmolinsky (1921)
  • A First Encyclopaedia of Tlön
  • The Garden of Forking Paths by Ts'ui Pen
  • A General History of Labyrinths by Silas Haslam (1888)
  • The God of the Labyrinth by Herbert Quain
  • Dem hemlige Fralsaren by Nils Runeberg (1909)
  • History of the Sect of the Hasidim by Dr. Marcel Yarmolinsky (1931)
  • History of a Land called Uqbar by Silas Haslam (1874)
  • Kristus och Judas by Nils Runeberg (1904)
  • Lesbare und lesenswerthe Bemerkungen über das Land Ukkbar in Klein-Asien by Johann Valentin Andreä
  • Orbis Tertius
  • Plaster Cramp
  • Les Problemes d'un probleme by Pierre Menard (1917)
  • The Secret Mirror by Herbert Quain
  • Statements by Herbert Quain
  • Tetragrammaton by Dr. Marcel Yarmolinsky
  • Urkunden zur Geschichte der Zahirsage (Documents and Tales: the History of the Zahir) by Julius Barlach (1899)
  • A Vindication of the Cabala by Dr. Marcel Yarmolinsky (1938)
  • Vindication of Eternity by Jaromir Hladík (1927)
  • See also cover art for the books

Works invented by Richard Brautigan

In The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966:

  • Bacon Death, by Marsha Patterson
  • Breakfast First, by Samuel Humber
  • The Culinary Dostoevski, by James Fallon
  • The Egg Laid Twice, by Beatrice Quinn
  • Growing Flowers by Candlelight in Hotel Rooms, by Ms. Charles Fine Adams
  • He Kissed All Night, by Susan Magar
  • A History of Nebraska, by Clinton York*
  • Hombre, by Canton Lee
  • It's the Queen of Darkness, Pal, by Rod Keen
  • Jack, The Story of a Cat, by Hilda Simpson
  • Leather Clothes and the History of Man, by S. M. Justice
  • Love Always Beautiful, by Charles Green
  • Moose, by Richard Brautigan
  • My Dog, by Bill Lewis
  • My Trike, by Chuck
  • The Need for Legalized Abortion, by Doctor O.
  • The Other Side of My Hand, by Harlow Blade
  • Pancake Pretty, by Barbara Jones
  • Printer's Ink, by Fred Sinkus
  • The Quick Forest, by Thomas Funnel
  • Sam Sam Sam, by Patricia Evens Summers
  • The Stereo and God, by Reverend Lincoln Lincoln
  • UFO vs. CBS, by Susan De Witt
  • Vietnam Victory, by Edward Fox
  • Your Clothes are Dead, by Les Steinman

Works invented by Elinor Brent-Dyer

In the Chalet School series:

  • In A Future Chalet School Girl: Mystery at Heron Lake by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In Althea Joins the Chalet School: The Secret of Castle Dancing by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In Carola Storms the Chalet School: The Rose Patrol in the Alps by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In The Chalet School Goes To It: Gipsy Jocelyn by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In Gay from China at the Chalet School: Indian Holiday and Nancy Meets a Nazi by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In Jo Returns to the Chalet School: Cecily Holds the Fort and Malvina Wins Through by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In Joey Goes to Oberland: Audrey Wins the Trick and Dora of the Lower Fifth by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In Lavender Laughs at the Chalet School: Lavender Laughs in Brazil: Lavender Laughs in Cyprus: Lavender Laughs in Libya: Lavender Laughs in Scotland: Lavender Laughs in the West Indies: Lavender Laughs in Turkey and Lavender laughs in New Guinea by Sylvia Leigh; and The Lost Staircase, Luella was a Land Girl, and The Robin Makes Good by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In The Chalet School and the Island: The Sea Parrot by Kester Bellever
  • In The Chalet School in Exile: Tessa in Tyrol by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In The Mystery at the Chalet School: The Leader of the Lost Cause by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In The New Mistress at the Chalet School: King's Soldier Maid and Swords Crossed by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In A Problem for the Chalet School: A Royalist Soldier-Maid and Werner of the Alps by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In Three Go to the Chalet School: Lavender Laughs in Kashmir by Sylvia Leigh
  • In Tim Tackles the Chalet School: The Fugitive of the Salt Cave and The Secret House by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In Two Sams at the Chalet School: Swords for the King! by Josephine M. Bettany
  • In Maids of La Rochelle: Guernsey Folk Tales by Elizabeth Temple

Works invented by Lois McMaster Bujold

In The Curse of Chalion:

  • The Fivefold Pathway of the Soul: On the True Methods of Quintarian Theology by Ordol
  • The Legend of the Green Tree by Behar

Works invented by A. S. Byatt

Template:Col-1-of-2In The Biographer's Tale:
  • Bajazeth by Sir Elmer Bole
  • The Golden Cage of Princes by Sir Elmer Bole
  • How Beautiful Are Thy Feet by Sir Elmer Bole
  • A Humble Maid of Acre by Sir Elmer Bole
  • A Journey Through Seven Climates, Alleged translation of Evliya Chelebi by Sir Elmer Boles, likely to have been written by Boles himself
  • Life of Sir Elmer Bole, Volume 1: A Singular Youth by Scholes Destry-Scholes
  • Life of Sir Elmer Bole, Volume 2: The Voyager by Scholes Destry-Scholes
  • Life of Sir Elmer Bole, Volume 3: Vicarage and Harem by Scholes Destry-Scholes
  • The Orchard Walls by Sir Elmer Bole
  • A Princess Among Slaves by Sir Elmer Bole
  • Rose of Sharon by Sir Elmer Bole
  • The Scimitar by Sir Elmer Bole
  • Shulamith by Sir Elmer Bole
  • A Spring Shut Up by Sir Elmer Bole
  • Astraea play by Alexander Wedderburn, in The Virgin in the Garden
  • The Yellow Chair play by Alexander Wedderburn, in Still Life
  • Babbletower: A Tale for the Children of Our Time by Jude Mason, in Babel Tower
  • A Sense of Glory by Julia Corbett, in The Game
  • The Silver Swan by Julia Corbett, in The Game
  • The Trivial Round by Julia Corbett, in The Game
Template:Col-2-of-2In Possession: A Romance:
  • Anemones of the British Coast by Francis Tugwell
  • Ask to Embla poem-cycle by Randolph Henry Ash
  • Cassandra verse drama by Randolph Henry Ash
  • Chidiock Tichbourne by Randolph Henry Ash
  • Christabel LaMotte: A Selection of Narrative and Lyric Poems, Leonora Stern, editor
  • The City of Is by Christabel LaMotte
  • Complete Poems and Plays of by Randolph Henry Ash, compiled by James Blackadder
  • Complete Correspondence of by Randolph Henry Ash, compiled by Mortimer Cropper
  • Cromwell verse drama by Randolph Henry Ash
  • Debatable Land Between This World and the Next by Robert Dale Owen
  • The Fairy Melusina epic poem by Christabel LaMotte
  • The Garden of Proserpina by Randolph Henry Ash
  • Ghosts and Other Weird Creatures by Unknown
  • Gods, Men, and Heroes by Randolph Henry Ash
  • The Great Collector by Randolph Henry Ash
  • The Great Ventriloquist, a biography of by Randolph Henry Ash by Mortimer Cropper
  • The Grecian Way of Love by Randolph Henry Ash
  • The Incarcerated Sorceress by Randolph Henry Ash
  • La Mer by Michelet
  • La Montagne by Michelet
  • L'Insecte by Michelet (edited by Hachette, Paris, 1858 !)
  • L'Oiseau by Michelet
  • LaMotte's Strategies of Evasion: A collection of essays Leonora Stern, compiler
  • Last Tales by Christabel LaMotte
  • Last Things by Christabel LaMotte
  • Mummy Possest poem by Randolph Henry Ash
  • No Place Like home by Leonora Stern
  • Pranks of Priapus by Randolph Henry Ash
  • Ragnarok by Randolph Henry Ash
  • The Shadowy Portal by Mrs. Lees
  • Swammerdam poem by Randolph Henry Ash
  • St. Bartholomew's Eve verse drama by Randolph Henry Ash
  • Tales for innocents by Christabel LaMotte
  • Tales Told in November by Christabel LaMotte
  • Tallahassee Women Poets, Leonora Stern, editor
  • Unknown Sex Life of Eminent Victorians by Unknown
  • White Linen by Unknown


Works invented by Cao Xueqin

In Hong Lou Meng:

  • Ji Zhi (姬子)]

Works invented by Clifford Caldwell

Works invented by Jonathan Carroll

In A Child Across the Sky:

  • Bones of the Moon by Cullen James (not the same book as Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll)

In The Land of Laughs:

  • The Green Dogs of Sorrow by Marshall France
  • The Land of Laughs by Marshall France
  • Night Races Into Anna by Marshall France
  • Peach Shadows by Marshall France
  • An untitled biography of Edward Abbey by Stephen Abbey
  • An untitled biography of Marshall France by Stephen and Gardner Abbey

In Sleeping in Flame:

Works invented by Michael Chabon

In Summerland:

  • How to Catch Lightning and Smoke
  • The Wa-He-Ta Brave's Official Tribe Handbook

In "The God of Dark Laughter":

  • Encyclopedia of Archaeo-Anthropological Research
  • Uber das Finstere Lachen, by Friedrich Von Junzt
  • Khndzut Dzul (The Unfathomable Ruse)

In Wonder Boys:

  • The Abominations of Plunkettsburg and Other Tales by Albert Vetch (writing as August Van Zorn)
  • The Arsonist's Girl by Grady Tripp
  • The Bottomlands by Grady Tripp
  • Fans and Fadeaways by John Jose Fahey
  • Eight Solid Light-years of Lead by John Jose Fahey
  • Kind of Blue by John Jose Fahey
  • The Land Downstairs by Grady Tripp
  • The Love Parade by James Leer
  • Sad Tidings by John Jose Fahey
  • Wonder Boys by Grady Tripp

Works invented by Agatha Christie

Attributed to Ariadne Oliver:

  • The Affair of the Second Goldfish
  • The Body in the Library
  • The Cat it Was Who Died
  • Death of a Debutante

Works invented by Susanna Clarke

Works invented by Richard Cowper

In A Dream of Kinship:

  • Codex Iniquitatis, author unknown
  • Letters to Brother Matthew by Brother Francis of York (later called Saint Francis)
  • A Perspective of the Christian Dilemma by Brother Matthew (writing as V. O. V.)

In The Road to Corlay:

  • Morfedd's Testament by Morfedd
  • The Avian Apocrypha, anonymous
  • The Book of Gyre, anonymous
  • The Book of Morfedd, anonymous
  • Carlisle ms, anonymous
  • Old Peter's Tale, anonymous
  • Orgen's Dream, anonymous

In A Tapestry of Time:

  • Being and Non-Being by Hagendorf
  • Catalogue by Dean Pardoe
  • Consolations of Philosophy by Pargeter
  • History of Kinship in the United Kingdoms, Vol. 1 by Franscombe
  • Kentmere Psalter, author unknown
  • Leaves from an Antiquarian's Notebook by Dean Pardoe
  • Lexicon by Langley
  • Revelations by St. Francis
  • The True History of the Boy by St. Francis
  • An unknown title by Master Surgeon Brynlas
  • An unknown title (contains the word "Life") by Dom Sarega

In The Twilight of Briareus:

  • L'Histoire Particulière de la Renaissance by Pierre Candel
  • Reminiscences by Margaret Hardy
  • W. H. O. Regeneration Statistics. Vol. 3. 2004, author unknown

Works invented by Robert W. Chambers

Works invented by Edmund Crispin

Works invented by Andrew Crumey

  • Aphorisms by Vincenzo Spontini (in Pfitz)


Works invented by Mark Z. Danielewski

Template:Col-1-of-2In House of Leaves:
  • Absent Identification by Melissa Schemell
  • All in All by Bernard Porch
  • All Accurate by Nam Eurtton
  • All In the Name of Feminism: A Collection of Essays by Nadine (ed.) Muestopher
  • American Psychology: The Ownership of Self by Helen Hodge
  • Ancient Devotions by Tab Fulrest
  • The Anti-Present Trunk by Philippa (ed.) Frake
  • The Architecture of Art by Cassandra Rissman LaRue
  • Artistic Peril by Deacon Lookner
  • The Bad Bodhi Wall by Bazine Naodook
  • Beyond the Grasp of Commercial Media by Gabriel Reller
  • Black Heart, Blue Heart by Rita Mistopolis
  • Cinematic Projections by Naguib Paredes
  • Collected Essays on Self-Portraiture by Haldor (ed.) Nervene
  • Collected Essays on "Exploration #5 by Hans Staker
  • The Complete Feng Shui Guide for the Navidson Record by Luther Shepard
  • Concatenating Corbusier by Aristides Quine
  • The Constancy of Carl Jung by Oona Fanihdjarte
  • The Courage to Withstand by Daphne Kaplan
  • Creationist Myths by Hanson Edwin Rose
  • Delial by Dennis Stake
  • Delial, Beatrice, and Dulcinea by Jennifer Caps
  • Dialects of Divorce In American Film In the Twentieth Century by Anita Massine
  • Esau by Freed Kashon
  • The Faraday Conclusion by Devon Lettau
  • Fear Mantras by Alicia Hoyle
  • Flawed performances: A Consideration of the Actors in the Navidson Opus by Isaiah Rosen
  • The Fraying of the American Family by Florencia Calzatti
  • Gathered God by Darren Meen
  • Glorious Garrulous Graphomania by T. N. Joseph (ed.) Truslow
  • Gotta Go by Mary Widmunt
  • Greek Mythology AgaIn by Ivan Largo Stilets
  • Grief's Explorations by Hank Leblarnard
  • Heaven's Door by Alan P. Winnett
  • The Holloway Question by Newt Kuellster
  • The House by Daniel Bowler
  • House Cleaning by David N. Braer
  • House of Leaves by Zampano
  • How Have You Who Have Loved Ever Love A Next Time? by Rosemary Enderheart
  • In These Things I Find by Mace Roger-Court
  • Incarnation of Spirit Things by Lantern C. Pitch
  • The Incident by Iben Van Pollit
  • Inside Out by Rosemary Park
  • Killing Badly, Dying Wise by Nupart Jhunisdakazcriddle
  • The Language of Torture by Rafael Geethtar Servagio
  • A Lexicon of Improbable Theories by Blair Keepling
  • The Many Wall Fugue by Eugenio and Scholfield Rosch
  • Maternal Intrusions by Eric Keplard
  • Mortality and Morality in Photographs by M. G. Cafiso
  • The Navidson Record by Johanne Scefing
  • The Navidson Record: Action and Chronologies by Thorton J. Cannon
  • The Navidson Record: The Novelization
  • Not True, Man: Mi Ata Beni? by Eta Ruccalla
  • Notes From Tomorrow by Lisbeth (ed.) Bailey
  • Objects of a Thousand Facets by Edwin Minamide
  • Operation #4: The Art of Internal Medicine by Leon Robbins
  • Origins of Faith by Candida Hayashi
  • Our Father by Tad Exler
  • Pale Micturitions by Justin Krape
  • Palladian Grammar and Metaphysical Appropriations: Navidson's Villa Malcontenta by Sebastiano Perouse de Montclos
  • Passion For Pity and Other Recipes For Disaster by Helmut Muir
  • Perversity In Dullness... and Vice-Versa by Celine Arlesey
  • The Phenomenology of Coincidence in the Navidson Recort by Marla Hulbert
  • Pieces by Will Navidson
  • The Places I've Seen by Teppet C. Brookes
  • Privacy and Intrusion in the Twenty-First Century by Clarence Sweeney
  • Recovery: Methods and Manner by Cora Minehart
  • Red Cross Faith by Janice Whitman
  • Riddles WithIn by Amon Whitten
  • Semiotic Rivalry by Yuriy Pleak
  • Shots in the Dark by Gavin Young
  • Simple Themes by Brendon Beinhorn
  • Sketches: The Process of Entry by Denise Lowery
  • Smile by Lester T. Ochs
  • The Study: Tom's Place by Neekisha Dedic
  • Tamper With This by Patricia B. Nesselroade
  • Terrible Thoughts: The Psychology and Biology of Navidson's Nightmares by Ernest Y. Hartmann
  • Theater In Film by Cassady Roulet
  • The Third Beside you: An Analysis of the Epistemological Echo by David Eric Katz
  • Thru Lines by Esther Hartline
  • Tick-Tock-Fade: The Representation of Time in Film Narrative by Frizell Clary
  • Twentieth Century Dub, Dub by Tony (ed.) Ross
  • Twenty Years in the Program by Cynthia Huxley
  • Ultrapure Water, the Super-Kamiokande Detector and Cherenkov Light by Gordon Kearns, L. Kajita and M. K. Totsuka
  • Understanding the Self: The Maze of You by Daniel Hortz
  • Violent Seeds: The Holloway Roberts Myst by Jeremy Flint
  • Violent Verses: Cinema's Treatment of Death by Danton Blake
  • War's Children by Melanie Proft Knightley
  • "What Are You Gonna Do Now, Little Man?" and Other Tales of Grass Roots Distribution by Kevin Stanley
  • When a Woman's Fear Makes Her Run from Commitment and What a Smart Man Can Do About It by Steve and Carter Sokal
  • Wilder Ways by Ryan Murray
  • Wishing Well by Virginia Posah

Works invented by Robertson Davies

In Fifth Business:

  • Celtic Saints of Britain and Europe by Dunstable Ramsay
  • Forgotten Saints of the Tyrol by Dunstable Ramsay
  • A Hundred Saints for Travellers by Dunstable Ramsay

Works invented by John DeChancie

In Castle Murders:

  • Eidolons of the King by Librarian Osmirik, the Castle books as they exist in the fictional world
  • The Moswell Plan by Dorcas Bagby, a book believed to be fictional even in its own world

In Castle Perilous:

  • Ervoldt: His Book by Lord Ervoldt

Works invented by Paul Di Filippo

In Plumage From Pegasus:

  • Mega-Awesome SF: The True Story Behind Forever Plus! by Amber Max
  • Forever Plus! by Amber Max
  • A History of Supermarket Fiction: How SF Swept the World by Roger Barnard
  • Imaginary Realist: The Life of Timothy Eugene by Milton Sharp
  • The Magazine Chums Meet the Distributor of Doom by C.J. Cutlyffe Heintz-Ketzep
  • The Magazine Chums and the Case of the Disappearing Readers by C.J. Cutlyffe Heintz-Ketzep
  • The Magazine Chums and the Great Paper Shortage by C.J. Cutlyffe Heintz-Ketzep
  • The Magazine Chums Apply for an Arts Council Grant by C.J. Cutlyffe Heintz-Ketzep
  • Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  • The Unsurrendered Fembot by Richard Calder
  • The Big Book of High-Tech Texas Bar-B-Q by Bruce Sterling
  • A History of Science Fiction and Fantasy in the New Yorker by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Faith-Based Fictions: A Conversation by Orson Scott Card, Andrew Greeley and Barry Malzberg
  • Women Write Fantasy, Men Write Science fiction by Nancy Kress and Charles Sheffield
  • I was a Teenaged Pornographer! by Robert Silverberg
  • Boy Magnate by Gordon Van Gelder
  • Great Mafia Science by Ben Bova
  • How to Pick Up Guys by Samuel Delany
  • Corn Likker, Drag Racin' and Coon Huntin' by Andy Duncan and Michael Bishop
  • Andre Norton's Smackdown by Andre Norton

Works invented by Arthur Conan Doyle

In the Sherlock Holmes series:

  • Chaldean Roots in the Ancient Cornish Language by Sherlock Holmes
  • The Dynamics of an Asteroid by Professor James Moriarty
  • Early English Charters by Sherlock Holmes
  • Giant Rat of Sumatra by Dr. John Watson
  • Heavy Game in the Western Himalayas (1881) by Colonel Sebastian Moran
  • Malingering by Sherlock Holmes
  • Of Tattoo Marks by Sherlock Holmes
  • On Secret Writings by Sherlock Holmes
  • On the Polyphonic Motets of Lassus by Sherlock Holmes
  • On the Study of Tobaccos and their Ashes by Sherlock Holmes
  • On the Surface Anatomy of the Human Ear by Sherlock Holmes
  • On the Typewriter and Its Relation to Crime by Sherlock Holmes
  • Practical Handbook of Bee Culture, with Some Observations upon the Segregation of the Queen by Sherlock Holmes
  • Three Months in the Jungle (1884) by Colonel Sebastian Moran
  • A Treatise on the Binomial Theorem by Professor James Moriarty
  • Upon the Dating of Old Documents by Sherlock Holmes
  • Upon the Influence of a Trade upon the Form of the Hand by Sherlock Holmes
  • Upon the Tracing of Footsteps by Sherlock Holmes
  • Upon the Uses of Dogs in the Work of the Detective by Sherlock Holmes
  • Whole Art of Detection by Sherlock Holmes

In the Professor Challenger series:


Works invented by Umberto Eco

In Foucault's Pendulum:

  • The Carmassi Brothers by Adeodato Lampustri
  • Chaste Throb by Odolinda Mezzofanti Sassabetti
  • Chronicles of the Zodiac by Dr. De Amicis
  • The Dismissed by Adeodato Lampustri
  • Diary of a Young Girl's Illness
  • Panther Without Eyelashes by Adeodato Lampustri

In The Name of the Rose:

  • Manuscript de Dom Adson de Melk, Le by Abbe Vallet
  • On the Use of Mirrors in the Game of Chess by Milo Temesvar


Works invented by Ronald Firbank

In Caprice:

  • Ozias Midwinter by unknown

In Inclinations:

  • Book of Cats by Miss Neffal
  • Notes on the Tedium of Places by William Wordsworth
  • Six Starnge Sisters by Geraldine O'Brookomore
  • Those Gonzagas by Geraldine O'Brookomore
  • Three Lilies and a Moustache by unknown
  • Travels by Lady Cray
  • Violet's Virture (or The Virtue of the Violet) by A Literary Lady (The Scottish Sappho)

In Vainglory:

  • Autobiography by Mrs. Cresswell
  • Beams by Bishop Pantry
  • Even-Tide by Bishop Pantry
  • The Home Life of Lucretia Borgia by Mrs. Asp
  • Inner Garden by Bishop Pantry
  • The Leg of Chicken by Mr. Garsaint
  • Love's Arrears by Claud Harvester
  • New Poems by Claud Harvester
  • Night Thoughts by Bishop Pantry
  • The Red Rose of Martyrdom by Mrs. Cresswell
  • Sacerdotalism and Satanism by Miss Missingham
  • Scroll from the Fingers of Ta-Hor by Miss Hospice
  • Vaindreams by Claud Harvester
  • Verlaine at Bournemouth by Lady Anne Pantry
  • The Women Queens of England by Mrs. Asp

Works invented by Jasper Fforde

Template:Col-1-of-2In the Thursday Next novels:
  • Adventures in the Book Trade by O. Nakajima
  • At Long Last Lust by Daphne Farquitt
  • Bad Sofa by Landen Parke-Laine
  • The Books of H. Paige by Millon de Floss
  • Bradshaw's Guide to the Bookworld by Commander Trafford Bradshaw, CBE
  • The Brontës by W.H.H.F. Renouf
  • Cardenio - Easy Come, Easy Go by Millon de Floss
  • Caversham Heights (later retitled Nursery Crime, see also The Big Over Easy)
  • The Commander Bradshaw novels
  • Crimean Reminisces by Thursday Next
  • Death at Double-X Ranch
  • Degeneracy for Pleasure and Profit by Acheron Hades
  • Don't Desert Your Desserts by Cilla Bubb
  • The Earthcrossers by Mr S.A. Orbiter
  • Enid Blyton by Millon de Floss
  • The Extraordinary Career of George Formby by John Williams
  • The Emperor Zhark novels by Handley Paige
  • The Gravitube - Tenth Wonder of the World by Vincentt Dott
  • The Global Standard Deity by Professor M. Blessington, PR (ret.)
  • Great Expectations, A Study by Millon de Floss
  • The Great Samuel Pepys Fiasco
  • Hades: Family From Hell by Thursday Next
  • The Hardest Job in Fiction by the Bellman
  • A History of Gibbons by Ronan Empyre
  • How I Think Life Began on Earth by Dr Luciano Spagog
  • Journal of a LitreTec by Bowden Cable
  • The Jurisfiction Chronicles by Thursday Next
  • The Jurisfiction Guide to Book-Jumping by the Unitary Authority of Warrington Cat
  • The Jurisfiction Guide to the Great Library by the Unitary Authority of Warrington Cat
  • Jurisfiction Journals by the Unitary Authority of Warrington Cat
  • The Land Speed Record by the Very Reverend Toredlyne
  • Library Sub-Basement Gazeteer
  • Life After Death for Felix Tabularasa by Millon de Floss
  • A Life in SpecOps by Thursday Next
    • Also called Thursday Next: A Life in SpecOps and My Life in SpecOps
  • Memoirs of A Crimean Veteran by Landen Parke-Laine
  • The Middle of Next Week
  • Neanderthals: Back After A Short Absence by Gerhard von Squid
  • The New Whigs: From Humble Beginnings to Fourth Reich by A.J.P. Milliner
  • Once Were Scoundrels by Landen Parke-Laine
  • The Perkins and Snell novels
  • Remember Them? A Study of Mnemomorphs by Blake Lamme (Ex-SO-5)
  • Revealments of St Zvlkx
  • Revenge of the Thraals by Handley Paige
  • A Short History of the Special Operations Network by Millon de Floss
  • Spacestation Z-5 by Handley Paige
  • The Squire of High Potternews by Daphne Farquitt
  • Story Operating Systems - The Early Years by WordMaster Xavier Libris
  • Sword of the Zenobians
  • Timestream Navigation for ChronoGuard cadets module 6A by Bendix Scintilla
  • Thursday Next: A Biography by Millon de Floss
  • Thursday Next Casebook by Millon de Floss
  • UltraWord - The Aftermath by Millon de Floss
  • UltraWord - The Ultimate Reading Experience by WordMaster Xavier Libris
  • The Ups and Downs of Act Breaks by Jeremy Fnorp
  • Upstream/Downstream by Colonel Next, QT, CG (non-exst.)
  • Wales - Birth of a Republic by Zephania Jones
  • Who Put the Poe in Poem? by Millon de Floss
  • Wuthering Heights: Masterpiece or Turgid Rubbish? by Millon de Floss
In the Nursery Crimes novels:
  • The Berkshire Book of Records
  • Chymes - Friend or Foe?
  • The Foot Lectures by Professor Tarsus
  • A History of Reading
  • Inside the Guild of Detectives
  • Motoring Into Oblivion by A. Morris
  • A Short History of the NCD
  • Valleyhills Movie Guide
  • Watching the Detectives by Masie Gray
  • Who's What?

Works invented by D. L. Flusfeder

In Man Kills Woman:

Attributed to Julian Brougham Calder
  • After the Rain
  • Dead Years: An Autobiography of Sorts
  • Essays at Twilight
  • Lesbians in the Dust: The Collected Poetry of Julian Brougham Calder
  • Necessary Negroes
  • Teach the Free Man
Attributed to others
  • Memoirs of a Society Lady by Jane Brougham-Calder
  • A Journey by Sophie Glaven,
  • Decadent Pleasures, Last Things, and Morita by William Ivory


Works invented by Neil Gaiman

Works invented in Good Omens, co-authored by Terry Pratchett, are listed in the "Terry Pratchett" section of this article.
Works invented in The Sandman comics are listed in the "DC Comics" section of List of fictional books from periodicals.

Works invented by Stella Gibbons

In Cold Comfort Farm:

  • The Higher Common Sense and The Pensées by the Abbé Fause-Maigre, translated by H. B. Mainwaring
  • Pard-spirit; A Study of Bramwell Brontë by Mr. Meyerburg (Mybug)

Works invented by Robert Goddard

In Play to the End:

  • Lodger in the Throat by Joe Orton
  • The Plastic Men by Derek Oswin


Works invented by Carolyn Hart

Template:Col-1-of-2 In The Christie Caper:
  • The Ashen Prince by John Border Stone
  • Chimera by Bryan Shaw
  • The Clue at the Hacienda Dolores by Bryan Shaw
  • The Clue of the Chattering Parrot by Bryan Shaw
  • Death My Sister by Fleur Calloway
  • Death of a Nabob by Lady Gwenolyn Tompkins
  • Down These Steps by Natelie Marlow
  • Farewell, My Love, Forever by Pamela (as Pamela Gerrard) Bledsoe
  • The Grinning Skull by Emma Clyde
  • I Won't Let You Die by Fleur Calloway
  • Sing a Song of Sorrow by Emma Clyde
Template:Col-2-of-2 In Death on Demand:
  • The Agony Chain by Fritz Hemhill
  • Blood Tales by Elliot Morgan
  • Danny's Delight by Janis and Farley Farley
  • Deadly Diamonds by Harriet Edelman
  • Death in an Alley by Fritz Hemhill
  • Gentleman's Smile by Harriet Edelman
  • Kerrigan's Heart by Fritz Hemhill
  • Kiss a Stranger by Elliot Morgan
  • Murder in Casablanca by Emma Clyde
  • Ride a Wave by Harriet Edelman
  • Sad Song by Kelly Rizzoli
  • San Bernadino Heist by Hal Douglas
  • The Secret of the Red Dragon by Janis and Farley Farley
  • The Shuttered Mind by Kelly Rizzoli

Works invented by Mark Helprin

In Winter's Tale:

  • The Afro-California Jumping Style by Sierra Leon
  • Care and Feeding of the Horse by Robert S. Kahn
  • Catalog of Alabama Curry Combs 1760–1823 by Georgia Fatwood
  • Dressage by Turner
  • Equine Anatomy by Burchfield
  • Memoirs of a Military Groom by Moffet Southgate
  • Pictures of Big White Horses by unknown
  • Ride Like Hell, You Son of a Bitch! by Fulgura Frango

Works invented by Frank Herbert

In the Dune series:

  • Arrakis, The Transformation by Harq al-Ada
  • Lectures of Prescience by Harq al-Ada
  • Leto Atreides II, a Biography by Harq al-Ada
  • Riddles of Arrakis by Harq al-Ada
  • Testament of Arrakis by Harq al-Ada
  • The Book of Leto by Harq al-Ada
  • The Butlerian Jihad by Harq al-Ada
  • The Dune Catastrophe by Harq al-Ada
  • The Holy Metamorphosis by Harq al-Ada
  • The Mahdinate, an Analysis by Harq al-Ada
  • The Preacher of Arrakeen by Harq al-Ada
  • The Prescient Vision by Harq al-Ada
  • The Story of Liet-Kynes by Harq al-Ada
  • The Arrakis Workbook by Liet-Kynes
  • Bene Gesserit Training Manual
  • Dictionary Royal
  • Handbook of the Hajj
  • Kalima: The Words of Muad' Dib, the Shuloch Commentary
  • Orange Catholic Bible, Revised
  • Palimbasha: Lectures at Sietch Tabr
  • Stilgar, The Commentaries
  • Tagir Mohandis: Conversations with a Friend
  • The Apocrypha of Muad' Dib
  • The Book of Ghamina
  • The Book of Kreos
  • The Instruction Manual: Missionaria Protectiva
  • The Mentat Handbook
  • The Panoplia Prophetica
  • The Pedant Heresy
  • The Spacing Guild Handbook
  • The Spacing Guild Manual
  • Words of My Father: An Account of Muad' Dib
  • Works of the Mentat
  • Strangler Vines of Ecaz by Holijance Vohnbrook
  • The Pillars of the Universe by Muad' Dib (Paul Atriedes)
  • St. Alia, Huntress of a Billion Worlds by Pander Oulson
  • A Child's History of Muad' Dib by Princess Irulan
  • Analysis: The Arrakeen Crisis by Princess Irulan
  • Arrakis Awakening by Princess Irulan
  • Collected Legends of Arrakis by Princess Irulan
  • Collected Sayings of Muad' Dib by Princess Irulan
  • Conversations with Muad' Dib by Princess Irulan
  • Count Fenring: A Profile by Princess Irulan
  • Dictionary of Muad' Dib by Princess Irulan
  • In My Father's House by Princess Irulan
  • Manual of Muad' Dib by Princess Irulan
  • Muad' Dib, Family Commentaries by Princess Irulan
  • Muad' Dib, the Man by Princess Irulan
  • Muad' Dib: The Ninety Nine Wonders of the Universe by Princess Irulan
  • Muad' Dib: The Religious Issues by Princess Irulan
  • Private Reflections on Muad' Dib by Princess Irulan
  • Songs of Muad' Dib by Princess Irulan
  • The Humanity of Muad' Dib by Princess Irulan
  • The Wisdom of Muad' Dib by Princess Irulan
  • Words of Muad'dib by Princess Irulan
  • The Last Jihad by Sumer and Kautman
  • Orange Catholic Liturgical Manual by the Commission of Ecumenical Translators
  • The Liturgical Manual and the Commentaries by the Commission of Ecumenical Translators
  • The Orange Catholic Bible by the Commission of Ecumenical Translators
  • Pirate History of Corrino by unknown
  • Assassin's Handbook
  • History of Muad'dib
  • Imperial Dictionary
  • Kitab Al-Ibar
  • Muad'dib Concordance
  • The Almanak en-Ashnof
  • The Azhar Book
  • Analysis of History by Bronso of Ix
  • Proverbs of Muad' Dib
  • The Dune Gospels
  • The Dunebook
  • The Dunebuk of Irulan
  • The Ghola Speaks
  • The Hayt Chronicle
  • The Irulan Report
  • The Qizarate Creed
  • The Steersman Guide
  • The Stilgar Chronicle
  • The Tleilaxu Godbuk
  • The Yiam-el-Din (Book of Judgement)
  • The Journal of Leto II
  • The Oral History
  • The Stolen Journal
  • Conversations with Leto II
  • Lessons of Arrakis
  • Leto II: Dar-es-Balat Records
  • Muad' Dib Speaks
  • Songs of the Scattering
  • Teachings of the Golden Path
  • The Apocrypha of Arrakis
  • The Bene Gesserit Coda
  • The Oral History of Rakis

Works invented by Aldous Huxley

In Brave New World:

  • Chemical and Bacteriological Conditioning of the Embryo; author unknown
  • Practical Instructions for Beta-Store Workers; author unknown

In Crome Yellow:

  • Biography of Men Who Achieved Greatness, author unknown
  • Biography of Men Who had Greatness Thrust Upon Them, author unknown
  • Biography of Men Who were Born Great, author unknown
  • Biography of Men Who were Never Great at All, author unknown
  • Certaine Priuy Counsels by One of Her Maiestie's Most Honourable Priuy Counsels, F.L. Knight by Sir Ferdinando Lapith
  • Cosmic Cuts, author unknown
  • Dictionary of the Finnish Language by Caprinulge
  • History of Crome by Henry Wimbrush
  • Humble Heroisms by Mr. Barbecue-Smith
  • Pipe-Lines to the Infinite by Mr. Barbecue-Smith
  • The Tales of Knockespotch by Knockespotch
  • Thom's Works and Wanderings by Tom Thom
  • unknown by Denis Stone
  • unknown by Mr. Barbecue-Smith
  • unknown by Hercules Lapith
  • What a Young Girl Ought to Know, author unknown
  • Wild Goose Chase, A Novel, author unknown

Works invented by James Hynes

In The Lecturer's Tale:

  • Les Mortifications by Jean-Claude Evangeline
  • Das Ding an Sich: A Cultural History of Cultural Histories by Alsace Lorraine
  • To Reign in Hell: The Will to Power in Paradise Lost by Anthony Pescecane
  • Where's Waldo? The Representation of Everyman in Emerson by J. O. Schmeaux
  • Daughters of the Night: Clitoral Hegemony in LeFanu's Carmilla by Victoria Victorinix
  • Rhythm and Metonomy in Coleridge's Christobel by Victoria Victorinix

In Publish and Perish:

  • The Barbecued God: Death of a Yorkshireman by Joseph Brody
  • The Missionary Position: The Franciscan Construction of Rapanui Gender 1862–1936 by Virginia Dunning
  • (Re) Visioning Resurrection: The Myth of Human Sacrifice by Gregory Eyck
  • A History of Early Modern Witchcraft by Victor Karswell
  • Cooking the Captain: The Colonialist as Yorkshire Pudding by Stanley Tulafale


Works invented by John Irving

In The World According to Garp:

  • A Sexual Suspect by Jenny Fields (autobiography)
  • A History of Everett Steering's Academy by Stewart Percy
  • The Pension Grillparzer by T.S. Garp
  • Procrastination by T.S. Garp
  • The Second Wind of the Cuckold by T.S. Garp
  • The World According to Bensenhaver by T.S. Garp
  • Confessions of an Ellen Jamesian by Anonymous
  • Lunacy and Sorrow: The Life and Art of T.S. Garp by Donald Whitcomb
  • My Father's Illusions by T.S. Garp


Works invented by Jinyong

Works invented by Robert Jordan

In Lord of Chaos:

  • Essays on Reason by Daria Gahand
  • Men of Fire and Women of Air by Elora daughter of Amar daughter of Coura
  • A Study of Men, Women, and the One Power Among Humans by Ledar son of Shandin son of Koimal

In The Eye of the World:

  • The Essays of William of Maneches
  • The Travels of Jain Farstrider
  • Voyages Among the Sea Folk

In The Great Hunt:

  • The Dance of the Hawk and the Hummingbird by Teven Aerwin
  • Mirrors of the Wheel
  • To Sail Beyond the Sunset

In The Shadow Rising:

  • The History of the Stone of Tear by Eban Vandes
  • A Journey to Tarabon by Eurian Romavni
  • The Killers of the Black Veil by Soran Milo
  • Dealing with the Terrirory of Mayene, 500 - 750 of the New Era
  • The Treasures of the Stone of Tear
  • Travels in the Aiel Waste, with Observations on the Savage Inhabitants


  • In The Dragon Reborn: A Study of the War of the Shadow by Moilin daughter of Hamada daughter of Juendan
  • In The Fires of Heaven: The Flame, the Blade and the Heart


Works invented by Franz Kafka

  • Die Plagen, welche Grete von ihrem Manne Hans zu erleiden hatte (in Der Prozeß/The Trial)
  • Die Rache des Kommandeurs [series of columns] (in Tagebücher/Diaries)

Works invented by Caitlín R. Kiernan

  • Alice by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ("Lewis Carroll")
  • Bloody Mary, La Llorona, and the Blue Lady: Feminine Icons in a Child's Apocalypse by Judith Louise Darger
  • The Boats of Morning by Alex Marlowe
  • The Breathing Composition by Welleran Smith
  • The Children of Artemis by Fera Delacroix
  • Closing the Door: Anatomy of Hysteria by Elenore Ellis-Lincoln
  • The Ecstatic River by Reese Callicot
  • Evening at the Gates of Dawn by Sadie Jasper
  • Famous Film Monsters and the Men Who Made Them by Ben Browning
  • The Far Red World by Andre Tyson
  • Hauntings of Old New England by Sadie Jasper
  • Hollywood Land by William Faulkner
  • The Last Loan Shark of Bodega Bay by Theo Angevine
  • Lemming Cult by William L. West
  • The Light Beyond Centre by Reese Callicot
  • Looking for Moreau: A Posthumanist Manifesto by Maxwell White
  • The Man Who Laughed at Funerals by Theo Angevine
  • Memoirs of a Martian Demirep (author unknown)
  • The Mound Builders and the Stars: An Archaeo-Astrological Investigation by Charles L. Patrick Akeley
  • New American Monsters: More Than Myth? by Gerald Durrell
  • Ode to Fanny Brawne by John Keats
  • Pornographies of Pnakotus (author unknown)
  • Pretoria by Theo Angevine
  • Red Book of Riyadh (author unknown)
  • Seven at Sunset by Theo Angevine
  • The Travels of Odysseus by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Waking Leviathan by Jacova Angevine
  • Werewolvery in Europe and Rituals of Corporeal Transformation by Arminius Vambery
  • What the Cat Dragged In by Theo Angevine
  • The Magdalene Grimoire by Roderick Burgess (from The Girl Who Would Be Death comics, based on Neil Gaiman's Sandman series)

Works invented by Stephen King

Works invented by Barbara Kingsolver

In The Poisonwood Bible:

  • How to Survive 101 Calamities

Works invented by Elizabeth Kostova

In The Historian:

  • The untitled dragon books which different characters in the book find.
  • Ballads of the Carpathians
  • The Cannibals by Henricus Curtius
  • The "Chronicle" of Zacharias of Zographou by Atanas Angelov and Anton Stoichev
  • The Damned by Giorgio of Padua
  • Fortunes of an Assassin by Erasmus
  • History of Central Europe by Lord Gelling
  • The King of Tashkani by William Shakespeare, as a "lost work"
  • Life of Saint George
  • Philosophie of the Aweful
  • Tales from the Carpathians published by Robert Digby
  • The Torture Commissioned by the Emperor for the Good of the People by Anna Comnena

Works invented by Nicole Krauss

In The History of Love:

  • The History of Love by Leo Gursky
  • How to Survive in the Wild by Alma Singer
  • Life as We Didn't Know It
  • The Remedy
  • Words for Everything


Works invented by R. A. Lafferty

In Fourth Mansions:

  • The Back Door of History by Arpad Arutinov
  • Broken Cisterns and Living Waters by Endymion Ellenbogen
  • New Bestiary by Audifax O’Hanlon
  • The Precursors by Dr. Jurgens
  • Prose Poems by Maurice Craftmaster
  • Second Trefoil Lectures by Michael Fountain
  • Simplicitas by Orthcutt

Miscellaneous Lafferty:

  • Beard in Essential by Aristotle in Through Other Eyes
  • Beard in Existential by Aristotle in Through Other Eyes
  • The Contingent Mutation by Dr. Minden in Ginny Wrapped in the Sun
  • Euntes Ergo Docete Omnes ("Going therefore Teach Ye All") by Pope Pious XV in Name of the Snake
  • Exaltation Philosophy by Audifax O’Hanlon in Entire and Perfect Chrysolite
  • History of Philosophy by Cobblestone in Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne
  • Joint Report to the General Dubuque PTA Concerning the Primary Education of the Camiroi by Piper, Paul, et al. in Primary Education of the Camiroi
  • Lost Skies by Audifax O’Hanlon in Incased in Ancient Rind
  • Report of Field Group for Examination of Off-Earth Customs and Codexes to the Council for Government Renovation and Legal Re-Thinking by Piggot, Paul, et al. in Polity and Custom of the Camiroi
  • The Sexagintal and the Duodecimal in the Chaldee Mysteries by Schimmelpenninck from The Six Fingers of Time
  • Twenty-second Century Comprehensive Encyclopedia in Land of the Great Horses
  • World as Perfection by Diogenes Pontifex in Entire and Perfect Chrysolite

Works invented by Stanislaw Lem

In One Human Minute:

  • One Human Minute, by J. Johnson and S. Johnson, Moon Publishers, 1988
  • Weapons Systems of the Twenty-first Century: The Upside-down Evolution, 2105
  • The World as Cataclysm

In Imaginary Magnitude:

  • Eruntics, by Reginald Gulliver
  • GOLEM XIV, by GOLEM; foreword by Irving T. Creve, M.A., PH.D.; introduction by Thomas B. Fuller II, General, U.S. Army, RET.; afterword by Richard Popp, Indiana University Press, 2047
  • A History of Bitic Literature, by Juan Rambellais, et al.
  • Necrobes, by Cezary Strzybisz
  • Veristrand's Extelopedia in 44 Magnetomes

In A Perfect Vacuum:

  • Being Inc., by Alastair Waynewright
  • Gigamesh, by Patrick Hannahan
  • Gruppenfuhrer Louis XVI (or Nazi Squad Leader Louis the Sixteenth), by Alfred Zellermann
  • Idiota (or The Idiot), by Gian Carlo Spallanzani
  • Die Kultur als Fehler (or Civilization as Mistake), by Wilhelm Klopper
  • Odysseus of Ithaca, by Kuno Mlatje
  • Pericalypsis, by Joachim Fersengeld
  • Rien du tout, ou la consequence (or Nothing, or the Consequence), by Mme Solange Marriot
  • Les Robinsonades (or The Robinsonad), by Marcel Coscat
  • Sexplosion, by Simon Merrill
  • Toi (or You), by Raymond Seurat
  • U-Write-It

Works invented by Madeleine L'Engle

In A Ring of Endless Light:

  • untitled book about medical applications of lasers by Dr. Wallace Austin

In A Severed Wasp:

  • Curing and Healing by Cardinal Wolfgang von Stromberg (establishes notability of character within the book)

In A Swiftly Tilting Planet:

  • The Horn of Joy by Matthew Maddox (the book serves as a McGuffin in the novel, being sought after by Charles Wallace and others; but ultimately is not needed) Also seen in An Acceptable Time
  • Once More United by Matthew Maddox. Maddox's first book is incidental to L'Engle's novel.

Works invented by C. S. Lewis

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:

  • The Life and Letters of Silenus
  • Is Man a Myth?
  • Men, Monks, and Gamekeepers; a Study in Popular Legend
  • Nymphs and Their Ways

In Prince Caspian:

  • Grammatical Garden or he Arbour of Accidence pleasantlie open'd to Tender Wits by Pulverentus Siccus

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:

  • Unnamed book of spells in the house of the Dufflepuds' master

In The Silver Chair:

  • Unnamed cookbook containing instructions for cooking Mallard, Man, and Marsh-wiggle, found in the giants' kitchen at Harfang

In That Hideous Strength:

Works invented by H. P. Lovecraft

This includes works by others in the Cthulhu Mythos.


Works invented by David Mitchell

In Cloud Atlas:

  • Knuckle Sandwich by Dermot 'Duster' Hoggins


Works invented by Vladimir Nabokov

In Lolita:

  • Histoire Abrégée de la Poésie Anglaise by Humbert Humbert
  • Lolita, or the Confession of a White Widowed Male by Humbert Humbert
  • The Proustian Theme in a Letter from Keats to Benjamin Bailey by Humbert Humbert
  • Who's Who in the Limelight 1946

In Pale Fire:

  • A book on surnames (title unknown) by Charles X. Kinbote
  • Timon Afinsken (translation of Timon of Athens by Conmal, Duke of Aros
  • Voluminous correspondence by Ferz and Oswin Bretwit
  • Zemblan variants of the Konungs skuggsjá collected or forged by Hodinski (also known as Hodyna)
  • Ten volumes' worth of novels (titles unknown) by Jane de Faun
  • Dim Gulf by John Shade
  • Hebe's Cup by John Shade
  • Night Rote by John Shade
  • Poems by John Shade
  • Supremely Blest by John Shade
  • Taming a Seahorse by John Shade
  • A psychology textbook (title unknown) by Professor C.
  • Birds of Mexico by Samuel Shade, illustrated by Carolyn Shade
  • Historia Zemblica
  • The Merman (play)

In PnIn:

  • Suhie Gubi (Dry Lips) by Liza Bogolepov
  • Russia Awakes by Miss Herring
  • Response, A Hundred Love Lyrics by American Women

In The Real Life of Sebastian Knight:

  • Lost Property by Sebastian Knight
  • Success by Sebastian Knight
  • The Doubtful Asphodel by Sebastian Knight
  • The Funny Mountain by Sebastian Knight
  • The Prismatic Bezel by Sebastian Knight

In Invitation to a Beheading:

  • Quercus

Works invented by Geoff Nicholson

In Hunters and Gatherers:

  • The Books of Power (18 vols.) by Thornton McCain

Works Invented by Garth Nix

In Sabriel:

  • The Book of the Dead (anonymous)

In Lirael:

  • The Book of Remembrance and Forgetting [anonymous]
  • Creatures by Nagi by Nagi


Works invented by Patrick O'Brian

In Desolation Island:

  • New Operations for Suprapubic Cystotomy by Dr. Stephen Maturin
  • Suggestions for the Amelioration of Sick-Bays by Dr. Stephen Maturin
  • Thoughts on the Prevention of Diseases most usual among Seamen by Dr. Stephen Maturin
  • Tractatus de Novae Febris Ingressu by Dr. Stephen Maturin

In The Wine-Dark Sea:

  • Mariners: Consensus and Cohesion in Certain States of Adversity by Dr. Stephen Maturin
  • Some Remarks on Peruvian Cirripedes by Dr. Stephen Maturin

In Treason's Harbour:

  • Modest Proposals for the Preservation of Health in the Navy by Dr. Stephen Maturin
  • Remarks on Pezophaps Solitarious by Dr. Stephen Maturin

Works invented by Flann O'Brien

In At Swim-Two-Birds:

  • A Conspectus of the Arts and Sciences by Cowper
  • Flower o' the Prairie by William Tracy
  • Jake's Last Ride by William Tracy
  • Red Flannagan's Last Throw by William Tracy

In The Third Policeman:

  • De Selby Compendium by Bassett
  • Lux Mundi: A Memoir of de Selby by Bassett
  • Recollections by Bassett
  • Glauben ueber Ueberalls by Countess Schnapper
  • A Memoir of Garcia by de Selby
  • Codex by de Selby
  • Country Album by de Selby
  • Golden Hours by de Selby
  • Layman's Atlas by de Selby
  • Rural Atlas by de Selby
  • Histoire de Notre Temps by Du Garbandier
  • Great Towns by Goddard
  • The Man Who Sailed Away: A Memoir by H. Barge
  • Conspectus of the de Selby Dialetic by Hatchjaw
  • De Selby's Life and Times by Hatchjaw
  • The De Selby Water-Boxes Day by Day by Hatchjaw
  • Hatchjaw and Bassett by Henderson
  • De Selbys Leben by Kraus
  • Collected Works by Le Clerque
  • Extensions and Analyses by Le Clerque
  • De Selby - l'Enigme de l'Occident by Le Fournier
  • De Selby - Lieu ou Homme? by Le Fournier
  • Thoughts in a Library by Peachcroft
  • Bibliographie de de Selby

Works invented by George Orwell

In 1984:


Works invented by Elizabeth Peters

In Curse of the Pharaohs:

  • History of Ancient Egypt by Professor Radcliffe Emerson

In The Deeds of the Disturber:

  • Development of the Egyptian Coffin from Predynastic Times to the End of the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty, With Particular Reference to Its Reflection of Religious, Social, and Artistic Conventions by Professor Radcliffe Emerson

In Die For Love:

  • Crimson Bloom of Love by Valerie Fitzgerald
  • The Slave of Lust by Valerie Vanderbilt
  • With a Willow in Her Hand by Valerie Valentine

In Naked Once More:

  • Lust Among the Savages by Jacqueline Kirby
  • Naked in the Ice by Kathleen Darcy
  • Passion of the Dark by Jacqueline Kirby
  • Priestess of the Ice God by Brunnhilde Karlsdottir
  • Red Flag, Red Blood by Jack Carter

Works invented by Stephen Potter

In Gamesmanship:

  • Bird Gamesmanship by Stephen Potter
  • Gamesman's Handbook (1949) by Stephen Potter
  • Gardens for Gamesmen, or When to be Fond of Flowers by Stephen Potter
  • Moth's Way and Bee's Wayfaring by O. Agnes Bartlett
  • My One Contribution to Chess by F.V. Morley
  • Origins and Early History of Gamesmanship by Stephen Potter
  • The Silver Book of End-Play Squeezes by Stephen Potter
  • Twenty-Five Methods of Tee-Leaving by Stephen Potter

In Lifemanship:

  • Dictionary of Lifemanship and Gameswords by Symes
  • Kninghts, and How to Reasuure Them about their Social Position by unknown
  • MP-manship 1953 by T. Driberg
  • Periodship (volume 2) by J. Betjeman
  • Springs on the Arun by A.C.Y. Davis

In One-Upmanship:

  • The Birdsman in Society by B. Campbell
  • Bricks Without Straw by Olaf Pepacanek
  • The Muse in Chains by Stephen Potter
  • The Tea Party by T.D. Pontefract

In Supermanship: '

  • Airborne Heritage by Stephen Potter
  • Down to Sixteen or Less by Stephen Potter
  • Literary Guide to the Thames Valley by Stephen Potter
  • My Fayre Sussex by Otto Carling
  • Rhododendron Hunting in the Andes by Dr. Preissberger

Works invented by Anthony Powell

In Books Do Furnish a Room:

  • Borage and Hellebore by Nick Jenkins
  • Sweetskin by Alaric Kydd
  • Bin Ends by F.X. Trapnel
  • Camel Ride to the Tomb by X. Trapnel
  • Dogs Have No Uncles by F.X. Trapnel
  • Profiles in String by F.X. Trapnel

In the Dance to the Music of Time series:

  • Dust Thou Art by St. John Clarke
  • E'en the Longest River by St. John Clarke
  • Fields of Amaranth by St. John Clarke
  • The Heart is Highland by St. John Clarke
  • Match Me Such Marvel by St. John Clarke
  • Mimosa by St. John Clarke
  • Never to the Philistines by St. John Clarke

In Fisher King:

  • An unknown title by Valentine Beals

In Hearing Secret Harmonies:

  • The Gothic Symbolism of Mortality in the Texture of Jacobean Stagecraft by Emily Brightman
  • Cain's Jawbone by Evadne Clapham
  • Death's Head Swordsman, The Life and Works of X. Trapnel by Russell Gwinnett
  • Bedsores by Ada Leintwardine
  • The Bitch Pack meets on Wednesday by Ada Leintwardine

In What's Become of Waring:

  • Fierce Midnights by O. Guiller-Lawson
  • An unknown title by Shirley Handsworth
  • Aristogeiton: a Harmony by Minhinnick
  • Than Whom What Other? by Redhead
  • Athletes Footmen by Quentin Shuckerly
  • An unknown title by T.T. Waring

Works invented by Terry Pratchett

In the Discworld series: In The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents:

  • Mr Bunnsy Has an Adventure

In Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman):

  • The Nice And Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  • The "Buggre Alle Thys" Bible (fictional edition of the Bible)

Works invented by Thomas Pynchon

  • An Account of the Singular Peregrinations of Dr Diocletian Blobb among the Italians, Illuminated with Exemplary Tales from the True History of That Outlandish And Fantastical Race
  • The Courier's Tragedy by Richard Wharfinger (a Jacobean revenge play in five acts)
  • How I Came to Love the People (anonymous)
  • The Italian Wedding Fake Book by Deleuze & Guattari
  • King Kong; 18 vls. by Mitchell Prettyplace (a 'definitive study')
  • Neil Nosepicker's Book of 50,000 Insults. The Nayland Smith Press, Cambridge (Mass.), 1933
  • On Preterition by William Slothrop ('among the first books to've been not only banned but ceremonially burned in Boston')
  • The Plays of Ford, Webster, Tourneur and Wharfinger by Dr. Emory Bortz
  • Plotting the Stealth and Intrigue of the Jacobean Revenge Plays by Dr. Emory Bortz
  • Tales of the Schwarzkommando collected by Steve Edelman
  • Things That Can Happen In European Politics by Ernest Pudding
  • The Wisdom of the Great Kamikaze Pilots (with illustrations by Walt Disney)
  • The Chums of Chance and the Evil Halfwit
  • The Chums of Chance at Krakatoa
  • The Chums of Chance Search for Atlantis
  • The Chums of Chance in Old Mexico
  • The Chums of Chance and the Curse of the Great Kahuna
  • The Chums of Chance in the Bowels of the Earth ('for some reason one of the less appealing of this series, letters having come in from as far away as Tunbridge Wells, England, expressing displeasure, often quite intense, with my harmless little intraterrestrial scherzo.') (Pynchon 2006, p.117)
  • The Chums of Chance and the Ice Pirates
  • The Chums of Chance Nearly Crash into the Kremlin
  • The Book of Iceland Spar ('commonly described as "like the Ynglingasaga only different"')
  • The Chums of Chance at the Ends of the Earth
  • Adventures in Neuropathy by Puckpool
  • The Chums of Chance and the Caged Women of Yokohama


Works invented by Francois Rabelais

Works invented by Mary Renault

In The Friendly Young Ladies:

  • By J.O. Flint:
    • Pillar of Cloud
    • Remission
  • By Tex O'Hara, pseudonym of Leonora Lane:
    • Lone Stair Trail
    • The Mexican Spur
    • Quick on the Draw
    • Silver Guns
    • Yippee-ih!

Works invented by J. K. Rowling

This is a list of books mentioned in the Harry Potter series.


Historical magic
  • An Anthology of Eighteenth Century Charms'
  • A Guide to Medieval Sorcery
  • Olde and Forgotten Bewitchments and Charmes
Historical magical people
  • Great Wizards of the Twentieth Century
  • Nature's Nobility: A Wizarding Genealogy
  • Notable Magical Names of Our Time
  • The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts
  • The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore by Rita Skeeter
  • Armando Dippet: Master or Moron? by Rita Skeeter
Historical magical things, places and events
  • Prefects Who Gained Power

Hogwarts textbooks

  • Book of Numerology
  • Numerology and Grammatica
Care of Magical Creatures
  • Standard Book of Spells (Grades One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six and presumably Seven) by Miranda Goshawk
  • Quintessence: A Quest
Defence Against the Dark Arts
  • Confronting the Faceless
  • The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble
  • Defensive Magical Theory by Wilbert Slinkhard
Gilderoy Lockhart's works
  • Break with a Banshee
  • Gadding with Ghouls
  • Holidays with Hags
  • Magical Me
  • Travels with Trolls
  • Voyages with Vampires
  • Wandering with Werewolves
  • Year with the Yeti
  • The Dream Oracle
  • Unfogging the Future by Cassandra Vablatsky
  • "Death Omens: What to Do When You Know the Worst is Coming"
  • "Predicting the Unpredictable: Insulate Yourself against Shocks and Broken Balls: When Fourtune Turns Foul"
  • Encyclopædia of Toadstools
  • Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean
  • Flesh-eating Trees of the World
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
  • Home Life and Social Habits of British Muggles
  • One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore
  • Advanced Potion Making by Libatius Borage
  • Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger
Study of Ancient Runes
  • Ancient Runes Made Easy
  • A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch
  • Intermediate Transfiguration
  • Guide to Advanced Transfiguration

Magical creatures

  • Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit
  • Dragon Species of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Dreadful Denizens of the Deep
  • From Egg to Inferno: a Dragon-Keeper's Guide
  • Men Who Love Dragons Too Much
Other magical creatures
  • Handbook of Hippogriff Psychology
  • Fowl or Foul? A Study of Hippogriff Brutality
  • Why I Didn't Die When the Augerey Cried by Gulliver Pokeby (Little Red Books, 1824)


Magical cooking and housecare
  • Charm Your Own Cheese
  • Enchantment in Baking
  • Gilderoy Lockhart's Guide to Household Pests
  • One-Minute Feasts—It's Magic
Dark Arts
  • Magick Moste Evile
  • Secrets of the Darkest Art
Defence Against the Dark Arts
  • A Compendium of Common Curses and Their Counter-Actions
  • The Dark Arts Outsmarted
  • Self-Defensive Spellwork
  • Jinxes for the Jinxed
  • Practical Defensive Magic Its Use Against the Dark Arts
  • Broken Balls: When Fortunes Turn Foul
  • Death Omens: What to Do When You Know the Worst is Coming
  • Predicting the Unpredictable: Insulate Yourself Against Shocks
Magical healthcare
  • Common Magical Ailments and Afflictions
  • The Healer's Helpmate
Magical how-to
  • Weird Wizarding Dilemmas and Their Solutions
  • Where There's a Wand, There's a Way
Magical theory
  • Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling
  • New Theory of Numerology
  • Numerology and Grammatica
  • Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms
Other magical
  • Important Modern Magical Discoveries
  • The Invisible Book of Invisibility
  • Powers You Never Knew You Had and What to Do With Them Now You've Wised Up
  • A Study of Recent Developments in Wizardry
  • An Appraisal of Magical Education in Europe


  • Asiatic Anti-Venoms
  • Moste Potente Potions


General spells
  • Achievements in Charming
  • Basic Hexes for the Busy and Vexed
Spells for fun and profit
  • Madcap Magic for Wacky Warlocks
  • Saucy Tricks for Tricky Sorts
  • Curses and Counter-Curses by Professor Vindictus Viridian

Sports and games



  • Handbook of Do-It-Yourself-Broomcare
  • Which Broomstick?

Other books

In his will, Albus Dumbledore left it to Hermione Granger, stating that he hopes Hermione will find it "entertaining and instructive." The book contains children's stories that children from wizarding families such as Ron Weasley are familiar with. Having been raised by Muggles, neither Harry Potter nor Hermione had heard of these stories before.

The book contains a fairy tale called "The Tale of the Three Brothers", which tells the legend of the Deathly Hallows. Other stories mentioned to have originated from Beedle the Bard are "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," and "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump."


Works invented by May Sarton

In Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, by F. Hilary Stevens:

  • Bull's Eye, a novel
  • From a Hospital Bed, poems
  • Themes & Variation, poems
  • Dialogues, poems
  • Country Spells, poems
  • The Silences, poems
  • Most of the book is an interview of Mrs. Stevens at 70, and each book represents a section of her life.

Works invented by Dorothy L. Sayers

Template:Col-1-of-2 In The Documents in the Case:
  • Neglected Edible Treasures by George Harrison
  • I to Hercules by Jack Munting
In Gaudy Night :
  • A Study of Sheridan Le Fanu by Harriet Vane
  • Death Twixt Wind and Water by Harriet Vane
  • The Sands of Crime by Harriet Vane
  • Gas-Filled Bulbs by Jacqueline Squills
  • The Position of Women in the Modern State by Mrs. Barton
  • History of Prosody by Mrs. Lydgate
  • Passion-Flower Pie by Mrs. Snell-Wilmington
  • Mock-Turtle by Tasker Hepplewater
  • Ariadne Adams
  • Dusk and Shiver
  • Jocund Day
  • Primrose Dalliance
  • Serpent's Fang
  • The Squeezed Lemon
In Have His Carcase:
  • Murder By Degrees by Harriet Vane
  • The Fountain Pen Mystery by Harriet Vane
  • A Bid for a Throne
  • The Girl who gave All
  • The Trial of the Purple Python
In Strong Poison:
  • Death in the Pot by Harriet Vane
  • Can the Dead Speak?
Template:Col-2-of-2 In Thrones, Dominations:
  • The Suspect by Claude Amery
  • This Forked Plague by Claude Amery
  • Gee-up Edward by Mr. Clandon
  • Distinguished Gathering
  • Modern Aircraft, A Manual for Trainee Pilots
  • The Brazen Serpent
In Unnatural Death:
  • The Murderer's Vade Mecum by Lord Peter Wimsey
  • Notes on the Collecting of Incunabula by Lord Peter Wimsey
In Whose Body?:
  • An Answer to Professor Freud, With a Description of Some Experiments Carried Out at the Base Hospital in Amiens by Sir Julian Freke
  • An Examination into the Treatment of Pauper Lunacy in the United Kingdom by Sir Julian Freke
  • Cerebro-Spinal Diseases by Sir Julian Freke
  • Criminal Lunacy by Sir Julian Freke
  • Functional Disturbances of the Nervous System by Sir Julian Freke
  • Modern Developments in Psycho-Therapy: A Criticism by Sir Julian Freke
  • Some Notes on the Pathological Aspects of Genius by Sir Julian Freke
  • Statistical Contributions to the Study of Infantile Paralysis in England and Wales by Sir Julian Freke
  • Structural Modifications Accompanying the More Important Neuroses by Sir Julian Freke
  • The Application of Psycho-Therapy to the Treatment of Shell-Shock by Sir Julian Freke
  • The Borderland of Insanity by Sir Julian Freke
  • The Physiological Bases of the Conscience by Sir Julian Freke

Works invented by Lemony Snicket

Template:Col-1-of-2In The Bad Beginning:
  • Inheritance Law and Its Implications
In The Miserable Mill:
  • Advanced Ocular Science by Dr. Georgina Orwell
  • Encyclopedia Hypnotica
  • The History of Lucky Smells Lumbermill
  • The Paltryville Constitution
In The Reptile Room:
  • The Big Peruvian Book of Small Peruvian Snakes
  • The Care and Feeding of the Androgynous Cobra
  • An Introduction to Large Lizards
  • The Mamba du Mal: A Snake That Will Never Kill Me by Tony "Mommy" Eggmonteror, in one of the Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket.
Template:Col-2-of-2In The Wide Window:
  • A Lachrymose Atlas
  • Basic Rules of Grammar and Punctuation
  • Handbook for Advanced Apostrophe Use
  • How Water Is Made
  • Ivan Lachrymose - Lake Explorer
  • Lachrymose Trout
  • The Bottom of Lake Lachrymose
  • The Correct Spelling of Every English Word That Ever, Ever Existed
  • The History of the Damocles Dock Region
  • The Tides of Lake Lachrymose
In The End:
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography:
  • The Pony Party! (book 1 in the series The Luckiest Kids in the World), by Loney M. Setnick

Works invented by Muriel Spark

In The Finishing School :

  • The School Observed by Rowland Mahler
  • Who Killed Darnley? by Chris Wiley

In The Girls of Slender Means :

  • The Sabbath Notebooks by Nicholas Farringdon

In Loitering with Intent :

  • Warrender Chase by Fleur Talbot

Works invented by Laurence Sterne

In The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman:

  • Grand System of Universal Monarchy by Jean-Baptiste Colbert
  • De Fartandi et Illustrandi Fallaciis by Didius
  • Military Architecture and Pyroballogy by Gobesius
  • Notes for a Sermon to be Preached at Court by Dr. Homenas
  • Treatise on the Animus and the Anima by Metheglingius
  • De Concubinis Retinendis by Phutatorius
  • Works by Prignitz
  • De Partu Difficili by Lithopaedus Senonesis
  • A (short) List of the Virtues of the Widow Wadman by Toby Shandy
  • Apologetical Oration by Toby Shandy
  • The Campaigns of Uncle Toby and Corporal Trim by Tristram Shandy
  • Dissertation upon the Word 'Tristram' by Walter Shandy
  • Life of Socrates by Walter Shandy
  • Philippicks by Walter Shandy
  • Plain Stories by Tristram Shandy
  • Remarks Made on a Tour of France in the Year 1765 by Tristram Shandy
  • Tristrapaedia by Walter Shandy
  • De Nasis by Hafen Slawkenbergius
  • Treatise on Midwifery by Dr. Slop
  • Works by Ludovicus Sorbonensis
  • The Second Council of Carthage by St. Cyprian
  • Code Louis by unknown
  • Dramatic Sermons by Parson Yorick

Works invented by Peter Straub

  • In The Hellfire Club: Night Journey by Hugo Driver
  • in Ghost Story: The Nightwatcher by Donald Wanderly


Works invented by J. R. R. Tolkien

Note that many of the following works about Middle-earth actually 'exist' since they were written by Tolkien himself, although he presented them as 'translations' of the fictional originals, which were in turn written by his characters. Some do not exist at all since he never wrote them, but are referenced by other texts.

See also The Chronicles of Middle-earth for a reference.

Works invented by Harry Turtledove

In American Empire: Blood and Iron:

In American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold:

In Settling Accounts: In at the Death:


Works invented by Jack Vance

In Araminta Station:

  • Charter of the Cadwal Conservancy by the Members of the Naturalist Society of Earth
  • The Worlds of Man by the Fellows of the Fidelius Institute

In Cugel's Saga:

  • Intimate Anatomy of Several Overworld Personages by Haruvoit

In the Demon Princes series:

  • Better Understanding of the Institute by Charles Bronstein
  • Chronicles of Navarth by Carol Lewis
  • Civilized Ideas and Civilized Worlds by Michael Yeaton
  • A Comparison of Mathematical Processes as Employed by Six "Intelligent" Alien Races by Baron Bodissey Unspiek
  • A Concise History of Oikumene by Albert B. Hall
  • The Criminal Mentality by Michael Diaz
  • Dar Sai and the Darsh by Joinville Akers
  • Encyclopedia of Sociology by B. A. Edgar
  • Everyman's Guide to the Stars
  • Fauna of the Vegan Worlds by Rapunzel K. Funk
  • Games of the Galaxy by Everett Wright
  • Gustations by Michael Weist
  • The Heham Fjoliot
  • Human Institutions by Prade
  • The Institute: A Primer by Mary Murray
  • Interplanetary Crime: Causes and Consequences by Karen Miller
  • The Moral Essence of Civilization by Calvin V. Calvert
  • Peccant Souls by Theodore Pederson
  • Peoples of the Coranne by Richard Pelto
  • The Sexual Habits of the Sarkoy by B. A. Edgar
  • Star Directory
  • Studies in Comparative Anthropology by Russell Cooke
  • The Teachings of Didram Bodo Sime by Didram Bodo Sime
  • Ten Explorers: A Study of Type by Oscar Anderson
  • Tourist Guide to the Coranne by Jane Szantho

In The Eyes of the Overworld:

  • Thrump's Almanac by Thrump
  • Zaradies the Wizard, His Compendium of Spells, Beware by Zaraides
  • Zaradies the Wizard, His Workbook, Beware by Zaraides

In The Palace of Love:

  • Introduction to Old Earth by Ferencz Szantho
  • Worlds I Have Known by L. G. Dusenyi

In The Star King:

  • The Demon Princes by Caril Carphen
  • The IPCC: Men and Methods by Raul Past
  • Life by Baron Bodissey Unspiek
  • Men of the Oikumene by Jan Holberk Vaenz LXII
  • New Discoveries in Space by Ralph Quarry
  • Popular Handbook of the Planets
  • Scroll from the Ninth Dimension


  • Book of Dreams, the by Howard Alan Treesong
  • The Killing Machine Peoples of the Concourse by Streck and Chernitz

Works invented by Kurt Vonnegut

Template:Col-1-of-2Attributed to Kilgore Trout:
  • Asleep at the Switch
  • Barring-gaffner of Bagnialto or This Year's Masterpiece
  • The Big Board
  • The Dancing Fool
  • The Era of Hopeful Monsters
  • First District Court of Thankyou
  • Gilgongo!
  • The Gospel from Outer Space
  • The Gutless Wonder
  • Hail to the Chief
  • How You Doin'?
  • Maniacs in the Fourth Dimension
  • The Money Tree
  • Now It Can Be Told
  • Oh Say Can You Smell?
  • The Pan-Galactic Memory Bank
  • The Pan-Galactic Straw Boss
  • The Pan-Galactic Three-Day Pass
  • Plague on Wheels
  • The Planet Gobblers
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Tralfamadore
  • The Smart Bunny
  • The Son of Jimmy Valentine
  • This Means You
  • 2BR02B
  • Venus on the Half-Shell
Template:Col-2-of-2Attributed to Beatrice Rumfoord:
  • The Beatrice Rumfoord Galactic Cookbook by Beatrice Rumfoord
  • Between Timid and Timbuktu, anonymously published by Beatrice Rumfood
  • The True Purpose of Life in the Solar System by Beatrice Rumfoord
Attributed to other authors:
  • The American Philosopher Kings by Waltham Kitteredge
  • Are Adults Harmoniums? by Dr. Frank Minot
  • Book of Bokonon by Bokonon
  • A Child's Cyclopedia of Wonders and Things to Do
  • Get With Child a Mandrake Root by Arthur Garvey Ulm
  • History of the Rosewaters of Rhode Island by Merrihue Rosewater
  • Pan-Galactic Humbug or Three Billion Dupes by Dr. Maurice Rosenau
  • Primordial Scales by Crowther Gomburg
  • Ramba of Macedon by Eunice Rosewater
  • The Winston Niles Rumfoord Authorized Revised Bible by Winston Niles Rumfoord
  • The Winston Niles Rumfoord Pocket History of Mars by Winston Niles Rumfoord
  • Too Wild a Dream? by Lavinia Waters
  • Unk and Boaz in the Caves of Mercury by Sarah Horne Canby
  • Winston Niles Rumfood, Benjamin Franklin, and Leonardo DaVinci by Howard W. Sams


Works invented by P. G. Wodehouse

In the Jeeves stories
  • All for Love by Rosie M. Banks
  • Autumn Leaves by Gwendolen Moon
  • The Case of the Poisoned Doughnut by Rex West
  • The Courtship of Lord Strathmorlick by Rosie M. Banks
  • Inspector Biffen Views the Body by Rex West
  • Jenny, The Girl Jockey
  • Madcap Myrtle by Rosie M. Banks
  • Memories of Eighty Interesting Years by Lady Carnaby
  • Murder in Mauve by Rex West
  • The Mystery of the Pink Crayfish by Rex West
  • My Friends the Newts by Loretta Peabody
  • Only a Factory Girl by Rosie M. Banks
  • Pipped on the Post
  • Recollections of a Long Life by Sir Willoughby
  • A Red, Red Summer Rose by Rosie M. Banks
  • 'Twas on an English June by Gwendolen Moon
  • Types of Ethical Theory
  • The Woman Who Braved All by Rosie M. Banks
In Joy in the Morning
  • Blood on the Banisters
  • The Poisoned Pen
  • Spindrift by Florence Craye
  • Spinning Wheel
  • With Guns and Camera in Little Known Borneo
In "The Artistic Career of Corky"
  • American Birds by Alexander Worple
  • The Children's Book of American Birds by Muriel Singer
  • More American Birds by Alexander Worple
In Aunts Aren't Gentlemen (U.S. title The Cat-nappers)
  • By Order of the Czar
  • The Mystery of the Handsom Cab
In The Mating Season
  • Mervyn Keene, Clubman by Rosie M. Banks
  • Murder at Greystone Grange
  • In Clustering Around Young Bingo: Frank Recollections of a Long Life by Lady Bablockhythe
  • In Cocktail Time: Cocktail Time by Sir Raymond Bastable
  • In Leave it to Psmith: Songs of Squalor by Ralston McTodd
  • In Pigs Have Wings: On the Care of the Pig by Augustus Whiffle
  • In Sam in the Suburbs: Is There a Hell?
  • In Sleepy Time: Hypnotism As A Device To Uncover the Unconscious Drives And Mechanism In An Effort To Analyse the Functions Involved Which Gives Rise To Emotional Conflicts In the Waking State by Professor Pepperidge Farmer
  • In Something Fresh: The Adventures of the Secret Six by Felix Clovelly
  • In Strychnine in the Soup: Strychnine in the Soup by Slingsby

Works invented by Gene Wolfe

Template:Col-1-of-2In Bibliomen :
  • In "Adam Poor":
    • A Salted Mine by Adam Poor
    • Voices Vocable by Adam Poor
  • In "Bernard A. French":
    • Great Lost Art of Western Europe by Bernard A. French, editor
    • Perfection Unto Death by Bernard A. French
  • In "Captain Roy C. Mirk, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.":
    • A Post-Modernist Critic Views the Antebellum Middle West by Roy C. Mirk
    • Poultry as Symbolism in Nineteenth Century American Literature by Roy C. Mirk
    • Tea-Time Talk in the Novels of Louise May Alcott by Roy C. Mirk
    • Washing as a Euphemism in the Works of Jack London by Roy C. Mirk
  • In "Gertrude S. 'Spinning Jenny' Deplatta":
    • an unknown title by Robert T. Brooks
  • In "John Glaskin  :'
    • Brideshead by John Glaskin
    • You Can't Go Home at All by John Glaskin
  • In "John J. Jons, Jr." :
    • Guide to the Public Toilets of America (aka Jon's Guide) by John J. Jons, Jr.
    • Meditation on the Utilitarian Theory of Literary Merit by John J. Jons, Jr.
  • In "Kirk Patterson Arthurs, Ph.D.":
    • Fiction in Fancy Dress: John Glaskin et al Exposed by Kirk Patterson Arthurs
    • Mask and Coin: Grub Street in the 30's by Kirk Patterson Arthurs
    • Maze of Clay: John Glaskin Revisited by Kirk Patterson Arthurs
    • Sweet Sword, High Heart: Love and War in the Fiction of John Glaskin by Kirk Patterson Arthurs
  • In "Paul Rico":
    • Training the Mind by Paul Rico
Template:Col-2-of-2 In The Book of the Long Sun :
  • An unknown title by Scleroderma
  • The Chrasmological Writings by unknown author
In The Book of the New Sun :
  • Lives of the Seventeen Megatherians by Blaithmaic
  • The Book of the New Sun by Canog
  • The Book of Gold by unknown author
  • The Book of the Wonders of Urth and Sky, Being a Collection from Printed Sources of Universal Secrets of Such Age That Their Meaning has Become Obscured with Time by unknown author
In The Book of the Short Sun :
  • An unknown title by Man from Urbasecundus
In The Doctor of Death Island :
  • The Death of Love by Kinglake
In The Fifth Head of Cerberus :
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by Miller
  • A Field Guide to the Animals of Sainte Anne by unknown author
In From the Desk of Gilmer C. Merton (from the short story collection Storeys from the Old Hotel)
  • Star Shuttle by Gilray Gunn
  • Come, Dark Lust! by Wolf Moon
  • The Shrieking in the Nursery by Wolf Moon
In Peace : In Seven American Nights (from the short story collection The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories)
  • Mystery Beyond the Sun's Setting by Osman Aga
In Useful Phrases (from the short story collection Strange Travelers) :
  • Tohish Ablar Sens-Orriyya Ert by unknown author
In Xavier McRidy  :
  • Allegiance to La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco by Juan Gabriel Sabastian de Dolo y Varios
  • The Paper Nautilus by Xavier McRidy
  • Mr. Milton in Medoc by S. Peety

Works invented by Herman Wouk

In The Winds of War and War and Remembrance:

  • A Jew's Journey by Dr. Aaron Jastrow
  • World Holocaust, by Colonel General Arnim von Roon, translated by Rear Admiral (ret). Victor Henry, excerpted from Land, Sea, and Air Operations of World War II

Miscellaneous from literature

Additional reading

See also

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