Top 5 Dark Genre Bookstores in the Bay Area

Let me guess...you like thriller novels and you're tired of King and Koontz, but that's all your local Borders seems to recommend? You like pulp fiction--not the movie--the old sci-fi and mystery pulps but, like, you aren't QUITE ready to fly your freak flag at comic-con in order to get a few old issues? You LOVE science fiction, and aren't looking to be pointed to the Star Trek and Star Wars book blocks, but other independent booksellers in the bay don't have much of an alternative selection...? You enjoy actually GOING to a book store rather than typing in a search term on amazon, who not to mention, is part of the evil empire of hand-held book-robots that are threatening the very existence of your extensive H. P. Lovecraft collection as we speak? Then this list is for YOU!

Updated: February 09, 2010

Top 5 Dark Genre Bookstores in the Bay Area


Borderlands Books

866 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Satisfy your sci-fi, fantasy, and horror appetite with new and used books, dvd's, and unique gifts. Pay homage to Ripley, the hairless bookstore cat (hypo-allergenic!), and check out the book club options. Or...just show up to meet your favorite authors when they come around.


Other Change Of Hobbit

3264 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

A long standing fixture of Shattuck Avenue, this is a great place to find dark genre books. If they don't have it, they can order it for you at no extra charge.


Kayo Books

814 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109

If you were BORN to SIN and know you're MARTIAN MADNESS won't help when the SPIDER ROBOTS FROM THE MOON come to MURDER OF THE FACELESS MAN...you know you have to go. Seriously.


Handee Books

3026 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

I included this because if you really know what you want, you can get it there. Despite the one-star review from one online user, I've had really good luck with Handee on hard to find sci-fi. But then, I didn't order online, either.


Dark Carnival Of Crime

3086 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Creepy stuff; creepy books. Most excellent selection. I'm talking in the Comic Book Guy's voice, from the Simpson's, but you can't hear that. *snark*.