
Asymmetrical Dreams (2024) 
 Josh Snider 

Professor Sam Collin studies and lectures on the mathematics of symmetry. His OCD manifests as an obsessive desire for symmetry in his physical surroundings. He is therefore initially pleasantly surprised... (more) 


The Atrocity Archives (2004) 
 Charles Stross 

"The Laundry" is a British spy organization which is responsible for suppressing certain dangerous math research. The occult implications of mathematics became clear with Alan Turing's paper "Phase Conjugate... (more) 


The Book of Irrational Numbers (1999) 
 Michael Marshall Smith 

The protagonist of this short story views everything through the filter of numerology. His journal entries detail his considerations of digital roots, perfect numbers, irrational numbers, and even Wilson's... (more) 


Brain Dead (1990) 
 Charles Beaumont (writer) / Adam Simon (director) 

A nightmarish, reality bending horror movie about a brain surgeon whose services are obtained to retrieve corporate secrets from the mind of a mathematician who has become a homicidal maniac.
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The Call of Cthulhu (1928) 
 H.P. Lovecraft 

This is the most famous story by Lovecraft, which spawned it's own subgenre and
RPG,
called the Cthulhu Mythos. It concerns the investigations of Prof. Francis
Wayland Thurston
as he investigates... (more) 


Cube (1997) 
 Vincenzo Natali (Director) 

This [film] concerns the attempt of six individuals to escape from a vast network
of interlocking cubes, each room, and each wall, floor and ceiling
identical. The rooms vary in colour. Some are harmless;... (more) 


Danny’s Inferno (2003) 
 Albert Cowdrey 

An extremely hilarious tale about Danny, a lover of garlic and HP Lovecraft, who is married to a mathematician, Edith. Danny and Edith are somewhat of what you may term “misaligned couple”, with... (more) 


The Dreams in the WitchHouse (1933) 
 H.P. Lovecraft 

In this story, Walter Gilman, a mathematics graduate student at Miskatonic
University
in Arkham, Mass, rents a room in the famed haunted "Witch House" of Keziah
Mason,
a witch who legend says escaped... (more) 


Erasthones' Map (2024) 
 Damon Nomad 

A GreekAmerican math professor living in Istanbul combines his number theory research with religion while trying to find a cave that serves as a mystical gateway though which he can send his dead brother... (more) 


Excision (2012) 
 Richard Bates Jr (Director and Screenwriter) 

I watched a horrorandcomingofage film (think an arty version of "Carrie") called "Excision" last weekend, and was delighted to find that it had in it Malcolm McDowell in it, playing a high school... (more) 


Geometria (1987) 
 Guillermo del Toro (Writer and Director) 

A boy whose father has died and who is in danger of failing his math class summons a demon, asking him to reunite his family and to ensure that he never fails geometry again. Both wishes are granted,... (more) 


The Ghosts (1908) 
 Lord Dunsany 

The story line is very simple. Two brothers disagree about the existence of ghosts. They have an argument and the brother who clings to rationality wants to put it to test. On a hungry stomach, amidst... (more) 


The Giant Claw (1957) 
 Fred F. Sears (director) 

Known as possibly one of the worst horror movies of the 20th century, The Giant Claw tells the story of a huge bird from an antimatter universe who terrorizes airplane pilots (but apparently, not movie... (more) 


Grigori’s Solution (2014) 
 Isobelle Carmody 

A kind of magic realism story which stretches beyond the concept of a harmful meme into the realm of the speculation that certain kind of knowledge can destroy all reality.
A mathematician discovers... (more) 


The Happening (2008) 
 M. Night Shyamalan (writer and director) 

John Leguizamo's character is a math professor who keeps using uplifting percentage statistics to cheer up. At one point, he asks a panickstricken woman the question, "if I give you a penny the first... (more) 


The Hollow Man (1993) 
 Dan Simmons 

A psychic mathematician is driven to the edge of insanity as his life partner approaches death. The mathematician's research is described explicitly  as are some of the horrific events that befall... (more) 


Immortal Bird (1961) 
 H. Russell Wakefield 

Professor Brandley, a "young" man of 53, wants nothing more than to attain the position of Regius Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Metropolitan University in London so that he could train "disciples... (more) 


The Integral: A Horror Story (2009) 
 Colin Adams 

This story, which he claims is an attempt to emulate Stephen King, is different from many of Adams' others. This may explain why it was published for the first time in his 2009 collections Riot at the... (more) 


The Judge's House (1914) 
 Bram Stoker 

A math student seeks a quiet place to study for his exams but winds up battling an angry ghost. Stoker certainly knew mathematical words to throw around (e.g. quaternions and conic sections), but this... (more) 


Jurassic Park (1990) 
 Michael Crichton 

Although there is really not much mathematics in this SF thriller at all, the
mathematician (played in the
film by
Jeff Goldbloom) has an important role as the only
person smart enough to recognize... (more) 


Killing Time (2000) 
 Frank Tallis 

In this noir thriller, a British math grad student discovers antique lab equipment which allows him to see into the past and winds up murdering his girlfriend. Sex (explicitly described) and interpersonal... (more) 


The Lions in the Desert (1993) 
 David Langford 

Two men are hired to guard a mysterious treasure. One of them is a math grad student, and so their discussions to pass the time take on a mathematical flavor. Of particular interest are the references... (more) 


Locker 49, or the Volunteers (2021) 
 David Rogers 

This short story is a tale of mysterious synchronicity revolving around: the Fibonacci sequence, spirals, horrific deaths and disappearances of school children, spacetime anomalies, and an empty school... (more) 


A Logical Magician (1994) 
 Robert Weinberg 

A very creative romp through the lore of creatures of mythology and their return in modern times. A computer programmer creates a program to decode ancient texts and find the incantations to invoke powerful... (more) 


Lost and Found (2024) 
 Joe Stout 

A man who becomes lost while hiking is captured by an evil math teacher who enjoys torturing her victims with lessons and quizzes. The plot, which also involves a beautiful woman who was kidnapped by... (more) 


Lost in the Math Museum (2022) 
 Colin Adams 

Teenager Kallie, who doesn't particularly care for math, gets trapped in a math museum with her father and his friend Maria. They endure horrific dangers and meet the ghosts of famous mathematicians (as... (more) 


Manifold Thoughts (2024) 
 Patrick Freivald 

A talented female mathematics grad student (who is a postdoc by the end of the story) helps her thesis advisor model the dynamics of CalabiYau manifolds, discovering that they are both sentient and deadly.
The... (more) 


Mersenne's Mistake (2008) 
 Jason Earls 

This is a nice piece of mathematical fiction in which the mathematician/monk Marin Mersenne encounters a demon with amazing mathematical skills. Like the other stories by Earls, this seems to be designed to showcase the interesting numbers which he has found using computer algebra tools.
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The Midnighters (Series) (2004) 
 Scott Westerfield 

Teenagers discover an extra hour to the day during which they can do things while everyone else is frozen. Unfortunately, they also have to worry about the Darklings!
One of the teens, Dess, is interested... (more) 


Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley (2016) 
 Danyl McLauchlan 

A semiserious Lovecraftian novel set in New Zealand's Te Aro suburb featuring some mystical mathematicians (and questions of Platonism) in a central role.
This sequel to the Danyl McLauchlan's "Unspeakable... (more) 


Necroscope (Series) (1992) 
 Brian Lumley 

Harry Keogh is a "necroscope" who can communicate with the dead. So, when omens suggest that the Möbius strip and spacetime are going to be relevant to his plans in the near future, he goes straight... (more) 


Nightscape: The Dreams of Devils (2012) 
 David W. Edwards 

A teenage math prodigy is contacted by otherworldly beings through his nightmares. As the separation between dream and reality seems to disappear, he faces a supernatural threat with the help of a religious... (more) 


The Object (2005) 
 Alex Kasman 

This is a mathematical horror story, written by someone who doesn't like horror stories. Since I'm the author, I can honestly (and humbly) admit that the result is kind of weird.
The plot concerns... (more) 



Old Fillikin (1982) 
 Joan Aiken 

A farm boy who hates his math class seemingly calls upon his grandmother's "familiar" to get revenge on his teacher.
This reads like an old fashioned ghost story, but it is the kind where you can imagine... (more) 


The Perfect Spiral (2001) 
 Jason Hornsby 

This first novel by controversial young author Jason Hornsby was written when he was 18 years old. It combines elements of genres in an avant garde sort of way, and focuses on the lives of teenagers in... (more) 


Phase IV (1974) 
 Mayo Simon (writer) / Saul Bass (director) 

A mathematician who `applied game theory to the language of killer whales' is brought in to help fight an attack by intelligent ants. (more) 


Pi (1998) 
 Darren Aronofsky (director) 

A mathematician discovers a new relationship between chaos theory and
the number Pi which makes him a target of a dangerous religious sect
and a greedy investor. The references to mathematics and its... (more) 


A Presence Beyond the Shadows (2024) 
 David Lee Summers 

A math department chair's wife fears their house is haunted. She convinces him to bring home the goggles he invented that allow the wearer to see into the fourth dimension.
Mathematical terminology... (more) 


Real Numbers (2024) 
 Liz Kaufman 

This entry in the "mathematical horror" collection Arithmophobia concerns a stereotypical antisocial math nerd whose obsession about odd and even numbers turns into fatal violence after he takes a philosophy... (more) 


Schwarzschild Radius (1987) 
 Connie Willis 

Connie Willis' shortstory ``Schwarzschild Radius'' is based on events
in the life of Karl Schwarzschild, who gave the first exact solutions
to the equations of general relativity. The
historical aspects... (more) 


The Shadow Guests (1980) 
 Joan Aiken 

After his mother's death, a boy goes to live with his aunt, a
mathematician, in her haunted English house where he meets the ghosts of his ancestors and learns about his family's curse. The mathematician... (more) 


Solid Geometry (1976) 
 Ian McEwan 

This short story from McEwan's award winning first collection is about a man who becomes learns some topology from his grandfather's journals...but not your average topology. The Victorian journals include... (more) 


Solve for X (2024) 
 Wil Forbis 

This is a supernatural murder mystery in which the victim is a math tutor. An incorrect method for solving linear equations with a parameter are part of the clue which leads to the capture of the murderer,... (more) 


Special Meal (2021) 
 Josh Malerman 

This story about a young girl enjoying her favorite meal with her family takes place in a dystopian society where knowledge of math is illegal. In fact, her brother recently reported a friend of his to... (more) 


They'll Say It Was the Communists (2024) 
 Sarah Lazarz 

Women working as human "computers" for NASA in its early years discover that their boss is actually a tentacled creature who feasts on valid calculations and is repulsed by mathematical errors.
In addition... (more) 


Threshold (2006) 
 Bragi F. Schut/ Brannon Braga / David S. Goyer / Dan O'Shannon 

This science fiction TV series featured a sarcastic dwarf mathematician character. According to Mathematics Goes to the Movies, mathematical highlights included a 4dimensional alien object intersecting our world in the first episode, references to "isomorphic group therapy [sic]", "monotonic null sequences" and "quadratic reciprocity" in the second, and a strange statistical study in the 11th.
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Through the Gates of the Silver Key (1934) 
 H.P. Lovecraft / E. Hoffmann Price 

"We read of the fantastic travels of the dreamer and mystic Randolph Carter as he
arrives at the Ultimate Gate separating the parallel dimensions and alternate
realities
of the Universe. The Gate... (more) 


To Walk the Night (1937) 
 William Sloane 

A beautifully written horror tale in which vague references to equations are used to explain the mysterious death of a researcher who believed he proved Einstein wrong and the subsequent suicide of his colleague. The book is narrated in a quaintly oldfashioned style by the colleague's best friend and a key character is the lovely but apparently inhuman woman who was married to each victim. (more) 


Trains Passing (2024) 
 Martin Ziegler 

A thoroughly unpleasant math teacher is riding a highspeed train traveling at precisely 400 mph in one direction on a perfectly straight track while another train travels in the opposite direction at... (more) 


Unknown Things (1989) 
 Reginald Bretnor 

A very short, wellwritten horror story about a collector, Andreas Hoogstraten. a wealthy man with an obsession with unusual objects. The narrator, one Mr. Dennison, a dealer in the antiques and the... (more) 


Vampire World (Trilogy) (1993) 
 Brian Lumley 

In these sequels to Necroscope, the twin sons of Harry Keogh living in the remains of a black hole continue to fight vampires. One of the sons has visions of a "vortex of numbers". He seeks the assistance... (more) 


Yesternight (2016) 
 Cat Winters 

In this eerie thriller, a school psychologist tries to help parents of a young girl they believe is the reincarnated soul of a mathematical genius who died at the age of 19.
A psychologist fresh out... (more) 


You Don't Scare Me (2007) 
 John Farris 

A math grad student at Yale is haunted by the memory and undead spirit of her abusive stepfather. Using her knowledge of the mathematics of "higher dimensions", she locates the coordinates of the "netherworld"... (more) 


Zombies and Calculus (2014) 
 Colin Adams 

The story opens with a math professor teaching his class on a seemingly ordinary day when a student who has arrived late turns out to be the first of a wave of flesh eating zombies who are running amok... (more) 
