Best Horror Books of All Time

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Best Horror Books Of All Time (In No Particular Order)

In order to be fair to authors I have not read personally, this list of the best horror books of all time is a consensus of many lists I found on the internet in no particular order. Let me know what you think should be included or omitted.


  • The Shining-Stephen King

  • The Exorcist-William Peter Blatty

  • Psycho-Robert Bloch

  • Frankenstein-Mary Shelley

  • Dracula-Bram Stoker

  • Ghost Story-Peter Straub

  • Silence Of the Lambs-Thomas Harris

  • It-Stephen King

  • I Am Legend-Richard Matheson

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes-Ray Bradbury

  • Rosemary’s Baby-Ira Levin

  • Phantoms-Dean Koontz

  • Interview With A Vampire-Anne Rice

  • The Haunting Of Hill House-Shirley Jackson

  • The Damnation Game-Clive Barker

  • Pet Sematary-Stephen King

  • The Stand-Stephen King

  • Salem’s Lot-Stephen King

  • The Dunwich Horrors and others-H.P. Lovecraft

  • The Relic-Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

  • Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde-Robert Louis Stevenson

  • The Turn of the Screw-Henry James

  • Song Of Kali-Dan Simmons

  • Books Of Blood-Clive Barker

  • The Best Of H.P. Lovecraft-H.P. Lovecraft

  • Stories and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe-Edgar Allen Poe

  • The Night of the Ripper-Robert Bloch

  • The Terror-Dan Simmons

  • Whispers-Dean Koontz

  • Hell House-Richard Matheson

  • The Invisible Man-H.G. Wells

  • The War of the Worlds-H.G. Wells

  • Watchers-Dean Koontz

  • The Picture Of Dorian Gray-Oscar Wilde

  • The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow-Washington Irving

  • Red Dragon-Thomas Harris

  • All the Mountains Of Madness-H.P. Lovecraft

  • Island Of Dr. Moreau-H.G. Wells

  • The Stake-Richard Laymon

  • One Rainy Night-Richard Laymon

  • The Cellar-Richard Laymon


I have written 171 short stories so far in my quest to exceed Ray Bradbury's 400 short stories. It goes without saying it will be an uphill climb. My web site,, includes sample stories from all ten horror story collections. Since reviews are the life's blood of every author, I would greatly appreciate a review of any of my books on and hold anyone who does in high esteem for all eternity. Stephen King is my favorite horror writer, and I admire what King has accomplished in the horror genre in terms of movies made from his considerable volume of work. My Coffeesmoke channel on You Tube has amassed over 2,600,000 hits, mostly from my "Dead Celebrities" videos. I love movies and had seen over 1,500 by the age of 13 when there was snow on 13 channels after midnight. My favorite horror movies are Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, and the Evil Dead. My favorite movie of all time Is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life with James Stewart. My favorite authors are Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker , Clive Cussler, James Patterson, Jeffery Deaver, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Lee Burke, Richard Matheson, Lee Child, Jack Ketchum& Jack Kilborn/Konrath.
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