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93 Best Horror Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Horror books.

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Horror books" and study the top 8 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker

    Appears in 7 articles
  2. 2

    House of Leaves

    Mark Z. Danielewski

    Appears in 7 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 7 articles
  4. 4

    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

    Appears in 6 articles
  5. 5

    Rebecca

    Daphne du Maurier

    Appears in 6 articles
  6. 6

    Beloved

    Toni Morrison

    Appears in 6 articles
  7. 7

    Bird Box

    A Novel

    Josh Malerman

    Appears in 6 articles
  8. 8
    Appears in 5 articles
  9. 9

    The Exorcist

    William Peter Blatty

    Appears in 5 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 5 articles
  11. 11

    Ghost Story

    Peter Straub

    Appears in 5 articles
  12. 12

    Hell House

    Richard Matheson

    Appears in 5 articles
  13. 13

    The Hunger

    Alma Katsu

    Appears in 5 articles
  14. 14

    The Shining

    Stephen King

    Appears in 4 articles
  15. 15

    Coraline

    Neil Gaiman

    Appears in 4 articles
  16. 16
    Appears in 4 articles
  17. 17
    Appears in 4 articles
  18. 18
    Appears in 4 articles
  19. 19

    Ring

    Koji Suzuki

    Appears in 4 articles
  20. 20

    Let the Right One In

    A Novel

    John Ajvide Lindqvist

    Appears in 4 articles
  21. 21
    Appears in 4 articles
  22. 22
    Appears in 4 articles
  23. 23
    Appears in 4 articles
  24. 24

    Night Film

    A Novel

    Marisha Pessl

    Appears in 4 articles
  25. 25
    Appears in 4 articles
  26. 26
    Appears in 4 articles
  27. 27

    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    Appears in 3 articles
  28. 28

    The Stand

    Stephen King

    Appears in 3 articles
  29. 29

    It

    A Novel

    Stephen King

    Appears in 3 articles
  30. 30
    Appears in 3 articles
  31. 31
    Appears in 3 articles
  32. 32
    Appears in 3 articles
  33. 33

    Penpal

    Dathan Auerbach

    Appears in 3 articles
  34. 34
    Appears in 3 articles
  35. 35

    Horrorstor

    A Novel

    Grady Hendrix

    Appears in 3 articles
  36. 36
    Appears in 3 articles
  37. 37
    Appears in 3 articles
  38. 38
    Appears in 3 articles
  39. 39

    The Other

    Thomas Tryon

    Appears in 3 articles
  40. 40
    Appears in 3 articles
  41. 41
    Appears in 3 articles
  42. 42

    Those Across the River

    Christopher Buehlman

    Appears in 3 articles
  43. 43

    The Ruins

    Scott Smith

    Appears in 3 articles
  44. 44

    Come Closer

    Sara Gran

    Appears in 3 articles
  45. 45
    Appears in 3 articles
  46. 46

    Broken Monsters

    Lauren Beukes

    Appears in 3 articles
  47. 47

    Zone One

    A Novel

    Colson Whitehead

    Appears in 3 articles
  48. 48
    Appears in 3 articles
  49. 49
    Appears in 3 articles
  50. 50

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Margaret Atwood

    Appears in 2 articles
  51. 51

    Uzumaki

    Junji Ito

    Appears in 2 articles
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    The Road

    Cormac McCarthy

    Appears in 2 articles
  53. 53

    Carrie

    Stephen King

    Appears in 2 articles
  54. 54

    Swan Song

    Robert R. McCammon

    Appears in 2 articles
  55. 55

    I Am Legend

    Richard Matheson

    Appears in 2 articles
  56. 56

    American Psycho

    Bret Easton Ellis

    Appears in 2 articles
  57. 57
    Appears in 2 articles
  58. 58
    Appears in 2 articles
  59. 59

    From Hell

    Alan Moore

    Appears in 2 articles
  60. 60
    Appears in 2 articles
  61. 61
    Appears in 2 articles
  62. 62
    Appears in 2 articles
  63. 63
    Appears in 2 articles
  64. 64
    Appears in 2 articles
  65. 65

    Parasite Eve

    Hideaki Sena

    Appears in 2 articles
  66. 66

    The Yellow Wallpaper

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    Appears in 2 articles
  67. 67

    Gothic Tales

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Appears in 2 articles
  68. 68

    Haunted

    A Novel

    Chuck Palahniuk

    Appears in 2 articles
  69. 69
    Appears in 2 articles
  70. 70
    Appears in 2 articles
  71. 71
    Appears in 2 articles
  72. 72

    The Elementals

    Michael McDowell

    Appears in 2 articles
  73. 73

    The Bad Seed

    William March

    Appears in 2 articles
  74. 74

    The Lesser Dead

    Christopher Buehlman

    Appears in 2 articles
  75. 75
    Appears in 2 articles
  76. 76

    Drawing Blood

    A Novel

    Poppy Z. Brite

    Appears in 2 articles
  77. 77
    Appears in 2 articles
  78. 78

    Blindness

    Jose Saramago

    Appears in 2 articles
  79. 79

    Carmilla

    Joseph Sheridan Lefanu

    Appears in 2 articles
  80. 80
    Appears in 2 articles
  81. 81
    Appears in 2 articles
  82. 82
    Appears in 2 articles
  83. 83

    Burnt Offerings

    Robert Marasco

    Appears in 2 articles
  84. 84

    The Drowning Girl

    Caitlin R. Kiernan

    Appears in 2 articles
  85. 85
    Appears in 2 articles
  86. 86

    Maplecroft

    Cherie Priest

    Appears in 2 articles
  87. 87

    Fever Dream

    A Novel

    Samanta Schweblin

    Appears in 2 articles
  88. 88

    The Frangipani Hotel

    Violet Kupersmith

    Appears in 2 articles
  89. 89
    Appears in 2 articles
  90. 90

    Fiend

    A Novel

    Peter Stenson

    Appears in 2 articles
  91. 91

    The Fifth Child

    Doris Lessing

    Appears in 2 articles
  92. 92
    Appears in 2 articles
  93. 93

    Fledgling

    A Novel

    Octavia E. Butler

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Horror books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 93 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Horror books on the internet.

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