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93 Best Horror Books of All Time


Our goal: Gather the most accurate and trustworthy list of Horror books on the internet.

Our process:
1. Search for "best Horror books" and click on the top 8 articles.
2. Find every book mentioned in 2+ articles and average their rankings.
3. Deliver them all neatly to you here! 😊

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker

    Appears in 7 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 7 articles
  3. 3

    House of Leaves

    Mark Z. Danielewski

    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

    Josh Malerman

    Appears in 6 articles
  8. 8

    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King

    Appears in 5 articles
  9. 9

    The Exorcist

    William Peter Blatty

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

    Hell House

    Richard Matheson

    Appears in 5 articles
  12. 12

    Ghost Story

    Peter Straub

    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

    John Ajvide Lindqvist

    Appears in 4 articles
  21. 21
    Appears in 4 articles
  22. 22

    Carrion Comfort

    Dan Simmons

    Appears in 4 articles
  23. 23
    Appears in 4 articles
  24. 24

    Night Film

    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

    Stephen King

    Appears in 3 articles
  30. 30

    NOS4A2

    Joe Hill

    Appears in 3 articles
  31. 31

    World War Z

    Max Brooks

    Appears in 3 articles
  32. 32
    Appears in 3 articles
  33. 33

    Penpal

    Dathan Auerbach

    Appears in 3 articles
  34. 34

    The Bloody Chamber

    Angela Carter

    Appears in 3 articles
  35. 35
    Appears in 3 articles
  36. 36
    Appears in 3 articles
  37. 37

    Horrorstor

    Grady Hendrix

    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

    The Devil in Silver

    Victor LaValle

    Appears in 3 articles
  46. 46

    Broken Monsters

    Lauren Beukes

    Appears in 3 articles
  47. 47

    Zone One

    Colson Whitehead

    Appears in 3 articles
  48. 48

    Books of Blood

    Clive Barker

    Appears in 3 articles
  49. 49

    The Passage

    Justin Cronin

    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
  52. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    52

    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

    Blood Meridian

    Cormac McCarthy

    Appears in 2 articles
  57. 57

    American Psycho

    Bret Easton Ellis

    Appears in 2 articles
  58. 58

    Pandemonium

    Lauren Oliver

    Appears in 2 articles
  59. 59
    Appears in 2 articles
  60. 60

    From Hell

    Alan Moore

    Appears in 2 articles
  61. 61

    The Terror

    Dan Simmons

    Appears in 2 articles
  62. 62

    Intensity

    Dean Koontz

    Appears in 2 articles
  63. 63
    Appears in 2 articles
  64. 64
    Appears in 2 articles
  65. 65

    The Yellow Wallpaper

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    Appears in 2 articles
  66. 66

    Parasite Eve

    Hideaki Sena

    Appears in 2 articles
  67. 67

    Haunted

    Chuck Palahniuk

    Appears in 2 articles
  68. 68

    Gothic Tales

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Appears in 2 articles
  69. 69

    The Troop

    Nick Cutter

    Appears in 2 articles
  70. 70

    Fledgling

    Octavia E. Butler

    Appears in 2 articles
  71. 71

    Her Body and Other Parties

    Carmen Maria Machado

    Appears in 2 articles
  72. 72

    Whispers

    Dean Koontz

    Appears in 2 articles
  73. 73

    The Elementals

    Michael McDowell

    Appears in 2 articles
  74. 74

    The Lesser Dead

    Christopher Buehlman

    Appears in 2 articles
  75. 75

    The Bad Seed

    William March

    Appears in 2 articles
  76. 76

    Feed

    Mira Grant

    Appears in 2 articles
  77. 77

    Drawing Blood

    Poppy Z. Brite

    Appears in 2 articles
  78. 78

    Meddling Kids

    Edgar Cantero

    Appears in 2 articles
  79. 79

    Blindness

    Jose Saramago

    Appears in 2 articles
  80. 80
    Appears in 2 articles
  81. 81

    Exquisite Corpse

    Poppy Z. Brite

    Appears in 2 articles
  82. 82

    Carmilla

    Joseph Sheridan Lefanu

    Appears in 2 articles
  83. 83
    Appears in 2 articles
  84. 84

    The Drowning Girl

    Caitlin R. Kiernan

    Appears in 2 articles
  85. 85

    Burnt Offerings

    Robert Marasco

    Appears in 2 articles
  86. 86
    Appears in 2 articles
  87. 87

    Maplecroft

    Cherie Priest

    Appears in 2 articles
  88. 88

    Fever Dream

    Samanta Schweblin

    Appears in 2 articles
  89. 89

    The Frangipani Hotel

    Violet Kupersmith

    Appears in 2 articles
  90. 90

    The Changeling

    Victor LaValle

    Appears in 2 articles
  91. 91

    Fiend

    Peter Stenson

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

    The Fifth Child

    Doris Lessing

    Appears in 2 articles

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