The Ten Best Horror Books of All Time

The horror genre is filled with some of the best works of fiction in the world. Any book or books that can scare the living hell out of you is a good read. You might have nightmares for a while but will be glad that you read it. That made us want to make a list of the ten best horror books of all time.

Listing out the best horror books is much more difficult than other lists because these books are judged for how good and scary they are. H.P Lovecraft’s stories have monsters in them that terrifies many people and that is part of the charm. Other authors made their own monsters and terrors over the years.

The Ten Best Horror Books of All Time
The Ten Best Horror Books of All Time

The Ten Best Horror Books of All Time

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • It by Stephen King
  • Ring by Koji Suzuki
  • The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Stephen King is the King of Horror

You may have noticed that Stephen King has four books in the top ten. He could have had a bunch more considering his bibliography is one of the best out there. There will be a debate about which of his books deserve a spot on the list and it will change from person to person.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Dracula by Bram Stoker are novels that are classics which is rare for horror books. That list is short but these two authors have created two of the most popular monsters of all time. H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness made the list for similar reasons. While that novel might not be known by name by the masses, it has become a part of mainstream culture over the years.

Conclusion

That wraps up our list of the ten best horror books of all time. These books aren’t meant for the faint of heart and will keep you up at night. But that is part of the fun., Which books should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!

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19 thoughts on “The Ten Best Horror Books of All Time

  1. Robert Cubinelli says:

    Agree on all the books in the list especially Stephen King.

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  2. Robert Cubinelli says:

    Agree on all the books in the list esp Stephen King.

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  3. Pam Ascher says:

    Can’t believe The Exorcist is not on this list‼️

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    1. Peter Neall says:

      The Exorcist was the scariest book I’ve ever read!

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  4. Lance Dees says:

    I would just add Swan Song by Robert MaCammon to the list. And The Stand is my favorite book by any author, period.

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  5. Kev says:

    I don’t think it’s horror, but “Penpal” is one of the most terrifying book I’ve read.

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  6. Todd V says:

    Discography? King may have cut a few records, but I thought this was a list of books. That would be a bibliography.
    I agree with the comment on “The Exorcist”. I’d add Poe’s “Tales”, Tryon’s “The Other”, and Simmons’ “The Terror”. King himself isn’t that fond of Carrie. By the way, you have five books by King, not four. Keep “The Shining” and jettison the rest.

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    1. Stephen Anson says:

      The stand is not a horror book. Stephen King himself calls it “a tale of dark Christianity.”. Watchers by Dean Koontz should take its place.

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  7. Tracy Smith says:

    King has five books on your list, not four, and it’s called a bibliography, not discography.

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  8. Cindy Fisher says:

    Surprised not 1 Dean Kootnz. I would say whispers.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    That’s not a horror list, it’s you telling everyone you love Stephen King.

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  10. DENNISE Harsh says:

    Pet Semetery by Stephen king
    The hellbound heart by Clive Barker
    The thing sorry I forgotten the author’s name
    Re-animater by h.p. Lovecraft
    Birds by Daphne DU Mauria
    Interview with the vampire Anne Rice
    Audition by Ryu Murakama
    A stir of echoes by Richard Mathewson
    Head full of ghost by Paul G trembley

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  11. Christopher Fleming says:

    Can’t even count…I count 5 not 4 books by Stephen King. Yhen you call it a discography, not Bibliography.
    Do you expect me to take you seriously?
    All the books there are out there, and you give us your favorite list.
    How about best horror books of all time based on books sold?
    Perhaps that metric would be better than you personal opinion. 🤔

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  12. Lissette says:

    Yes Stephen King is ok, but nothing beats Jack kilbourn. That is some real scary stuff. Afraid, Endurance wow and Trapped.

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  13. Matthew says:

    This list is garbage. I can think of a dozen authors at least as good as king, with scarier books, and you pad 40% of the list with one guy? Shirley Jackson? Jack Ketchum? Skipp and Spector? Clive Barker? Brian Keene? Ed Lee? I will bet that anyone reading this comment who reads “the girl next door” by Ketchum would randomly think about it for years afterward, it’s that powerful and harrowing. Or read “the light at the end” by Skipp and Spector and tell me you don’t see its impact throughout the genre.

    King is great, but he doesn’t define the genre.

    Learn a thing or two before writing your nonsense garbage list.

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