When reading a horror book, you will never know what you get. But I do that what you will get afterwards is nightmares. There are a variety of horror books and it is something that many people love to read. That is why we decided to list the best horror books of all time!
Right off the bat, I will admit I am not the biggest horror fan. That is partly because I never really did have many horror books around my orbit. Most book lists don’t include many if any horror books and we will amend that mistake. You can see the full list of the best horror books below!
The Best Horror Books of All Time
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
- The Shining by Stephen King
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- It by Stephen King
- The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
- Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
- Ghost Story by Peter Straub
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
- Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
- Hell House by Richard Matheson
- Ring by Koji Suzuki
- The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman
- The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
- A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul G. Tremblay
- I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
- Pet Sematary by Stephen King
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
- Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
- Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu
- Carrie by Stephen King
- The Other by Tom Tryon
- Come Closer by Sara Gran
- Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel by Joe Hill
- Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
- The Stand by Stephen King
- At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft
- Zone One by Colson Whitehead
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
- The Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson
Classics and a Lot of Stephen King
There are some classics on the list such as Dracula and Frankenstein. These books are the ones that had mass appeal and have pushed the genre forward. Plus, they are great novels that will give you food for thought.
A name that pops up a lot on this list is the king of horror himself Stephen King. Six books by him made the list and there are other books that could have also made the list. His son has two books on the list also! He goes by Joe Hill for all of you wondering why there is only one King mentioned in the list.
There are many great books on this list and I will be adding many of them to my reading list. One of the reasons I enjoy making lists like these are to find new books to read. Hopefully, this list also helps many other people discover new books.
That concludes our best horror books of all time list. What books should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!