Best Horror Books

Best Horror Books

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The Best Horror Books Of The Decade

K.W. Colyard We may receive an affiliate commission if we sell through the links. Twenty-two years after the dawn of the new millennium has passed, and time seems…well, strange. The pandemic stress may be causing us all to lose time but many Millennials or Gen Xers are starting to understand that the major events of 9/11 and the Y2K panic happened over twenty years ago. I’ll refresh your mind on the top horror books from the past decade, in case the 2010s seem a bit blurred. Horror, despite being a popular genre, is not very well-known. If fans are searching for reading suggestions they might find themselves overwhelmed with offers to read Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves or Michael Mc. Dowell’s The Elementals , or Joan Samson’s The Auctioneer . I don’t mean to be negative, those books are great. We can’t focus on great horror novels from twenty years ago, or any other time period. Instead we overlook all of the wonderful works that came out in recent decades. The movie-makers, trendsetting authors and trendsetters. The titles have been divided into five categories. Yes, some of the content may be similar for next-read-searching purposes. As an added bonus, you can turn this list into a spooky reading challenge for Halloween. Pick one book from each list, finish them during the month of October or whenever, really, I’m not the boss of you and rest easy knowing you’ve knocked five books off your TBR.

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Summer Horror Poll: Our Expert Panelists Are Here!


Horror H.P. Lovecraft And Shadow Over Horror – Summer Reader Poll 2018 – We invited you to nominate horror books or stories. Then, an expert panel assembled to review your nominations, then compile a list with 100 top choices for readers. You want your children to be scared for their entire lives? We can help. We can help you dig deep into the roots of horror. We’ve got you covered.


(So no Jaws, sorry.) And there are a few titles that aren’t strictly horror, but at least have a toe in the dark water, or are commenting about horrific things, so our judges felt they deserved a place on the list.


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You won’t find any of the work this year’s judges (Stephen Graham Jones, Ruthanna Erys, Tananarive Du and Grady Hendrix) on the list. The judges were uncomfortable discussing the inclusion of any readers’ work. However, they did nominate them. It is up to me now to recommend that you read the excellent books. Hendrix and I, both as huge horror-wusses, owe them a debt. They were the reason I wouldn’t be hiding from my bed shaking.


A word on Stephen King. Out of nearly 7000 nominees, only 1023 were submitted for the contemporary master of horror. It’s quite a few Stephen King. In past years, we’ve resisted giving authors more than one slot on the list (though we made an exception for Nora Roberts during the 2015 romance poll and she’s basically the Stephen King of romance.) We decided to allow one novel per author, as classic horror can be read in short stories.


Do not let the obstacle stop you from pursuing your goals. Instead, dive right into this year’s list. Below are some links that will help you navigate the site.


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3. The Fall Of The House Of Usher & Other Tales From Edgar Allan Poe (1839).


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The Best Horror Books Of The Decade

“>best horror books complete without a nod (or two) to the genius of Edgar Allan Poe? Sibling dynamics are given new meaning in The Fall of the House of Usher, a work of gothic fiction that centers on a spooky household. Roderick is a sick man with acute sensitivity to everything, who lives in constant fear he is about to die. Madeline, Roderick’s sister, has catalepsy. This is a form of epilepsy that involves seizures. An unnamed narrator visits them both and gets more than he bargained for.

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14. Shirley Jackson (1959): The Haunting Of Hill House

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19. Rosemary’S Baby By Ira Levin (1967)

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The 30 Scariest Horror Books Ever Written

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The 31 Best Horror Books Of All Time In Case You’Re In The Mood To Ruin Sleep Forever

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13. Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier (1938)

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20. Alma Katsu’s The Hunger (2018)

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13 Great Horror Books Written By Women

What is the Scariest Book?

  1. Stephen King, The Shining (1977)
  2. Henry James (1898), The Turn of the Screw
  3. Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, 1959
  4. The Woman in Black (Susan Hill 1983)
  5. Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, 1975
  6. Paul Tremblay, “A Head Full of Ghosts” (2015)

Stephen King’s Scariest book?

  1. 1 It. It.2 Salem’s Lot.
  2. Three Black Houses
  3. 4 Pet Sematary.
  4. 5 Shining.
  5. 6 Despair.
  6. 7 Cujo.
  7. 8 Carrie.

How do I start reading horror books?

  1. I disliked horror movies when I was young, which is something that most horror enthusiasts don’t do. I am Dracula
  2. Bram Stoker.Frankenstei
  3. Mary Shelley.The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll, and Mr Hyd
  4. Robert Louis Stevenson. The Horrors of Horror.Edgar Allan Poe.H.P. Lovecraft.Modern.

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