Horror: The 100 Best Books
The 100 best books of the horror genre as listed in Horror: The 100 Best Books and selected by one hundred well-known speculative fiction authors.

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1 'Salem's Lot
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 163,621 ratings
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2 Dracula
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 405,638 ratings
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3 I Am Legend and Other Stories
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 73,790 ratings
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4 The Shining (The Shining, #1)
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 520,216 ratings
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5 The Exorcist
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 75,439 ratings
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6 The Haunting of Hill House
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 32,924 ratings
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7 Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 123,228 ratings
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8 The Anubis Gates
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 7,606 ratings
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9 Tales of Mystery and Imagin...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 5,837 ratings
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10 Heart of Darkness and the C...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 161,032 ratings
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11 Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 1,345 ratings
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12 The Man Who Was Thursday
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 14,597 ratings
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13 The House on the Borderland
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 1,937 ratings
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14 The Trial
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 91,856 ratings
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15 Conjure Wife
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 947 ratings
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16 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,180,634 ratings
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17 The Wasp Factory
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 32,779 ratings
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18 The Ceremonies
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 603 ratings
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18 The Damnation Game
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 10,782 ratings
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20 Swan Song
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 25,359 ratings
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21 Doctor Faustus
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 4,418 ratings
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22 Macbeth
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 348,979 ratings
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23 The White Devil
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 529 ratings
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24 Caleb Williams
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 1,610 ratings
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25 The Monk
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 9,628 ratings
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26 The Best Tales of Hoffmann
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 125 ratings
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27 Northanger Abbey
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 146,239 ratings
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27 Dark Feasts: The World Of R...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 27 ratings
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29 Frankenstein
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 599,486 ratings
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30 Melmoth the Wanderer
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 1,689 ratings
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31 The Private Memoirs and Con...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 3,053 ratings
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32 Twice-Told Tales
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 1,655 ratings
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33 The Black Spider
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 636 ratings
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34 The Wandering Jew
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 39 ratings
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35 The Confidence-Man
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,337 ratings
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36 Uncle Silas
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 2,586 ratings
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37 Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde and...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 413 ratings
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38 She (She, #1)
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 5,203 ratings
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39 The King In Yellow
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 4,843 ratings
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40 The Island of Dr. Moreau
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 44,791 ratings
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41 The Turn of the Screw
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 37,311 ratings
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42 The Jewel of Seven Stars
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 943 ratings
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43 The House of Souls
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 94 ratings
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44 John Silence, Physician Ext...
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 22 ratings
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45 The Collected Works of Ambr...
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 165 ratings
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46 Widdershins
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 70 ratings
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47 The Horror Horn And Other S...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 11 ratings
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48 A Voyage to Arcturus
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 1,195 ratings
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49 Something About Eve
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 66 ratings
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50 Medusa
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 15 ratings
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51 The Werewolf of Paris
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 295 ratings
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52 The Last Bouquet: Some Twil...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings
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53 The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 32 ratings
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54 A Second Century of Creepy ...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 9 ratings
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55 The Dark Tower and Other St...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,129 ratings
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56 Johnny Got His Gun
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 16,723 ratings
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57 The Outsider And Others
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4.59 of 5 stars 4.59 avg rating — 17 ratings
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58 Out Of Space And Time
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 139 ratings
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59 Night Has a Thousand Eyes
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 279 ratings
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60 The Lurker at the Threshold
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 893 ratings
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61 Deliver Me From Eva
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 12 ratings
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62 And the Darkness Falls
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 10 ratings
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63 The Sleeping and the Dead
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings
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64 The Track Of The Cat
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 44 ratings
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65 The Sound of His Horn
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 84 ratings
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66 The October Country
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 6,420 ratings
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67 Nine Horrors
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 22 ratings
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68 Psycho
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 21,369 ratings
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69 Quatermass And The Pit
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 44 ratings
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70 Cry Horror!
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 19 ratings
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71 The Three Stigmata of Palme...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 14,123 ratings
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72 The Painted Bird
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 10,234 ratings
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73 The Crystal World
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,683 ratings
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74 Sub Rosa
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 41 ratings
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75 The Green Man
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 850 ratings
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76 The Compleat Werewolf and O...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 70 ratings
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77 Grendel
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 19,319 ratings
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78 The Sheep Look Up
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 2,183 ratings
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79 Worse Things Waiting
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 27 ratings
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80 Burnt Offerings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 970 ratings
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81 Deathbird Stories
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 2,384 ratings
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82 Murgunstrumm & Others
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 27 ratings
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83 Sweetheart, Sweetheart
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 49 ratings
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84 All Heads Turn When the Hun...
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 362 ratings
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85 Falling Angel
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,362 ratings
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86 The Wolfen
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 3,117 ratings
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87 The Totem
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 704 ratings
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88 Ghost Story
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 35,163 ratings
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89 The Land of Laughs
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 3,135 ratings
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90 The Cellar
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 3,705 ratings
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91 The Keep (Adversary Cycle, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 9,729 ratings
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92 The Dark Country
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 119 ratings
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93 In a Lonely Place
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 101 ratings
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94 The Arabian Nightmare
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 249 ratings
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95 Mythago Wood (Mythago Wood,...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 4,108 ratings
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96 Who Made Stevie Crye?
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 49 ratings
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97 Song of Kali
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 4,744 ratings
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98 Hawksmoor
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 1,462 ratings
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99 A Nest Of Nightmares
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 24 ratings
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100 The Pet
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3.23 of 5 stars 3.23 avg rating — 146 ratings
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message 1: by Sam (new)

Sam Atkinson MacBeth but not American Psycho? WTF.


message 2: by Amara (last edited Aug 27, 2012 11:01AM) (new)

Amara Horror: The 100 Best Books was published several years before American Psycho.


message 3: by Sam (new)

Sam Atkinson Aha :-) Thanks for that... noob mistake ;-)


message 4: by JDB (last edited Jan 22, 2014 06:03AM) (new)

JDB I have my differences with this book. "The Anubis Gate"? I always felt that should have never been on this list along with a handful of others. "Johnny Got His Gun" is a stretch,the horror of war is dealt with but I feel they pushed the boundaries a bit with this title. A book such as "Jaws" would have been a better fit for either The Anubis Gate or Johnny Got His Gun. Why in the world wasn't "Something Wicked This Way Comes" listed in this book, or "Hell House"?

They added Another 100 Best Horror Books to this collection. I never purchased the book because I felt the first book was lukewarm at best.

I know that the authors picked their favorite titles, but that's no excuse for some of the selections on this list. The essays are good enough, but ...

I could have put together a more comprehensive list than what was offered in this first installment.

I'm a book collector and purchased this book as a reference book, perhaps this is why I felt let down by the selections. don't get me wrong; not all the selections are bad, perhaps none are truly bad, just some didn't fit my criteria of what horror should be.


message 5: by Brent (new)

Brent Lewis I think only one title per author was utilized.


message 6: by Brent (new)

Brent Lewis or i could be mistaken lol


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