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 — 168,230 ratings
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2 Dracula
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 414,807 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 — 76,649 ratings
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4 The Shining (The Shining, #1)
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 534,072 ratings
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5 The Exorcist
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 78,968 ratings
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6 The Haunting of Hill House
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 33,790 ratings
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7 Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 127,815 ratings
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8 The Anubis Gates
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 7,868 ratings
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9 Tales of Mystery and Imagin...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 5,956 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 — 163,953 ratings
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11 Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,405 ratings
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12 The Man Who Was Thursday
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 14,979 ratings
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13 The House on the Borderland
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,022 ratings
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14 The Trial
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 94,720 ratings
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15 Conjure Wife
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 991 ratings
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16 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,206,902 ratings
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17 The Wasp Factory
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 33,718 ratings
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18 The Ceremonies
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 654 ratings
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18 The Damnation Game
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 11,074 ratings
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20 Swan Song
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 26,331 ratings
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21 Doctor Faustus
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 4,604 ratings
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22 Macbeth
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 358,897 ratings
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23 The White Devil
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 576 ratings
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24 Caleb Williams
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 1,671 ratings
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25 The Monk
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 9,853 ratings
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26 The Best Tales of Hoffmann
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 127 ratings
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27 Northanger Abbey
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 151,456 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 — 611,944 ratings
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30 Melmoth the Wanderer
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,756 ratings
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31 The Private Memoirs and Con...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 3,174 ratings
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32 Twice-Told Tales
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 1,686 ratings
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33 The Black Spider
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 706 ratings
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34 The Wandering Jew
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 42 ratings
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35 The Confidence-Man
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,391 ratings
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36 Uncle Silas
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 2,686 ratings
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37 Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde and...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 425 ratings
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38 She (She, #1)
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 5,331 ratings
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39 The King In Yellow
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 5,396 ratings
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40 The Island of Dr. Moreau
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 46,344 ratings
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41 The Turn of the Screw
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 38,330 ratings
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42 The Jewel of Seven Stars
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 972 ratings
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43 The House of Souls
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 105 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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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 175 ratings
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46 Widdershins
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 72 ratings
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47 The Horror Horn And Other S...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 12 ratings
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48 A Voyage to Arcturus
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 1,224 ratings
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49 Something About Eve
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 67 ratings
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50 Medusa
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 16 ratings
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51 The Werewolf of Paris
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 304 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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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 30 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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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 1,162 ratings
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56 Johnny Got His Gun
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 17,645 ratings
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57 The Outsider And Others
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 19 ratings
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58 Out Of Space And Time
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 142 ratings
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59 Night Has a Thousand Eyes
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 305 ratings
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60 The Lurker at the Threshold
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 917 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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4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 5 ratings
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64 The Track Of The Cat
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 45 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 — 6,540 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 — 22,368 ratings
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69 Quatermass And The Pit
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 45 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 — 14,504 ratings
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72 The Painted Bird
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 10,538 ratings
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73 The Crystal World
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,746 ratings
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74 Sub Rosa
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4.81 of 5 stars 4.81 avg rating — 43 ratings
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75 The Green Man
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 879 ratings
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76 The Compleat Werewolf and O...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 72 ratings
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77 Grendel
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 19,970 ratings
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78 The Sheep Look Up
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 2,308 ratings
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79 Worse Things Waiting
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 28 ratings
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80 Burnt Offerings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 1,094 ratings
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81 Deathbird Stories
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 2,478 ratings
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82 Murgunstrumm & Others
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 28 ratings
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83 Sweetheart, Sweetheart
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 51 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 — 376 ratings
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85 Falling Angel
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,419 ratings
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86 The Wolfen
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,314 ratings
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87 The Totem
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 736 ratings
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88 Ghost Story
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 36,404 ratings
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89 The Land of Laughs
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 3,244 ratings
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90 The Cellar
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 3,785 ratings
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91 The Keep (Adversary Cycle, #1)
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 10,087 ratings
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92 The Dark Country
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 139 ratings
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93 In a Lonely Place
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 109 ratings
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94 The Arabian Nightmare
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 256 ratings
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95 Mythago Wood (Mythago Wood,...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 4,216 ratings
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96 Who Made Stevie Crye?
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 50 ratings
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97 Song of Kali
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 4,916 ratings
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98 Hawksmoor
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 1,519 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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3.22 of 5 stars 3.22 avg rating — 147 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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