The Definitive Horror Book List

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3.94 avg rating — 629 ratings
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329

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341

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342

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3.80 avg rating — 417 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 122 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 34,090 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 407 ratings
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982 books · 1,357 voters · list created October 20th, 2009 by Kevin (votes) .
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Comments (showing 1-30 of 30) (30 new)

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message 1: by Bloodman (new)

Bloodman This is a great list! There's actually stuff on it that I like a lot! I think it's much better than the other horror book lists on this website - good job, voters!


message 2: by William (new)

William I agree. Overall a very good list that helped reorder my to-reads.


message 3: by Tressa (new)

Tressa I saw some Simon Clarks and other books I'd like to read soon.


message 4: by Carl (new)

Carl I. What do I do? Just click on numerous ones I think are the best?


message 5: by Tressa (new)

Tressa Yes.


message 6: by David (new)

David They should combine the Pet Semetary votes. There are two on the list but combined, it would have enough votes for the top 5. Great list!


message 7: by Normandy (new)

Normandy I just voted on this list. I have read several books on this list but there are so many I have not read. There are definitely some books I need to check out.


message 8: by Jeff (new)

Jeff French Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons is a superb horror novel. Anyone that's a horror fan should read this book. Chances are you will love it.


message 9: by TJ (new)

TJ Terrific list! Lots of horror classics present!


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

the ressurectionist by Wrath James White. A masterpiece and creepy as all get out


message 11: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer If you haven't read Hell House or The Devil Next Door...go get a copy!!!!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed at list creator's request:

Cryonic: A Zombie Novel


message 13: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Thank you Susanna


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem.


message 15: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn How are the Twilight books even on this list? It's about as scary as two-week-old, stale bread.


message 16: by Kevin (new)

Kevin People can add any book that they thought scared them. I assume someone found Twilight scary? In any case, those books haven't even broke into the top 100 list.


message 17: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Weaksauces, then.


message 18: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning Kevin wrote: "People can add any book that they thought scared them. I assume someone found Twilight scary? In any case, those books haven't even broke into the top 100 list."


Well, Twilight fans can be a little scary. I had one overhear me speaking to a fellow English major from the other side of the room. I don't remember what book we were talking about, but the Twilight fan assumed we must be talking about Twilight and decided to insert herself into our conversation. It was a harrowing experience.


message 21: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Thank you Susanna.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem.


message 23: by Kevin (last edited Jun 08, 2015 08:59PM) (new)

Kevin I will not tolerate spamming on this list. Books that jump into the top 100 with ratings of less than 1000 will be removed. There is NO way a book belongs in the top 100 with lower ratings.

Books that are up for removal:
1. Dancing With A Dead Horse
2. The Cruise
3. Sorrow's Point
4. Plebs
5. The Culling
6. Forever and Ever

Anthony Hulse, do not spam my list! I will have Susanna remove your books ASAP! This is not a promotional page for wanna-be authors! This list is for reference!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed the books Kevin listed, at his request.


message 25: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Removed the books Kevin listed, at his request."

Thank you Susanna :-)


message 26: by Greg (new)

Greg Z Of all the goodreads lists, this one seems to reflect my own reading taste best, even though horror is not my favorite genre. Easily, I put "The Terror" as my favorite horror novel. The second is the extremely disturbing "After Dark" by Murakami, which I read twice in a row. Third, "Rosemary's Baby."


message 27: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Please check out The Most Popular Horror on Goodreads and add what I missed. Thanks.


message 28: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell A suggestion - you could set the minimum ratings for a book newer than say year 2000 at 1000 ratings. Books older than 2000 could have no minimum - that way a lost classic could be rediscovered but won't be overshadowed.


message 29: by Leigh (new)

Leigh Marilyn wrote: "How are the Twilight books even on this list? It's about as scary as two-week-old, stale bread."

I don't know, it's pretty terrifying to read it and then realise that she got paid for it.


message 30: by Kevin (new)

Kevin People, if you know of a book that hasn't made the list, feel free to add it. Do not post the books not on the list in the comment section. It does no good here.


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