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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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 224,070 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 2,419 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 107,164 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,134 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 1,271,942 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 38,182 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 770 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 12,207 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 29,963 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 5,271 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 399,274 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 734 ratings
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 2,033 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 11,438 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 172,066 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 673,622 ratings
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 883 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 205 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 6,130 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 7,178 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 52,800 ratings
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 44,323 ratings
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 140 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,719 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 32 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 57 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,927 ratings
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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 835 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 40,610 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 3,552 ratings
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 4,204 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 11,232 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 189 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 126 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 296 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 4,813 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 5,716 ratings
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 1,742 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 30 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


message 7: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lucarelli Nope. Multiples of Mr. King on there


message 8: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Johnny Got His Gun
Lord Of The Flies
The Sheep Look Up
The Anubis Gate
Heart Of Darkness
She

All the above titles make me scratch my head. they are not exactly typical horror novels.


message 9: by Richard (new)

Richard Mason Really great list. I would have added Yeitso by Scott Baker.
I read that over the Halloween period and just loved it. It pays homage to vintage monster movies and big bug horror but is never tacky or predictable. Amazing book from a great author. http://scottmbakerauthor.blogspot.com/


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