Best Horror Books by People Other Than Stephen King

This list is for the best horror books out there that have not been written by Stephen King! Now this is not meant to be an offense to Mr. King, who has some great books, and I am a fan of - but there are many other great horror authors out there that often get overshadowed... until now!
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4.28 avg rating — 56,067 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 276,307 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 38,071 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 102,394 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 24,611 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 222,315 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 103,007 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 26,461 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 91,831 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 107,625 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 191,314 ratings
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3.59 avg rating — 32,796 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 43,875 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 58,654 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 64,170 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 102,000 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 488,995 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 9,674 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 120,718 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 19,200 ratings
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4.69 avg rating — 118 ratings
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3.42 avg rating — 107,681 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 19,286 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 9,267 ratings
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message 1: by Jeff (new)

Jeff French Great idea for a list. I love Stephen King, but so many of the top books on the best horror lists belong to him . This list gives some other great horror authors a time to shine. I wish people would stop voting for collections because it's difficult to compare a collection of short stories to a novel.


message 2: by Kevin (last edited Jul 18, 2013 10:38AM) (new)

Kevin Cryonic: A Zombie Novel ? REALLY!
Who The Fu*k rigged this poll?


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Jeff wrote: "Great idea for a list. I love Stephen King, but so many of the top books on the best horror lists belong to him . This list gives some other great horror authors a time to shine. I wish people wou..."

But this list isn't for novels only, is it? Personally, I love short story collections. I was going to add several of my favourite horror story collections when I saw your comment. Now I wonder if I shouldn't have.

I mean, if this list is not supposed to contain story collections, this will exclude most of my favourite horror books.


message 4: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Frost Fun list. But is Hannibal Lector horror? An evil genius, serial killer, cannibal yes. And great books. But isn't there supposed to be some supernatural involved?


message 5: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Kevin wrote: "Fun list. But is Hannibal Lector horror? An evil genius, serial killer, cannibal yes. And great books. But isn't there supposed to be some supernatural involved?"

Yes, the Lector books fit just fine in the horror genre. Supernatural elements make up much of what is horror.


message 6: by Ann (new)

Ann Swann Great list. So many to choose from...I would've also added WATCHERS by Dean Koontz. Loved that book!


message 7: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Mitton Loved the list. Some seem tame now by today's standards.


message 8: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Apparently people can't read and still added King to the list.


message 9: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 15 books removed.


message 10: by Mitchell (new)

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


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Jonathan wrote: "Apparently people can't read and still added King to the list."

I figured that would happen


message 12: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Erin ☕ *I figured that would happen"

No Stephen King books there at the moment though, unless I'm mistaken.


message 13: by Ciorchinele (new)

Ciorchinele Suprem I highly recommend any book written by Serge Brussolo. I don t know what kind of drugs he s on but the dude is insane. Absolutely insane.


message 14: by Tib (new)

Tib Why is Jane Eyre on this list? I haven't read it, but I was under the impression that this was a historical fiction similar to Austin's books.


message 15: by Jon (new)

Jon Thank goodness - there are other horror authors than SK and some of them do a much better job too. . .


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