The Definitive Horror Book List

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3.81 avg rating — 3,755 ratings
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308

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3.91 avg rating — 901 ratings
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309

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4.24 avg rating — 31,375 ratings
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310

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311

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4.21 avg rating — 1,307 ratings
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313

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315

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316

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317

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3.88 avg rating — 339 ratings
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318

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318

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318

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3.64 avg rating — 5,421 ratings
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321

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3.56 avg rating — 1,696 ratings
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322

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322

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324

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3.98 avg rating — 42 ratings
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324

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324

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3.48 avg rating — 191 ratings
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324

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328

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4.73 avg rating — 67 ratings
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329

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3.95 avg rating — 34,611 ratings
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330

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330

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3.69 avg rating — 264 ratings
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332

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333

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333

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335

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336

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3.92 avg rating — 21,663 ratings
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336

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336

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339

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340

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341

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4.36 avg rating — 55 ratings
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342

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3.62 avg rating — 239 ratings
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342

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342

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4.15 avg rating — 54 ratings
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345

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3.66 avg rating — 8,593 ratings
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345

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4.18 avg rating — 342 ratings
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347

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4.10 avg rating — 3,329 ratings
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348

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 47,574 ratings
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349

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3.83 avg rating — 6,395 ratings
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350

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3.69 avg rating — 1,139,881 ratings
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351

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3.64 avg rating — 600 ratings
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352

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3.43 avg rating — 52,574 ratings
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353

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3.65 avg rating — 1,796,754 ratings
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354

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3.67 avg rating — 528 ratings
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355

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356

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3.91 avg rating — 28,451 ratings
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357

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3.54 avg rating — 7,551 ratings
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357

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3.79 avg rating — 617 ratings
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359

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360

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4.29 avg rating — 2,036 ratings
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360

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362

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3.72 avg rating — 23,011 ratings
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363

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364

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365

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4.15 avg rating — 706 ratings
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366

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366

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3.90 avg rating — 17,239 ratings
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368

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4.07 avg rating — 21,015 ratings
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369

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3.73 avg rating — 724 ratings
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370

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370

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372

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3.74 avg rating — 832 ratings
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374

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3.62 avg rating — 190 ratings
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374

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376

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3.41 avg rating — 358 ratings
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378

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380

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382

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383

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384

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3.93 avg rating — 927 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 87,139 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 17,077 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 2,022 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 44,166 ratings
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391

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394

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396

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3.76 avg rating — 17 ratings
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397

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1,120 books · 1,598 voters · list created October 20th, 2009 by Kevin (votes) .
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Kevin 1523 books
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Christy 4583 books
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Erin 4377 books
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Marvin 2084 books
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Express 22 books
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James 151 books
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Comments (showing 1-36 of 36) (36 new)

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message 1: by Eric (new)

Eric Blood 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 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.


message 31: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jan 17, 2017 02:21AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Pity one can't check this list for duplicates anymore, due to a bug :-( So please, do go through all pages before you add a book you've read, in order to avoid duplicates...


message 32: by Shadowjac (new)

Shadowjac Went through and removed author spam, removed 50+ books that the authors have put on the list, DID NOT remove books that looked like they'd been added by a sock puppet account though because there's no way to be sure.


message 33: by Seth (new)

Seth Bobbink The Gunslinger by Stephen King is not technically Horror it's Fantasy. It should removed.


message 34: by Mitchell (last edited Feb 14, 2018 11:27PM) (new)

Mitchell Seth wrote: "The Gunslinger by Stephen King is not technically Horror it's Fantasy. It should removed."

Apparently the 2685 people who shelved The Gunslinger as Horror (including me), disagree with you.


message 35: by Seth (new)

Seth Bobbink Well according to Wikipedia: "The Dark Tower is a series of eight books written by American author Stephen King that incorporates themes from multiple genres, including dark fantasy, science fantasy, horror, and Western."

So I guess we are both right in a sense however I would say that the first book the Gunslinger is not horror, it has more a western and a start of a fantasy epic feel to it.


message 36: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Seth wrote: "Well according to Wikipedia: "The Dark Tower is a series of eight books written by American author Stephen King that incorporates themes from multiple genres, including dark fantasy, science fantas..."

I shelved it as:
fantasy, fiction, horror, liked-reviews, read, series, western

So I agree.


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