The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers Writers

The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

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Best horror novelists include some great authors who manage to weave fantastical tales of horror that leave readers scared out of their wits. The horror fiction authors on this list write novels that can strike fear into the heart of virtually any reader, using elements of horror and dark fantasy. Whether it's a classic ghost novel or a book that features real-life evil (like serial killers), these horror novelists are some of the best in the horror genre. Be sure to vote for your favorite horror writers, and add your own personal favorite horror novelist if you don't see them on this list!

Some of the great horror writers on this list will be instantly recognizable. Writers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, for example, are very well-known, popular modern horror fiction writers. I've also included some of the original, classic horror novelists, including the incomparable H.P. Lovecraft and the master, Edgar Allan Poe. Gothic horror writers like Maurice Level are included, as well. You'll notice that some horror writers on the list are also known as science fiction writers and/or fantasy authors, including Ray Bradbury. There is some overlap, and I feel it's important to include these horror and dark fantasy writers as well. In addition, some of the best horror novelists on this list are winners of the prestigious Bram Stoker Award (Richard Matheson, Clive Barker and King, among them) for outstanding achievement in horror writing.

The hope is that with you, the reader, will help to contribute the names of your favorite horror writers and this list of the best horror novelists of all-time will continue to grow - serving as a great, comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to find a new horror fiction author to read!

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List Criteria: Authors who have written any type of fiction in the horror genre

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    Edgar Allan Poe

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    Stephen King

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    Mary Shelley

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    Robert Bloch

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    Peter Straub

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    Dean Koontz

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    Richard Laymon

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    James Herbert

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    William Peter Blatty

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    Graham Masterton

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    F. Paul Wilson

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    Robert R. McCammon

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    Shirley Jackson

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    Ambrose Bierce

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    Bentley Little

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    Ramsey Campbell

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    Jack Ketchum

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    John Saul

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    Anne Rice

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    Brian Lumley

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    Brian Keene

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    Ray Garton

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    Robert E. Howard

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    M. P. Shiel

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    Tim Lebbon

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    Poppy Z. Brite

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    Harlan Ellison

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    Douglas Clegg

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    bentley little

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    Chuck Palahniuk

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    Scott Nicholson

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