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The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

List Criteria: Scary / horror novels or other freaky works of fiction

The greatest horror books of all time are books that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up just from the rustle of turning the pages. These scary horror novels are books you don't want to read at night (or by yourself) because they're just a little too scary. Many of these scary books have been turned into the scariest movies ever made, while others are too frightening to be imagined in real life.

From Stephen King classics like "The Shining" and "It" to classic stories like Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", these scary horror novels are known for their fright factor and smart writing that makes you believe the horrific events in the books are really possible.

What are the best horror novels? What is the scariest horror book? This list of the best horror novels is here to help you find a good scare on the written page. If you don't see your favorite horror book on the list of great scary novels, make sure to add it so other people can get the same fright you did.

If you're still looking for a good scare after peeking at this greatest horror books list, check out the scarefests in the best found footage films for a good scare.
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    Stephen King

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    Stephen King

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mary Shelley

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    Peter Straub

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    ranked low on reranks Stephen King

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    Stephen King

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    Dan Simmons

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    Anne Rice

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    James Herbert

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Laymon

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    ranked low on reranks Shirley Jackson

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    Robert R. McCammon

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    Dean Koontz

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    Edgar Allan Poe

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    ranked low on reranks Stephen King

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Peter Straub

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ramsey Campbell

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    ranked low on reranks Michael Crichton

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    ranked low on reranks Richard Matheson

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