horror The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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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.

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Shining Stephen King

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It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
It Stephen King

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Dracula Bram Stoker

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Stories and Poems of Edgar All... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allan Poe, Nextext

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'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
'Salem's Lot Stephen King

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Pet Sematary Stephen King

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty

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Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Ghost Story Peter Straub

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The Dunwich Horror and Others is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
I Am Legend Richard Matheson

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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Phantoms is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Phantoms Dean Koontz

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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Night Shift Stephen King

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At the Mountains of Madness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
At the Mountains of Madness H. P. Lovecraft

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Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Misery Stephen King

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Psycho Robert Bloch

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

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Books of Blood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Books of Blood Clive Barker

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Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Needful Things Stephen King

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Carrie Stephen King

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The complete works of Edgar Al... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson

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Skeleton Crew is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Skeleton Crew Stephen King

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The Fog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Fog James Herbert

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The Turn of the Screw is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Turn of the Screw Henry James

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The Damnation Game is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Damnation Game Clive Barker

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Swan Song is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Swan Song Robert R. McCammon

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving

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Hell House is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Hell House Richard Matheson

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Red Dragon Thomas Harris

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Jaws Peter Benchley

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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The Bachman Books is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Bachman Books Stephen King

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Christine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Christine Stephen King

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Carrion Comfort is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons

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Watchers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Watchers Dean Koontz

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The Hellbound Heart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Hellbound Heart Clive Barker

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Nightmares & Dreamscapes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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They Thirst is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
They Thirst Robert R. McCammon

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The Lottery and Other Stories is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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The tell-tale heart and other ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time