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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.

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.

List Criteria: Scary / horror novels or other fiction

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    Dracula

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    'Salem's Lot

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    Frankenstein

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    Richard Matheson More
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    Ghost Story

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    Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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    The Exorcist

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    The Stand

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    Ira Levin More
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    They Thirst

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    Psycho

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    Phantoms

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    Carrion Comfort

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    The Damnation Game

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    At the Mountains of Madness

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    Misery

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    Books of Blood

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    The Amityville Horror

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    Something Wicked This Way Comes

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    Swan Song

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    Hell House

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    Stinger

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    Night Shift

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    The Hungry Moon

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    One Rainy Night

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    Jaws

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    House of Leaves

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    Floating Dragon

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    Incarnate

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