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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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+ - 831 179
It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
It Stephen King

3
+ - 541 171
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Dracula Bram Stoker

4
+ - 468 118
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

5
+ - 649 143
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
'Salem's Lot Stephen King

6
+ - 365 163
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

7
+ - 547 143
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

8
+ - 552 135
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Pet Sematary Stephen King

9
+ - 279 82
Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin

10
+ - 473 79
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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+ - 292 113
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Ghost Story Peter Straub

12
+ - 302 83
The Dunwich Horror and Others is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 327 135
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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+ - 248 44
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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+ - 280 56
Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Night Shift Stephen King

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+ - 220 49
At the Mountains of Madness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
At the Mountains of Madness H. P. Lovecraft

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+ - 375 75
Misery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Misery Stephen King

18
+ - 201 93
Phantoms is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Phantoms Dean Koontz

19
+ - 228 40
Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 384 68
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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+ - 215 52
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Psycho Robert Bloch

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+ - 231 63
Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Needful Things Stephen King

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+ - 202 54
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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+ - 212 81
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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+ - 217 31
The complete works of Edgar Al... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 252 42
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Carrie Stephen King

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+ - 221 104
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 201 77
The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 222 80
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 163 45
Skeleton Crew is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Skeleton Crew Stephen King

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+ - 250 58
The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson

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+ - 165 67
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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+ - 157 63
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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+ - 170 56
Swan Song is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Swan Song Robert R. McCammon

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+ - 131 66
The Damnation Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Damnation Game Clive Barker

36
+ - 168 92
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

37
+ - 151 42
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving

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+ - 162 43
Hell House is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Hell House Richard Matheson

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+ - 134 42
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Jaws Peter Benchley

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+ - 173 53
Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Red Dragon Thomas Harris

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+ - 146 41
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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+ - 122 41
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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+ - 136 49
Watchers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Watchers Dean Koontz

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+ - 173 60
Christine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Christine Stephen King

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+ - 123 61
Carrion Comfort is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons

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+ - 64 40
They Thirst is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
They Thirst Robert R. McCammon

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+ - 123 38
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 134 43
The Hellbound Heart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Hellbound Heart Clive Barker

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+ - 122 50
Nightmares & Dreamscapes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 113 31
The Lottery and Other Stories is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time