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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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+ - 864 184
It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
It Stephen King

3
+ - 552 174
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Dracula Bram Stoker

4
+ - 476 121
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
+ - 664 144
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
'Salem's Lot Stephen King

6
+ - 372 166
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

7
+ - 560 146
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

8
+ - 564 138
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Pet Sematary Stephen King

9
+ - 285 83
Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin

10
+ - 486 80
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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+ - 301 115
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Ghost Story Peter Straub

12
+ - 305 84
The Dunwich Horror and Others is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

13
+ - 252 44
The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

14
+ - 329 138
I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
I Am Legend Richard Matheson

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+ - 287 58
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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+ - 225 50
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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+ - 388 76
Misery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Misery Stephen King

18
+ - 205 94
Phantoms is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Phantoms Dean Koontz

19
+ - 231 41
Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 220 52
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Psycho Robert Bloch

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+ - 390 69
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris

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+ - 207 55
Books of Blood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Books of Blood Clive Barker

23
+ - 235 65
Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Needful Things Stephen King

24
+ - 216 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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+ - 222 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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+ - 262 43
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Carrie Stephen King

27
+ - 228 107
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 206 77
The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 254 59
The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson

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+ - 167 48
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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+ - 224 83
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 166 68
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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+ - 176 57
Swan Song is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Swan Song Robert R. McCammon

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+ - 158 66
The Turn of the Screw is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Turn of the Screw Henry James

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+ - 133 67
The Damnation Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Damnation Game Clive Barker

36
+ - 157 42
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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+ - 172 95
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

38
+ - 165 44
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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+ - 138 43
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Jaws Peter Benchley

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+ - 177 55
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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+ - 151 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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+ - 124 42
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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+ - 141 50
Watchers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Watchers Dean Koontz

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+ - 126 62
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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+ - 176 60
Christine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
Christine Stephen King

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+ - 65 41
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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+ - 126 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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+ - 126 51
Nightmares & Dreamscapes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 116 31
The Lottery and Other Stories is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time

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+ - 135 44
The Hellbound Heart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Horror Books of All Time
The Hellbound Heart Clive Barker