horror The Best Modern Horror Writers f p @ Arthur Williams 1.2k votes 337 voters 86k views 30 items Follow Embed 2 rank your version 1 + - 90 17 Stephen King Notable works: The Shining, Salem's Lot, The Stand, Christine, Pet Sematary, Misery, It. 30 Terrifying GIFs That Will Keep You Up All Night The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions 2 + - 72 24 Clive Barker Notable works: The Damnation Game, The Hellbound Heart, The Great and Secret Show, Cabal, The Thief of Always. 3 + - 52 17 Peter Straub Notable works: Julia, Ghost Story, Shadowland, The Floating Dragon, Koko. 4 + - 54 19 Ramsey Campbell Notable works: The Doll Who Ate His Mother, The Face That Must Die, Ancient Images, Incarnate, The Hungry Moon. 5 + - 49 16 Richard Matheson Notable works: I am Legend, Hell House, A Stir of Echos. 6 + - 42 12 Dan Simmons Notable works: Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, Summer of Night, The Hallow Man, Children of the Night. 7 + - 37 9 James Herbert Notable works: The Fog, The Rats, The Spear, The Dark, The Magic Cottage, Sepulchre. 8 + - 40 12 Robert R. McCammon Notable works: They Thirst, Usher's Passing, Stinger, Swan Song, The Wolf's Hour. 9 + - 46 18 Richard Laymon Notable works: The Cellar, The Stake, One Rainy Night, Island, The Traveling Vampire Show. 10 + - 64 37 Dean Koontz Notable works: Whispers, Phantoms, Watchers, Strangers, Twilight Eyes, Midnight. 11 + - 30 10 Shirley Jackson Notable works: The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Life Among the Savages, The Sundial. 12 + - 30 10 Jack Ketchum Notable works: The Girl Next Door, Off Season, She Wakes, Closing Time and Other Stories, Ladies' Night. 13 + - 43 21 Joe Hill Notable works: NOS4A2, Horns, Hearth-Shaped Box, 20th Century Ghosts, Locke & Key. 14 + - 26 9 Bentley Little Notable works: The Ignored, Death Instinct, The Burning, The Revelation, The Vanishing. 15 + - 25 9 John Saul Notable works: The Manhattan Hunt Club, Perfect Nightmare, Midnight Voices, House of Reckoning, Black Creek Crossing. The Best Scary Movies Based on True Stories The Most Overrated Books of All Time 16 + - 25 9 Robert Bloch Notable works: Psycho, The Opener of the Way, Psycho House, Psycho II, Night of the Ripper. 17 + - 25 10 Graham Masterton Notable works: The Doorkeepers, The Sleepless, Rook, The Ninth Nightmare, The Heirloom. 18 + - 20 6 F. Paul Wilson Notable works: The Keep, Nightworld, Legacies, The Haunted Air, Conspiracies. 19 + - 20 6 Joe R. Lansdale Notable works: The Bottoms, Two Bear Mambo, Cold in July, Savage Season, A Fine Dark Line. 20 + - 22 11 Brian Keene Notable works: The Rising, The Conqueror Worms, Dark Hollow, Ghoul. 21 + - 14 8 Poppy Z. Brite Notable works: Lost Souls, Drawing Blood, Exquisite Corpse, Wormwood, Are You Loathsome Tonight? 22 + - 12 7 Mark Z. Danielewski Notable works: House of Leaves, Only Revolutions, The Fifty Year Sword, The Whalestoe Letters. 23 + - 11 6 Ray Garton Notable works: Crucifax Autumn, The Loveliest Dead, The New Neighbor, Dark Channel. 24 + - 13 9 Bryan Smith Notable works: House of Blood, Deathbringer, The Killing Kind. 25 + - 5 2 Graham Joyce Notable works: The Tooth Fairy, The Facts of Life, Indigo. 26 + - 2 0 Kathe Koja 27 + - 2 1 Billie Sue Mosiman Notable works: Malachi's Moon, Craven Moon, Deadly Affections, Red Moon Rising, Wireman. 28 + - 29 31 Anne Rice Notable works: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief. 29 + - 2 2 Jonathan Carroll Notable works: The Land of Laughs, Bones of the Moon, Outside the Dog Museum. 30 + - 3 4 Christopher Golden Notable works: The Shadow Saga (Peter Octavian) series, Snowblind, The Ferryman.