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Graveyard Shift The Best Horror Books  

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What are the best horror books of all time? Fans of horror novels will likely argue amongst themselves about the most terrifying, scariest books they've ever read, but this list is an attempt to catalog the greatest. From modern horror to classic, creepy tales of terror, most of the best horror books in history are included. This list, however, is by no means complete: If your favorite horror book isn't listed, by all means, add it! And be sure to vote for the novels you think are the scariest.

What makes for a truly brilliant horror book? It's a scary novel that keeps you up late at night, turning page after page even though you're almost afraid to read what comes next. The best horror novels stay with you long after that final page is turned, too. Some of the best, scariest books are straight-up horror, and others combine elements of the fantastical. All are worthy of inclusion, however, if they made you afraid to turn out the bedside light!

No list of excellent, scary horror books would be complete with out at least one, or more, Stephen King novels. Several novels listed here are among the greatest all-time works of Stephen King, including 'The Shining,' 'It,' 'Salem's Lot' and 'Pet Sematary.' And yes, this list also includes many of the all-time greatest horror writers, like H.P. Lovecraft (if you haven't read Lovecraft, you must), Bram Stoker, Richard Matheson, Clive Barker and Edgar Allen Poe.

Again, your votes will determine the order of this list, so choose your favorites and add any that are missing.

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Books
Stephen King

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It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Books
Stephen King

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'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Books
Stephen King

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Books
Bram Stoker

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Books
William Peter Blatty

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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Books
Stephen King

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Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Books
Peter Straub

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Stories and Poems of Edgar All... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Books
Edgar Allan Poe, Nextext

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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Books

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Books
Thomas Harris

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The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Books
Shirley Jackson

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The Dunwich Horror and Others is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Books

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The Turn of the Screw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Books
Henry James

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House of Leaves is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Books
Mark Z. Danielewski

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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Books
Richard Matheson

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They Thirst is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Books
Robert R. McCammon

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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Books
zmat added Stephen King

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Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Books

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Books
Robert Bloch

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Hell House is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Books
Richard Matheson

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The Fog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Books
James Herbert

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Books
Ira Levin

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Carrion Comfort is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Books
Dan Simmons

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Phantoms is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Books
Dean Koontz

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Books of Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Books
Clive Barker