Horror The Best Modern Horror Writers Arthur Williams 1.6k votes 403 voters 89.5k views 31 items Follow 1 119 27 Stephen King Notable works: The Shining, Salem's Lot, The Stand, Christine, Pet Sematary, Misery, It. 2 85 31 Clive Barker Notable works: The Damnation Game, The Hellbound Heart, The Great and Secret Show, Cabal, The Thief of Always. 3 66 21 Richard Matheson Notable works: I am Legend, Hell House, A Stir of Echos. 4 62 22 Peter Straub Notable works: Julia, Ghost Story, Shadowland, The Floating Dragon, Koko. 5 63 23 Ramsey Campbell Notable works: The Doll Who Ate His Mother, The Face That Must Die, Ancient Images, Incarnate, The Hungry Moon. 6 50 16 Robert R. McCammon Notable works: They Thirst, Usher's Passing, Stinger, Swan Song, The Wolf's Hour. 7 44 12 James Herbert Notable works: The Fog, The Rats, The Spear, The Dark, The Magic Cottage, Sepulchre. 8 80 41 Dean Koontz Notable works: Whispers, Phantoms, Watchers, Strangers, Twilight Eyes, Midnight. 9 49 20 Dan Simmons Notable works: Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, Summer of Night, The Hallow Man, Children of the Night. 10 37 11 Robert Bloch Notable works: Psycho, The Opener of the Way, Psycho House, Psycho II, Night of the Ripper. 11 39 13 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 55 26 Joe Hill Notable works: NOS4A2, Horns, Hearth-Shaped Box, 20th Century Ghosts, Locke & Key. 13 39 15 Jack Ketchum Notable works: The Girl Next Door, Off Season, She Wakes, Closing Time and Other Stories, Ladies' Night. 14 53 26 Richard Laymon Notable works: The Cellar, The Stake, One Rainy Night, Island, The Traveling Vampire Show. 15 32 12 Bentley Little Notable works: The Ignored, Death Instinct, The Burning, The Revelation, The Vanishing. 16 31 12 Graham Masterton Notable works: The Doorkeepers, The Sleepless, Rook, The Ninth Nightmare, The Heirloom. 17 33 14 John Saul Notable works: The Manhattan Hunt Club, Perfect Nightmare, Midnight Voices, House of Reckoning, Black Creek Crossing. 18 24 8 F. Paul Wilson Notable works: The Keep, Nightworld, Legacies, The Haunted Air, Conspiracies. 19 27 12 Joe R. Lansdale Notable works: The Bottoms, Two Bear Mambo, Cold in July, Savage Season, A Fine Dark Line. 20 30 15 Brian Keene Notable works: The Rising, The Conqueror Worms, Dark Hollow, Ghoul. 21 17 11 SarahHartleyShaw added Bryan Smith Notable works: House of Blood, Deathbringer, The Killing Kind. 22 15 11 Mark Z. Danielewski Notable works: House of Leaves, Only Revolutions, The Fifty Year Sword, The Whalestoe Letters. 23 17 14 Poppy Z. Brite Notable works: Lost Souls, Drawing Blood, Exquisite Corpse, Wormwood, Are You Loathsome Tonight? 24 13 10 Ray Garton Notable works: Crucifax Autumn, The Loveliest Dead, The New Neighbor, Dark Channel. 25 3 0 JoshCotie added Thomas Ligotti 26 7 5 JohnM.McIlveen added Graham Joyce Notable works: The Tooth Fairy, The Facts of Life, Indigo. 27 35 37 Anne Rice Notable works: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief. 28 2 3 Kathe Koja 29 3 5 JohnM.McIlveen added Jonathan Carroll Notable works: The Land of Laughs, Bones of the Moon, Outside the Dog Museum. 30 5 8 JohnM.McIlveen added Christopher Golden Notable works: The Shadow Saga (Peter Octavian) series, Snowblind, The Ferryman. 31 2 5 BillieMosiman added Billie Sue Mosiman Notable works: Malachi's Moon, Craven Moon, Deadly Affections, Red Moon Rising, Wireman.