horror The Best Modern Horror Writers Arthur Williams 1.5k votes 387 voters 89k views 31 items Follow list ordered by all voters reranker: 1 rank your version 1 111 25 Stephen King Notable works: The Shining, Salem's Lot, The Stand, Christine, Pet Sematary, Misery, It. 2 82 29 Clive Barker Notable works: The Damnation Game, The Hellbound Heart, The Great and Secret Show, Cabal, The Thief of Always. 3 60 21 Peter Straub Notable works: Julia, Ghost Story, Shadowland, The Floating Dragon, Koko. 4 60 21 Richard Matheson Notable works: I am Legend, Hell House, A Stir of Echos. 5 61 23 Ramsey Campbell Notable works: The Doll Who Ate His Mother, The Face That Must Die, Ancient Images, Incarnate, The Hungry Moon. 6 49 15 Robert R. McCammon Notable works: They Thirst, Usher's Passing, Stinger, Swan Song, The Wolf's Hour. 7 43 11 James Herbert Notable works: The Fog, The Rats, The Spear, The Dark, The Magic Cottage, Sepulchre. 8 80 40 Dean Koontz Notable works: Whispers, Phantoms, Watchers, Strangers, Twilight Eyes, Midnight. 9 47 19 Dan Simmons Notable works: Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, Summer of Night, The Hallow Man, Children of the Night. 10 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. 11 52 25 Richard Laymon Notable works: The Cellar, The Stake, One Rainy Night, Island, The Traveling Vampire Show. 12 34 11 Robert Bloch Notable works: Psycho, The Opener of the Way, Psycho House, Psycho II, Night of the Ripper. 13 50 25 Joe Hill Notable works: NOS4A2, Horns, Hearth-Shaped Box, 20th Century Ghosts, Locke & Key. 14 32 11 Bentley Little Notable works: The Ignored, Death Instinct, The Burning, The Revelation, The Vanishing. GIFS So Terrifying, They Will Keep You Up All Night 15 33 12 John Saul Notable works: The Manhattan Hunt Club, Perfect Nightmare, Midnight Voices, House of Reckoning, Black Creek Crossing. 16 36 15 Jack Ketchum Notable works: The Girl Next Door, Off Season, She Wakes, Closing Time and Other Stories, Ladies' Night. 17 26 9 Joe R. Lansdale Notable works: The Bottoms, Two Bear Mambo, Cold in July, Savage Season, A Fine Dark Line. 18 29 12 Graham Masterton Notable works: The Doorkeepers, The Sleepless, Rook, The Ninth Nightmare, The Heirloom. 19 23 8 F. Paul Wilson Notable works: The Keep, Nightworld, Legacies, The Haunted Air, Conspiracies. 20 27 15 Brian Keene Notable works: The Rising, The Conqueror Worms, Dark Hollow, Ghoul. 21 15 11 SarahHartleyShaw added Bryan Smith Notable works: House of Blood, Deathbringer, The Killing Kind. The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions 22 16 13 Poppy Z. Brite Notable works: Lost Souls, Drawing Blood, Exquisite Corpse, Wormwood, Are You Loathsome Tonight? 23 12 9 Ray Garton Notable works: Crucifax Autumn, The Loveliest Dead, The New Neighbor, Dark Channel. 24 35 34 Anne Rice Notable works: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief. 25 13 11 Mark Z. Danielewski Notable works: House of Leaves, Only Revolutions, The Fifty Year Sword, The Whalestoe Letters. 26 6 5 JohnM.McIlveen added Graham Joyce Notable works: The Tooth Fairy, The Facts of Life, Indigo. 27 1 0 JoshCotie added Thomas Ligotti 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 2 4 BillieMosiman added Billie Sue Mosiman Notable works: Malachi's Moon, Craven Moon, Deadly Affections, Red Moon Rising, Wireman. 31 4 7 JohnM.McIlveen added Christopher Golden Notable works: The Shadow Saga (Peter Octavian) series, Snowblind, The Ferryman.