Graveyard Shift The Best Modern Horror Writers Arthur Williams 1.4k votes 361 voters 87.8k views 31 items Follow Embed list ordered by all voters reranker: 1 rank your version 1 99 24 Stephen King Notable works: The Shining, Salem's Lot, The Stand, Christine, Pet Sematary, Misery, It. The Best Horror Movies on Netflix Instant The Best Novels About World War 2 2 76 26 Clive Barker Notable works: The Damnation Game, The Hellbound Heart, The Great and Secret Show, Cabal, The Thief of Always. 3 55 19 Richard Matheson Notable works: I am Legend, Hell House, A Stir of Echos. 4 46 13 Robert R. McCammon Notable works: They Thirst, Usher's Passing, Stinger, Swan Song, The Wolf's Hour. 5 57 21 Peter Straub Notable works: Julia, Ghost Story, Shadowland, The Floating Dragon, Koko. 6 58 22 Ramsey Campbell Notable works: The Doll Who Ate His Mother, The Face That Must Die, Ancient Images, Incarnate, The Hungry Moon. 7 41 11 James Herbert Notable works: The Fog, The Rats, The Spear, The Dark, The Magic Cottage, Sepulchre. 8 47 16 Dan Simmons Notable works: Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, Summer of Night, The Hallow Man, Children of the Night. 9 51 22 Richard Laymon Notable works: The Cellar, The Stake, One Rainy Night, Island, The Traveling Vampire Show. 10 36 11 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 72 40 Dean Koontz Notable works: Whispers, Phantoms, Watchers, Strangers, Twilight Eyes, Midnight. 12 34 13 Jack Ketchum Notable works: The Girl Next Door, Off Season, She Wakes, Closing Time and Other Stories, Ladies' Night. 13 47 24 Joe Hill Notable works: NOS4A2, Horns, Hearth-Shaped Box, 20th Century Ghosts, Locke & Key. 14 30 11 Robert Bloch Notable works: Psycho, The Opener of the Way, Psycho House, Psycho II, Night of the Ripper. 15 29 11 Bentley Little Notable works: The Ignored, Death Instinct, The Burning, The Revelation, The Vanishing. The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King The Most Overrated Books of All Time 16 25 9 Joe R. Lansdale Notable works: The Bottoms, Two Bear Mambo, Cold in July, Savage Season, A Fine Dark Line. 17 28 12 John Saul Notable works: The Manhattan Hunt Club, Perfect Nightmare, Midnight Voices, House of Reckoning, Black Creek Crossing. 18 27 12 Graham Masterton Notable works: The Doorkeepers, The Sleepless, Rook, The Ninth Nightmare, The Heirloom. 19 22 8 F. Paul Wilson Notable works: The Keep, Nightworld, Legacies, The Haunted Air, Conspiracies. 20 23 15 Brian Keene Notable works: The Rising, The Conqueror Worms, Dark Hollow, Ghoul. 21 16 12 Poppy Z. Brite Notable works: Lost Souls, Drawing Blood, Exquisite Corpse, Wormwood, Are You Loathsome Tonight? 22 12 8 Ray Garton Notable works: Crucifax Autumn, The Loveliest Dead, The New Neighbor, Dark Channel. 23 14 11 SarahHartleyShaw added Bryan Smith Notable works: House of Blood, Deathbringer, The Killing Kind. 24 13 10 Mark Z. Danielewski Notable works: House of Leaves, Only Revolutions, The Fifty Year Sword, The Whalestoe Letters. 25 6 4 JohnM.McIlveen added Graham Joyce Notable works: The Tooth Fairy, The Facts of Life, Indigo. 26 32 34 Anne Rice Notable works: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief. 27 2 2 Kathe Koja 28 0 0 JoshCotie added Thomas Ligotti 29 3 4 JohnM.McIlveen added Jonathan Carroll Notable works: The Land of Laughs, Bones of the Moon, Outside the Dog Museum. 30 2 3 BillieMosiman added Billie Sue Mosiman Notable works: Malachi's Moon, Craven Moon, Deadly Affections, Red Moon Rising, Wireman. 31 4 6 JohnM.McIlveen added Christopher Golden Notable works: The Shadow Saga (Peter Octavian) series, Snowblind, The Ferryman.