Graveyard Shift The Scariest Novels of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite scary novels, horror and otherwise.

What are the scariest novels of all time? Not surprisingly, a lot of the books listed here are from the horror genre, but there are other, just as terrifying books to read as well. Can anyone argue that Cormac McCarthy's The Road wasn't terrifying in its own way? Exactly. We're all scared by different things and subjects, and our reading choices reflect this quite often. So vote for the scariest books you've ever read (or really want to read) and vote down any you didn't like. And please, definitely add any scary novels that might be missing from the list!

Some of the scariest novels of all time involve monsters. After all, readers have been obsessed with the supernatural for hundreds of years. There is a reason that Bram Stoker's Dracula consistently winds up at or near the top of lists like this one. Ghosts also make for frightening novels: Hell House, anyone? If you haven't read it, make sure you do so - but not at night. And not if you are alone. Ever. It is without a doubt deserving of a place among the greatest horror books of all time.

Not surprisingly, a lot of the books on this list of scary novels were made into excellent horror movies. Some also have heavy elements of science fiction - I Am Legend is a great example, though nearly all of Richard Matheson's novels and stories would certainly qualify for a place on this list. Some of the best science fiction authors wrote some seriously creepy stuff.

And yes, no list of anything involving the scariest books of all time would be complete without a hefty dose of Stephen King. King is a master. In doubt? Check out this list of the greatest all-time Stephen King works. It's impressive.
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1,147 329
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Shining Stephen King

2
1,367 271
It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
It Stephen King

3
417 289
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Ghost Story Peter Straub

4
944 246
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
'Salem's Lot Stephen King

5
816 212
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty

6
720 288
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Dracula Bram Stoker

7
950 240
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Pet Sematary Stephen King

8
853 276
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Stand Stephen King

9
780 247
Misery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Misery Stephen King

10
283 267
Phantoms is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Phantoms Dean Koontz

11
504 292
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

12
558 239
The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time

13
627 226
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
but chickens double d added Carrie Stephen King

14
594 176
The complete works of Edgar Al... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time

The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

15
497 318
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time

16
506 242
Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Needful Things Stephen King

17
457 211
Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin

18
406 216
The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson

19
476 212
Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Night Shift Stephen King

20
725 209
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris

21
356 236
The Call of Cthulhu and Other ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time

The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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423 225
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Jaws Peter Benchley

23
226 207
Midnight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Arthur Williams added Midnight Dean Koontz

24
401 218
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving

25
373 210
The Tommyknockers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
slaft added The Tommyknockers Stephen King

26
364 243
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time

27
119 217
They Thirst is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
They Thirst Robert R. McCammon

28
121 214
The Damnation Game is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Damnation Game Clive Barker

The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

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410 175
Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time

30
219 224
The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Invisible Man H. G. Wells

31
338 155
Helter Skelter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Arthur Williams added Helter Skelter Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

32
236 196
The Fog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Fog James Herbert

33
190 151
Clive Barker's Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Clive Barker's Hellraiser John Bolton, Clive Barker, Dave Dorman

34
258 239
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

35
65 193
The Cellar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Cellar Richard Laymon

The Best Books Written Under Pen Names

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68 198
Stinger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Stinger Robert R. McCammon

37
338 180
Watchers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Arthur Williams added Watchers Dean Koontz

38
218 200
The Island of Doctor Moreau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time

39
343 187
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

40
104 194
Floating Dragon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Floating Dragon Peter Straub

41
115 225
Carrion Comfort is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Carrion Comfort Dan Simmons

42
334 187
War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
War of the Worlds H. G. Wells, Leon E. Stover, Lennart Peterson

The 13 Best Dystopian Novels

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402 246
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

44
96 192
The Dark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Dark James Herbert

45
96 200
The Thief of Always is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
The Thief of Always Clive Barker

46
258 148
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Psycho Robert Bloch

47
103 149
The Keep is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
JimDickinson added The Keep F. Paul Wilson

48
76 187
The Rats is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Arthur Williams added The Rats James Herbert

49
287 187
I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
I Am Legend Richard Matheson

50
76 192
Summer of Night is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Novels of All Time
Summer of Night Dan Simmons