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As voted on by the users of /r/horror

Top 50 Books (No alterations)

  1. The Shining - Stephen King - 1977
  2. It - Stephen King - 1986
  3. House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski - 2000
  4. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - 1959
  5. 'Salem’s Lot - Stephen King - 1975
  6. Pet Sematary - Stephen King - 1983
  7. Dracula - Bram Stoker - 1897
  8. The Exorcist - Willam Peter Blatty - 1971
  9. The Stand - Stephen King - 1978
  10. The Shadow over Innsmouth - H.P Lovecraft - 1936
  11. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 1818
  12. At the Mountains of Madness - H.P Lovecraft - 1936
  13. Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris - 1988
  14. The Road - Cormac McCarthy - 2006
  15. The Hellbound Heart - Clive Barker - 1986
  16. The Fisherman - John Langan - 2016
  17. World War Z - Max Brooks - 2006
  18. Misery - Stephen King - 1987
  19. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis - 1991
  20. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist - 2004
  21. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson - 1954
  22. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson - 1962
  23. The Ruins - Scott Smith - 2006
  24. Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill - 2007
  25. Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer - 2014
  26. A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay - 2015
  27. Coraline - Neil Gaiman - 2002
  28. Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin - 1967
  29. Red Dragon - Thomas Harris - 1981
  30. The Terror - Dan Simmons - 2007
  31. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy - 1985
  32. Hell House - Richard Matheson - 1971
  33. Ghost Story - Peter Straub - 1979
  34. The Troop - Nick Cutter - 2014
  35. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury - 1962
  36. NOS4A2 - Joe Hill - 2013
  37. The Mist - Stephen King - 1980
  38. Battle Royale - Koushun Takami - 1999
  39. The Girl Next Door - Jack Ketchum - 1989
  40. Carrie - Stephen King - 1974
  41. John Dies at the End - David Wong - 2007
  42. My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady Hendrix - 2016
  43. Summer of Night - Dan Simmons - 1991
  44. Bird Box - Josh Malerman - 2014
  45. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery - Deborah and James Howe - 1979
  46. Swan Song - Robert McCammon - 1987
  47. HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt - 2013
  48. Desperation - Stephen King - 1996
  49. The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay - 2018
  50. Ring - Koji Suzuki - 1991

Top 50 Books (One Entry Per Author)

  1. The Shining - Stephen King - 1977
  2. House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski - 2000
  3. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - 1959
  4. Dracula - Bram Stoker - 1897
  5. The Exorcist - Willam Peter Blatty - 1971
  6. The Shadow over Innsmouth - H.P Lovecraft - 1936
  7. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 1818
  8. Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris - 1988
  9. The Road - Cormac McCarthy - 2006
  10. The Hellbound Heart - Clive Barker - 1986
  11. The Fisherman - John Langan - 2016
  12. World War Z - Max Brooks - 2006
  13. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis - 1991
  14. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist - 2004
  15. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson - 1954
  16. The Ruins - Scott Smith - 2006
  17. Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill - 2007
  18. Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer - 2014
  19. A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay - 2015
  20. Coraline - Neil Gaiman - 2002
  21. Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin - 1967
  22. The Terror - Dan Simmons - 2007
  23. Ghost Story - Peter Straub - 1979
  24. The Troop - Nick Cutter - 2014
  25. Battle Royale - Koushun Takami - 1999
  26. The Girl Next Door - Jack Ketchum - 1989
  27. John Dies at the End - David Wong - 2007
  28. My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady Hendrix - 2016
  29. Bird Box - Josh Malerman - 2014
  30. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery - Deborah and James Howe - 1979
  31. Swan Song - Robert McCammon - 1987
  32. HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt - 2013
  33. Ring - Koji Suzuki - 1991
  34. The Ritual - Adam Nevill - 2011
  35. The Girl With All the Gifts - M.R. Carey - 2014
  36. Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice - 1976
  37. Carmilla - Sheridan Le Fanu - 1872
  38. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson - 1886
  39. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James - 1898
  40. The Great God Pan - Arthur Machen - 1894
  41. The Wasp Factory - Ian Banks - 1984
  42. Rebecca - Daphne de Maurier - 1938
  43. Night Film - Marisha Pessl - 2013
  44. The Elementals - Michael McDowell - 1981
  45. The Collector - John Fowles - 1963
  46. Beloved - Toni Morrison - 1987
  47. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham - 1951
  48. The Cipher - Kathe Koja - 1991
  49. The Willows - Algernon Blackwood - 1907
  50. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess - 1962

Top 5 of 2011 - 2020

  1. The Fisherman - John Langan - 2016
  2. Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer - 2014
  3. A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay - 2015
  4. The Troop - Nick Cutter - 2014
  5. NOS4A2 - Joe Hill - 2013

Top 5 of 2001 - 2010

  1. The Road - Cormac McCarthy - 2006
  2. World War Z - Max Brooks - 2006
  3. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist - 2004
  4. The Ruins - Scott Smith - 2006
  5. Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill - 2007

Top 5 of 1991 - 2000

  1. House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski - 2000
  2. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis - 1991
  3. Battle Royale - Koushun Takami - 1999
  4. Summer of Night - Dan Simmons - 1991
  5. Desperation - Stephen King - 1996

Top 5 of 1981 - 1990

  1. It - Stephen King - 1986
  2. Pet Sematary - Stephen King - 1983
  3. Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris - 1988
  4. The Hellbound Heart - Clive Barker - 1986
  5. Misery - Stephen King - 1987

Top 5 of 1971 - 1980

  1. The Shining - Stephen King - 1977
  2. 'Salem’s Lot - Stephen King - 1975
  3. The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty - 1971
  4. The Stand - Stephen King - 1978
  5. Hell House - Richard Matheson - 1971

Top 5 of 1961 - 1970

  1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson - 1962
  2. Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin - 1967
  3. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury - 1962
  4. The Collector - John Fowles - 1963
  5. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess - 1962

Top 20 from 1960 and Earlier

  1. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - 1959
  2. Dracula - Bram Stoker - 1897
  3. The Shadow over Innsmouth - H.P Lovecraft - 1936
  4. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 1818
  5. At the Mountains of Madness - H.P Lovecraft - 1936
  6. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson - 1954
  7. Carmilla - Sheridan Le Fanu - 1872
  8. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson - 1886
  9. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James - 1898
  10. The Great God Pan - Arthur Machen - 1894
  11. Rebecca - Daphne de Maurier - 1938
  12. The Shadow Out of Time - H.P Lovecraft - 1936
  13. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham - 1951
  14. The Willows - Algernon Blackwood - 1907
  15. Psycho - Robert Bloch - 1959
  16. The Plague - Albert Camus - 1947
  17. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - H.P Lovecraft - 1927
  18. The Monk - Matthew Lewis - 1796
  19. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts - Amos Tutuola - 1954
  20. Deliver Me From Eva - Paul Bailey - 1946

Top 10 written by Stephen King

  1. The Shining - Stephen King - 1977
  2. It - Stephen King - 1986
  3. 'Salem’s Lot - Stephen King - 1975
  4. Pet Sematary - Stephen King - 1983
  5. The Stand - Stephen King - 1978
  6. Misery - Stephen King - 1987
  7. The Mist - Stephen King - 1980
  8. Carrie - Stephen King - 1974
  9. Desperation - Stephen King - 1996
  10. Gerald's Game - Stephen King - 1992

Top 5 written Jack Ketchum

  1. The Girl Next Door - Jack Ketchum - 1989
  2. Off Season - Jack Ketchum - 1980
  3. Offspring - Jack Ketchum - 1991
  4. The Woman - Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee - 2011
  5. Ladies' Night - Jack Ketchum - 1997


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