100 Novels All Horror Fans Should Read

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For sake of simplification and to beg off any early arguments, a number of the novels listed here might not strictly be considered “horror” by modern genre expectations, but all are at least related to the genre, influential upon the genre, and/or earlier incarnations of literature that would lend itself toward being horror or horror related.

  1. The Monk – by Matthew Lewis

  2. Dracula – by Bram Stoker

  3. Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley

  4. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – by Robert Louis Stevenson

  5. The Castle of Otronto – by Horace Walpole
  6. The Picture of Dorian Gray – by Oscar Wilde

  7. Vathek – by William Beckford
  8. The Italian – by Ann Radcliffe

  9. The Missing – by Sarah Langan
  10. Headstone City – by Tom Piccirilli
  11. The Deceased – by Tom Piccirilli
  12. Interview with the Vampire – by Anne Rice

  13. The String of Pearls: A Romance – by multiple authors

  14. The Stand – by Stephen King

  15. Salem’s Lot – by Stephen King

  16. The Shining – by Stephen King

  17. It – by Stephen King

  18. The Midwich Cuckoos – by John Wyndham
  19. Ghost Story – by Peter Straub
  20. Shadowland – by Peter Straub
  21. Darkness, Tell Us – by Richard Laymon
  22. Funland – by Richard Laymon
  23. Blood of the Land – by Thomas F. Monteleone
  24. They Thirst – by Robert R. McCammon
  25. Swan’s Song – by Robert R. McCammon
  26. Blue World – by Robert R. McCammon
  27. The Hellbound Heart – by Clive Barker
  28. American Psycho – by Bret Easton Ellis
  29. The Keep – by F. Paul Wilson

  30. Blood Dance – by Joe R. Lansdale
  31. Monster Island – by David Wellington

  32. The House of Seven Gables – by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  33. Abandon – by Blake Crouch

  34. Heart-Shaped Box – by Joe Hill

  35. The Alienist – by Caleb Carr

  36. Afraid – by Jack Kilborn
  37. One Thousand and One Ghosts – by Alexandre Dumas

  38. Darkly Dreaming Dexter – by Jeff Lindsay

  39. Red Dragon – by Thomas Harris

  40. The Silence of the Lambs – by Thomas Harris

  41. The Ruins – by Scott Smith

  42. Coma – by Robin Cook

  43. Whispers – by Dean Koontz

  44. Watchers – by Dean Koontz

  45. Lightning – by Dean Koontz

  46. The Stepford Wives – by Ira Levin
  47. Rosemary’s Baby – by Ira Levin

  48. The Phantom of the Opera – by Gaston Leroux
  49. I Am Legend – by Richard Matheson
  50. Hell House – by Richard Matheson
  51. Creature – by John Saul

  52. By Reason of Insanity – by Shane Stevens

  53. The Book of Days – by Steve Rasnic Tem
  54. Slob – by Rex Miller

  55. Drawing Blood – by Poppy Z. Brite
  56. The Girl Next Door – by Jack Ketchum
  57. Ladies’ Night – by Jack Ketchum
  58. The Shaft – by David Schow
  59. The Light at the End – by John Skipp & Craig Spector
  60. The End of Alice – by A. M. Homes

  61. Conjure Wife – by Fritz Leiber
  62. World War Z – by Max Brooks

  63. Hollowland – by Amada Hocking
  64. Ashes – by Scott Nicholson

  65. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – by Seth Grahame-Smith

  66. 33 A.D. – by David McAfee
  67. Carrion Comfort – by Dan Simmons

  68. Creepers – by David Morrell
  69. Dead Until Dark – by Charlaine Harris
  70. The Human Chord – by Algernon Blackwood
  71. Twilight – by Stephenie Meyer

  72. Psycho – by Robert Bloch

  73. The Exorcist – by William Peter Blatty
  74. The Wolfen – by Whitley Strieber
  75. Lizzie Borden – by Elizabeth Engstrom
  76. Midnight Sun – by Ramsey Campbell

  77. The False House – by James Stoddard

  78. Sex and Violence in Hollywood – by Ray Garton
  79. The Haunting of Hill House – by Shirley Jackson

  80. We Have Always Live in the Castle – by Shirley Jackson

  81. The Rising – by Brian Keene

  82. Face – by Tim Lebbon
  83. Hotel Transylvania – by Chelsea Quinn Yarbor
  84. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward – by H. P. Lovecraft

  85. Necroscope – by Brian Lumley
  86. The Tain – by China Mieville
  87. Serenity Falls – by James A. Moore

  88. Zombie – by Joyce Carol Oates

  89. American Gods – by Neil Gaiman
  90. Skeletons – by Al Sarrontonio
  91. Live Girls – by Ray Garton
  92. Geek Love – by Katherine Dunn

  93. My Soul to Keep – by Tananarive Due
  94. Wuthering Heights – by Emily Bronte
  95. The Fog – by James Herbert

  96. The Spear – by James Herbert

  97. Audrey Rose – by Frank De Felitta
  98. Ratman’s Notebooks – by Stephen Gilbert
  99. Carmilla (novella) – by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  100. The Dark is Rising – by Susan Cooper

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