100 Good Horror novels

This list was compiled by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman who worked together reviewing and writing about some of the best horror of all time. please check out the book itself “Horror: 100 best books” it is well worth the purchase and gives you at least a 2 page summary of why these books are good.

1. Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus (c. 1592)
2. William Shakespeare ,The Tragedy of Macbeth (1606)
3. John Webster ,The White Devil (1612)
4. William Godwin ,Caleb Williams (1794)
5. Matthew Gregory Lewis ,The Monk (1796)
6. Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann ,The Best Tales of Hoffmann (1814-16)
7. Jane Austen ,Northanger Abbey (1817)
8. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley ,Frankenstein (1818)
9. Charles Maturin ,Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)
10. James Hogg ,The Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
11. Nathaniel Hawthorne ,Twice-Told Tales (1837)
12. Edgar Allan Poe ,Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1838)
13. Jeremias Gotthelf ,The Black Spider (1842)
14. Eugene Sue ,The Wandering Jew (1844-45)
15. Herman Melville ,The Confidence Man (1857)
16. Sheridan Le Fanu ,Uncle Silas (1864)
17. Robert Louis Stevenson ,Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
18. H. Rider Haggard ,She (1887)
19. Robert W. Chambers ,The King in Yellow (1895)
20. H. G. Wells ,The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896)
21. Bram Stoker ,Dracula (1897)
22. Henry James ,The Turn of the Screw (1898)
23. Joseph Conrad ,Heart of Darkness (1902)
24. Bram Stoker ,The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903)
25. M. R. James ,Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904)
26. Arthur Machen ,The House of Souls (1906)
27. Algernon Blackwood ,John Silence (1908)
28. G. K. Chesterton ,The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
29. William Hope Hodgson ,The House on the Borderland (1908)
30. Ambrose Bierce ,Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (1909)
31. Oliver Onions ,Widdershins (1911)
32. E. F. Benson ,The Horror Horn (1912-34)
33. David Lindsay ,A Voyage to Arcturus (1920)
34. Franz Kafka ,The Trial (1925)
35. James Branch Cabell ,Something About Eve (1929)
36. E. H. Visiak ,Medusa (1929)
37. Guy Endore ,The Werewolf of Paris (1933)
38. Marjorie Bowen ,The Last Bouquet (1933)
39. Alexander Laing ,The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck (1934)
40. Hugh Walpole, ed. ,A Second Century of Creepy Stories (1937)
41. C. S. Lewis ,The Dark Tower (c. 1938)
42. Dalton Trumbo ,Johnny Got His Gun (1939)
43. H. P. Lovecraft ,The Outsider and Others (1939)
44. Clark Ashton Smith ,Out of Space and Time (1942)
45. Fritz Leiber ,Conjure Wife (1943)
46. Cornell Woolrich ,Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1945)
47. H. P. Lovecraft & August Derleth ,The Lurker at the Threshold (1945)
48. Paul Bailey ,Deliver Me from Eva (1946)
49. Boris Karloff, ed. ,And the Darkness Falls (1946)
50. August Derleth, ed. ,The Sleeping and the Dead (1947)
51. Walter Van Tilburg Clark ,Track of the Cat (1949)
52. Sarban ,The Sound of His Horn (1952)
53. William Golding ,Lord of the Flies (1954)
54. Richard Matheson ,I Am Legend (1954)
55. Ray Bradbury ,The October Country (1955)
56. Joseph Payne Brennan ,Nine Horrors and a Dream (1958)
57. Robert Bloch ,Psycho (1959)
58. Nigel Kneale ,Quatermass and the Pit (1959)
59. H. P. Lovecraft ,Cry Horror! (1959)
60. Shirley Jackson ,The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
61. Philip K. Dick ,The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1964)
62. Jerzy Kosinski ,The Painted Bird (1965)
63. J. G. Ballard ,The Crystal World (1966)
64. Robert Aickman ,Sub Rosa (1968)
65. Kingsley Amis ,The Green Man (1969)
66. Anthony Boucher ,The Complete Werewolf (1969)
67. John Gardner ,Grendel (1971)
68. William Peter Blatty ,The Exorcist (1971)
69. John Brunner ,The Sheep Look Up (1972)
70. Manly Wade Wellman ,Worse Things Waiting (1973)
71. Robert Marasco ,Burnt Offerings (1973)
72. Stephen King ,Salem’s Lot (1975)
73. Harlan Ellison ,Deathbird Stories (1975)
74. Hugh B. Cave ,Murgunstrumm and Others (1977)
75. Bernard Taylor ,Sweetheart, Sweetheart (1977)
76. John Farris ,All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By (1977)
77. Stephen King ,The Shining (1977)
78. William Hjortsberg ,Falling Angel (1977)
79. Whitley Streiber ,The Wolfen (1978)
80. David Morrell ,The Totem (1979)
81. Peter Straub ,Ghost Story (1979)
82. Jonathan Carroll ,The Land of Laughs (1980)
83. Richard Laymon ,The Cellar (1980)
84. Thomas Harris ,Red Dragon (1981)
85. F. Paul Wilson ,he Keep (1981)
86. Dennis Etchison ,The Dark Country (1982)
87. Karl Edward Wagner ,In a Lonely Place (1983)
88. Tim Powers ,The Anubis Gates (1983)
89. Robert Erwin ,The Arabian Nightmare (1983)
90. Iain Banks ,The Wasp Factory (1984)
91. T. E. D. Klein ,The Ceremonies (1984)
92. Robert Holdstock ,Mythago Wood (1984)
93. Michael Bishop ,Who Made Stevie Crye? (1984)
94. Dan Simmons Song of Kali (1985)
95. Clive Barker ,The Damnation Game (1985)
96. Peter Ackroyd ,Hawksmoor (1985)
97. Lisa Tuttle ,A Nest of Nightmares (1986)
98. Charles N. Grant ,The Pet (1986)
99. Robert McCammon ,Swan Song (1987)
100. Ramsey Campbell ,Dark Feasts (1987)

Eric

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