52 Best Horror Books from the Past 200 Years

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1871

Buy Carmilla at Amazon

Carmilla

By J. Le Fanu

 1886

Buy The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Amazon

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

1895

Buy The King in Yellow at Amazon

The King in Yellow

By Robert Chambers

1898

Buy The Turn of the Screw at Amazon

The Turn of the Screw

By Henry James

1909

Buy The Phantom of the Opera at Amazon

The Phantom of the Opera

By Gaston Leroux

1928

Buy The Call of Cthulhu at Amazon

The Call of Cthulhu

By H.P. Lovecraft

 1933

Buy The Werewolf of Paris at Amazon

The Werewolf of Paris

By Guy Endore

 1954

Buy I Am Legend at Amazon

I Am Legend

By Richard Matheson

1955

Buy The October Country at Amazon

The October Country

By Ray Bradbury

 1959

Buy The Haunting of Hill House at Amazon

The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

1967

Buy Rosemary's Baby at Amazon

Rosemary's Baby

By Ira Levin

1969

Buy The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World at Amazon

The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World

By Harlan Ellison

1971 

Buy The Exorcist at Amazon

The Exorcist

By William Peter Blatty

1974

Buy The Sentinel at Amazon

The Sentinel

By Jeffrey Konvitz

 1975

Buy First Love, Last Rites at Amazon

First Love, Last Rites

By Ian McEwan

 1977

Buy The Shining at Amazon

The Shining

By Stephen King

1979

Buy Ghost Story at Amazon

Ghost Story

By Peter Straub

1980

Buy Shadowland at Amazon

Shadowland

By Peter Straub

1981

Buy The Elementals at Amazon

The Elementals

By Michael McDowell

1981

Buy Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark  at Amazon

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

By Alvin Schwartz

1982

Buy Dark Companions at Amazon

Dark Companions

By Ramsey Campbell

1983

Buy The Woman in Black at Amazon

The Woman in Black

By Susan Hill

1984

Buy Bloodchild at Amazon

Bloodchild

By Octavia E. Butler

1985

Buy The Damnation Game at Amazon

The Damnation Game

By Clive Barker

1985

Buy Song of Kali at Amazon

Song of Kali

By Dan Simmons

1986

Buy The Light at the End at Amazon

The Light at the End

By John Skipp and Craig Spector

1987

Buy Misery at Amazon

Misery

By Stephen King

1987

Buy Swan Song at Amazon

Swan Song

By Robert R. Mccammon

1988 

1989

Buy The Girl Next Door at Amazon

The Girl Next Door

By Jack Ketchum

1989

Buy Songs of a Dead Dreamer at Amazon

Songs of a Dead Dreamer

By Thomas Ligotti

1990

Buy Dracula Unbound at Amazon

Dracula Unbound

By Brian W. Aldiss

1991 

Buy Boy's Life at Amazon

Boy's Life

By Robert R. McCammon

1991

Buy Naomi’s Room at Amazon

Naomi’s Room

By Jonathan Aycliffe

1991

Buy American Psycho at Amazon

American Psycho

By Bret Easton Ellis

1991

Buy Summer of Night at Amazon

Summer of Night

By Dan Simmons

1997

Buy The Bell Witch at Amazon

The Bell Witch

By Brent Monahan

2000

Buy House of Leaves at Amazon

House of Leaves

By Mark Z. Danielweski

2002

Buy Lullaby at Amazon

Lullaby

By Chuck Palahniuk

2004

Buy Let the Right One In at Amazon

Let the Right One In

By John Ajvide Lindqvist

2006

Buy World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War at Amazon

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

By Max Brooks

2007

Buy The Terror at Amazon

The Terror

By Dan Simmons

2009

2011

Buy The Ritual at Amazon

The Ritual

By Adam Nevill

2012

Buy Penpal at Amazon

Penpal

By Dathan Auerbach

2013

2014

Buy Bird Box at Amazon

Bird Box

By Josh Malerman

2015

Buy Wylding Hall at Amazon

Wylding Hall

By Elizabeth Hand

2016

Buy The Doll-Master at Amazon

The Doll-Master

By Joyce Carol Oates

2016 

Buy The Fisherman at Amazon

The Fisherman

By John Langan

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