52 Best Horror Books from the Past 200 Years

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1818

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

1871

Carmilla

Carmilla

By J. Le Fanu

 1886

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

1895

The King in Yellow

The King in Yellow

By Robert Chambers

1897

Dracula

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

1898

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

By Henry James

1909

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

By Gaston Leroux

1928

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The Call of Cthulhu

By H.P. Lovecraft

 1933

The Werewolf of Paris

The Werewolf of Paris

By Guy Endore

 1954

I Am Legend

I Am Legend

By Richard Matheson

1955

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The October Country

By Ray Bradbury

 1959

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The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

1967

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Rosemary's Baby

By Ira Levin

1969

The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World

The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World

By Harlan Ellison

1971 

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The Exorcist

By William Peter Blatty

1974

The Sentinel

The Sentinel

By Jeffrey Konvitz

 1975

First Love, Last Rites

First Love, Last Rites

By Ian McEwan

 1977

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The Shining

By Stephen King

1979

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Ghost Story

By Peter Straub

1980

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Shadowland

By Peter Straub

1981

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The Elementals

By Michael McDowell

1981

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

By Alvin Schwartz

1982

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Dark Companions

By Ramsey Campbell

1983

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The Woman in Black

By Susan Hill

1984

Bloodchild

Bloodchild

By Octavia E. Butler

1985

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The Damnation Game

By Clive Barker

1985

Song of Kali

Song of Kali

By Dan Simmons

1986

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The Light at the End

By John Skipp and Craig Spector

1987

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Misery

By Stephen King

1987

Swan Song

Swan Song

By Robert R. Mccammon

1988 

Zodiac

Zodiac

By Neal Stephenson

1989

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The Girl Next Door

By Jack Ketchum

1989

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Songs of a Dead Dreamer

By Thomas Ligotti

1990

Dracula Unbound

Dracula Unbound

By Brian W. Aldiss

1991 

Boy's Life

Boy's Life

By Robert R. McCammon

1991

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Naomi’s Room

By Jonathan Aycliffe

1991

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American Psycho

By Bret Easton Ellis

1991

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Summer of Night

By Dan Simmons

1997

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The Bell Witch

By Brent Monahan

2000

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House of Leaves

By Mark Z. Danielweski

2002

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Lullaby

By Chuck Palahniuk

2004

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Let the Right One In

By John Ajvide Lindqvist

2006

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

By Max Brooks

2007

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The Terror

By Dan Simmons

2009

Last Days

Last Days

By Brian Evenson

2011

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The Ritual

By Adam Nevill

2012

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Penpal

By Dathan Auerbach

2013

2014

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Bird Box

By Josh Malerman

2015

Wylding Hall

Wylding Hall

By Elizabeth Hand

2016

The Doll-Master

The Doll-Master

By Joyce Carol Oates

2016 

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The Fisherman

By John Langan

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