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18 Classic Horror Books That Spawned a Genre

The creepy tales that made the genre what it is today.

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

The Vampyre

The Vampyre

By John William Polidori

The Complete Short Stories

The Complete Short Stories

By Edgar Allan Poe

Carmilla

Carmilla

By J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The Great God Pan

The Great God Pan

By Arthur Machen

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Beetle

The Beetle

By Richard Marsh

Dracula

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

The Willows

The Willows

By Algernon Blackwood

The House on the Borderland

The House on the Borderland

By William Hope Hodgson

The Necromancers

The Necromancers

By Robert Hugh Benson

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft

By H. P. Lovecraft

gothic horror novels rebecca

Rebecca

By Daphne Du Maurier

scariest books ever

The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

By Ray Bradbury

The Manitou

The Manitou

By Graham Masterton

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

By Ken Greenhall

The Man in the Picture

The Man in the Picture

By Susan Hill