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32 Horror Authors Every Scare-Chaser Needs to Know

These must-read horror authors should be on the shelf of every serious horror fan.

The book cover of horror novel Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric Larocca.

John Langan

fisherman by john langan

The Fisherman

By John Langan

Edgar Allan Poe

The Complete Short Stories

The Complete Short Stories

By Edgar Allan Poe

Maryse Meijer 

Book cover of horror book The Seventh Mansion by Maryse Meijer

The Seventh Mansion

By Maryse Meijer

Kayla Chenault 

book cover of these bones by kayla chenault

These Bones

By Kayla Chenault

Graham Masterton

The Manitou

The Manitou

By Graham Masterton

Elizabeth Hand 

Wylding Hall

Wylding Hall

By Elizabeth Hand

Gwendolyn Kiste

Bram Stoker Award-winning books

The Rust Maidens

By Gwendolyn Kiste

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Jonathan Raab

underrated horror books

Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI: The Official Novelization

By Jonathan Raab

Shirley Jackson

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The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

Lindsay Lerman 

Book cover of I'm From Nowhere by horror author Lindsay Lerman

I'm From Nowhere

By Lindsay Lerman

Robert McCammon

Boy's Life

Boy's Life

By Robert McCammon

Hailey Piper

Book cover of body horror book Queen of Teeth by Hailey Piper

Queen of Teeth

By Hailey Piper

Stephen Graham Jones


My Heart is a Chainsaw

By Stephen Graham Jones

Paul Tremblay

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A Head Full of Ghosts

By Paul Tremblay

Gemma Files

The Worm in Every Heart

The Worm in Every Heart

By Gemma Files

Max Booth III

Book cover of We Need to Do Something by Max Booth III now a motion picture by Josh Malerman's production company.

We Need to Do Something

By Max Booth III

Matthew M. Bartlett

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Creeping Waves

By Matthew M. Bartlett

Carmen Maria Machado

Short story collection Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties

By Carmen Maria Machado

Adam Nevill

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The Ritual

By Adam Nevill

Cina Pelayo

Book cover of horror novel Children of Chicago by Cina Pelayo

Children of Chicago

By Cina Pelayo

M.R. James

The Collected Ghost Stories of MR James, classic horror stories

The Collected Ghost Stories of M.R. James

By M.R. James

Tananarive Due

My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

My Soul to Keep

By Tananarive Due

Victor LaValle

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, cosmic horror

The Ballad of Black Tom

By Victor LaValle

Ronald Malfi

Floating Staircase

Floating Staircase

By Ronald Malfi

Kathe Koja

the cipher by kathe koja

The Cipher

By Kathe Koja

Junji Ito

Uzumaki by Junji Ito


By Junji Ito

Josh Malerman

A House at the Bottom of a Lake Josh Malerman

The House at the Bottom of a Lake

By Josh Malerman

Rachel Harrison

The Return by Rachel Harrison

The Return

By Rachel Harrison

Eric LaRocca

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, body horror by Eric Larocca

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke

By Eric LaRocca

Alma Katsu

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The Hunger

By Alma Katsu

Brian Evenson

Father of Lies

Father of Lies

By Brian Evenson