Book Riot: 162 Favorite Horror Novels

BOOKGIRL1987’S TWO CENTS: As part of a Kobo giveaway, Book Riot compiled a list of readers’ favorite horror novels. I thought this was an interesting list; how many have YOU read? I have to buckle down and get more of these read! HEADS UP: Please forgive any repeats and/or typos, this is the list straight from Book, (and there were supposedly 175 entries but I only got 162, maybe I made a mistake in numbering them…?) *Denotes books I’ve read.

1) ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

2) Dracula by Bram Stoker

3) The Stand by Stephen King

4) the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine *read many of these in childhood

5) It by Stephen King

6) Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

7) Bag of Bones by Stephen King

8) Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

9) Bird Box by Josh Malerman

10) The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

11) The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

12) R.L Stine’s Cataluna Series

13) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley *

14) Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

15) Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

16) The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe *read some Poe here and there

17) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

18) Rose Red by Stephen King

19) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

20) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

21) The Descent by Jeff Long

22) The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

23) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

24) Cujo by Stephen King

25) War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

26) Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

27) Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

28) Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

29) Watchers by Dean Koontz *

30) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin *currently reading

31) M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

32) American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

33) Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist

34) I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

35) Duma Key by Stephen King

36) Pet Sematary by Stephen King

37) Carrie by Stephen King *

38) Misery by Stephen King

39) The Shining by Stephen King

40) Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

41) House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

42) Harvest Home by Tom Tryon

43) The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty *

44) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

45) The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

46) Intensity by Dean Koontz *

47) Thinner by Stephen King

48) The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King *

49) Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

50) The Howling by Gary Bradner

51) The Summer I Died by Ryan C. Thomas

52) Thor by Wayne Smith

53) Bad Place by Dean Koontz

54) Wetbones by John Shirley

55) Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman

56) A Cry From the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks

57) Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

58) The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buehlman

59) Lockdown: Escape From Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

60) Piano Lessons Can Be Murder by R.L. Stine

61) Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

62) The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

63) Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

64) I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

65) Insomnia by Stephen King

66) Lasher by Anne Rice

67) Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

68) Whisperer in the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft

69) Dark Dance by Tanith Lee

70) The Walking Dead graphic novels

71) The Red Hotel by Graham Masterton

72) The Room in the Tower by E.F. Benson

73) N0S4A2 by Joe Hill

74) Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

75) The Talisman by Peter Straub and Stephen King

76) The Mist by Stephen King

77) The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

78) Along Came A Spider by James Patterson

79) The Bird Eater by Ania Ahiborn

80) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

81) Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

82) The Passage by Justin Cronin

83) Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

84) Ghost Story by Peter Straub

85) Needful Things by Stephen King

86) The Camel Club by David Baldacci

87) The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

88) Under the Dome by Stephen King

89) Beware The Night by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool

90) Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier

91) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

92) Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

93) Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

94) The Haunted Rectory by Katherine Valente

95) Where the Darkness Dwells by Glen Krisch

96) My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

97) The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

98) The Door to December by Dean Koontz

99) The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

100) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz *read these in childhood

101) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

102) Reanimators by Pete Rawlik

103) We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

104) Watchers by Dean Koontz

105) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

106) The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

107) Hannibal by Thomas Harris

108) The Waking Dark by Eobin Wasserman

109) Books of Blood series by Clive Barker

110) Midnight Mass by F. Paul Wilson

111) Firestarter by Stephen King

112) The Ruins by Scott Smith

113) Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

114) Dark Places by Gillian Flynn *

115) Under The Skin by Michael Faber

116) The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

117) Sparrow by Nate Kenyon

118) The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

119) The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

120) My Life at Rose Red by Ridley Pearson

121) The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

122) The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman *

123) The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

124) The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft

125) Gerald’s Game by Stephen King *

126) The Bad Place by Dean Koontz

127) The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

128) The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

129) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote *

130) The Ring Trilogy by Koji Suzuki

131) Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz

132) Dreams of Terror and Death: the Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft

133) Asylum by Patrick McGrath

134) Imajica by Clive Barker

135) Satan’s Rapper by Derek Washington

136) Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu

137) The Elementals by Michael McDowell

138) Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

139) Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

140) House by Frank Peretti

141) The Ghost Writer by John Harwood

142) Rats by James Herbert

143) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

144) The Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

145) Nocturnes by John Connolly

146) Zone One by Colson Whitehead

147) Lisey’s Story by Stephen King *

148) Bad Things by Tamara Thorne

149) World War Z by Max Brooks

150) Hell House by Richard Matheson

151) They Thirst by Robert R. McMammon

152) Last Days by Adam Nevill

153) Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

154) Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice

155) Skeleton Crew by Stephen King

156) Trapped by Jack Kilborn

157) Unwind By Neal Shusterman

158) Fear Street series by R.L. Stine *read these in childhood

159) The Uninvited by Dorothy Macardle

160) Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry

161) The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

162) Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

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9 Times An Editor Would’ve Helped

Originally posted on 101 Books:

Editors are my favorite.

They are the unsung heroes of the content world. Writers get all the credit, but editors make the content sing.

If someone ever tells you that editing isn’t that important, or that anyone can do it, or that you don’t really need to hire an editor for your article or book, then you should know this: You’ve just received the worse piece of writing advice in the history of writing advice.

Everyone needs an editor. Even the President of the United States.

Need proof? Here are just a few of the many times using an editor would have been highly beneficial. 

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Look @ That Cover!

9780385538039_p0_v2_s600OK, I love exciting, oddball, and even disturbing book covers, there’s nothing wrong with that, is there? *laughing1 nervously* Anyway, about a week ago I found out that Chuck Palahniuk is coming out with another novel in a few days (October 21), and the image on the left is the first cover I saw. After reading the synopsis, I thought “well, that’s nice and all, but Palahniuk is known for his weird covers and weird writing and that cover is just not weird enough.” Today, I found the Chuck Palahniuk cover that made me giggle and I thought “now that’s more like it!” The cover that I think is going to sell more of this new book is, obviously, on the right. (Who’s not going to pick that up and examine it?

In case you’re wondering why this is even a post, below are some other Palahniuk book covers that grab us in (maybe) all the wrong places. They seem so visceral and sexual and disturbing, and if I know Palahniuk, which I think I kinda do based on “Fight Club” and “Choke,” they also promise to be highly entertaining.

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What do YOU think, aren’t great book covers amazing? Are you brave enough to pick up a book based on the cover alone? I’ve done it!



Spooky: Two Weeks of King

10579My latest reading challenge is to read one Stephen King short story every day from today until the end of October. In addition to SK stories, I’ve also started reading “Mr. Mercedes” on OverDrive. All it takes is the falling of some leaves and slightly cooler temperatures and I’m ready for some Stephen King, studies be damned! I will most likely randomly pick a story from either “Just After Sunset” or “Everything’s Eventual,” as those were available at the library. The one I really wanted to get back to was “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” 2906039but I think someone else had the same idea, as it was not on the shelf. I have read so few of his books that I hang my head in shame, because I really enjoy him. The Stephen King Inventory is one of those life goals you set as a reader, sensibly thinking “It’s not going to happen overnight, just chew it up in small pieces and it will all eventually get digested.” Well, I’m behind on my “digestion” and with October half over already, I’m just insane with fear that I won’t get my King time in this year. I know, SK is completely cliché this time of year but it’s still a life goal! Fellow Book Bloggers, let me know what kind of scary stuff you’re reading right now, I always love new ideas! (By the way, I have to say that I’m only a chapter in with “Mr. Mercedes” and already I need to read more!)

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In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the perp; and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Loving the Spooky Stuff,