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Apart from the usual suspects of Stoker, Shelley and Stevenson which are givens, here’s a list of 20 of my favorite books in the genre. I’ve excluded ghost stories from this one as I intend to do a list of them separately. As ever, only one per author, otherwise the likes of King, Campbell and Barker would be filling it up.

Apart from the Nevill, these are at least 20 years old now – that’s either because most of my horror reading these days is in the short story form, or that the longer ones I’ve read by authors other than the ones listed haven’t had time to percolate into personal favorites yet.

  • Shadowland – Peter Straub
  • The Hour of the Oxrun Dead – Charles L Grant
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
  • Falling Angel – William Hjortsberg
  • Our Lady of Darkness – Fritz Leiber
  • The Damnation Game – Clive Barker
  • The Dead Zone – Stephen King
  • Parasite – Ramsey Campbell
  • The Matrix – Jonathan Aycliffe
  • The Ritual – Adam Nevill
  • The Trickster – Muriel Gray
  • Prey – Graham Masterton
  • Toady – Mark Morris
  • Bury Him Darkly – John Blackburn
  • Spectre – Stephen Laws
  • Exquisite Corpse – Poppy Z Brite
  • The Scream – John Skipp and Craig Spector
  • The Fog – James Herbert
  • Legion – William Peter Blatty
  • All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By – John Farris

 

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