175 of Your Favorite Horror Novels

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

We asked for your favorite books that are so scary that you have to store them in the freezer and only read them during daylight hours. Here’s what you came up with (repeats were combined into one entry):

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Stand by Stephen King

the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

It by Stephen King

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

R.L Stine’s Cataluna Series

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rose Red by Stephen King

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Descent by Jeff Long

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Cujo by Stephen King

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Duma Key by Stephen King

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Carrie by Stephen King

Misery by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Harvest Home by Tom Tryon

The Exorcist by William Peter Batty

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Intensity by Dean Koontz

Thinner by Stephen King

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

The Howling by Gary Bradner

The Summer I Died by Ryan C. Thomas

Thor by Wayne Smith

Bad Place by Dean Koontz

Wetbones by John Shirley

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman

A Cry From the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks

Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buehlman

Lockdown: Escape From Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

Piano Lessons Can Be Murder by R.L. Stine

Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Insomnia by Stephen King

Lasher by Anne Rice

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Whisperer in the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft

Dark Dance by Tanith Lee

The Walking Dead graphic novels

The Red Hotel by Graham Masterton

The Room in the Tower by E.F. Benson

N0S4A2 by Joe Hill

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

The Talisman by Peter Straub and Stephen King

The Mist by Stephan King

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Along Came A Spider by James Patterson

The Bird Eater by Ania Ahiborn

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Needful Things by Stephen King

The Camel Club by David Baldacci

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Beware The Night by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool

Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier

The Woman in White by Wilke Collins

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Haunted Rectory by Katherine Valente

Where the Darkness Dwells by Glen Krisch

My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

The Door to December by Dean Koontz

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Reanimators by Pete Rawlik

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Watchers by Dean Koontz

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Hannibal by Thomas Harris

The Waking Dark by Eobin Wasserman

Books of Blood series by Clive Barker

Midnight Mass by F. Paul Wilson

Firestarter by Stephen King

The Ruins by Scott Smith

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Under The Skin by Michael Faber

The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Sparrow by Nate Kenyon

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

My Life at Rose Red by Ridley Pearson

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

The Bad Place by Dean Koontz

The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The Ring Trilogy by Koji Suzuki

Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz

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

Asylum by Patrick McGrath

Imajica by Clive Barker

Satan’s Rapper by Derek Washington

Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

House by Frank Peretti

The Ghost Writer by John Harwood

Rats by James Herbert

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Nocturnes by John Connolly

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

Bad Things by Tamara Thorne

World War Z by Max Brooks

Hell House by Richard Matheson

They Thirst by Robert R. McMammon

Last Days by Adam Nevill

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King

Trapped by Jack Kilborn

Unwind By Neal Shusterman

Fear Street series by R.L. Stine

The Uninvited by Dorothy Macardle

Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman