The Most Popular Horror Novels of the Past 5 Years, According to Goodreads

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It’s almost October, which is prime horror reading season. If you’re preparing to pack your seasonal TBR, now is the time to start exploring the best the genre has to offer. Like many genres, there are a few authors and titles that are classics that show up on every list, like Stephen King’s older works or The Haunting of Hill House. But horror is so much more than the classics: many authors have pushed the genre forward in recent years, publishing experimental, surprising, and just plain fun horror novels that also deserve a spot on your reading list.

This week, Goodreads has shared a list of 60 of the most popular horror books, according to its users. They used a combination of how many times the title has been shelved (either as Read or Want To Read) as well as the average rating. They note that horror as a genre saw a bump in popularity in the summer of 2020, and that haunted house stories have been especially popular during the pandemic.

Here are their top ten horror books of the past five years:

Cover of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Check out the full list of 60 at Goodreads.

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