HORROR 
WRITERS 
ASSOCIATION'S
TOP 40 
HORROR 
BOOKS OF ALL TIME

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) was formed to foster a greater appreciation of dark fiction among the general public.The HWA observes that "horror oftenhas a poor reputation - it's hard to convince people who have read one too many second-rate horror novels that there is, indeed, horror worth reading." For that reason HWA compiled the following list.

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Algernon Blackwood Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood
William Peter Blatty The Exorcist
Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes
Poppy Z. Brite Lost Souls
Ramsey Campbell The Hungry Moon
Tananarive Due The Between
Dennis Etchison Darklands
Charles L. Grant Raven
Nancy Holder Dead in the Water
Shirley Jackson The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley jackson The Lottery and Other Stories
Henry James Turn of the Screw
M.R. James The Ghost Stories
K.W. Jeter Dr. Adder
Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
Stephen King Pet Semetary
Stephen King The Shining
Stephen King The Stand
Kathe Koja Skin
Tanith Lee Dark Dance
Fritz Leiber Conjure Wife
Ira Levin Rosemary's Baby
Thomas Ligotti Songs of a Dead Dreamer
Richard Lortz Lovers Living, Lovers Dead
H.P. Lovecraft The Dunwich Horror and Others
H.P. Lovecraft All the Mountains of Madness
Artur Machen The Hill of Dreams
Arthur Machen Tales of Horror and the Supernatural
Elizabeth Massie Sineater
Richard Matheson I Am Legend
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs Relic
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
John Skipp & Craig Spectoe, eds. Book of the Dead
Michael Slade Ghoul
S.P. Samtow Vampire Junction
Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Bram Stoker Dracula
Theodore Sturgeon Some of Your Blood
Thomas Tessier Phantom
Andrew Vachss Sacrifice

 
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