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Favorite Horror Novels


I want to say that I started and stopped another blog about my family. I didn’t have it in me tonight. Later this week maybe. In the meantime I wanted to think about something else. I decided in honor of Halloween I would post my all-time favorite horror novels. Once again my only criteria is that they popped into my head when I was thinking about writing this blog. Quite a few did and I narrowed it down to the following list (in no particular order).

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

One of the two books from the last few years to make the list. Joe Hill is going to be a force of nature. He may end up being an even better writer than his dad (if you don’t know who his dad is I will let you figure that out on your own). An incredible ghost story that I could not put down. This was a one night read for me.

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

This was a game changer for me. A literate fast paced (and it is a huge book, so fast paced was amazing) edge of your seat reworking of the vampire myth. This book was before the current fascination of making vampires good or misunderstood. They bring the nasty to the table.

Books of Blood by Clive Barker

I include the whole series here. When I read Barker for the first time I was 17 years old. They were truly the most gruesome and terrifying stories I had ever read. I devoured them from start to finish. If you have never read them and you have a strong stomach, go read them now.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

It was hard to pick which King novel I was going to pick. It came down to this one and The Stand. This one had a slight edge because it was powerful and concise. The ending was moving and powerful. The only Stephen King book I have reread.


The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson

The introduction of Repairman Jack and probably one of the only true horror stories of the series. Wilson has turned into one of my favorite authors. Pick up any of his novels and be prepared for the ride.

World War Z by Max Brooks
Seriously, Mel Brooks son writing a zombie novel. Well he didn’t just write a zombie novel, he wrote the zombie novel. I don’t think that anyone has come close to writing a compelling zombie novel. This wasn’t just about eating brains, it was about the aftermath and what it did to the world.

The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon

An under appreciated horror writer in the United States. Enjoyed far more success in the UK. The carnival has come to town and it has a vampire. Three young boys decide they need to see the show, they will regret it.

999 edited by Al Sarrantonio

The best horror anthology of all time. An incredible collection of wonderful nastiness.

Live Girls by Ray Garton

A violent, fast passed, erotic, nightmare. The first book that I read by Ray Garton. This book has a few twists that I don’t really want to give away but I will say that you can’t go wrong with any horror novels that lives in the squalor of Times Square.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

There isn’t much to say about this book. A science fiction horror novel. It was the book that started me down the horror road. I still reread it from time to time to remind myself how great it is.

Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The book sometimes gets forgotten because of the excellent movie but I have always thought the book was an incredible work in its own right. If you have never read this one, give yourself a treat and pick it up.


The Hollow Man by Dan Simmons

I don’t know why this book got to me as much as it did. It was an incredible love story. A nightmare walk through the hellish minds of the people who walk among us. What if you could read people’s minds? What if you couldn’t turn it off?

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One Response to “Favorite Horror Novels”

  1. >You have some excellent choices here with some of my favorite authors. My favorite Garton book is Ravenous. It actually scared me. I can't tell you how long it's been since that happened. It reminded me of when I was a little girl watching The Howling for the first time and I was too scared to sit near the windows. I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box too. I liked all of the musical tributes. And the Books of Blood, can I gush more?Have you read Little? His antho The Collection is one of my favorite books of all time. I'm a fan of the Hot Blood series too.

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