20 of the Best Horror books to get you started

A Listmania! list by Mr. S. W. Steel "stephensteel" (England)
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Dracula (Penguin Classics)
1.  Dracula (Penguin Classics) by Bram Stoker
The list author says:
  "The original and best vampire tale.The style is amazing - as letters and diaries.READ THIS"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (598 customer reviews)

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror (Penguin Classics)
2.  The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror (Penguin Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson
The list author says:
  "The classic moral tale of man and science.Very psychological and asks many moral questions that are relevant today."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)
3.  The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings (Penguin Classics) by Edgar Allan Poe
The list author says:
  "The House of Usher is one of the scariest tales i can remember reading as a child.Genuinely terrifying and the others in this collection are worth reading too!"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Necroscope (Necroscope, Book 1)
4.  Necroscope (Necroscope, Book 1) by Brian Lumley
The list author says:
  "The first book in the vampire series that i would recommend to EVERYONE - it has a dark plot, a great twist, and interesting ideas.READ THIS IF YOU ARE INTO VAMPIRES"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

Brian Lumley's Mythos Omnibus I: "Burrowers Beneath", "Transition of Titus Crow", "Clock of Dreams" Vol 1
5.  Brian Lumley's Mythos Omnibus I: "Burrowers Beneath", "Transition of Titus Crow", "Clock of Dreams" Vol 1 by Brian Lumley
The list author says:
  "Brian Lumley's other main character - Titus Crow.Dark science fiction/horror inspired by HP Lovecraft.Short stories about Crow, and there is another omnibus after this!"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Night Warriors
6.  Night Warriors by Graham Masterton
The list author says:
  "Underrated horror writer with a huge backlist.This is my favourite - the Night Warriors fight evil in peoples dreams.That is REALLY basic, yet the book is anything but.Fantastic imagination"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Haunted
7.  Haunted by James Herbert
The list author says:
  "My favourite James Herbert book.A recovering alcoholic who is a sceptic about ghosts.Genuinely disturbing,plus a great twist!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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Daemonic
8.  Daemonic by Stephen Laws
The list author says:
  "Underrated horror writer.This is a modern horror with a great setting and great characters - with a well thought out sub-plot."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Spanky
9.  Spanky by Christopher Fowler
The list author says:
  "One of the most enjoyable horror books i have EVER read.Funny, dark and twisted.Ever wanted an avenging angel to do all the things you daren't?This is brilliant!"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition)
10.  The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition) by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "King's best book.Huge, detailed and written with real passion.Read this - you will not be disappointed"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

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Frankenstein: or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text (Oxford World's Classics)
11.  Frankenstein: or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text (Oxford World's Classics) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The list author says:
  "A clasic,gothic horror.You all know the story, or think you do - this is the original version and the best."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)

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The Bad Place
12.  The Bad Place by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "My favourite Koontz book.A rip-roaring plot with characters you care about, and some fantastic ideas.I will not spoil it, but you HAVE to read this!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

The Shining (King Classics)
13.  The Shining (King Classics) by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "King's best early work.A family locked up in a hotel in the mountains cut off from the outside world.And it is haunted.......Better than any of the tv/film versions of this tale......."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Prey
14.  Prey by Graham Masterton
The list author says:
  "A really well thought out horror book.A classic haunted house with a twist.I couldn't put this down."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Lightning
15.  Lightning by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "A classic Koontz book involving time travel.Well thought out and well written.Characters are well thought out, and the pace is relentless"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

Interview With The Vampire: Number 1 in series (Vampire Chronicles)
16.  Interview With The Vampire: Number 1 in series (Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice
The list author says:
  "Rice's most famous book.Dark and twisted.It isn't for everyone though - it can be hard going, but in my view is worth the effort"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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The Great and Secret Show
17.  The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker
The list author says:
  "My favourite Barker book - a fantastic book that needs to be re-read.If you love this, you will want to read the sequel........"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

I Am Legend (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
18.  I Am Legend (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Richard Matheson
The list author says:
  "A hidden gem of a vampire book.Not the most recognised classic, but this is well worth reading.It is an intense, short book to be enjoyed."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)

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The Invisible Man (Penguin Classics)
19.  The Invisible Man (Penguin Classics) by H.G. Wells
The list author says:
  "This is science fiction/ horror and is my favourite Wells book.It has mystery, fear and some great twists in it.Short, but profound."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

The Secret of Crickley Hall
20.  The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert
The list author says:
  "A return to form for the best British horror writer - a classic haunted house tale.If you left Herbert a few books ago, then this is the one that will bring you back to him."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (514 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus 1: At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels of Terror
21.  H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus 1: At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels of Terror by H. P. Lovecraft
The list author says:
  "An inspiration to so many modern horror writers - Lovecraft is the master of dark storytelling"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Stanley Kubrick made the film more than Stephen King, buy Anne Rice novels instead 0 12 Dec 2013
Looking for "end-of-the-world" scenario books 9 20 Jan 2013
BBC Adaptation of The Secret of Crickley Hall 1 20 Nov 2012
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Is this the expanded 1990's version? 1 21 Sep 2012
The Strand (kindle edition) 6 19 Oct 2011
Price set by publisher 1 22 Jul 2011
Uncut? 2 20 Feb 2011
Stepha King? 2 20 Feb 2011
James Herbert 1 4 Aug 2010
The Brown Jenkin 1 4 May 2008
 
   

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