What are some of the most popular horror novels of all time? I asked myself this question and did a little digging on Goodreads to find the answer. A lot of the books I found were expected, but some were a bit surprising!
King’s novels are by far and away the most popular horror novels. I would say at least 10 of his novels are in the top 20 most popular. So instead of making this list a list about him, I’ve decided to lump all his novels into the #1 spot.
I’ve only read one Stephen King novel (The Long Walk), and I read it as a 12-year-old (what sort of sick child was I??). I’ve never really been that into any of his other books. I tried to read Under the Dome semi-recently, but I hated a character in that book too much to continue.
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
Well DUH this is high on the list. This book is fantastic!
3. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
I am currently reading (and loving) this one!
4. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Um, I’ve never even heard of this one until now! MUST ADD TO TBR.
5. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I read this one and thought it was okay. It barely counts as horror, and since that’s what my expectation was, I was disappointed.
7. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Confession time: I started this book and maybe got 1/3 of the way through. I was bored out of my mind so I DNF’d it.
8. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
9. Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Another one I’ve never heard of but will be adding to my TBR ASAP.
10. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Ah, son of Stephen King. As far as I’m concerned, that’s just too much talent for one family. They need to share the talent-wealth with the rest of us.
11. World War Z by Max Brooks
I loved this movie, but have heard that the book is not exactly what you’d expect (it’s essentially a series of military documents/communications). It sounded a little too dry for my taste, so I have yet to pick it up.
12. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Am I the only one who didn’t know this book was considered a horror novel?
13. Swan Song by Robert McCammon
I’ll be honest, this cover makes me laugh more than it wants to make me scream… but if the masses say it’s good, I suppose I should give it a try one of these days!
Have you read any of these? Which would you recommend?