My 25 Favorite Horror Stories

Here’s another list inspired by Halloween being just around the corner.

I’ve read a lot of horror fiction over the years. As a kid, I was enamored by the works of Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and the early Stephen King stories. I was also blown away by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Then the discovery of Anne Rice in my teen years (before modern vampires became completely overly romanticized rip-offs of her characters) was a refreshing find.

Here are the horror books and stories that effected me most over the years.

1. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
2. “The Pit & the Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe
3. “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” by H.P. Lovecraft
4. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
5. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker
6. “Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark (series)” by Alvin Schwartz
7. “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells
8. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe
9. “Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft
10. “The Hellbound Heart” by Clive Barker
11. “The Shining” by Stephen King
12. “Memnoch the Devil” by Anne Rice
13. “American Psycho” by Brett Easton Ellis
14. “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson
15. “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
16. “A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore
17. “The Vampire Lestat” by Anne Rice
18. “The Dunwich Horror” by H.P. Lovecraft
19. “It” by Stephen King
20. “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris
21. “The Witching Hour” by Anne Rice
22. “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King
23. “Night of the Living Trekkies” by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall
24. “The Somnambulist” by Jonathan Barnes
25. “Books of Blood (series)” by Clive Barker