One obvious author makes five! And while we kept an eye on the diversity of our featured authors, the inclusion of women, authors of color and queer creators came naturally as we gathered the best of the best. Without further ado, we present our choices for the best horror novels of all time. But The Summer Is Ended and We Are Not Yet Saved gets the nod for importing the genre from film into prose while layering in subtle, smart commentary on our thirst for teen blood.
Eleven-year-old Martin is used to entrails—his mother does special-effect makeup for horror movies—but would like to keep his inside of his body. A maniac employed at his bible camp has other intentions.
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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Night Things by Michael Talbot Fans of Mark Z. Grady Hendrix is building a brand: Abby and Gretchen are best friends for life on the eve of the first Bush presidency…until Gretchen gets lost in the woods and comes back different. Ring by Koji Suzuki The Damnation Game by Clive Barker The Damnation Game proved that Books of Blood wunderkind Clive Barker could sustain his brand of fear beyond the duration of a short story.
In this depraved galleria of a novel, with graphic depictions of incest and cannibalism, an in-over-his-head bodyguard attempts to interfere a Faustian pact to save the relatively innocent daughter of a wealthy degenerate. After the first few years of his career, Barker more often delved into dark fantasy than straight-up horror. Audition by Ryu Murakami Piercing and In the Miso Soup are similarly disturbing tales from this master of Japanese thrillers.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman With your eyes closed and your imagination unfettered, you can envision creatures whose monstrosity knows no bounds. Detroit-based author Josh Malerman manifests an apocalypse of the obscured in Bird Box , in which undiscovered entities start appearing around the world and just one glance of their grotesquery drives people to suicide.
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Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco The Rolfe family rent a vacation home at the far end of Long Island to get away from their Queens apartment for the summer months. John Dies at the End by David Wong A rollercoaster of weird, sprung from a hallucinogenic and possibly demonic drug known as soy sauce and written in bracing, punchy style shooting swift sentences, often sliced to seven words or less, and stung with spicy diction detailing psychedelic imagery and delivered with sustained breathlessness.
Something of a punk-rock-ified, video-game-esque tear and tumble into the Weird Tales tradition, Wong a. Savaging the Dark by Christopher Conlon Whereas Tampa introduced an admitted predator from the first page, Conlon takes care to build a believable case for how Mona justifies her taboo actions, even as her control of the situation—and her sanity—slip out of her grasp.
Of all the novels on this list, Savaging the Dark may be one of the scariest if only because of its plausibility. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Imagine this book as a movie made by the same people who did 28 Days Later.
Whoever ends up adapting this for the big screen better have an amazing makeup and special effects department real special effects, none of that CGI crap because this book has plenty of nasty in the best possible way scenes. This movie will need a classic, old Hollywood feel to it. I mean, the book IS based on a classic, old novel —— so maybe something event silent and black and white, like Nosferatu. This one could be great if it was shot and scripted like Let The Right One In the amazing Swedish version, not that dumb American remake.
Unlike the other books on this list, this book would do very well as one of those highly stylized CGI movies —— like a Zack Snyder movie. Think Suckerpunch — except with an actual plot and good storytelling. However, it is technically middle grade — hence why it does not appear on this list.
Duh, this book is perfect as a movie. So yeah, left that one off this list because all the perfect things are happening for this book and I wanted to make room for some lesser known titles. Steampunk wasn;t around until the 80s. Shelly was a gothic writer.
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