Horror Books

27 Years Of Bestselling Horror Books to Ruin Your Evening

October gets us in the mood for all of the spookiest things we can find, including great reads. We decided to research which horror books dominated the New York Times Bestseller list every year since 1990 to find your next scary read. Check these frights out.


1990The Bad Place by Dean Koontz. This novel follows Frank Pollard, a man who is afraid to sleep because of the mysteries that plague him every morning – like waking up with blood on his hands. 


1991Cold Fire by Dean Koontz. Reporter Holly Thorne is investigating Jim Ironheart for saving the lives of twelve people in the past three months, but finds that he possesses great power and visions.


1992The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice. Rice welcomes you back to the stories of Lestat the vampire for his most dangerous mission in all of his years of existence. 


1993Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz. Harry Lyon lives an orderly life until he is forced to shoot a man on the job. A nearby homeless man who witnesses the act warns Harry that he only has sixteen hours to live.  



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1994Insomnia by Stephen King. King returns to Derry, Maine to tell the story of Ralph Roberts, a man plagued by insomnia. But then he realizes the mysteries of the town are not hallucinations due to his lack of sleep.


1995 – The Lost World by Michael Crichton. Six years after Jurassic Park has been destroyed, we explore the rumors that some dinosaurs have survived. 


1996Intensity by Dean Koontz. Chyna Shephard can’t sleep one night when the murderous sociopath, Edgler Foreman Vess, enters her friend’s childhood home intent on killing everyone inside.


1997The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton. Hamilton’s sixth installment catches Anita Blake, who is dating a vampire and a werewolf, in trouble with someone who has hired a hitman to kill Blake. 


1998Bag of Bones by Stephen King. Mike Noonan, who is continuously grieving for his wife who died four years ago, visits the summer home that plagues his nightmares.



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1999Hannibal by Thomas Harris. It’s been six years since Hannibal Lecter escaped custody, but he has many enemies outside those walls. 


2000House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. A house on Ash Tree Lane is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, so big that the children of the home wander too far and bring back a horrible creature. 


2001Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Jack draws parallels between the murders that happened long ago and those that are happening now as he believes someone is trying to tell him something through his haunting dreams. 


2002Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King. A collection of King’s scary stories. 


2003Prey by Michael Crichton. Eight scientists are trapped as prey for the terrifying molecular entity that becomes stronger by the minute. 


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2004The Dark Tower by Stephen King. The Gunslinger travels with a little boy to hunt the mysterious Man in Black across an odd land. 


2005Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. Twenty-three stories of the twenty-three people who respond to an ad for a writer’s retreat, but get into a terrifying situation where they are deprived of survival necessities. 


2006Cell by Stephen King. Widespread devastation strikes through means of a cell phone – the only survivors left make there way to Maine (of course).


2007Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. Judas Coyne collects super creepy things, so naturally he buys a dead man’s suit that is haunted by a ghost. When it is delivered to his door he discovers that this ghost is the real deal. 


2008Duma Key by Stephen King. Like many of Stephen King’s works, this novel deals with the mysteries of memory, love, art, and the supernatural. 



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2009Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton. This novel continues the stories of Hamilton’s 1997 bestseller. 


2010Horns by Joe Hill. This book is for you if you love psychological and supernatural horror. 


2011What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz. John discovers that sometimes the dead return.


2012Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. The Shining: Book 2 … need I say more? 


2013Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain. This book is (perfectly) centered around Halloween and Detective Archie Sheridan as he struggles with an overflowing amount of tasks, including solving murders. 


2014Revival by Stephen King. Amazon calls this a King “masterpiece” and compares it to Edgar Allan Poe – perfect for the season. 


2015Consumed by David Cronenberg. This is the legendary filmmaker’s debut novel that Stephen King raves about. All we need to know here! 


2016Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones. This novel alternates between past and present during the coming of age of a little boy. 



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2017Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. This father-son written novel explores a world where women sleep in cocoon-like pods that ensure their passage to a better, equal world. When one woman is immune to the sleeping curse, the male-dominated world argue over what to do with her. 


There you have it! Get to reading, folks. 


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