NPR 100 Favorite Horror Stories

100 Favorite Horror Stories


  1. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  3. Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  6. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  7. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
  8. The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
  9. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
  10. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  11. Oh, Whistle, And I’ll Come To You, My Lad by M.R. James
  12. The Werewolf Of Paris by Guy Endore
  13. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  14. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  15. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  16. Minion by L.A. Banks
  17. The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  18. Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman
  19. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  20. Feed (Newsflesh Series) by Mira Grant
  21. World War Z by Max Brooks
  22. The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  23. The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft
  24. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle
  25. The Fisherman by John Langan
  26. Laundry Files Series by Charles Stross
  27. The Cipher by Kathe Koja
  28. John Dies at the End by David Wong
  29. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
  30. All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts by Sonya Taaffe
  31. Uzumaki by Junji Ito
  32. Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber
  33. The Repairer of Reputations by Robert W. Chambers
  34. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  35. The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons
  36. Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
  37. The Shining by Stephen King
  38. House of Leaves by Mark. Z. Danielewski
  39. The Elementals by Michael McDowell
  40. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  41. Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
  42. The Bone Key by Sarah Monette
  43. Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
  44. Infidel by Aaron Campbell-
  45. The Ruins by Scott Smith
  46. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  47. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
  48. The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  49. Swan Song by Robert McCammon
  50. The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree Jr.
  51. Left Foot, Right by Nalo Hopkinson
  52. Come Closer by Sara Gran
  53. Furnace by Livia Llewellyn
  54. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  55. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  56. Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  57. Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  58. White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
  59. Goblin Market by Christina Georgina Rossetti
  60. Experimental Film by Gemma Files
  61. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  62. The Collector by John Fowles
  63. The Terror by Dan Simmons
  64. Intensity by Dean R. Koontz
  65. The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
  66. Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
  67. Night They Missed the Horror Show (The Best of Joe R. Lansdale)
  68. Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
  69. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  70. Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler
  71. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  72. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  73. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  74. Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler
  75. The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson
  76. I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
  77. Books of Blood (1-3) by Clive Barker
  78. The October Country: Stories by Ray Bradbury
  79. The Weird: A Compendium Of Strange And Dark Stories by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff VanDermeer
  80. The Imago Sequence and Other Stories by Laird Barron
  81. Alone With the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell, 1961-1991 by Ramsey Campbell
  82. Things We Lost In the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
  83. Shadowland by Peter Straub
  84. A Head Full Of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  85. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  86. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
  87. The Body by Stephen King
  88. It’s a Good Life by Jerome Bixby
  89. The Other by Thomas Tryon
  90. The Troop by Nick Cutter
  91. Elizabeth by Ken Greenhall
  92. Please, Momma by Chesya Burke
  93. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz
  94. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
  95. Rotters by Daniel Kraus
  96. The Jumbies/Rise Of The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  97. The House With A Clock In Its Walls by John Bellairs
  98. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
  99. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  100. Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan