Best horror books I've read so far

A Listmania! list by Mark W. (Virginia)
The list author says: "I enjoy books that have a compelling story and whose main characters are normal or flawed in some way, protagonists that are too smart or too fortunate may still be enjoyable, but you won't find any of those characters (Sherlock Holmes and Special Agent Pendergast, I'm talking about you) in this list. I'll add items to this list periodically and I won't let it get over 20."
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
1.  The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston
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  "True story and contains the most frightening first few pages of any book ever written."
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I Am Legend
2.  I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
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  "Look, I enjoyed the movie, but the book really sets the mood.  You are alone and king of the world during daylight hours, but at night you are the one piece of food for a city overrun with vampires.  What a concept!!"
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Salem's Lot
3.  Salem's Lot by Stephen King
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  "A book that hearkens back to when Vampires were monsters.  No romance, no elitism, just brutality."
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Hell House
4.  Hell House by Richard Matheson
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  "Best Haunted House novel ever."
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Phantoms
5.  Phantoms by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "Some other Koontz books are better written or have more intersting stories (Watchers), but this one is probably his most horrifying."
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Necroscope
6.  Necroscope by Brian Lumley
The list author says:
  "An interesting main character- Harry Keough.  He can talk to the dead, this premise could have led down any number of paths, but Brian Lumley chose to make him the central character in a supernatural team of government operatives, all tied in with a unique take on Vampire legends."
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How does Matheson compare to Lovecraft or King? 3 Feb 21, 2014
how does this series compare to other vampire novels youve read 4 Feb 5, 2014
Short Story Discussion Thread 13 Sep 26, 2013
Question about living and dead vampires 8 May 6, 2013
appropriate for 7th grader? 5 Jan 23, 2013
First sentence 0 Jul 25, 2011
Vamp or horror in style of Salem's Lot and Let the Right One In 1 May 19, 2011
Typo in Hell house? 0 Jul 5, 2010
Missing text in this addition 3 Mar 15, 2010
The short stories? 1 Jun 27, 2009
Question 2 Mar 14, 2009
beware of the cover :( 1 Jul 28, 2008
 
   

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