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These are some of the best of the horror and gothic horror genres eg. stories that have won awards or been highly placed on best-seller lists. Gothic novels are ones that include elements of horror and romance. For prolific authors only their best-known works have been added with no more than 6 titles by any one author. The list includes individual short stories and novellas but not anthologies or collections.

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Andrew Vachss
   wrote   
Sacrifice
1991. Vachss wears an eyepatch and loves dogs.
Ann Radcliffe
   wrote   
The Mysteries of Udolpho
1794. 4 volumes. Often cited as the archetypal Gothic novel, 'The Mysteries of Udolpho' plays a prominent role in Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey, in which an impressionable young woman, after reading Radcliffe's novel, comes to see her friends and acquaintances as Gothic villains and victims with amusing results.
Arthur Machen
   wrote   
The White People
1904. A young girl's diary, recounting tales told her by her nurse, and her increasingly deep delvings into magic. Often described as one of the greatest of all horror short stories.
Bram Stoker
   wrote   
Dracula
1897. Stoker's title character's name was inspired by Vlad the Impaler, son of Vlad II Dracul.
Brian Keene
   wrote   
The Rising
2003. Won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
   wrote   
The Shadow Of The Wind
2001 novel; Worldwide bestseller
Charles L Grant
   wrote   
Raven
1993. Grant also wrote using the pseudonyms Geoffrey Marsh, Lionel Fenn, Simon Lake, Felicia Andrews and Deborah Lewis.
David Niall Wilson
   wrote   
This Is My Blood
1999. In which Mary Magdalene is a vampire, Judas is good, and Peter (possessed by the devil) betrays Jesus.
David Seltzer
   wrote   
The Omen
Dennis Etchison
   wrote   
Darklands
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
   wrote   
Relic
Edgar Allan Poe
   wrote   
The Tell-tale Heart
1843. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is widely considered a classic of the Gothic fiction genre and one of Poe's most famous short stories.
Edward Lee
   wrote   
Creekers
Elizabeth Massie
   wrote   
Sineater
Franz Kafka
   wrote   
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
Fritz Leiber
   wrote   
Conjure Wife
Henry James
   wrote   
Turn of the Screw
H. P. Lovecraft
   wrote   
At the Mountains of Madness
H. P. Lovecraft
   wrote   
The Dunwich Horror and Others
Ira Levin
   wrote   
Rosemary's Baby
Joe Hill
   wrote   
Heart-Shaped Box
Kathe Koja
   wrote   
Skin
K. W. Jeter
   wrote   
Dr. Adder
Mary Shelley
   wrote   
Frankenstein
Michael Slade
   wrote   
Ghoul
Nancy Holder
   wrote   
Dead in the Water
Norman Partridge
   wrote   
Dark Harvest
Poppy Z. Brite
   wrote   
Lost Souls
Ramsey Campbell
   wrote   
The Hungry Moon
Ray Bradbury
   wrote   
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ray Garton
   wrote   
The Folks
Richard Lortz
   wrote   
Lovers Living Lovers Dead
Richard Matheson
   wrote   
I Am Legend
Robert Louis Stevenson
   wrote   
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Scott Nicholson
   wrote   
The Red Church
Shirley Jackson
   wrote   
The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson
   wrote   
The Lottery and Other Stories
S. P. Somtow
   wrote   
Vampire Junction
Stephen King
   wrote   
Firestarter
Best-seller
Stephen King
   wrote   
The Green Mile
2000. Best seller.
Stephen King
   wrote   
It
Best seller.
Stephen King
   wrote   
Pet Sematary
Stephen King
   wrote   
The Shining
1977. King's third published novel, and first hardback bestseller.
Tananarive Due
   wrote   
The Between
Tanith Lee
   wrote   
Dark Dance
Theodore Sturgeon
   wrote   
Some of Your Blood
Thomas Ligotti
   wrote   
Songs of a Dead Dreamer
Thomas Tessier
   wrote   
Phantom
Tim Lebbon
   wrote   
Berserk
Tom Piccirilli
   wrote   
A Choir Of Ill Children
William Peter Blatty
   wrote   
The Exorcist


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