What are the best horror books of the 21st century?

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    Horns is a New York Times Bestselling gothic horror novel by internationally acclaimed, horror author, Joe Hill. This masterpiece by the Bram Stoker Awardee is now a major motion picture. 


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    Nathan Shaw
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Even I know what this book is and it seems to have a cult following"
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    #2John Dies at the End

    John Dies at the End

    David Wong's comedic horror novel John Dies at the End, which started out as an online web series, is now a major motion picture. This novel is considered to bring back the love for Lovecraft, one of the biggest names in horror. 


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    Nicole Mendoza
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I really wanted to love this book as much as the web series, but it seemed to drag on a bit for me. Maybe I am just not a very good reader but I would have expected more from Wong. I didn't hate it but I certainly wasn't thrilled either. "
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    #3World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
    World War Z is a fictional collection of narratives of eyewitnesses and survivors of the worldwide zombie plague. It was written by American author Max Brooks and was published in 2007 by Three Rivers Press.

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    Héctor Solano
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This was a pretty good movie, and the book is interesting as well. Makes you want to keep reading and see what happens at the end. If you like interesting plots and sotry, this is one to take a look at. "
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    #4American Gods

    American Gods

    American Gods is a multi-award-winning novel by the acclaimed British author, Neil Gaiman. It tells the story of Shadow and Mr. Wednesday as they travel around America to recruit American reincarnations of old deities to fight the new ones.


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    Denise Reynolds
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is an interesting book about the reincarnation of the old gods. I enjoyed reading it."
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    #5Full Dark, No Stars

    Full Dark, No Stars
    Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of four novellas by well-known author of horror, Stephen King, published in 2010. The novellas are "1922," "Big Driver," "Fair Extension," and "A Good Marriage."

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    Mercedes Correa
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This horror story described in the book is very scary, and engages all your imagination in it. I can say that reading this bock has been very scary and has arisen lot of emotions in me. I recommend reading it during vacations. "
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    #6House of Leaves

    House of Leaves

    House of Leaves is a book by Mark Danielewski that tells the story of Johnny Truant. He is an assistant of a tattoo artist who found a notebook of a dead man. What it contains are recorded videotaped that contain interviews. 


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    Larry Gutierrez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book isn't for the faint of heart. It can be scary at times, but it is written very intelligently. I loved this novel. The book will suck you in and you won't stop until you reach the final page. "
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    Abarat by Clive Barker is a fantasy novel written and illustrated in 2002. This book follows the story of a troubled teenage girl named Candy Quackenbush exploring an abandoned lighthouse at the edge of her hometown.


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    Salvador Domínguez
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Start The name Clive Burger synonymous with hands down the best at it. Abarat is the Pinnacle of Clive Barker's works could not be put down easily from beginning to end. Highly recommended."
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    #8The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.

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    Summer Xia
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Wow. This is definitely on my top 3 horror books from this century. Its about a father and son living in a dystopian universe. Its incredibly dark and definitely don't read it if you're looking for some light reading, however, its also incredibly well written and will transport you away from your own thoughts and worries."
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    #9Tagged: The Apocalypse

    Tagged: The Apocalypse
    A new breed of zombies is hunting down humanity: fast and with sharp claws and teeth, they forced every human to the underground and everyone has to look after himself, as the government is no longer able to help anybody.


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    Amber Miller
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I really wanted to like this book, but it never caught my attention the other books have. I feel like I've read books with similar storylines before. It was too predictable. "
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    #10The Ruins

    The Ruins
    Two couples from America were enjoying relaxing holidays in Mexico, until they decide to look for a young German who got himself lost in the jungle with some friends they met there. 


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    Han Wan
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I could not put this book down, despite being terrified of it. It's absolutely gripping, and the writing is fantastic. I was completely drawn in. This is about as close as feeling like you're a character in a book can get. "
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    Penpal is a horror mystery thriller fiction book written by Dathan Auerbach. This horror fiction novel is first published in 2012 by 1000Vultures. 

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    Alan Guo
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Hands down, one of the best books I've ever read. I read it in one sitting, couldn't pull myself away from it, and was so struck by the time I was done that I didn't quite know what to do with myself afterwards. I desperately hope that Auerbach writes more, because this book absolutely blew my mind. It's painful, in a sick sad aching way, at times. It's terrifying with a kind of silent solidarity that I've never really seen elsewhere. There's a strange hazy, almost dreamlike quality to so much of it that the nostalgia feels entirely too real, and you can nearly smell the dead summer air, the leaves, the rot."
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    #12Cell: A Novel

    Cell: A Novel

    Cell is an apocalyptic thriller written by Stephen King. First published in 2005, the book focuses on a group of survivors from an unknown plague that turned the human beings into zombies.


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    Roger Butler
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This was a good Stephen King book. Complete with horror and gore. It was fast paced as many Stephen King books are. My only complaint was that the ending was not definitive. It sort of kept you wondering what happened when the main character put the phone up to his son's ear. Also how the structure of the world would be now. Also would have liked a definitive description of the source of the pulse including what it's purpose was. I suppose leaving these questions unanswered could allow for a sequel book to be written. It is now approximately four years since this book was written so I doubt it. But then it took King thirty-three years to finish the Dark Tower Series or a good number of years to write a sequel to "Tailsman" so who knows expect from Stephen King. In conclusion I would recommend this book to read"
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    #13Dark Places

    Dark Places

    Dark Places is a crime mystery thriller fiction novel written by Gillian Flynn. It is first published in 2009 by Shaye Areheart Books.


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    Jose Campbell
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "If you're looking for one of the best horror books of the 21st century, this book might be for you. Dark Places is a creepy mystery novel and would definitely scratch that itch of wanting to read a modern horror book."
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    #14Under the Dome

    Under the Dome
    Under The Dome is a sci-fi horror novel written by the acclaimed author of horror, Stephen King. It was first published in 2009 by Scribner, and it is the basis of the TV Series of the same name.

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    Shreyas Powar
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Stephen King is an amazing horror author who has written some of the best works in literary history. If you want best horror books of the 21st century, Stephen King will be the first author in mind when you want to find a good book."
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    #15The Passage

    The Passage
    The Passage is the first book in The Passage Trilogy written by Justin Cronin. This horror science fiction novel has over 700 pages and published in 2010 by Ballantine Books.

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    Sean Arnold
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Hands down, The Passage is proof-positive that, when placed in the right hands, one can still fashion diamonds from classic vampire tropes. At first blush, one might consider a 800-page dystopian thriller chock full of immortal, light-sensitive vampires; biblical undertones; an audacious time-jump that spans a century between the first third of the book and the remainder of the story; and the fate of the world resting squarely on the shoulders of an enigmatic preteen girl is too ambitious an endeavor. But Houston novelist Justin Cronin can seemingly do no wrong, and successfully sustains the narrative by defying expectations every step of the way. The Passage is one of the finest written examples of apocalyptic horror—lurid, meditative, and epic in scope. Despite being a vampire saga, the book is peppered with such human themes as love, hope, destiny, friendship, and sufficient pathos to satisfy top-notch literature enthusiasts. The language is both poetic and beautiful, the dialogue believable and appealing, while the narrative shifts tempo—both in style and time period—in order to keep things intriguing"
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    #16Devil Inside

    Devil Inside

    Devil Inside by William Cook is a supernatural horror novel originally published in 2013. The first edition of this book was published by the King Billy Publications. This tells the story of a young boy and the consequences of his wishes.


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    Richard Fox
    Written on April 19, 2018
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    #17Something Red: A Novel

    Something Red: A Novel

    Something Red: A Novel is a Fantasy, Horror, Magic, Historical Fiction novel written by Douglas Nicholas. It was published September 18, 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books.


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    Billy Lucas
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Something Red: A Novel is a Fantasy, Horror, Magic, Historical Fiction novel written by Douglas Nicholas. It was published September 18, 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books."
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    #18Shinigami Eyes

    Shinigami Eyes

    Shinigami Eyes is a horror mystery fiction and the first book in the series written by Adam Smith. This young adult book is first published in 2014 by Dark Cherry Press. 


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    Louis Flores
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Shinigami Eyes is an odd horror book. Don't get me wrong it's fascinating, but it's so bizarre."
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    #19House of Small Shadows

    House of Small Shadows

    House of Small Shadows is a standalone horror fiction novel written by Adam Nevill which centers on the life of Catherine Howard. This is first published by Tor on October 10, 2013. 


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    Mariana Barajas
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Personally I feel like the whole "creepy doll" trope is way overdone. If it was already overdone before then this book burnt it to a crisp. It got better as the story went on but I can't help but feeling like this book was an epic waste of time. If you're into horror, there are far better books out there that exemplify the genre. This, unfortunately, is not one of them."
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    #20In the Tall Grass

    In the Tall Grass

    In the Tall Grass is a collection of short horror stories written in collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill. This was originally published in August 2012 in the Esquire magazine. 


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    Ryan Barnes
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I didn't know who Joe Hill was until after this collection. An excellent fit in the topic and full of short stories for many wild nights of terror."
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    #21White is for Witching

    White is for Witching

    White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi is a horror fiction and fantasy novel originally published in 2009. This book tells the story of the Silver family living in a mysterious mansion by the Dover cliff.


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    Amy Turner
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you like creepy, creaking mansions, you will love this book. I've always been a fan of thrillers like this since I was a child and if you love fantasy and horror, you will enjoy this. "
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    #22The Summer I Died (The Roger Huntington Saga)

    The Summer I Died (The Roger Huntington Saga)

    The Summer I Died is a horror thriller splatterpunk mystery fiction written by Ryan C. Thomas as the first book in The Roger Huntington Saga series. This book is published in 2006 by Coscom Entertainment.


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    John Martinez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Though not usually a horror fan, I really liked "The Summer I Died." Of course the title is a bit strange but the book keeps you on your toes at all times and has some good plots. Take a chance on this one!"
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    #23Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque

    Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque
    Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque is a collection of horror short stories written by Joyce Carol Oates, a Rea Award recipient in 1990. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2005 by Plume Books.

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    Jack Powell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I wouldn't call myself a fan of Joyce Carol Oates, but I enjoy her work. It's not all perfect, and this collection would fit in that category. There are some real gem short stories but they're overshadowed by the many that I can barely describe as "grotesque." I know she's a good writer but I feel like this publication was rushed to meet some deadline and has too much filler."
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    #24The Door to December

    The Door to December

    The Door to December is a standalone mystery suspense novel written by Dean Koontz which centers on nine-year-old Melanie who was kidnapped and saved by her mother from a threat she can hardly understand. 


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    Hemant Trivedi
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This fiction book is very unique, situations and characters in this book are very interesting and they are described in a detailed style. Its a scary story, but for me reading this book was so exciting and special, I am sure that it will be the same for most of the readers. "
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    #25The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft

    The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft

    The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft is a Horror, Anthology, Lovecraftian, Fiction book written by D.M Mitchell et al. It was published January 1, 2003 by Creation Books.


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    Armando Lozano
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I have heard plenty of great things about Lovecraft and all the great horror stories. I don't like reading horror most of the time, so I'll pass."


Best What are the best horror books of the 21st century
1HornsBooks 45 Paid
2John Dies at the EndBooks 41 Paid
3World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarBooks 39 Paid
4American GodsBooks 38 Paid
5Full Dark, No StarsBooks 36 Paid
6House of LeavesBooks 35 Paid
7AbaratBooks 31 Paid
8The RoadBooks 30 Paid
9Tagged: The ApocalypseBooks 27 Paid
10The RuinsBooks 24 Paid

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