Horror-ble Writers

In continuing with the season of spooky, we are proud to bring you a list of the greatest, most prolific, or most genre changing writers in the history of horror.

Clive Barker

Bringing his readers and the millions who have seen the film series Hellraiser,  and Candyman based on his books nightmares for his graphic and realistic telling of tales of torture, despair, and suffering. Clive Barker is a prevalent author as well as a producer and artist.


Stephen King

The man behind some of the most successful horror films ever made started his professional writing career in 1967 when he sold his first short story. He’s had more than 50 books adapted into films, TV shows, and even Musicals in the 50 years since. Best known for The Shining, Carrie, and Christine


Dean Koontz

Known for his complex, intricate storytelling with a fair interjection of dark humor. The suspenseful novels he has penned are among the best in modern literature. Best known for Watchers


H.P. Lovecraft

There is such a strong cult following for this writer that it’s hard to believe he would ever have been ignored, but that is exactly what happened. Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a poor man for the majority of his life, earning very little from his writings which were relegated to pulp magazines. Now recognized as a brilliant writer, his tales have evoked entire mythos, like Cthulhu, into modern culture.


Edgar Allan Poe

Unlike most of the others on this list, Poe was not known for being a novelist, he was primarily a poet, known for channeling the mysterious and macabre into his writings. His works did inspire some early horror films like The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Masque of the Red Death


Anne Rice

Her writings are the epitome of gothic horror. The Vampire Chronicles series includes several books that Hollywood has turned into films including Interview with the Vampire and The Queen of the Damned. She also wrote a series of BDSM erotica called The Sleeping Beauty Quartet under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure


Mary Shelley

A woman whose life is best remembered for its many tragedies, including the deaths of 3 children and her husband, her literary works which include 6 novels, one of which, Frankenstein inspired much of horror pop culture years after her death.


R.L. Stine-

This author found his niche in writing horror for children. The Goosebumps series contains more than 200 stories and has been translated into nearly 20 languages, and adapted for film and TV. Another series by Stine Fear Street was written with a slightly older teen audience in mind and has sold more than 80 million copies of approximately 100 novels.


Bram Stoker

Abraham “Bram” Stoker was an Irish author and supporter of the arts who lived from 1847 to 1912, Publishing his most famous novel Dracula in 1875.


Which authors or books are your favorites? Who do you think deserves a spot on the list? Join the conversation by commenting below!

Bradley Pierce

This geek is the co-creator of and producer for ZFO Entertainment, a writer for ZFOnline, and also a filmmaker and was the original voice of Chip in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and actor from Jumanji, and The Borrowers.

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