- Hell House, Richard Matheson - To me, the greatest haunted house book of all time. This one managed to scare the hell out of me.
- Cabal, Clive Barker - the first book I read by Barker, and still one of my favorites. Twisted and wonderful all at once, it's about a race of monsters.
- The Shining, Stephen King - Like I could leave him off the list...Scary as hell, the master of slow-burn horror, this book is, in my opinion, King at his finest.
- The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty - If you haven't read this book, you're missing out. The movie is scary, but the book is terrifying.
- The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux - Old-school horror where the phantom wasn't some bare-chested, half-mask wearing nancy-boy. This Phantom was a psychotic menace.
- Psycho, Robert Bloch - Who doesn't love Norman Bates?
- Frankenstien, Mary Shelly - The first, the best, the truest form of horror. Written by a teen-aged girl during a thunderstorm, this book captivated the world.
- The Best of H.P. Lovecraft, H.P. Lovecraft - Easily the Godfather of modern horror, the man who was Providence still resonates today because no one does dread better.
- Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, E.A. Poe - No list of horror greats would be complete without Poe. Without him, none of us would be writing horror.
So that's it...My top nine. Tune in next time when I reveal who I believe to be the future of horror literature, and who to watch. Until then...