List of horror stories


On this page, we will provide an overview of some of the most famous works of horror literature from the past couple of centuries, as well as some examples of influential horror movies. Note that most of the older stories are in the public domain, which typically means that the full text is freely available online - in those cases, we have included direct links to the text. 

We do not currently have study guides for the texts listed below, but you can find some of our guides for short stories or poems by Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King on their dedicated author pages. 

Horror stories from the 18th century

Radcliffe, Ann - The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)

Reeve, Clara - The Old English Baron (1778)

Walpole, Horace - The Castle of Otranto (1764)

Horror stories from the 19th century

James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw (1892)

Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus (1818)

Stevenson, Robert Louis - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)

Stoker, Bram - Dracula (1897)

Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

Horror stories from the 20th century

Barker, Clive - Books of Blood (1984-1985)

Bloch, Robert - Psycho (1959)

Ellis, Brett Easton - American Psycho (1991)

Harris, Thomas - The Silence of the Lambs (1988)

Jackson, Shirley - The Haunting of Hill House (1959)

King, Stephen - Carrie (1974)

Lovecraft, H.P. - The Call of Cthulhu (1928)

Rice, Anne - Interview with the Vampire (1976)

Horror stories from the 21st century

Brooks, Max - World War Z (2006)

Danielewsky, Mark Z. - House of Leaves (2000)

Duncan, Glen - The Last Werewolf (2011), Talulla Rising (2012), By Blood We Live (2014).

Hill, Joe - Heart-Shaped Box (2007)

Malerman, Josh - Bird Box (2014)

Wong, David - John Dies at the End (2007)

Horror movies

Carpenter, John – Halloween (1978)

Craven, Wes – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Craven, Wes – Scream (1996)

Cunningham, Sean S. – Friday the 13th (1980)

Hitchcock, Alfred – The Birds (1963)

Hooper, Tobe – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Myrick, Daniel & Sánchez, Eduardo – The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Peli, Oren – Paranormal Activity (2007)

Romero, George A. – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Wan, James – Saw (2004)