I met fellow author Jamie Mason online only recently but it didn't take long to figure out that this talented guy knows his way around literature. He has kindly taken the time to provide us with a list of his top horror books, including a caveat, which you can read below:
Jamie Mason: You'll note that a few of the books (*) may not be considered horror in the traditional sense, but because I find the psychological dimension of dark fiction to be the most compelling I would contend these works contain horror in sufficient measure to qualify.
The fact that Caitlin R. Kiernan appears three times should tell you something.
1. THE BIBLE *
3. SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
4. FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
5. DRACULA by Bram Stoker
6. THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM OF NANTUCKET by Edgar Allen Poe
7. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY by Oscar Wilde
8. AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H.P. Lovecraft
9. THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller *
10. THE SHINING by Stephen King
12. THE COLLECTOR by John Fowles
13. THE STAND by Stephen King
14. FEVRE DREAM by George R.R. Martin
15. THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Umberto Eco *
16. THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood *
17. A MURDER OF ANGELS by Caitlin R. Kiernan
19. THE ELEMENTARY PARTICLES by Michel Houellebecq *
20. THE RED TREE by Caitlin R. Kiernan
21. THE DROWNING GIRL by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Jamie Mason is a Canadian writer of dark fiction whose stories have appeared in On Spec, Abyss & Apex, White Cat and the Canadian Science Fiction Review. His zombie novel KEZZIE OF BABYLON was published in March of this year by Permuted Press. He lives on Vancouver Island.