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The Most Popular Horror Novels of the Past Five Years

"Lucky us: We're in the midst of a bona fide horror renaissance. The genre has a way of graphically addressing our most deeply held anxieties, and the last five years have been, well, anxiety-inducing enough to make readers find solace in the terrifying.
Here are the biggest horror heavy hitters of the last five years, sorted by year and ranked by popularity among Goodreads members and average star ratings (nothing below a 3-star average made the cut).
Since 2016, readers have been consuming antiracist Lovecraft retellings, claustrophobic cave horror, dark Scooby-Doo riffs, and everything in between. And since this year isn't over yet, this year's selections are based on the top-rated books so far in 2021."
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from goodreads.com · made by AnnaBoots
avg. score: 6 of 72 (8%)
required scores: 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 

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The Butterfly Garden (Dot Hutchison)
The Butterfly Garden (Dot Hutchison)
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I'm Thinking of Ending Things (Iain Reid)
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (Iain Reid)
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The Fireman (Joe Hill)
The Fireman (Joe Hill)
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City of Mirrors (Justin Cronin)
City of Mirrors (Justin Cronin)
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5
Lovecraft Country (Matt Ruff)
Lovecraft Country (Matt Ruff)
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My Best Friend's Exorcism (Grady Hendrix)
My Best Friend's Exorcism (Grady Hendrix)
7
The Ballad of Black Tom (Victor Lavalle)
The Ballad of Black Tom (Victor Lavalle)
8
Things We Lost in the Fire (Mariana Enriquez)
Things We Lost in the Fire (Mariana Enriquez)
9
The Haunting of Ashburn House (Darcy Coates)
The Haunting of Ashburn House (Darcy Coates)
10
Fellside (M. R. Carey)
Fellside (M. R. Carey)
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The Fisherman (John Langan)
The Fisherman (John Langan)
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Disappearance at Devil's Rock (Paul Tremblay)
Disappearance at Devil's Rock (Paul Tremblay)
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13
Sleeping Beauties (Stephen King & Owen King)
Sleeping Beauties (Stephen King & Owen King)
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Gwendy's Button Box (Stephen King)
Gwendy's Button Box (Stephen King)
15
The Silent Companions (Laura Purcell)
The Silent Companions (Laura Purcell)
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Meddling Kids (Edgar Cantero)
Meddling Kids (Edgar Cantero)
17
Into the Drowning Deep (Mira Grant)
Into the Drowning Deep (Mira Grant)
18
The Changeling (Victor Lavalle)
The Changeling (Victor Lavalle)
19
Strange Weather (Joe Hill)
Strange Weather (Joe Hill)
20
Craven Manor (Darcy Coates)
Craven Manor (Darcy Coates)
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21
Kill Creek (Scott Thomas)
Kill Creek (Scott Thomas)
22
What the Hell Did I Just Read (David Wong)
What the Hell Did I Just Read (David Wong)
23
White Tears (Hari Kunzru)
White Tears (Hari Kunzru)
24
The Grip of It (Jac Jemc)
The Grip of It (Jac Jemc)
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Elevation (Stephen King)
Elevation (Stephen King)
26
The Cabin at the End of the World (Paul Tremblay)
The Cabin at the End of the World (Paul Tremblay)
27
Baby Teeth (Zoje Stage)
Baby Teeth (Zoje Stage)
28
The Hunger (Alma Katsu)
The Hunger (Alma Katsu)
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29
Dracul (Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker)
Dracul (Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker)
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Ghost Wall (Sarah Moss)
Ghost Wall (Sarah Moss)
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Foe (Iain Reid)
Foe (Iain Reid)
32
We Sold Our Souls (Grady Hendrix)
We Sold Our Souls (Grady Hendrix)
33
The Anomaly (Michael Rutger)
The Anomaly (Michael Rutger)
34
Hunted (Darcy Coates)
Hunted (Darcy Coates)
35
Alice Isn't Dead (Joseph Fink)
Alice Isn't Dead (Joseph Fink)
36
The Houseguest and Other Stories (Amparo Dávila)
The Houseguest and Other Stories (Amparo Dávila)
37
The Institute (Stephen King)
The Institute (Stephen King)
38
Imaginary Friend (Stephen Chbosky)
Imaginary Friend (Stephen Chbosky)
39
Bunny (Mona Awad)
Bunny (Mona Awad)
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The Invited (Jennifer McMahon)
The Invited (Jennifer McMahon)
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