Top Horror Writers

by clint-superman | created - 29 Jan 2014 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

1. Edgar Allan Poe

Writer | Eliza Graves

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, named David Poe Jr., and his mother, named Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe, were touring actors. Both parents died in 1811, and Poe became an orphan before he was 3 years old. He was adopted by John Allan, a tobacco ...

3. Chad Hayes

Writer | The Conjuring

Chad Hayes was born on April 21, 1961 in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and Lethal Weapon (1987).

4. Carey W. Hayes

Writer | The Conjuring

Carey W. Hayes was born on April 21, 1961 in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and Whiteout (2009).

5. Richard D'Ovidio

Writer | The Call

Richard D'Ovidio is a writer and producer, known for The Call (2013), The Forger (2014) and Thir13en Ghosts (2001).

6. Daisuke Tengan

Writer | Jûsan-nin no shikaku

He is the first son of director Shohei Imamura. He graduated from Ryuku University. In 1984 he joined Shinchosha, but left in 1991 to pursue a creative career. His directing debut was in 1990. He was also a screenwriter on movies of such directors as Shôhei Imamura and Takashi Miike.

7. Pierre Boileau

Writer | Vertigo

Pierre Boileau was born on April 28, 1906 in Paris, France as Pierre Louis Boileau. He was a writer, known for Vertigo (1958), Diabolique (1955) and Diabolique (1996). He died on January 16, 1989 in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

8. Thomas Narcejac

Writer | Vertigo

Thomas Narcejac was born on July 3, 1908 in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France as Pierre Robert Ayraud. He was a writer, known for Vertigo (1958), Diabolique (1955) and Diabolique (1996). He died on June 9, 1998 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

9. Jean Redon

Writer | Eyes Without a Face

Jean Redon was press agent for the French office of Warner Bros.

10. Kôji Suzuki

Writer | Rings

Kôji Suzuki was born on May 13, 1957 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. He is a writer and actor, known for Rings (2017), Dark Water (2002) and The Ring (2002).

11. Ken'ichi Suzuki

Writer | Honogurai mizu no soko kara

Ken'ichi Suzuki was born on November 3, 1971 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. He is a writer and actor, known for Dark Water (2002), Koi ni utaeba (2002) and Elevator Trap (2009).

12. Yoshihiro Nakamura

Director | Fisshu sutôrî

Yoshihiro Nakamura was born in 1970 in Ibaraki, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Fish Story (2009), Dark Water (2002) and Madam Marmalade no ijô na nazo: Kaitô hen (2013).

13. Bill Phillips

Writer | Christine

Born in Brockton, Massachusetts. First Play was a one-act performed at the Massachusetts Drama Festival in 1966: To Be or Not. Second Play was performed there in 1967: The Madison Avenue Muse. Attended Dartmouth College, where he was a Senior Fellow in Film in 1971. Attended U.S.C., where he ...

14. Allan Scott

Writer | Don't Look Now

Allan Scott was born on September 16, 1939 in Elgin, Scotland as Allan George Shiach. He is a writer and producer, known for Don't Look Now (1973), The Preacher's Wife (1996) and Kon-Tiki (2012).

15. Chris Bryant

Writer | Don't Look Now

Chris Bryant was born in 1936 in Bolton, Lancashire, England as Christopher Bryan Spencer Dobson. He was a writer and actor, known for Don't Look Now (1973), One Against the Wind (1991) and Sword of Gideon (1986). He was married to Penelope Riley. He died on October 27, 2008 in Burford, Oxfordshire...

16. Robert Engels

Writer | Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Robert Engels is a producer and writer, known for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Andromeda (2000) and Twin Peaks (1990).

17. Michael Crichton

Writer | Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he ...

18. John Lee Mahin

Writer | Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

John Lee Mahin was born on August 23, 1902 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as John Lee Mahin Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), Show Boat (1951) and North to Alaska (1960). He was married to Muriel Mae McKinnon, Barbara Ann Bonnett, Patsy Ruth Miller and Nancy ...

19. Donald E. Westlake

Writer | The Grifters

Donald E. Westlake was born on July 12, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Donald Edwin Edmund Westlake. He was a writer, known for The Grifters (1990), Payback (1999) and The Stepfather (2009). He was married to Abigail Adams, Sandra Foley and Nedra Henderson. He died on December 31, 2008 in San ...

20. Brian Garfield

Writer | Death Wish

Brian Garfield was born on January 26, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Brian Francis Wynne Garfield. He was a writer and producer, known for Death Wish (2018), Death Wish (1974) and Death Sentence (2007). He was married to Bina. He died on December 29, 2018 in Pasadena, California, USA.

22. Laird Koenig

Writer | The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

Laird Koenig was born on September 24, 1928 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Laird Philip Koenig. He is a writer, known for The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976), Inchon (1981) and Bloodline (1979).

23. Barry Gifford

Writer | Lost Highway

Barry Gifford was born on October 18, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer, known for Lost Highway (1997), Wild at Heart (1990) and Black Wings Has My Angel.

24. Michael Dougherty

Writer | Trick 'r Treat

Michael Dougherty was born on October 28, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Trick 'r Treat (2007), Krampus (2015) and Superman Returns (2006).

25. Sandor Stern

Writer | The Mod Squad

Born in the northern Canadian town of Timmins, Ontario; raised in the small town of Prescott, Ontario, on the St. Lawrence River; Sandor Stern was drawn to short story writing while in high school and began writing stage plays while attending the University of Toronto. Though he planned to obtain a...

26. Arthur K. Flam

Writer | Kill by Inches

Arthur K. Flam (a.k.a. Arthur Kamil Flam or Arthur Flam) was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a writer and director known for Penny Dreadful (2006), Hit and Run (2009), Kill by Inches (1999), and Lurker (1998). He is the co-writer and the co-creator of "41 Strange", a book of original flash ...

27. Diane Doniol-Valcroze

Director | Kill by Inches

Diane Doniol-Valcroze was born in Paris, France. She is a writer and director known for Penny Dreadful (2006), Hit and Run (2009), Kill by Inches (1999), and Fissure (1996). She is the co-writer and the co-creator of "41 Strange", a book of original flash fiction stories, a first of its kind ...

28. Jaume Balagueró

Writer | [Rec]

Jaume Balagueró was born on November 2, 1968 in Lleida, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain as Jaume Balagueró i Bernat. He is a writer and director, known for REC (2007), Sleep Tight (2011) and The Nameless (1999).

29. Luiso Berdejo

Writer | [Rec]

Luiso Berdejo was born in 1975 in San Sebastián, Spain as Luis Berdejo Arribas. He is a writer, known for REC (2007), Quarantine (2008) and The New Daughter (2009).

30. Grégory Levasseur

Writer | Mirrors

Grégory Levasseur is a writer and producer, known for Mirrors (2008), P2 (2007) and The Hills Have Eyes (2006).

32. Robert Dean Klein

Writer | A Good Night to Die

Robert Dean Klein is a writer and producer, known for A Good Night to Die (2003), Little Fish, Strange Pond (2009) and Blackwoods (2001).

33. Takashi Shimizu

Director | Ju-on

Takashi Shimizu was born on July 27, 1972 in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Ju-on: The Grudge (2002), The Grudge (2004) and The Grudge 2 (2006).

36. Jace Anderson

Writer | Fractured

Jace Anderson is a writer and producer, known for Fractured (2013), Fertile Ground (2011) and Panic (2002).

37. Yasushi Akimoto

Soundtrack | Wreck-It Ralph

Yasushi Akimoto was born on May 2, 1958 in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan. He is a writer and producer, known for Wreck-It Ralph (2012), AKB48 Show! (2013) and One Missed Call (2008). He has been married to Mamiko Takai since May 23, 1988. They have one child.

38. Carl Gottlieb

Writer | Jaws 2

Member of The Committee, an early improvisational comedy theater group in San Francisco, founded in the mid-1960s, which shared cast members including Gary Goodrow, Larry Hankin, Morgan Upton, Peter Bonerz, Del Close and John Brent, with similar groups such as the Compass Players (St. Louis) and ...

39. Jaume Balagueró

Writer | [Rec]

Jaume Balagueró was born on November 2, 1968 in Lleida, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain as Jaume Balagueró i Bernat. He is a writer and director, known for REC (2007), Sleep Tight (2011) and The Nameless (1999).

40. Luiso Berdejo

Writer | [Rec]

Luiso Berdejo was born in 1975 in San Sebastián, Spain as Luis Berdejo Arribas. He is a writer, known for REC (2007), Quarantine (2008) and The New Daughter (2009).

41. Ira Levin

Writer | Rosemary's Baby

Ira Levin decided on a career of a writer at the age of 15. Educated at the elite Horace Mann school, he went on to two years at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, before transferring to New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English. He earned his degree in 1950. In 1953 he was...

42. Andrew Kevin Walker

Writer | Se7en

Andrew Kevin Walker was born on August 14, 1964 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Se7en (1995), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and 8MM (1999).

43. Stuart Gordon

Writer | Re-Animator

Stuart Gordon started his film directing career in 1985. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, Gordon worked as a commercial artist apprentice prior to enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Unable to get into the film classes, he enrolled in an acting class and ended up ...

44. Dennis Paoli

Writer | Re-Animator

Writer Dennis Paoli achieved his greatest enduring cult popularity by penning the wickedly witty scripts for two superior 80s H.P. Lovecraft adaptations directed by noted horror genre icon Stuart Gordon: the terrific "Re-Animator" and its equally excellent follow-up "From Beyond." Paoli and Gordon ...

45. William Norris

Writer | Re-Animator

William Norris is an actor and writer, known for Re-Animator (1985), The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) and Temporary Girl (1998).

46. H.P. Lovecraft

Writer | Re-Animator

Born in Providence, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923, he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty, on March 15, 1937. His most ...

47. Evan Hunter

Writer | The Birds

Evan Hunter was born on October 15, 1926 in New York City, New York, USA as Salvatore Albert Lombino. He was a writer, known for The Birds (1963), Columbo (1971) and Fuzz (1972). He was married to Dragica Dimitrijevic, Mary Vann Hughes (Finley) and Anita R Melnick. He died on July 6, 2005 in Weston...

48. Daphne Du Maurier

Writer | Rebecca

Daphne Du Maurier was one of the most popular English writers of the 20th Century, when middle-brow genre fiction was accorded a higher level of respect in a more broadly literate age. For her services to literature, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969, the ...

49. Washington Irving

Writer | Sleepy Hollow

Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1900 (inaugural election).

50. David Koepp

Writer | Jurassic Park

David Koepp was born on June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Stir of Echoes (1999) and Mission: Impossible (1996).

51. Ted Tally

Writer | The Silence of the Lambs

Ted Tally was born on April 9, 1952 as Theodore Tally. He is known for his work on The Silence of the Lambs (1991), All the Pretty Horses (2000) and Mission to Mars (2000).

52. Glen Morgan

Producer | The X Files

Glen Morgan was born on January 16, 1947 in San Francisco, California, USA as Glenn Duane Morgan. He is a producer and writer, known for The X-Files (1993), Space: Above and Beyond (1995) and The One (2001). He has been married to Kristen Cloke since June 13, 1998. They have four children. He was ...

53. Jeffrey Reddick

Writer | Final Destination

Jeffrey Reddick is best known for creating the Final Destination (2000) film franchise. He also co-wrote the story for, and executive produced, Final Destination 2 (2003). Jeffrey lives in Los Angeles. He grew up in Eastern Kentucky and attended Berea College. Jeffrey made his first connection to ...

54. Carl Mayer

Writer | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Carl Meyer was the son of a stock speculator who committed suicide. He had to leave school at 15 to work as a secretary. Mayer moved away from Graz to Innsbruck and then Vienna, where he worked as a dramatist. Meanwhile, the events of the First World War turned him into a pacifist.

In 1917 he went ...

55. Hans Janowitz

Writer | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Hans Janowitz was born on December 2, 1890 in Podiebrad, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer and actor, known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Head of Janus (1920) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005). He died on May 25, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA.

56. Debra Hill

Producer | Escape from L.A.

Debra Hill was born on November 10, 1950 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, USA. She was a producer and writer, known for Escape from L.A. (1996), Escape from New York (1981) and The Fog (1980). She died on March 7, 2005 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

57. John Landis

Director | The Blues Brothers

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...

58. Dario Argento

Writer | Profondo rosso

Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other ...

59. Lawrence D. Cohen

Writer | Carrie

Lawrence D. Cohen is an American screenwriter who, although hardly prolific, has worked with some of the most respected names in the genre movie and genre fiction industry. He first came to prominence in the 1970s when he penned the screenplay for the Stephen King adaptation Carrie (1976): the film...

60. Bill Phillips

Writer | Christine

Born in Brockton, Massachusetts. First Play was a one-act performed at the Massachusetts Drama Festival in 1966: To Be or Not. Second Play was performed there in 1967: The Madison Avenue Muse. Attended Dartmouth College, where he was a Senior Fellow in Film in 1971. Attended U.S.C., where he ...

61. Richard Matheson

Writer | Jaws 3-D

Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, Richard Burton Matheson first became a published author while still a child, when his stories and poems ran in the "Brooklyn Eagle". A lifelong reader of fantasy tales, he made his professional writing bow in 1950 when his short story "Born of Man and ...

62. Earl Hamner Jr.

Writer | The Waltons

He was also the Creator and Executive Producer for the show "FALCON CREST'' 1981 thru 1988. The show starred Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Robert Foxworth, and Susan Sullivan. The show was set in the Napa Valley of California. And centered on the power and intrigues of the families involved in the ...



Recently Viewed