We’re nearing Halloween, Savvy Readers, so we wanted to share some spooky books to put you right in the mood! We’ve got a list of books for you to dip into based on these horror movies. Check it out:
Love The Exorcist? Try A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
If you enjoyed the chilling thrills, psychological suspense, and all the supernatural horror that came with The Exorcist, you’re going to want to dive right into Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts. Stephen King even said “A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare”. Are you up for the challenge Savvy Readers?
Love A Quiet Place? Try Book of M by Peng Shepherd
Both A Quiet Place and Book of M are set in a dangerous apocalyptic world, which leaves people hiding from the “monsters”. If you enjoyed this dramatic horror movie, you’ll definitely want to read Book of M.
Love The Snowman? Try The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
In The Snowman, a crime squad investigates victims that have been connected to an elusive serial killer. They soon realize once the first snow-fall hits, the killer is on the hunt again. Similarly, The Chestnut Man brings the same mysterious horror as he leaves little dolls made from chestnuts at each crime scene.
Loved Sinister? Try Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay
This movie was definitely up there in my long list of favourite horror movies. Disappearance at Devil’s Rock would be a great comparison for the same nail-biting experience. This book will have you sleeping with the lights on.
Loved IT? Try Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Whether you watched the original 1990 film or the modern 2017 version, you probably were still watching the whole movie between your fingers. If you’re looking for terrifying stories about children in spooky predicaments that shake you to the core, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will not disappoint. And, just like Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a lot of the monsters from these stories have been passed down from generation to generation.
Trick ‘r Treat, a brilliant horror anthology film, which is finally getting the respect it deserves, presents us with a number of chilling tales based off of familiar horror tropes. Similarly, Growing Things is a short story collection with tales that will chill you to your core, and A Lush and Seething Hell is a book made up of two novellas that examine the violence and depravity of the human condition.
Loved The Skeleton Key? Try The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
Gothic horror is coming back in a big way, so I imagine it will be even bigger by the time next Halloween rolls around. If you’re looking for a book that has drama, horror, a bit of mystery, and a thriller – all common tropes of the modern gothic genre – you NEED to read Gilly Macmillan’s newest book The Nanny.
Loved The Cabin in the Woods? Try The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Besides this cabin theme, both had me hiding underneath the covers for a good while. The movie and the book show the crippling terror the characters go through in order to survive. While The Cabin in the Woods is a satire and The Cabin at the End of the World most certainly is not, it does play on tropes of the genre in ways that we haven’t come to expect, which The Cabin in the Woods excelled at!
Loved The Village? Try Melmoth by Sarah Perry
There is an interesting genre of horror that I don’t think has been explored enough, and that is “historical” horror. While the (*Spoiler!*) twist in The Village kind of does away with the historical aspects of the story, it has all the creepy vibes of something like The Witch. If dark supernatural horror movies are your cup of tea, then Sarah Perry’s Melmoth is a book we would definitely recommend reading!
And there you have it, Savvy Readers – perfect books for you, based on your favourite horror movies. Which of these books are in your to-read list for this Halloween season? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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