The best horror novels that were adapted into film that will haunt you forever

Krystale Jane'l Author Of Paradise of the Undead
By Krystale Jane'l

Who am I?

I've been a horror fanatic since I was a little girl. At the age of 7, I was attempting to write my first horror novel, My Teacher is a Vampire, and at age of 9, I had already read my mom’s copy of, It. By the age of 16, I read the majority of Stephen King’s novels and was fascinated with Nosferatu, the original vampire, Vincent Price - the master of horror, and George Romero. When people ask why do I love the horror genre so much…my answer is: I’d rather read about the monsters in books and in movies instead of reading the newspaper or turning on the news and see the real monsters.


I wrote...

Paradise of the Undead

By Krystale Jane'l,

Book cover of Paradise of the Undead

What is my book about?

Devon Starr, a washed-up rapper, prepares to revive his career by competing on the reality tv show, Survivor Island. Things take a strange turn when Devon and the rest of the Survivor Island cast’s plane crash leaving them stranded on a beautiful deserted island. They soon make the horrific discovery they are not alone.

The books I picked & why

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It

By Stephen King,

Book cover of It

Why this book?

It, is a classic Steven King horror novel that somehow manages to magnify the fears and phobias of kids and adults. From giant spiders, haunted houses inhabited by werewolves, to killer clowns, Steven King showed us that not all horrors are just the boogeymen under the bed that we were once afraid of as children…but some of those very fears will haunt you forever if you don’t face them.

It

By Stephen King,

Why should I read it?

11 authors picked It as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This tie-in edition will be available from 16 July

TIE IN TO A NEW MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, IT: CHAPTER 2, ADAPTED FROM KING'S TERRIFYING CLASSIC

27 years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back...

Derry, Maine was just an ordinary town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part, a good place to live.

It was a group of children who saw- and felt- what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes…


The Exorcist

By William Peter Blatty,

Book cover of The Exorcist

Why this book?

The most chilling part about this book is the way Blatty described the possession in such a descriptive way, it set the tone when you read each chapter. It was almost like a movie while reading. This book was chilling because Blatty did not spare any gory or horrific detail when describing the possession of an 11-year-old girl. The iconic 360 head spin was one of the creepiest things to imagine, but I could vividly see every sentence in my mind. The Exorcist is the only book that I will never read at night.

The Exorcist

By William Peter Blatty,

Why should I read it?

9 authors picked The Exorcist as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Father Damien Karras: 'Where is Regan?'
Regan MacNeil: 'In here. With us.'

The terror begins unobtrusively. Noises in the attic. In the child's room, an odd smell, the displacement of furniture, an icy chill. At first, easy explanations are offered. Then frightening changes begin to appear in eleven-year-old Regan. Medical tests fail to shed any light on her symptoms, but it is as if a different personality has invaded her body.

Father Damien Karras, a Jesuit priest, is called in. Is it possible that a demonic presence has possessed the child? Exorcism seems to be the only answer...

First published…


Pet Sematary

By Stephen King,

Book cover of Pet Sematary

Why this book?

You definitely can’t leave Pet Sematary off of the list! For true horror novel fans everyone knows Stephen King is the G.O.A.T. for horror novels adapted into films. The major highlight of the book, unlike the film adaptation, was the sematary itself. I think the most horrific parts of the novel weren’t the fact that this ancient burial ground resurrected the dead, but the most horrifying part was reading about Louis and Rachel Creed attempting to cope with the untimely death of their 2-year-old son. 

Pet Sematary

By Stephen King,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Pet Sematary as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Now a major motion picture! Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestseller is a “wild, powerful, disturbing” (The Washington Post Book World) classic about evil that exists far beyond the grave—among King’s most iconic and frightening novels.

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the…


The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

By Edgar Allan Poe,

Book cover of The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Why this book?

Although this is a short story, I have to add this one to my list. Edgar Allan Poe’s witty and crafty way of telling this tale of murder and paranoia is by far chilling and brilliantly crafted. Of course, Poe can do no wrong in my eyes with his cryptic tales. This story was later crafted into a not-so-good movie, but I’m sure true Edgar Allan Poe fans can appreciate the modern visual.

The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

By Edgar Allan Poe,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A masquerade ball in a secluded abbey; a vendetta settled in the wine cellars of an Italian palazzo; a gloomy castle in a desolated landscape; the beating of a heart beneath the floorboards: the plots and settings of Poe's dark, mysterious tales continue to haunt the popular imagination. This new selection introduces the greatest Gothic fiction from one of the most deranged and deliciously weird writers of the nineteenth century. The tales are accompanied by the classic illustrations of Harry Clarke, an artist fully alive to the deep darkness at the heart of Poe's writing.


Push

By Sapphire,

Book cover of Push

Why this book?

A lot of people don’t know that the movie Precious is based off of a novel. Sure... It doesn’t have any ghouls, monsters, descriptive sentences filled with gore and macabre, but if you were like me, and decided to read the book after watching the film…. This movie goes down as probably one of the scariest novels of all time…like V.C. Andrews Flowers in the Attic scary. It’s hard reading novels that involve the abuse of children, but this book literally had me speechless and horrified like the first time I watched an episode of, My 500 Pound Life.

Push

By Sapphire,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Push as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A new 25th anniversary edition of the instant classic that inspired the major motion picture and Sundance Film Festival winner Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, whose power and ferocity influenced a generation of writers.

Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem's casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment…


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