Alfred Hitchcock

5 Books That Inspired The Eerie Movies of Alfred Hitchcock

The late and great Alfred Hitchcock has had his fair share of success in the movie biz by scaring the daylights out of us all. Isn’t one of the most famous and recognizable scenes in movie history the shower scene from Psycho? Why yes, yes it is.

 

So how is it that Hitchcock (even the name produces images of creepiness and twisted ideas) was able to create so many remarkable films? Well, the Master of Suspense didn’t act alone, he had a little… inspiration. The following five books laid the foundation for his box office hits and the most legendary films to ever exist, like ever. So, if you’re a movie buff, just have a little taste of these thrillers on the page. Plus, why not linger in the spookiness for a while?

 

1.  Vertigo (Pushkin Vertigo) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac

 

'Vertigo'

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An old detective’s life is turned upside down when a dark secret about his wife surfaces and slowly drives him mad. 

 

2. Psycho: A Novel by Robert Bloch

 

'Psycho'

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The film is based directly on this story, inspired by real-life killer Ed Gein. In the novel, Norman Bates has a very close relationship with his mother…and we mean close.

 

3. The Birds And Other Stories (Virago Modern Classics) by Daphne Du Maurier

 

'The Birds'

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Hitchcock’s notable blockbuster brings to life the haunting attack from the sky and the feeling that there’s always something lingering.

 

4. Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich

 

'Rear Window'

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This steamy thriller set in urban America will surely play with your mind and peak your natural curiosity. 

 

5. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

 

'Rebecca'

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This story of a young bride drawn into a dark marriage and estate should chill you and leave you wondering where the evil is coming from.

 

After seeing all of these movies (if not completely then in bits and pieces), I can definitely say I want to check out the novels. The stories were naturally a success for breaking the boundaries of literature and suspense. However, it was Hitchcock that put his signature stamp on each one. Check out more of the list here from Goodreads!

 

We’ve watched these classics, all that’s left to do is read them. 

 

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