5 Scary Books With Even Freakier Adaptations!

I’m so excited now that we’re in the season for all things spooky and scary. Personally, I think it’s pretty hard to beat a chilly October night when you spend the evening on the couch with some snacks and a good scary movie. And I don’t care how scared you get, you have to watch at least ONE scary movie during October. It’s kind of an unspoken rule; don’t fight me on this. 


However, it’s a challenge to find a good scary movie. They don’t make the classics anymore and sometimes they’re just plain weird. But, as bookworms, we’re giving you a list of frightening novels that turned into even scarier movies. You can read them or you can watch them, whether you’ll be able to sleep after is a different story.


1. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty



This terrifying novel, inspired by the true events of a child’s possession in 1949, will strike a chord of fear in you. Blatty learned about a real exorcism while he was a student in Georgetown University, and this brought about the chilling book. The book was published in 1971 then Blatty adapted it in 1973, winning an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay. My parents never let me watch this movie as a kid because they thought it was “too scary”. It’s safe to say they’re not wrong.


2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley



This is a classic and can be quite a dark read if you get creeped out easily. Published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s novel went on to become one of the most notable books in literary history. The moment the monster comes alive in the book is so beautifully yet eerily detailed that you can’t help but become wrapped up in the spooky scene. The most famous adaptation of the same name is from 1931 starring Boris Karloff. Don’t skip this one.


3. Psycho: A Novel by Robert Bloch



One of those most famous horror films from 1960 (and, like, ever) was based on the 1959 novel by Bloch. The plot is the same; Norman Bates is as strange as ever in both works. Bloch was also inspired by terrifying true events from an eerie crime that happened two years before the book’s publication. The truth is scary, but any film buff will agree that nothing beats that shower scene.


4. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson



I must say that this is one of my favorite Halloween movies and the book is just as good. In 1977 Anson published his book on the Lutz family who moved into a home where a gruesome murder took place a year before. After twenty-eight days the family got up and left, leaving behind everything. Freaky, paranormal events kept occurring and Anson shared their story in his book. However, the truth is often debated about the story, but that didn’t stop the film’s release in 1979. Take it from me, you need to watch this one ASAP.





This is not for the faint of heart; this was another film my parents forbid me to watch as a kid. Then (surprise, surprise)  when I saw the whole thing years later I understood why. But you should read the 1988 novel of the same name and even its 1981 prequel called Red Dragon. Harris created Dr. Hannibal Lecter in a way that makes your skin crawl, and your heart stop. The 1991 film obviously did a fantastic job as it went on to win five Academy Awards. Well, hello Clarice.


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