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6 Chilling Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Spooky TV Shows

We love Halloween- it’s scary, campy, and you can be whatever you want to be (which you can mostly do all the time, unless what you want to be is a ghoul or a sexier version of something decidedly unsexy). Unfortunately, getting down to the last episode of your favorite show is not the fun kind of scary. But if your show is on this list, here are some spooky, whacky, and genuinely frightening reads to tide you over.

 

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

 

 

Those of us with Buffy nostalgia face a challenge that can be scarier than the show itself- the fact that the show’s been finished since 2003. But if you can’t live without the misadventures of the teens quietly (and sometimes NOT so quietly) defending Sunnydale from monsters, why not explore an untold part of that story?

 

Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here explores the lives of background characters in a nondescript town like Sunnydale for those of us who have never fought a vampire with our bare hands (or, you know, with anything else). Teenagers beset with their own slew of issues try to exist as the Chosen Ones deal with their zombie cops and spooky blue lights from outer space. This genre-bending book merges fantasy with reality as Ness explores how ordinary human lives fit in with the high stakes of genre fiction.

 

 

Supernatural

 

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

 

 

Unlike with Buffy, anyone who watches Supernatural knows there’s no shortage of content. Now entering its fourteenth season, the cult classic has thrilled viewers since 2005 with its story of two inseparable brothers who save lives, hunt monsters, make questionable choices, and fight with each other nonstop.

 

V.E. Schwab’s Vicious is a twist on the typical superhero story, following two former classmates who were once as close as brothers. When a string of bad decisions puts the friends in uncomfortably close contact with the world of the supernatural, some lives are saved- and others are lost. The mercurial relationship between Schwab’s protagonists may remind you of Supernatural‘s infamous brothers, and the hunting definitely will.

 

 

Stranger Things

 

It by Stephen King

 

 

This hit TV show taps into 80s nostalgia in a serious way, and so modern books just won’t always sate your craving. You can take the edge off this with a book with the story that inspired last fall’s pop culture phenomenon: Stephen King’s IT.

 

Written in 1990 and set in the mid 80s, the story also focuses on a gang of kids taking on a threat that adults in town don’t understand. Featuring a familiar camaraderie, the Losers try to stop the entity that they have discovered, attempting to save both their town and themselves. And is there collateral damage? Well, isn’t there always?

 

The Walking Dead

 

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

 

 

Zombies might seem to be the territory of genre fiction and pop culture, but that isn’t always the case. Literary superstar Colson Whitehead’s Zone One blends genre and literary fiction as it explores not the zombie apocalypse exactly, but what happens after.

 

With the mixture of tenderness and violence that viewers expect from The Walking Dead, Whitehead explicitly wanders into the thematic landscape of zombies, discussing at length the kind of moral and existential questions that many zombie stories only hint at.

 

American Horror Story

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

 

It might be hard to decide what will get you your AHS fix, given the wide range of premises the show offers. Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus shares a similar versatility, blending elements of magic and witchcraft (like AHS season 3) with the creepy aesthetic of a sinister traveling circus (season 4). With a flair for the strange, cruel, and dramatic, The Night Circus’ range of amoral characters and tragically doomed human connections are reminiscent of all seasons of AHS.

 

Black Mirror

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

 

 

While not explicitly a horror show, Black Mirror’s one-off dystopian plot lines terrify audiences with their creativity… and plausibility. Often focusing on motifs of alienation and technology, the show provides us with a horrifying reality that we both can and cannot imagine. A YA classic, Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies depicts a dystopian world in which, on their sixteenth birthday, teenagers undergo surgery to become Pretties- artificially enhanced beautiful people with equally beautiful lives (sounds exactly like being sixteen, right?). Unfortunately, life is not quite as beautiful as it appears. And unfortunately, that’s not all the surgery does.

 

 

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The First Official Book on ‘Black Mirror’ Is Coming Soon!

Once Black Mirror released on Netflix in 2011, its effort and vision of emphasizing the use and misuse of technology has successfully pushed not only cyberpunks but young generations to consider the relationship between them and their phones.

 

Created by Charlie Brooker, the TV series explores the “alternative present” or “near future” that we are almost there: society dominated by AI, parents inserting trackers into their children’s heads, and devices that can create memories loops, etc. Most of the episodes carry darker and satirical tones generating a huge impact on viewers’ process of re-thinking the invention of new technology. Currently, Black Mirror is in its season four.

 

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The first official book on Black Mirror will be titled Inside Black Mirror in which BM fans may discover how each episodes is created and how the stories are inspired, brainstormed, collected, and produced. According to Jake Lingwood, the Deputy Managing Director and Publisher at Penguin Random House UK, the book will be a journey in which

 

Readers sit down with Charlie and Annabel and hear them talk about how they make Black Mirror is like catnip to me and will be all the Black Mirrors fans around the world…The way they generate so many original ideas, develop them and spin them out, making up to six films simultaneously, with six different crews – it’s just extraordinary. Fans are going to be so excited to be able to get inside Charlie’s head, especially. I feel confident in saying that this will be unlike any book written about a TV show ever before – that’s because Black Mirror’s so much more than a TV show.”

 

So far so good? The book will be be published on 1st November 2018. 
 

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6 Books to Read If ‘Black Mirror’ Has Got You Down

Black Mirror is really very good, I agree. It’s like The Twilight Zone but specifically about technology. Whether it’s the one with Jon Hamm that has the wild ending or the one with Bryce Dallas Howard that has the wild ending or the one with Daniel Kaluuya that has the wild ending, the show is good. But you knew that because you’ve already binge-watched all four seasons—haven’t you?

 

Or maybe you’re like me and stopped watching when it became unbearably depressing. I’m all about taking a close look at the dangers of technology, but I already find Instagram and reddit depressing enough. It feels more and more, just in terms of our attachment to our phones, like we live in an actual dystopia. We don’t need Charlie Brooker and co. to give us more of what we already see in our daily lives. Luckily, though, there are plenty of books that give us something to aim for rather than steer away from. Here are six notable books (with descriptions courtesy of Goodreads) about utopia because, please, just give us an ounce of optimism.

 

1. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy

 

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Edward Bellamy’s classic look at the future has been translated into over twenty languages and is the most widely read novel of its time. A young Boston gentleman is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century — from a world of war and want to one of peace and plenty. This brilliant vision became the blueprint of utopia that stimulated some of the greatest thinkers of our age.

 

2. Walkaway: A Novel by Cory Doctorow

 

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Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza—known to his friends as Hubert, Etc—was too old to be at that Communist party.

 

But after watching the breakdown of modern society, he really has no where left to be—except amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. After falling in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society—and walk away.

 

After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life—food, clothing, shelter—from a computer, there seems to be little reason to toil within the system.

 

3. The Serene Invasion by Eric Brown

 

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It’s 2025 and the world is riven by war, terrorist attacks, poverty and increasingly desperate demands for water, oil, and natural resources. The West and China confront each other over an inseperable ideological divide, each desperate to sustain their future.

 

And then the Serene arrive, enigmatic aliens form Delta Pavonis V, and nothing will ever be the same again.

 

The Serene bring peace to an ailing world, an end to poverty and violence — but not everyone supports the seemingly benign invasion.

 

There are forces out there who wish to return to the bad old days, and will stop at nothing to oppose the Serene.

 

4. Island by Aldous Huxley

 

In Island, his last novel, Huxley transports us to a Pacific island where, for 120 years, an ideal society has flourished. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events begin to move when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn’t expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and—to his amazement—give him hope.

 

5. Childhood’s End by Archur C. Clarke

 

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Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends–and then the age of Mankind begins….

 

6. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

 

The Dispossessed

 

 

Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life–Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Urras, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

 

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‘Black Mirror’ Is Becoming a Book Series Because They Can’t Just Leave Us Alone

Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror has received critical and commercial praise, the thought-provoking satirical anthology series recently won two Emmy Awards for the episode ‘San Junipero’ for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Piggybacking off this success, Brooker has announced a three-part Black Mirror book series from Penguin Random House, the first of which will be released in February 2018, but is available for preorder now for Kindle through Amazon UK

 

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Brooker said in a statement:

 

All-new Black Mirror stories from exciting authors — that’s a joyous prospect. And they’re appearing in a high-tech new format known as a ‘book.’ Apparently, you just have to glance at some sort of ‘ink code’ printed on paper and images and sounds magically appear in your head, enacting the story. Sounds far-fetched to me, but we’ll see.

 

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While no plot lines have been announced, authors have been. Cory Doctorow (Little Brother), Claire North (The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August), and Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants) will pen novella-length stories that are sure to make your skin crawl and your brain work at double speed. 

 

Fans won’t need to wait until 2018 to get their next Black Mirror fix. The fourth season of Black Mirror will premier in the next few months despite no official release date, with a total of six episodes directed by hard hitters like Emmy-winner Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos) and Jodie Foster.

 

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Black Mirror Will Release A Book In 2018

Fans of thought-provoking SciFi, rejoice! Black Mirror, the British anthology series acclaimed for its dark and disturbing satire of contemporary tech-obsessed society, will soon become a book.

 

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The book will be composed of three volumes, each containing short stories by writers who have yet to be announced. Charlie Booker, Black Mirror showrunner and editor of the project, got characteristically cheeky when describing the new medium: “they’re appearing in a high-tech new format known as a ‘book.’ Apparently, you just have to glance at some sort of ‘ink code’ printed on paper and images and sounds magically appear in your head, enacting the story. Sounds far-fetched to me, but we’ll see.”

 

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The book, published by Penguin Random House, will be out next February; in the mean time, fans can satisfy their Black Mirror cravings when Netflix releases the fourth season later this year.

 

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