Creepy Countdown: 6(66) dark books that should be made into films
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Halloween is fast approaching, and 2017 has already seen the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It break box office records, becoming the highest-grossing horror film ever in the US. Some undeniably great films have come out of horror novels in the past, from Psycho to The Shining. Here is a list of novels that would make great creepy flicks for those dark Autumn nights. Bird Box by Josh Malerman Bird Box is the story of Malorie, who lives with her two children ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’ in a post-apocalyptic world where the ability to see can get you killed. ‘The Problem’ has overtaken the United States, leaving few survivors - and those who do survive cannot go outside without a blindfold. After years locked up with her children in the house, Malorie decides to make the perilous journey outside to seek safety. What works about Bird Box is its character-driven nature, and the ambiguity of what actually lies in wait out there. We never actually get to - ahem - see the monsters, if indeed monsters are what’s behind this apocalypse-ravaged world. The book is already in talks to be commissioned into a film, with Netflix acquiring the rights, so it would definitely be interesting to find out how the lack of sight could be adapted visually. It was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2015. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid I’m Thinking of Ending Things focuses on Jake and his girlfriend, who are taking a road trip together to meet Jake’s parents for the first time. Only the narrator is thinking of ending things (the relationship, or something else? You decide), after receiving ominous phone calls from ‘The Caller’. And Jake’s parents might not be who they seem. This novel is perhaps the most controversial of the list. I’m Thinking of Ending Things garnered incredibly mixed reviews from readers and critics alike. The Independent give it 4 stars, writing that the book ‘posits a number of unsettling questions before you’ve even cracked the spine’. The NY Times, however, says the book ‘hastily disposes of unexplained and unnecessary red herrings’. It’s definitely a love-it-or-hate-it kind of book. However, it's undeniably chilling in a way that a lot of horror films don’t even come close to. The novel was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award for Novels in 2016. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
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