Hollywood has a long-standing tradition of adapting horror novels into frightening films. From 1930s classics like Dracula
to last year’s acclaimed remake of Stephen King’s IT
, theatergoers won’t be facing a shortage of screams anytime soon.
Many adaptations have become just as iconic (if not more so) as their source material. Think Linda Blair’s hair-raising performance in The Exorcist
, the blood-curdling shower scene in Psycho
, or how the phrase “Hello, Clarice” instantly brings a certain cannibalistic dinner host
Because we’re all about reading the book before seeing the movie, we rounded up some of the most popular horror adaptations on Goodreads. For easy browsing, we sorted these titles into several spine-chilling themes. Which ones have kept you up at night, and which ones will you be adding to your Want to Read Shelf
Which adapted horror novel would you recommend as a great read? Let us know in the comments!
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