October is here! This means all things spooky and creepy 😈 I don’t celebrate Halloween but I’m a massive fan of the macabre, hence my fascination with spooky books and movies!
This post was so enjoyable to create and envision! Each movie corresponds with a book to match. Best yet you can consider this a dual bargain: you get book recs and movie recs!
The Addams Family
Book Choice: Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
Seeing that the Addams Family has more of a make belief feel to it, Medusa’s Web is the scary version. It revolves around a family spending the time in their familial ancestral mansion only to discover they are part of a network that uses magic rune-drawings to move back in time between 1920s Hollywood and the present. Fantasy, sci-fi, and lots of horror!
TW: Couldn’t find anything, but mention in the comments any possible triggers for others 🙂
Book Choice: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I’m sure you’ve heard of this classic but I couldn’t have thought of a better pairing for the movie. Ghosts, supernatural forces, and lots of exorcism.
TW: Drug addiction, rape, child abuse, suicide.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Book Choice: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Even though this is a children’s book, Gaiman still manages to instill a spooky ambiance with a story about a boy growing up in a graveyard and cared for by the ghosts and lone vampire that resides there. It has that nostalgic feeling to it with an array of spooky characters similar to the movie.
The Silence of the Lambs
Book Choice: None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
True this is based on a book, but think: Silence of the Lambs x Netflix’s Manhunt but make it YA? You get None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney. It’s based on the same idea revolving around two teen serial killers working with the FBI to help solve cold cases, but as we all know psychopaths aren’t to be trusted.
TW: Murder, gore, blood, violence.
Book Choice: Horrid by Katrina Leno
I know this is based on Stephen King’s novel but I wanted to recommend another upcoming haunted mansion type of book: Horrid by Katrina Leno. In an essence, it does include a family wishing for a fresh start, taking a break but of course things don’t go as planned.
TW: Nothing specific but it does deal with mental illness and grief.
The Corpse Bride
Book Choice: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
This gives me major Tim Burton vibes, just by the cover itself I can imagine the setting being the same one as The Corpse Bride. It follows a young girl and her family who are very much dead!
TW: Discussion of murder.
Book Choice: The Project by Courtney Summers
This screams cult movie. As such I paired it up with a cult book! This book is also one of my anticipated reads, you have a murderous cult adamant that what they’re doing is “pure” and the chosen journalist determined to end it all.
Book Choice: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan
I’m taking an upside down book choice with this one just because I feel I’ve recommended enough haunted houses/mansion books.
In case you don’t remember Monster House’s antagonist was part of a circus freak show (that whole house is a freak show in itself), thus Darren Shan’s A Living Nightmare is a suitable pick! It follows a boy’s visit to a mysterious and eventually horrific freak show despite the ominous presence that surrounds the circus.
TW: Nothing to mention but if there is something do mention it for potential readers 😊
Ready or Not
Book Choice: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
A glitzy wedding, a celebrity couple, and a celebration no one would ever forget. Especially when someone ends up dead, but who would sabotage the couple’s special day? And why does everyone look like they’re hiding something?