To do The Exorcist, rosemary’s baby Y dracula do they all have in common? They’re all terrifying, that’s one. They were also all books before they became the movies we love today. These books were meant to give you the creeps, even before the iconic movies did.
The debate between books and movies has been a long-standing one. What is better? The book or the movie?
We’re going to take a look at 11 of the most iconic but sometimes forgotten books that influenced some of our favorite horror movies.
1. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Book Date: 1971
Movie date: 1973
The Exorcistwritten by William Peter Blatty, it was a best-selling book before it hit theaters in 1973. The book has sold more than 13 million copies since its release in 1971. Blatty wrote The Exorcist after he found out about a possession when he was a student. Are you a fan of the exoric book or have you only seen the movie?
two. Neil Gaiman’s Coraline
Book Date: 2002
Movie date: 2009
the coralline movie is a stop animation movie that came out in 2009. It is a classic for many people around the spooky season. Did you know that the famous movie was based on a book? coralline is written by Neil Gaiman and is a dark fantasy children’s novel.
3. Jay Anson’s Amityville Horror
Book Date: 1977
Movie date: 1979
Almost all of us have seen this movie, or at least we know how terrifying it is. There are a few different movies based on the events at the Amityville House. These events weren’t just movie magic, many events in these movies were depicted in Jay Anson’s novel. His book is based on claims of paranormal experiences by the Lutz family. Although there has been much controversy about the veracity of the book. What do you think? Ghosts or not ghosts?
Four. Who goes there? (The Thing) by John W. Campbell
Book Date: 1938
Movie date: 1982
The thing Director John Carpenter created an iconic movie when he and Kurt Russell teamed up in the ’80s. But, it wasn’t always just about Kurt Russell.
Who goes there? was written by John W. Campbell in 1938. The thing it was one of two film adaptations of the book. Today, there are games, comics, movies, and more all built around this classic novel. There is a central theme among all: not all aliens are as good as ET
5. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
Book Date: 1973
Movie date: 1997
We know you’ve probably seen this movie, but did you know it was also a book? many people thought I know what you did last summer it was just another slasher movie. Those people are not wrong, but that is not entirely correct either.
I know what you did last summer was written by Lois Duncan in 1973. The movie loosely follows the book. The film focuses on a group of teenagers who are being killed one by one by an unknown killer. The only real connection between the book and the movie is the premise, everything else is not the same. So if you liked the movie, check out the book it’s based on (sort of).
6. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Book Date: 1967
Movie date: 1968
rosemary’s babywritten by Ira Levin, was one of the best-selling horror novels of the ’60s. Did you pick up a copy?
Many people consider the movie to be one of the most disturbing of the 20th century, but that means they must not have read the book!
7. The Forbidden One (Candyman) by Clive Barker
Book Date: 1985
Movie date: 1992 and 2021
The forbiddenwritten by Clive Barker, was a short story published in his anthology, Books and Blood. There have been two screen adaptations for the short story, one in 1992 and the other in 2021. Candyman (2021) was written by Jordan Peele.
8. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Book Date: 1818
Movie date: 1931
The original Frankenstein book came out in 1818 and was written by Mary Shelley. Many people don’t realize Frankenstein It was a book before it became Boris Karloff’s famous 1931 film.
Frankenstein is iconic for lovers of classic horror. The 1931 film plays an important role in film history, but its success is not usually attributed to the author, Mary Shelley.
9. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Book Date: 1976
Movie date: 1994
Interview with the Vampire is a gothic horror and vampire novel that was released in 1976. Anne Rice wrote the book after the death of her daughter, who served as the inspiration for the character of the girl-vampire, Claudia.
The 1994 film adaptation starred Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Have you ever read the book?
10 Invasion of the Jack Finney Body Snatchers
Book Date: 1955
Movie date: 1978
Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney may not be the best-known combination of movie and book on the list, but it’s worth mentioning. The novel has been adapted for the screen four times. the 1978 movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchersstarring Leonard Nimoy.
Just do us a favor and avoid the 2007 film adaptation.
eleven Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Book Date: 1897
Movie date: 1931
the 1931 dracula The movie is an all-time classic. The book has received just as much love, with many people considering it to be one of the most famous pieces of English literature.
dracula it was originally written by Bram Stoker in the 19th century. Stoker made it an epistolary novel, without a single protagonist, the narrative is told through letters, diary entries and newspaper articles.