7 Best Horror Films Based On Books and More in Critical Linking

We are morbidly fascinated folk. Many of us love the macabre, the terrifying, the disturbing. There’s a reason horror films rake in dollars at the box office – sometimes very much in spite of those films’ quality. There’s enjoyment to be had in the vicarious thrills of terror. Why else would horror be so prevalent in word and film? There is a long and varied tradition of adaptations of horror prose from the earliest days of cinema (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” from 1911 is perhaps the earliest horror adaptation) to the present. Audiences have had an urge to be virtually scared via the medium of cinema for eons, and thankfully there has never been a shortage of literary inspiration into which filmmakers can tap. Here are our picks for a few of the best.

Do you agree or disagree with these best adaptations of horror novels to film?


The fracas (pronounced “fray-cuss,” according to Merriam-Webster, though the British pronounce it “fra-cah”) began quietly, with a tweet from Potter fan Michael Lucero.

In commenting to another tweeter, he offhandedly observed, “One piece of Harry Potter trivia I always forget to mention: the “t” is silent in Voldemort, according to @jk_rowling.”

To which Rowling herself chimed in, agreeing that the French style is correct — though adding that she thought she was “the only person who pronounces it that way.”

J. K. Rowling, never stop making your fans question everything they thought they knew.


Amaral said she expected to receive one hundred copies, tops. Instead, the library now has more than one thousand books in just over two weeks, many of which are showcased on a special display, complete with a personal note from the author, also in favor of the campaign.

“The fact that this book was donated, by so many strangers tells them there is such a huge community that really cares about them.”

Olivia Miller, 13, read “Some Girls Are,” at the recommendation of Amaral. 

“It’s real,” the 9th grader said. “It was almost like you were feeling like they were feeling,” she said.

It’s probably egotistical to share a piece about the book drive I helped coordinate, but I’m sharing it because that video — especially the moment the teen girl begins to speak — is so great.



These people love Penguin book covers a lot. And…there’s more than one person who does. This entire collection is fun to look at, if not a bit dizzying.



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