Top 10 Horror Novels Made Into Great Horror Movies

Halloween is less than a month away! Get in the spooky mood with this great list from our bookseller Mike in ABQ:

10. "The Birds" by Daphne DuMaurier

 
 
 
 
 
 
Daphne du Maurier wrote some of the most compelling and creepy novels of the twentieth century. "The Birds" is the story of a farmhand, his family, and his community that are attacked by flocks of birds and seabirds in kamikaze missions.
   

9. Hellraiser by Clive Barker

 
 
 
 
 
 
Frank Cotton's insatiable appetite for the dark pleasures of pain led him to the puzzle of Lemarchand's box, and from there, to a death only a sick-minded soul could invent. But his brother's love-crazed wife, Julia, has discovered a way to bring Frank back though the price will be bloody and terrible . . . and there will certainly be hell to pay.
 

8. Carrie by Stephen King

 
 
 
 
 
 
Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.
 

7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

 
 
 
 
 
 
The story of Victor Frankenstein and the monstrous creature he created has held readers spellbound ever since it was published almost two centuries ago. On the surface, it is a novel of tense and steadily mounting horror; but on a more profound level, it offers searching illumination of the human condition in its portrayal of a scientist who oversteps the bounds of conscience, and of a monster brought to life in an alien world, ever more desperately attempting to escape the torture of his solitude.
 

6. The Shining by Stephen King

 
 
 
 
 
 
Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
 

5. Dracula by Bram Stoker

 
 
 
 
 
 
When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client's castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England: a ship runs aground on the shores of Whitby, its crew vanished; beautiful Lucy Westenra slowly succumbs to a mysterious, wasting illness, her blood drained away; and the lunatic Renfield raves about the imminent arrival of his 'master'.
 

4. Psycho by Robert Bloch

 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert Bloch's Psycho captivated a nation when it appeared in 1959. The story was all too real - indeed this classic was inspired by the real-life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic murderer who led a dual life. Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated, and turned the book into one of the most-loved classic films of all time the year after it was released.
 

3. The Exorcist by William Peter Blattey

 
 
 
 
 
 
William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.
 

2. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

 
 
 
 
 
 
As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him. That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs - an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.
 

1. Jaws by Peter Benchley

 
 
 
 
 
 
The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time.
 
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 3:30am