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Turning Off The TV #26: Horror October Special Edition


Welcome to my regular Thursday feature, Turning off the TV! In this feature I recommend books similar to TV shows or films you may have enjoyed, both series and specific episodes. This is a special Horror October edition of the feature, with lots more recommendations under a general theme. Obviously, the theme is horror (surprise, surprise!), but I’ve separated the books out by the main element of the story and suggested a film for each one. Each cover leads to the Goodreads page for the book.

Haunted houses e.g. Poltergeist

The Haunting of Hill House Amityville Horror The Vanishing by Wendy Webb

Experimentation e.g. Splice

The Madman's Daughter Broken The Heavens Rise

Ghosts e.g. Paranormal Activity

Anna Dressed In Blood The Turn Of The Screw The Graveyard Book

Werewolves e.g. The Howling

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy Shiver Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar

Terrifying beasts e.g. Trollhunter

The Terror The Ruins Snowblind

Vampires e.g. Nosferatu

Carmilla Interview with the Vampire The Historian

Do you have any recommendations to add? What are some of your favourite elements or tropes of the horror genre?


12 thoughts on “Turning Off The TV #26: Horror October Special Edition”

    1. It’s not a really creepy one, but it’s atmospheric and… well, Gaiman-like. I’m pretty sure anyone who has read his books knows what I mean by that, he’s very unique. πŸ™‚

  1. I would add “The Shining” by Stephen King under Haunted Houses (although the setting of the book is in a hotel).

  2. There is something about Ghost books that makes me more scared than other paranormal creatures like werewolves. Perhaps because there are more stories about real life ghost situations. I liked Anna dressed in blood and I have to pick up the sequel soon. Haunted house: The fall by Bethany Griffin. Vampires: Kagawa – The immortal rules.

  3. I have read lots of horror and I can generally say that I like contemporary, gritty, realistic horror. I don’t mind a supernatural element now and again, but I don’t like the “alternative world” books, where everyone has some kind of superpower.

    I used to read alot of King and Koontz but then I grew tired of the over-writing- Nowadays I am not particularly loyal to any one writer, and I read alot of crime.

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