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    18 Horror Novels Every True Fan Should Read Before Watching The Movie Version

    Maybe don't wait to read 'em before bed.

    Farrah Penn for BuzzFeed

    1. Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (1988)

    Arrow
    http://moviesfilmsmotionpictures.com/2011/10/

    Why bother with the book: Because fans of Hannibal Lecter will enjoy how the story dives deeper into his character.

    2. The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

    Penguin Random House
    http://www.film.ru/articles/kak-proyti-v-biblioteku

    Why bother with the book: It offers more backstory than the movie, and it's guaranteed to leave you tense with suspenseful anxiety.

    3. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin (1967)

    Signet
    https://darcnina.wordpress.com/category/movies/page/2/

    Why bother with the book: Because the story offers details the movie left behind all while building creepy, intense anticipation.

    4. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson (1977)

    Prentice Hall
    http://movies.radiofree.com/photos.cgi?id=432

    Why bother with the book: Because the descriptive imagery of this story will give you even *more* chills than the movie.

    5. Psycho by Robert Bloch (1959)

    Simon & Schuster
    http://thefilmbox.org/ultimate-facts/psycho/

    Why bother with the book: The details within the pages provide insight that will make the movie a more chilling experience.

    6. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (1971)

    HarperTorch
    http://www.lifeboxset.com/2015/historias-reales-de-terror-sets-peliculas/

    Why bother with the book: The story offers a deeper sense of the characters and successfully capitalizes on these terrifying events.

    7. It by Stephen King (1986)

    Trafalgar Square
    http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Why-Stephen-King-Finally-Letting-His-Novel-It-Become-Movie-68540.html

    Why bother with the book: Aside from King being a profound storyteller, you'll quickly become invested in the haunting, unputdownable plotline of this novel.

    8. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1879)

    Penguin Random House
    http://www.slamedia.org/topmenu/seans-halloween-movie-recommendations-2014/

    Why bother with the book: Because it's a classic, but also because you experience this well-known story through intriguing letters and journal entries.

    9. (The) Ring by Koji Suzuki (1991)

    Vertical
    http://www.celebeat.com/articles/17574/20150128/next-rings-movie-to-release-nov-2015-along-with-many-more-horror-movies.htm

    Why bother with the book: The story is even more unsettling than the movie. Plus it's also a trilogy... so the horror doesn't have to end with the first book.

    10. The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum (1989)

    Leisure Books
    http://www.mr-movie.com/the-girl-next-door-2-movie.html

    Why bother with the book: As a fictional story based on true events, it provides an even more disturbing look into the minds of twisted sociopaths.

    11. House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker (2006)

    Thomas Nelson
    http://www.roadsideattractions.com/Catalog/FilmLibrary.asp?ProjectID=%7BBE619EC7-F628-49E5-8199-910CEED8548A%7D

    Why bother with the book: You quickly become invested in the characters, and the unexpected twists will have you tearing through the pages.

    12. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (1983)

    David R. Godine Publisher
    http://www.aceshowbiz.com/still/00006358/the-woman-in-black06.html

    Why bother with the book: Because the writing is gorgeous, atmospheric, and the intensity of the plot will keep your heart racing.

    13. Ghost Story by Peter Straub (1979)

    Pocket Books / Simon & Schuster
    http://www.gangurigon.com/ghost-story-peter-straub/

    Why bother with the book: You're able to learn more about these characters and experience classic, bone-chilling horror writing at its finest.

    14. Carrie by Stephen King (1974)

    Pocket Books
    http://www.eonline.com/news/468489/carrie-see-chloe-grace-moretz-julianne-moore-in-these-scary-horror-movie-pics

    Why bother with the book: Because you're able to gain a deeper understanding of these well-known characters while immersing yourself in brilliantly creepy writing.

    15. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (1976)

    Ballantine Books
    http://img.neoseeker.com/view.php?entityid=21714&imageid=316545

    Why bother with the book: Because Rice's writing is rich and intriguing, and you're able to indulge more fully into this world.

    16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

    Penguin
    http://horrorpedia.com/2013/11/24/frankenstein-1994/

    Why bother with the book: Because the story takes a better look at creation and humanization, and it's easy to become invested in Shelley's characters.

    17. 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles (2001)

    IDW Publishing
    http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/horror-movies/images/9186771/title/horror-movie-wishlist-30-days-night-photo

    Why bother with the book: This graphic novel is visually gorgeous with a tense, suspenseful storyline.

    18. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)

    Random House
    https://thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/512-american-psycho-materialism-misogyny-and-machismo/

    Why bother with the book: Because you get a closer, even more disturbing look inside the mind of America's most famous psychopath.

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