Six mystery or horror books adapted for TV

As I prepare for Halloween Bingo on BookLikes, Ive been looking for books that match the new “Film At II” category.

Generally, in order to qualify for Halloween bingo, all books must fit into one of the general genres of horror, mystery, suspense or supernatural.

This space is filled by any Halloween bingo book that has been adapted to film or television. For extra fun, you can watch the adaptation – although this is an optional add on!

“Bird Box” by Josh Malerman

I’m planning to go with “Bird Box” from my TBR pile as both the movie and the film have gotten good reviews.

Here’s the publisher’s summary

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

I also looked at some of the mystery and horror books that have been converted into TV series. I was reminded of three, “Granchester”, “Sharp Objects” and “The Magicians” that I’ve seen but haven’t read the books, , one, “A Discovery Of Witches”,that I’ve read the book but not yet seen the TV series, and two “Hemlock Grove” and “The Terror” where the books are in my TBR pile and I haven’t seen the TV series yet

“Sidney Chambers and The Shadow Of Death Granchester #1”

Mystery stories set in 1950s England where charismatic upper-class, athletic vicar solves crime with the help of a slightly disreputable working class police Inspector.

“Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn

Dark and twisted Southern Gothic novel by Gillian Flynn that was made into an almost as dark TV series by HBO.

The Magicians” by Lev Grossman

Coming of age story for the magically gifted who have been raised in ignorance, get to try out for magic school. This is not Hogwarts. These are not children. The line between good and evil, entitled and excluded, righteous and corrupt depends on who is drawing it. I gave up part way through Season One. The series seemed to clean and shiny to me.

“Hemlock Grove” by Brian McGreevy

Slightly tacky gothic creep show novel turned into something more interesting by Netflicks.

“The Terror” by Dan Simmons

Sprawling nearly 1,000 page spooky historical fiction of Victorian men pitting themselves against the elements, each other and the supernatural on a quest for the Northwest Passage that turns into a struggle for survival. It was turned into a TV series last year. Season two is scheduled for release this year.

“A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness

I’ve only read the first book in this trilogy about a professor coming into her powers as a witch but it was fun and Sky have now turned it into TV that seems good to look at.

One thought on “Six mystery or horror books adapted for TV

  1. I’m looking forward to A Discovery of Witches adaptation. I love, love, loved the books and really hope they do justice to the story.


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