Horror sure is making a come back (thanks to the US movie and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to name a few) so I can’t help but come up with a list that combines two of my favorite things. 1) Read books that give me the creeps and 2) watch enough scary movies that my nerves are completely shot and there’s just no hope of getting any sleep in the near future. Thus, I’ve combined the two into this list of my favorite creepy YA books that would be really excellent if they were made into horror movies.
1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
This movie could be done on a super low budget, sort of Blair Witch style.
2. Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Obviously this movie should be in the style of other possession movies.
3. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Dear Guillermo del Toro – please adapt this into a movie. Sincerely, EVERYONE.
4. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
This would be great as a haunted house-type mystery horror movie, like The Orphanage. Since this book has done some of the leg work by providing creepy images, filmmakers, please use those as a guide! Also, please film in a real, abandoned asylum. K THANKS BYE.
5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
7. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Imagine this book as a movie made by the same people who did 28 Days Later. IT WOULD BE SO EPIC/SCARY.
8. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Don’t let this cover fool you – this book is creepy as hell and would make for a really good psychological, Hannibal-style thriller!
9. Rotters by Daniel Kraus
Whoever ends up adapting this for the big screen better have an amazing makeup and special effects department (real special effects, none of that CGI crap) because this book has plenty of nasty (in the best possible way) scenes.
10. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
This movie will need a classic, old Hollywood feel to it. I mean, the book IS based on a classic, old novel –– so maybe something event silent and black and white, like Nosferatu.
11. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
This one could be great if it was shot and scripted like Let The Right One In (the amazing Swedish version, not that dumb American remake.)
12. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Unlike the other books on this list, this book would do very well as one of those highly stylized CGI movies –– like a Zack Snyder movie. (Think Suckerpunch – except with an actual plot and good storytelling.)
I didn’t include some obvious ones in here for various reasons. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is the first obvious choice because, well, it’s perfect for this post. However, it is technically middle grade – hence why it does not appear on this list. That being said SOMEONE MAKE IT INTO A MOVIE NOW.
The second obvious book that is missing form this list is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Duh, this book is perfect as a movie. So perfect in fact, that IT IS GOING TO BE ONE. DIRECTED BY TIM BURTON. (There needs to be something in text greater than just all caps because all caps doesn’t quite express how excited I am about this.) So yeah, left that one off this list because all the perfect things are happening for this book and I wanted to make room for some lesser known titles.