It’s kind of startling to realize how many of the best horror movies started out as novels. But it’s true: so many terrifying films found their start as equally terrifying books, including some that might surprise you. Since it’s Halloween (which is definitely the scariest time of year), we’ve rounded up six awesome horror movies that were originally adapted from books. If you don’t want to sleep for the next few nights, then it’s time to dive into both the movie AND book versions of these horrifying tales:
Just thinking about The Ring – and that horrifying scene where the ghost climbs out of the television set – gives us genuine chills. The film is actually based on an extremely popular Japanese horror novel called Ring that was written by Koji Suzuki in 1991, with all of the events taking place in modern Japan. Suzuki ended up turning the book into a series, with six books and counting. The stories have been adapted into multiple movie versions, including four in the US (with another Rings movie slated to come out in 2017), several in Japan, and one in South Korea.