Halloween Reads: Let's Go to the Movies!

How many of these classic horror movies did you know started off as books?

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954)--This apocalyptic horror novel has been turned into a movie several times, including 1964's The Last Man On Earth (starring Vincent Price), 1971's The Omega Man (starring Charlton Heston), and 2007's I Am Legend (starring Will Smith).  You can read the original on Overdrive and see which version is truest to Matheson's story.

"Who Goes There?" by John Cambell (1938)--This short story is the basis for the movies The Thing From Another World (1951) and The Thing (1982), one of the greatest sci-fi/horror movies ever made.  Find it on Overdrive.

Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (1958)--The movie, starring Kevin Bacon, came out in 1999, over 40 years after the book.  You can read the book on Overdrive.  Fun fact: In addition to being a novelist, Matheson also wrote screenplays for TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek.

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin (1967)--The movie, starring Mia Farrow, came out shortly after the novel.  You can borrow a copy of the book at the Main Branch of HCPL.

Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1951)--The movie came out in 1962.  You can listen to the BBC's 1968 audio drama on Overdrive.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959)--This ghost story was made into a movie twice, in 1963 and 1999.  Both versions were simply called The Haunting.  You can check out the book from the Corydon branch of HCPL.

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