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Pop Culture Connection: Thrills & Chills

It's the last week in October and you know what that means! Check out these book recommendations based on my favorite streaming Halloween TV!

With October comes a ton of new TV shows and movies for streaming on platforms like Netflix and Hulu. It's also a great time to revisit some old favorites! I've been doing a lot of reading this year and I'm here to suggest a book based on your new favorite show.

If you like: The Haunting of Hill House (2018) [Netflix]

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

This TV show is an adaption of Shirley Jackson's book of the same name. Countless articles have been written about how scary it is so definitely watch at your own risk! A young couple, Julia and James, leave behind their old lives in an effort to start anew, only to find that their new home is haunted. Stains on the wall appear on Julia's body as bruises, hidden rooms within rooms, and mysterious neighbors help make this a truly gripping and creepy read.

If you like: Tales of Halloween (2015) [Netflix]

Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Some of us love our stories in anthology form. Tales of Halloween is an excellent hodge podge of all things spooky without the pesky "too scared to sleep tonight" that comes with some of our horror favorites (looking at you Haunting of Hill House!). In Strange Weather, there are four short stories: a man possesses a Polaroid Camera that erases memories with each picture, a mall cop stops a mass shooting but as his story unravels so does his mind, a man skydives but ends up on a solid cloud with a mind of it's own, and finally it begins to rain nails across the world. This atmospheric read is the perfect short story collection for horror fans.

If you like: Slasher (2017) [Netflix]

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Slasher is one of my favorite shows to rewatch around October! The first season sees a masked killer terrorizing a nice couple in a sleepy town. The second season takes us to an old summer camp during the winter, as a group of friends visit to cover up a murder they committed years ago before the land is razed. Here, is the connection to Final Girls, which delves into the psychology of Quincy Carpenter, the sole survivor of a massacre during a spring break retreat. She forms a close relationship with two other women who survived mass murders but soon one of them is found dead in a suspicious suicide. If you're a big fan of the Final Girls Trope like I am, add this to your list!

If you like: Stranger Things (2017) [Netflix]

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

The teen detectives of the Blyton Summer Detective Club haven't seen one another since their final case in 1977. The year is now 1990 and the friends reunite to investigate one final case: the source of their nightmares as they go back to where it all began and confront the monsters still lurking in the dark. This group could easily be our Stranger Things kids, grown up and struggling to overcome the horrors they've witnessed in Hawkins during middle school. Interdimensional beings, suspense, a coming of age tale and great humor make this title a great read for fans of the Netflix series.

If you like: Light as a Feather (2018) [Hulu]

Black Magick by Greg Rucka

I may or may not be hate watching Light as a Feather, a new show on Hulu where a group of friends play the classic "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board" with a slight twist. After the new girl predicts each friends' death, her predictions begin to eerily come to fruition. Black Magick is a graphic novel in a gorgeous noir style that follows Rowan Black, a powerful witch who is also a homicide detective and the target of something evil. You will enjoy the witchcraft in this graphic novel as well as the art and it will leave you less frustrated than Light as a Feather.

If you like: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2016) [Netflix]

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

I know. Isn't this the title that inspired the show? It is! And you should read it because it is fantastic. This is Sabrina Spellman like you are COMPLETELY unfamiliar with if you watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the 90s. This graphic novel is dark and a little bit macabre, but presents a story that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

Happy Halloween!


Created by Kristin Lansdown on Oct 26th, 2018 @ 10:00 AM.
Updated on Oct 29th, 2018 @ 9:23 AM.