100 Books That Should Be Made Into Movies Instead of Another Stephen King Adaptation

The full title of this post is actually:

100 Books That Should Be Made Into Movies Instead of Another Stephen King Adaptation Even Though We All Love Stephen King, He’s A Freakin’ National Treasure, and We’re Are Super Stoked for IT 2 and the Pet Sematary Remake

Because it’s time to spread the love around, you know. This is the dawn of a new golden age in horror and it seems like all we’re getting is King remakes. I get it – Hollywood is risk-averse and King is a known quantity. But you don’t get movies like GET OUT or IT FOLLOWS by playing it safe.

This happened.

And my editor at HarperVoyager had to call me out. So I took an hour and made this list. The rules were, books by authors who deserve more attention – even though they may have some fame – and I wasn’t aware that their books had any sort of movie deal. Some may be optioned, surely, but I’m not aware of it. This means awesome people like Weston Ochse, Brian Keene, Richard Kadrey, Daryl Gregory, Chuck Wendig, Bryan Smith, Nathan Ballangrud – the list goes on – who’ve had movies or I know movies are in the pipeline, were excluded. With one caveat – I know Laird Barron has had a movie made from a work of shorter fiction of his, but he’s going on the list because I say so. Non negotiable and don’t @ me.

Here we go:

  1. Swang Song – Robert McCammon
  2. The Wolf’s Hour – Robert McCammon
  3. They Thirst – Robert McCammon
  4. The Ceremonies – T.E.D. Klein
  5. The Events at Poroth Farm – T.E.D. Klein
  6. The Blood of the Lamb – Thomas F. Monteleone
  7. Cry Your Way Home – Damien Angelica Walters
  8. The Last Werewolf – Glen Duncan
  9. Tallulah Rising – Glen Duncan
  10. By Blood We Live – Glen Duncan
  11. I, Lucifer – Glen Duncan
  12. Those Who Hunt the Night – Barbara Hambly
  13. Already Dead – Charlie Huston
  14. Strangewood – Christopher Golden
  15. Nightingale – Amy Lukavics
  16. Ararat – Christopher Golden
  17. The Book of M – Peng Shepherd
  18. Fiend – Jemiah Jefferson
  19. A Manhattan Ghost Story – TM Wright
  20. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  21. The Croning – Laird Barron
  22. The Light Is The Darkness – Laird Barron
  23. The Men From Porlock – Laird Barron
  24. Zombie Ohio – Scott Kenemore
  25. The Grand Hotel – Scott Kenemore
  26. Breathers – S.G. Browne
  27. Zero Saints – Gabino Iglesias
  28. The Fisherman – John Langan
  29. The House of Windows – John Langan
  30. The Specter and the Siren – Jonathan Janz
  31. The Children of the Dark – Jonathan Janz
  32. Bleed – Ed Kurtz
  33. Necroscope – Brian Lumley
  34. The Rib From Which I Remake The World – Ed Kurtz
  35. 13 Views of the Suicide Woods – Bracken Macleod
  36. Stranded – Bracken Macleod
  37. The Agony House – Cherie Priest
  38. Maplecroft – Cherie Priest
  39. Chapelwood – Cherie Priest
  40. The Infernal Ivybridge Twins – Molly Tanzer
  41. The Drowning Girl – Caitlin Kiernan
  42. Agents of Dreamland – Caitlin Kiernan
  43. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
  44. Possessions – James A. Moore
  45. No Hero – Jonathan Wood
  46. Last Days – Brian Evenson
  47. The Open Curtain – Brian Evenson
  48. Breaking the World – Jerry Gordon
  49. Skullcrack City – Jeremy Robert Johnson
  50. Entropy in Bloom – Jeremy Robert Johnson
  51. The Devil’s Detective – Simon Kurt Unsworth
  52. Come Closer – Sara Gran
  53. Furnace – Livia Llewellyn
  54. Blackwater – Michael McDowell
  55. Elementals – Michael McDowell
  56. Charlie Stross – The Laundry Files
  57. Monster Island – David Wellington
  58. 13 Bullets – David Wellington
  59. Queen of Kings – Maria Dahvana Headley
  60. Moonshine – Alaya Dawn Johnson
  61. The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahborn
  62. Mongrels – Stephen Graham Jones
  63. Every House is Haunted – Ian Rogers
  64. Enter, Night – Michael Rowe
  65. Coyote Songs – Gabino Iglesias
  66. Mapping the Interior – Stephen Graham Jones
  67. The Reapers Are The Angels – Alden Bell
  68. Survivor – J.F. Gonzalez
  69. I Am the River – T. E. Grau
  70. Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
  71. Universal Harvester – John Darnielle
  72. Experimental Film – Gemma Files
  73. The Missing – Sarah Langan
  74. The Changeling – Victor LaValle
  75. The Ballad of Black Tom – Victor LaValle
  76. The Twilight Pariah – Jeffrey Ford
  77. Certain Dark Things – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  78. Never Bet the Devil – Orrin Grey
  79. Guiginol and Other Sardonic Tales – Orrin Grey
  80. White is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi
  81. A Choir of Ill Children – Tom Piccirilli
  82. Fuckin’ Lie Down Already – Tom Piccirilli
  83. I Can Transform You – Maurice Broaddus
  84. Halcyon – Rio Youers
  85. The Grove – John Rector
  86. The Cold Kiss – John Rector
  87. My Soul to Keep – Tananarive Due
  88. The Walking – Bentley Little
  89. Johannes Cabal, Necromancer – Jonathan L. Howard
  90. Carter & Lovecraft – Jonathan L. Howard
  91. Ragged Alice – Gareth L. Powell
  92. Hammers on Bone – Cassandra Khaw
  93. Black Goat Motorcycle Club – Jason Murphy
  94. The Way of All Flesh – Tim Waggoner
  95. Dead City – Joe McKinney
  96. The Mouth of the Dark – Tim Waggoner
  97. Night in the Lonesome October – Richard Laymon
  98. The Traveling Vampire Show – Richard Laymon
  99. The Harvest – Scott Nicholson
  100. Riverwatch – Joe Nassise
  101. The Heretic – Joe Nassise
  102. Where Oblivion Dwells – Teresa Frohock
  103. Anno Dracula – Kim Newman
  104. Witchdoctor – Brandon Seifert
  105. Cold Moon Over Babylon – Michael McDowell
  106. Anything by Tanith Lee
  107. Anything by Steve Rasnic Tem

That’s just books I know of. And thrown together in a little more than an hour. So, Hollywood producers, take a peek and holler at some authors or their agents and get some rights.

johnhornor

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