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You’ve probably got your Halloween plans down pat by now. Costumes, candy and scary decor are all part of the program. But this year, why not add a spooky book to your list? After all, your imagination can be much scarier than any allegedly haunted house. A terrifying tale can be just the thing to get you into the festive spirit.

Better yet, many thrilling reads have also been turned into on-screen hits, so after you’re done reading you can watch the movie at your Halloween party. Take the 10 books below. All of them have been big hits with both bibliophiles and cinephiles, and according to Goodreads member ratings and reviews, they’ve been named the most popular horror book-to-screen adaptations. We can think of no better way to get into a Halloween mood than staying up late with some of these reads (preferably with the lights on), and then finishing off with a good old-fashioned spooky movie night.

’The Amityville Horror’ by Jay Anson (starting at $7.19; amazon.com)


“The classic and terrifying story of one of the most famous supernatural events – the infamous possessed house on Long Island from which the Lutz family fled in 1975,” according to Amazon’s description.

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’The Shining’ by Stephen King (starting at $6.29; amazon.com)


“Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote … and more sinister.”

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The Exorcist’ by William Peter Blatty (starting at $12.74; amazon.com)


“Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.”

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’Rosemary’s Baby’ by Ira Levin (starting at $14.36; amazon.com)


“Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant – and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems.”

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’The Birds’ by Daphne du Maurier (starting at $5; amazon.com)


“A classic of alienation and horror, ‘The Birds’ was immortalized by Hitchcock in his celebrated film.”

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’Dracula’ by Bram Stoker (starting at $8.44; amazon.com)


“Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.”

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’The Silence of the Lambs’ by Thomas Harris (starting at $8.99; amazon.com)


“A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname – Buffalo Bill – is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau’s Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter – Hannibal the Cannibal – who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.”

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’Psycho’ by Robert Bloch (starting at $9.99; amazon.com)


“The story was all too real – indeed this classic was inspired by the real-life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic murderer who led a dual life. Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated, and turned the book into one of the most-loved classic films of all time the year after it was released.”

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’Ring’ by Koji Suzuki (starting at $13.95; amazon.com)


“Asakawa, a hardworking journalist, is intrigued by his niece’s inexplicable death. His investigation leads him from a metropolitan Tokyo teeming with modern society’s fears to a rural Japan – a mountain resort, a volcanic island, and a countryside clinic – haunted by the past. His attempt to solve the tape’s mystery before it’s too late – for everyone – assumes an increasingly deadly urgency. Ring is a chillingly told horror story, a masterfully suspenseful mystery, and post-modern trip.”

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’Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley (starting at $6.50; amazon.com)


“Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley about the young student of science Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.”

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