It would be easy to make a list of horror novel adaptations into TV series. The Haunting of Hill House, for example, or Bates Motel (based on Psycho), or The Mist. Sometimes, however, there’s a vibe between a TV series and a book that is not its source material, and that is the list for today.
Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle / Paranormal Lockdown (2019-present)
The Experiment in Terror series is about two ghost hunters named Perry and Dex. Over the course of the series, Perry and Dex simmer with sexual tension. There’s a little less simmer on “Paranormal Lockdown,” but the ghosthunting duo of Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman put themselves in situations just as scary. Katrina looks almost exactly like I imagined Perry looking, too.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga / Dexter (2006-2013)
When I Hunt Killers first came out, it immediately reminded me of “Dexter.” More specifically, a kind of “Dexter Jr.” I read it as an advanced reader copy, and the cover was very similar to the above Norwegian edition of the book, which looks SO similar to the red text and blood splatter on white of the “Dexter” promos. The story is about a kid who is the son of a serial killer, who begins to feel urges to kill and puts himself on a mission to kill other serial killers. Yes, this could describe both!
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale / Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
No One Else Can Have You is a darkly humorous murder story set Wisconsin. It doesn’t quite have the quirkiness of “Twin Peaks,” but there’s enough weird stuff going on. Another “watch-alike” could be “Fargo.”
Have you ever read a book that reminded you of a tv show, horror or otherwise?