It’s officially October and you know what that means…spooky season is finally here! If you’ve been preparing a list of what scary movies you’ll be watching this month, you might be interested in a new trend popping up in thriller books. Recently, there’s been a trend of books that have plots heavily around movies, whether it’s an actor or actress trying to escape their infamous roles, a director who is a little too attached to their projects, or even a plot jam-packed by movie references. So, if you’re someone who identifies as both a bibliophile and a cinephile, here are some books you’ll want to pick up this fall!
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
Hendrix flawlessly pays tribute to iconic horror movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, and Friday the 13th with this novel. You’ve heard of a “final girl”: the last one standing at the end of a horror movie. Well, Lynne Tarkington is one of them, and she’s been meeting with other final girls and a therapist in a support group for over a decade. When one of the other final girls goes missing, Lynne and the others begin to believe someone dangerous has found out about their support group and is looking to pick them off one by one.
Run Time by Catherine Ryan Howard
Adele Rafferty was beginning to think she would never act again after her reputation caused her popularity to diminish. Then she gets the lead role in the upcoming horror film Final Draft. Adele then finds herself deep in the woods with barely any cell service preparing to film the movie, just as events in real life begin to mirror the script. While she just wanted her big break, Adele begins to wonder if she will live long enough to see the credits roll.
Always the First to Die by R.J. Jacobs
Lexi was the first to die in the horror movie in which she made her acting debut filmed at the Pinecrest Estate in the Florida Keys. A terrible death happened on set, and since then, Lexi has never returned to the Florida Keys. Now, years later, Lexi’s daughter has ran off to the Pinecrest Estate for answers about her mother’s past during a Category 4 hurricane, bringing Lexis back for the first time since she fled.
Curse of the Reaper by Brian McAuley
Howard Browning used to be a household name for playing The Reaper in the Night of the Reaper horror movie franchise. Now, he barely has any autographs to sign at horror conventions and it seems his fans have left him back in the ’80s. Howard thinks things are about to turn around for him when the studio announces a reboot of Night of the Reaper—until he finds out his role is going to the former child-star Trevor Mane. But Howard is refusing to give up his character, and will go not let anyone get in his way of being the star of this franchise once again.
My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Jade Daniels uses horror movies as an escapism for her life. She is half-indigenous, her father is abusive, her mother is not in the picture, and she’s an outcast. While Jade enjoys the horror films full of masked killers and bloodshed, she finds herself in a real-life horror movie when the bodies start to pile up in Indian Lake.
Shutter by Melissa Larsen
Betty Roux has recently moved to New York City to start a new life following the death of her father. Shortly after arriving, Betty finds herself being offered the lead role in a new film directed by the mysterious Anthony Marino. When Betty and the five-person cast and crew arrive in Maine to start filming, Betty begins to suspect that something sinister is brewing behind the camera.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Ashley Cordova has just been found dead in an abandoned warehouse, and the police have ruled her death a suicide. Investigative journalist Scott McGrath believes otherwise. Ashley was the daughter of the infamous horror director, Stanislas Cordova, who has not been seen in public for over thirty years. Scott believes Ashley’s death is more than coincidental and another link in a chain of events that has haunted Stanislas for years. The last time Scott tried to expose this popular horror director, he lost his marriage and his job, and now as he investigates Ashley’s death, he could lose much more.