As an avid horror reader there is a lot to choose from in the realm of horror literature. You can go with the classics like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Bram Stoker’s Dracula or go more modern with works from Stephen King or Dean Koontz. Once you have found that perfect book and get so engrossed in it’s different horror layers, do you ever stop to think this book would make a great television series? Well I do!
Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye – I’ll be the first to admit that this book is way below my age level to be reading, but it looked way to cute to pass up and plus it had glowing reviews. Written by Tania Del Rio and illustrated by Will Staehle, Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye tells the story of Warren who works in his family’s rundown hotel. With only his Uncle Rupert and his Aunt Annaconda to run the place, Warren becomes the everything boy, he’s an errand runner, bellhop, groundskeeper and any other task his evil Aunt Annaconda can assign him. But, her ultimate goal is not the upkeep of the hotel it’s to find the All-Seeing Eye, which is rumored to be located somewhere inside the hotel. But, a mysterious hotel guest that just checked in might just beat Annaconda to the treasure.
The one thing that struck me other than it’s an amazing fast read at only 224 pages was how well this would play out in the television medium. The cover art alone feels like Burton influenced, the colorful characters and revolving story would adapt in to mini-series, much like what The Cartoon Network did with Over the Garden Wall (which if you haven’t watched it I highly recommend it). Throughout the book Warren doesn’t just have to deal with his Aunt and Uncle, there are puzzles he must solve in order to find the All-Seeing Eye as well as unlocking additional mysteries in and out of the hotel. I would love to see Burton or even Del Toro have a hand in this adaptation to help solidify the child like horror and humor found in Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye.
Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches/Chapelwood: The Borden Dispatches – I have been fascinated by the Lizzie Borden story since I was a kid and my interest in her continues to this day. There have been countless books and articles written on whether or not Lizzie Borden was guilty of the crime of murder. So, when I came across Cherie Priest’s Maplecroft, I figured it just be another re-telling of Lizzie and her trial. I was right about the re-telling, but instead of the same old trial coverage, Priest made Maplecroft, the first in a series of two books, a creature feature H.P. Lovecraft style book with Lizzie heading it all up with her trusty axe. When something strange washes up on shore it affects not only the townsfolk, but even Lizzie’s own sister, Emma. It becomes up to Lizzie and the town’s doctor to figure out is truly going on and how to stop it.
What’s most enjoyable about this book and it’s sequel, Chapelwood, which takes Lizzie on another horror adventure involving a cult, is the style in which it’s written. Rather than intertwining the characters experiences in the book it’s written in a diary style with each chapter dedicated to a character’s reciting of their experiences during a specific time in the book. I loved that the character of Lizzie was taken and expanded into different area that other authors using her as a subject matter have never done. This style of book and a well worked adaptation would play quite nicely on a cable network such as HBO or Showtime.
13 Bullets/99 Coffins/Vampire Zero/23 Hours/32 Fangs – I’m a huge fan of David Wellington, having read his zombie trilogy series, Monster Island. Wellington moves into the territory of vampires and changes the landscape of folklore surrounding vampires and also the life of police officer Laura Caxton.
Vampires have been eradicated since the 1980’s, but State Trooper Laura Caxton may have come across one. When she contacts the FBI for assistance and Agent Arkley shows up he believes this is another vampire case, but many believed he killed the last one, but he knows the real truth about the vampires.
This is one of the most engrossing serial books I have read and would play amazing on the small screen, if all factors align correctly (actor, script and direction). The characters are ever changing including Arkley and Caxton, who later finds vampire killing all too much to bear. The 5 series book has more than enough suspense, horror and action to fill several seasons. This show would work really well on Netflix, because once it’s made you will want to binge watch it.
What horror books do you think would make a great tv show? Let me know @horrorevilqueen