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Read It and Scream: 10 Horror Books That Inspired Movies

These terrifying horror flicks are ripped from the page.

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The Sentinel

The Sentinel

By Jeffrey Konvitz

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Crawlspace

By Herbert Lieberman

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

Dracula

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

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  • Still from Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). 

    Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures
The Complete Short Stories

The Complete Short Stories

By Edgar Allan Poe

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Rosemary's Baby

By Ira Levin

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  • Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby (1968). 

    Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures
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The Exorcist

By William Peter Blatty

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The Amityville Horror

By Jay Anson

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  • James Brolin and Margot Kidder in The Amityville Horror (1979).

    Photo Credit: American International Pictures (AIP)
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Pet Sematary

By Stephen King

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The Silence of the Lambs

By Thomas Harris