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8 eerie books to indulge your Stranger Things obsession

Has Stranger Things left  you with an appetite for more adventure and 80s references? Satisfy your craving with our selection of creepy, thrilling stories


 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Shirley Jackson

If you enjoyed the creeping sense of dread throughout Stranger Things, pick up this masterful example of small-town horror. Starting with a crime that shocks and ripples through this tiny town, you won’t regret stepping into Jackson’s unsettling world in a book that's packed with atmosphere and more than a hint of black comedy.

 

A Summer of Drowning

John Burnside

This haunting novel begins with twenty-something Liv reminiscing about the events of a strange summer a decade ago. Filled with teenage angst, a tense plot and strange Norwegian folk tales, A Summer of Drowning straddles a line somewhere between mystery, suspense and horror.

 

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle

A children's classic that lives up to re-reading as an adult, the heroes of this book travel through time and space to bring a kidnapped loved one back home from somewhere beyond this world – a theme that should be very familiar to fans of Stranger Things.

 

Black Hole

Charles Burns

Set in mid-70s suburban Seattle, Black Hole is a genre-transcending graphic novel that deals with suburban malaise, teenage alienation, relentless anxiety and the longing to escape. Illustrated in incredible detail, this graphic novel explores a specific moment of flux in American culture, as well as the kids caught up in it.

 

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

Lose yourself in a virtual reality treasure hunt filled with 70s and 80s sci-fi references. While there may not be any plot similarities between Cline’s breakthrough debut novel and Stranger Things, Ready Player One is filled with nostalgia. There's also a film version by Steven Spielberg due out in 2018.

 

Ghost Stories

M.R. James

Pop a jumper on and grab a blanket, because this book will chill you to the core. Written to entertain friends on Christmas Eve, these stories went on to transform and modernise a genre. Filled with the now-common signs of impending terror, James’s stories reveal a world where the familiar becomes diabolical and evil brushes against everyday life in the most unexpected ways.

 

Night Film

Marisha Pessl

One of the things that makes Stranger Things so brilliant is the fact that it's filled with so many cultural references from the 80s. Night Film is similar in that way, with an addictive plot that effortlessly combines cult cinema and horror.

 

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

H.P. Lovecraft

Scare yourself with some of the best stories from the grandfather of weird fiction. Between these pages you’ll find things that lurk, scurry and move unseen. The title story involves three linked narratives which piece together the disturbing story of the monstrous extraterrestrial being known as ‘Cthulhu’. 

 

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