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Awesome Books For Fans of Stranger Things
If you're anything like us, you've already binge-watched the third season of Stranger Things and are now looking for something to fill that nostalgic, science fiction hole in your heart. Well, we're here to share a few books like Stranger Things that'll help tide you over until season four.
It's easy to see where some of the Duffer brothers' ideas for the show came from: John Carpenter, Stephen King, and George Lucas among a few. Three of Stephen King's books made the list because, well, how could they not? Several of his books definitely inspired the Duffer Brothers' project.
1. The Body by Stephen King
While Stephen King's novella, The Body, was set in 1960, it's easy to see the inspiration Stranger Things found in the story. Set in the small, fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, The Body is about a group of four boys who, after hearing that a boy went missing from a neighboring town, set off to find his body. Along the way, they face the harsh realities of isolation, loneliness, and even death. The film version, Stand By Me, is a classic!
2. My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
If you want some true 80s nostalgia, My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix is a safe bet! Sophomores Abby and Gretchen are long time best friends. One night, they go skinny dipping to disastrous results, and after, Gretchen begins acting strange. Irritable, moody, and always nearby when bizarre incidents happen. Abby investigates and comes to a startling - and terrifying - conclusion. Will their friendship be enough?
3. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Rory Power's Wilder Girls may not have the nostalgia of Stranger Things, but it definitely has the same eerie feeling. The Raxter School for Girls has been under quarantine for the last eighteen months. The Tox was slow to infiltrate, the teachers dying one by one, before it started infecting the students. The quarantine has cut them off from the world, forcing them to fend for themselves on the island the school is located on. Then Hetty's friend Byatt goes missing, and she'll do whatever she can to save her.
4. Firestarter by Stephen King
If you read Stephen King's Firestarter, you're going to get serious El vibes from Charlie, the young girl with pyrokinesis. In the book, college students Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson wanted to make a bit of extra money and signed up for an experiment. It unlocked "exceptional latent psychic talents" in them that manifested even greater in their daughter. Now the government agents who once experimented on them want Charlie to use her for their own means.
5. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan
One of my most stories most like Stranger Things is the comic book series Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan. Erin Tieng has recently moved to Stony Stream and taken a job as a paper girl. On an early morning in 1988, she meets a group of paper girls named Mac, KJ, and Tiffany who ask Erin to join their group. They get attacked by teenagers and steal a walkie talkie from them. While chasing them, the girls end up in a construction house and discover a time machine in the basement. They discover the teens are time travelers who are in the middle of a war, a war the girls get swept in too.
6. December Park by Ronald Malfi
It's 1993 and children begin disappearing in the suburb of Harting Farm in Ronald Malfi's December Park. Then a child is found dead near December Park, a creepy place the children think is haunted. The abductor gets called the Piper because of the way he leads kids away. A group of kids find a link between a dead girl and the killer, and decide to take take the killer down.
7. It by Stephen King
Every twenty-seven years, something evil lurking in Derry comes back. Back in 1958, this shapeshifting, child-killing evil terrorized seven kids. They take on the evil, the It, and while they didn't kill it, they did put it into submission. They make a blood oath to to come back to Derry to if It every comes back. In 1985, it does. Murders flood Derry and they know it's time to return. It has unfinished business.
8. Within the Woods by Tony Urban
There's something in the woods, something lurking. In Tony Urban's Within the Woods, five 12 year olds plan an unforgettable summer in their town of Sallow Creek, Pennsylvania. It truly becomes unforgettable when Garrett's older brother goes missing. Things begin changing in Sallow Creek, an infection spreading through their families, their neighbors. Something is coming.
9. Two Stranger Things Novels
Did you know there are actually two Stranger Things novels that have been published? The books include Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond and Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher. If you're interested in books similar to Stranger Things, you can't miss them!
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