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Read the books that inspired these classic 5 horror movies

These horror novels are even scarier than the films they inspired.

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Sure, you know Stephen King’s produced a truckload of books-turned-movies, from Stanley Kubrick’s classic film version of The Shining to Kathy Bates’ devastating performance in Misery. But did you know that Rosemary’s Baby was originally a book? How about The Exorcist? Read on to see the printed backstories behind these classic horror films:

Rosemary’s Baby

Utter the words Rosemary’s Baby and most will immediately think of young Mia Farrow, with her forever-wide eyes and pixie cut. But the book version was a smash success in its own right, selling more than a million copies in just a few months after its spring 1967 release. Producers William Castle and Robert Evans became interested in adapting the book before it was even published, handed the directorial reins over to Roman Polanski, and the rest is cinematic history.

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