You need to be in a certain mindset to write a tantalizing tale of thriller, mystery, horror or macabre. These products will tempt you to create a page-turner of your own. From classic films and stories to old-time radio shows and interpretive TV, experience some of literature’s top tales come to life.
Set some spooky mood lighting while you read, listen to music or watch a movie with a vintage thriller-inspired lamp shade. Soft light will shine through as the heroine of our tale pows! her way to justice. $39.90. etsy.com
This four-disc collection will set the tone for creating some horror. With recognizable and not-so-recognizable terrifying theme songs to the best horror movies dating back to the 1920s, this collection is comprised of 45 songs and themes, all of which will get your heart racing. silvascreenusa.com
Learn the habits of a century’s worth of detectives from the top American and British mystery writers. Featuring Dorothy Sayers, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler, Ellery Queen and many more, this expansive collection of stories will familiarize you with the styles of great mystery writers so you can develop a technique all your own. amazon.com
Grip the edge of your chair with this 14-movie marathon of the best of Alfred Hitchcock. View Rear Window, The Birds, Psycho and The Man Who Knew Too Much and see the Master of Suspense at work. Absorb the maniacal mindset to create twisted works of your own. shop.tcm.com
Join “The Man in Black” for the classic radio drama Suspense. Taking over the airwaves from 1942 to 1962, the series featured thrillers, chillers and macabre stories performed by some of the biggest stars of the era, including Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly and Jimmy Stewart. This compilation features 1,008 recordings on 20 discs. $100. otrcat.com
Follow the adventures of two of Agatha Christie’s best-known characters, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, with these classic PBS programs. Christie was considered the queen of murder mysteries, and seeing her tales come to life will inspire some plot twists of your own. shoppbs.org
If one writer perfected the thriller, detective story and macabre all at once, it was Poe. Read the complete collection of his work, including classics such as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Purloined Letter.” At a hefty 1,040 pages, this hardcover can also double as a weapon. barnesandnoble.com
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