Are you ready for a spine-tingling journey into the unknown? Look no further than our list of the ‘Best Books to Read After Watching Stranger Things.’ The hit Netflix series has captured audiences with its eerie depiction of the supernatural and unexplained. If you’re a fan of the hit Netflix series, you know that it’s a nostalgic trip through the 80s complete with supernatural elements and a spooky atmosphere. So, what better way to continue the journey than by picking up a book that captures that same feeling?
In this article, we’ve curated a list of must-read books that delve into the paranormal and supernatural. From tales of ghostly apparitions to stories of mysterious disappearances, these novels will keep you on the edge of your seat just like the show. Whether it’s the unknown monster lurking in the shadows or the government conspiracy surrounding the supernatural, these books will take you on a journey that’s sure to keep you up at night.
So, if you’re ready to delve deeper into the spooky world of Stranger Things, grab a blanket and a flashlight, and get ready to add these titles to your reading list. You’ll be in for a chilling, eerie and spine-tingling ride.
Here are the best books to read after watching Stranger Things…
“Fans of Stranger Things, get ready to experience a different kind of supernatural power in The Power by Naomi Alderman. Praised as “our era’s Handmaid’s Tale,” this best-seller explores a world where only women possess a new and fierce power.
The Power takes place in a familiar world, following the lives of characters such as a rich Nigerian boy, a foster kid, an ambitious American politician, and a tough London girl. However, a twist of nature occurs and teenage girls are now able to cause immense physical pain and even death. This small change causes the world to drastically reset and the lives of these characters to converge with devastating effect.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative. It takes readers on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, while also exposing the flaws and biases in our own world. As the New York Times Book Review states, “The Power is captivating, fierce, and unsettling…I was riveted by every page.” It’s a must-read for fans of Stranger Things looking for a thought-provoking and thrilling exploration of power dynamics and the supernatural.”
“Fans of Stranger Things, get ready to travel back in time with Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, a New York Times bestseller. As USA Today states, “The story proves as cleverly witty as its title. It’s filled with high jinks both terrorizing and hilarious.”
In 1977, a group of four teenagers and a dog, Andy, Nate, Kerri, Peter, and Tim, solved the mystery of Sleepy Lake in the small town of Blyton Hills. They discovered an amphibian monster terrorizing the town and apprehended a familiar culprit, a bitter old man in a mask. But, now in 1990, the former teen detectives are plagued by nightmares and the tragic death of one of their own, Peter. When the man they apprehended is released on parole, Andy sets out to find out what really happened in 1977 and get the gang back together.
Meddling Kids combines the elements of H. P. Lovecraft, teen detectives, and a love of Americana. It is a story filled with rich horror, thrilling twists, outright hilarity, and surprising poignancy. It’s a perfect read for fans of Stranger Things looking for a nostalgic and spooky mystery to solve.”
“Get ready for an edge-of-your-seat horror experience with Dead Flip by Sara Farizan, perfect for fans of Stranger Things. Growing up, Cori, Maz, and Sam were inseparable best friends, but now in 1992, things have changed. Sam has been missing for five years, Cori and Maz are not speaking, and Cori is sure Sam is dead. Maz, on the other hand, thinks he may have been kidnapped by a supernatural pinball machine.
Maz’s days are spent partying, buying CDs, and running away from his past. Cori, on the other hand, is a homecoming queen, hiding her love of horror movies and her queer self under the bubblegum veneer of a high school queen bee. But when Sam returns, still 12 years old while his friends are now 17, Maz and Cori are thrown back together to solve the mystery of what really happened to Sam the night he went missing. Secrets will be uncovered that the friends never told each other, and Sam’s is the darkest of all.
Dead Flip is written by Sara Farizan, the award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine and Here to Stay. This book is filled with edge-of-your-seat terror, referential humor, witty narration, and insightful characters, making it a must-read for fans of Stranger Things looking for a horror-filled mystery to solve.”
“Fans of Stranger Things, get ready for a supernatural thriller with My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. This New York Times best-seller, soon to be a major motion picture, combines the nostalgia of the 80s with pulse-pounding horror.
The story takes place in 1988 and follows the friendship of high school sophomores Abby and Gretchen. But after a night of skinny-dipping goes wrong, Gretchen starts to act differently and strange incidents keep happening whenever she’s around. Abby starts to investigate and discovers some terrifying truths. By the end, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship strong enough to defeat the devil?
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a blend of teen angst and unspeakable horrors, making it a perfect read for fans of Stranger Things looking for a supernatural mystery to solve. The story is set in the 80s, like Stranger Things, and it’s filled with thrilling twists, suspense, and nostalgia.”
Stephen King’s classic novel “It” is a #1 New York Times bestseller and a landmark in American literature. The story follows seven adults who return to their hometown of Derry, Maine to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers. This nightmare is an evil without a name, simply referred to as “It.”
Derry, Maine is a small city that is both hauntingly familiar and real. The city serves as the setting for the story and has a deep, dark hold on Stephen King as it reappears in many of his other books such as “Bag of Bones,” “Hearts in Atlantis,” and “11/22/63.”
The story follows the characters as they were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror, and now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But a promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers. Fans of Stranger Things may enjoy the horror, suspense and the coming of age elements in the book.
“Paper Girls” by Brian K. Vaughan is an all-new ongoing adventure that is sure to delight fans of the author’s previous work. Vaughan is a #1 New York Times bestselling writer, known for his work on the hit series “SAGA.” The book is also illustrated by Cliff Chiang, a legendary artist who has worked on iconic comics such as “WONDER WOMAN.” Together, Vaughan and Chiang have created a unique and captivating story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
The story of “Paper Girls” takes place in the early hours after Halloween of 1988. Four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls, Erin, Mac, KJ, and Tiffany uncover the most important story of all time. The girls are just starting their first jobs as newspaper carriers and are excited to be earning their own money. But their innocent world is turned upside down when they stumble upon a mysterious and otherworldly event. As they try to make sense of what they’ve witnessed, the girls find themselves caught up in a series of events that threaten to change their lives forever.
“Paper Girls” is a story about nostalgia, first jobs and the last days of childhood. The book explores the themes of innocence and coming of age, as well as the idea of the end of an era. The story is set in the late 80s and captures the essence of the time period perfectly, making it a nostalgic read for those who lived through it and an interesting glimpse into the past for those who didn’t. The book is a mix of suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries that collide in a thrilling and captivating way.
Ender’s Game is a classic science fiction novel written by Orson Scott Card, which tells the story of a young boy’s recruitment into an interstellar war. The government is trying to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, so they breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is one of these child geniuses, and he is sent to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
At the Battle School, Ender quickly rises to the top of his class and becomes a leader among his peers. He excels in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. However, Ender also struggles with feelings of isolation and pressure from his adult teachers. He fears that he is becoming like his cruel brother, and he also worries about the alien invaders.
Despite these struggles, Ender’s skills make him a valuable asset to the government’s war effort. His two older siblings are also part of the genetic experiments, and together the three of them have the ability to change the world. However, it remains to be seen if the world will survive long enough for them to make a difference. Ender’s Game is a Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel, which is a great read for anyone who enjoyed Stranger Things. The novel shares similar themes of government experimentation, the pressure on children to save the world and the psychological battles they face while struggling to understand their place in the world. The story is set in a science fiction universe but deals with universal human emotions and struggles that make it relatable and engaging to readers of all ages.
“Ordinary Monsters” by J.M. Miro is a stunning historical fantasy that transports readers to the Victorian era where children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness in a battle of good vs. evil. The book has been named the Best Books of the Summer 2022 by SheReads, Book Riot, Goodreads, Gizmodo, Daily Beast, Paste Magazine, and more!
The story follows the journey of Charlie Ovid, Marlowe, and Alice Quicke. Charlie, despite surviving a brutal childhood in Mississippi, doesn’t have a scar on him. His body heals itself, whether he wants it to or not. Marlowe, a foundling from a railway freight car, shines with a strange bluish light. He can melt or mend flesh. Alice is a jaded detective with her own troubled past, who is recruited to escort them to safety. Together, the three begin a journey into the nature of difference and belonging, and the shadowy edges of the monstrous.
As they journey through the gaslit streets of London, the wooden theaters of Meiji-era Tokyo, and an eerie estate outside Edinburgh, they discover a new found family of other children with gifts such as Komako, a witch-child, and Ribs, a girl who cloaks herself in invisibility. They are forced to combat the forces that threaten their safety and ultimately discover the truth about their abilities. With secrets unfurling within the Institute, a new question arises: What truly defines a monster? “Ordinary Monsters” presents a catastrophic vision of the Victorian world and is a riveting and exquisitely written tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury is a dark and mesmerizing novel that will haunt readers long after they’ve turned the last page. This classic novel, now featuring a new introduction and material about its longstanding influence on culture and genre, is one of Bradbury’s best-known and most popular works.
The story takes place in Green Town, Illinois, where the mysterious and sinister Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show arrives in town, promising dreams and youth regained. But as the carnival rolls in, it becomes clear that the show is not what it seems and has come to destroy every life it touches. Two boys, Will and Jim, will discover the carnival’s dark secrets and the heavy cost of wishes. The story is filled with eerie smoke, mazes, and mirrors, and is a timeless classic in the American canon.
Fans of the hit TV show Stranger Things will find familiar themes and eerie vibes in Something Wicked This Way Comes. Both stories explore the power of nostalgia and the sinister side of small-town America, and both feature a group of young friends on a journey to uncover dark secrets and battle evil forces. If you’re looking for a spooky and suspenseful read, Something Wicked This Way Comes is a must-read.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand is a spine-tingling novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The book is a nominee for the Bram Stoker Award and the Lambda Literary Award, and is written by the New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn. The story follows three teenage girls, Marion, Zoey, and Val, as they face off against an insidious monster that preys upon young women.
Marion is the newbie, awkward and plain, steady and dependable, weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find. Zoey is the pariah, luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it, aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is. Val is the queen bee, gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal, words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires, where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight…until now. The novel is perfect for fans of Stranger Things, both in terms of the eerie atmosphere and the themes of friendship, power dynamics, and facing one’s fears.