If you liked Stranger Things…

So already binged on Season 3 of the Netflix series Stranger Things and wanting more? 

(NEW! Stranger Things Books you can borrow here.)

Check out these 10 books to lessen those withdrawal symptoms.

My Best Friend's Exorcism

Here is a story steeped in ’80s nostalgia with a group of friends working together to fight off supernatural forces, totally in line with the Stranger Things theme right? A best friend acting strangely and possessed by a demon. Only her bestie can save her.

It

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the Duffer brothers, writers of Stranger Things,  said the 1986 book was the single greatest source of inspiration for the Netflix show. A group of plucky kids band together against a creepy clown – what could possible go wrong?  Definitely still on the bestseller lists after the successful film adaption its never too late to read IT.  

Gingerbread

A modern fairytale exploring the nature of family origins, with an intriguing magical gingerbread house, a lost friend called Gretel and a young girl who is almost normal.  Filled with the real and the magical definitely a tale that will resonate with Stranger Things fans.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

A classic coming of age story with a dark twist – sound familiar?  Jim Nightshade and William Halloway are two 13-year-old best friends  who become embroiled in a mystery when a strange carnival rolls into town.  Together they must defeat evil forces beyond what they could have imagined.

The Power

The Power gives us a world where every young girl in the world suddenly had powers similar to the ones El has in Stranger Things able to control men and take over the world.  Exploring the nature of power, feminism and gender it takes the concept in Stranger Things to a whole new level.

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror

Want something a bit shorter? Then this novella may be just the thing for you. Appearing in the anthology The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, LaValle retells H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Horror at Red Hook.”  We have an occult tome, a reclusive woman in Queens who just happens to be a sorceress and a door to dark magic and a Sleeping King – what could go wrong?

Sawkill Girls /Claire Legrand

Another small town on the island of Sawkill Rock where teenage girls are disappearing, and the police are not doing anything about it. So three girls decide to take matters into their own hands.  This novel ticks all the Stranger Things boxes – teenage friendship, a secret organisation, strange monsters from other dimensions, girls with superpowers and a small community with dark secrets

Let the Right One in

But if it is the 1980s that you really love then this dark vampire story set in Sweden in the 80s is definitely one for you. This teen friendship is between a 12-year-old boy and a young vampire child. Dark and gritty and the 1980s, what’s not to love.

Meddling Kids

YPRL readers give this book 4 stars. Nostalgia, a group of kids calling themselves the Blyton Summer Detective Club who solved their last case in 1977.  Enter 1990, and we meet them all again as they deal with their trauma in different ways.  One has night terrors, one is institutionalized, one is in denial, and one of them is dead of a drub overdose. The remaining team get back together to find out where they went wrong and work out what really happened in 1977.

Pines

Series of 4 books set in the mysterious small town of the Pines.  While not set in the ‘80s but they make the list because the Duffer brothers worked on their TV adaptation. And of course we have a secret agent in a mysterious small town, trapped after a car accident.  And there is more than one to satisfy that Stranger Things craving.


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