Hello, lovelies! Today I’m here with another post inspired by the wonderful Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall. She came up with a great list of ideas for some bookish blogtober posts. This is where I got the idea to talk about ghost stories or legends that I would love to see adapted into a novel (or that I might just write myself!)
First up is Lizzie Borden, I’m actually related to Lizzie Borden, which I think is where my fascination with her story comes from. Earlier this year I read an ARC for a new non-fiction book that followed the whole mystery surrounding this legend, check out my review here. Sadly, I didn’t really enjoy this book and that’s prevented me from trying out any others. But I’ve always been so intrigued by this story. Growing up I wanted to go and stay in her old house in the hopes of having a ghostly experience. Then, when I was in high school my aunt did a family tree and I learned I was related to her. That completely solidified my interest in her story. I’d love to see a ghost story set in modern times about her haunting the main character, pushing them to find out the truth of what happened. Maybe I’ll even write one.
In second place, we have the Flying Dutchman. Ghost pirates? Really, need I say more? I think this would be the perfect summer book. I love reading pirate stories in the summertime. But it could also, if written in the right way, be a great book for Spooktober. This legend is creepy enough to catch my interest.
Next up let’s travel to Alcatraz. This island’s history is the perfect location for a book. There’s so much spooky and horrifying history that I think it would be easy to turn into a book. I vaguely remember reading something that takes a pit stop at Alcatraz, but I can’t for the life of me find the title. If someone knows what book I’m thinking of please comment and remind me of its name!
How about a mythical monster of the legends next? I have always been beyond intrigued by the Lochness Monster. I don’t know what it is or why I’m so interested, but as a kid, I loved reading all the legends and stories about people seeing it. I would absolutely adore a book about some kids going there and actually finding the monster, whether it’s a friendly Nessie or not will be up to the author but I would read it either way.
Staying on the theme of sea monsters, the Kraken is another I’d love a book about. I know that this creature pops up in fiction all the time. But what if we got a book from the Kraken’s point of view? Or from someone that can somehow communicate with the Kraken? I want more than the equivalent of a shark movie with this creature.
After doing a bit of research I think Lake Lanier would make an incredible book. This lake was created when the Army Corps of Engineers flooded nearly 60 miles of foot lands in Northern Georgia. This flooding took away businesses, homes, farmlands, and who knows what else. Today, the lake is thought to be cursed and those that have survived almost drowning have said they felt hands trying to pull them under. Hell to the yes, please give me this story as a novel.
I will accept any and all haunted hotel stories. I’ve heard of ‘Scary Mary’ from Alaska, ‘Lucy’ from Minnesota, a housekeeper and her baby in Oaklahoma, and I’m sure there are many many more out there that I’m unaware of. I’d love all the spooky hotel mystery/thrillers, but not horror because I’m a big baby.
This is what I’ve come up with, mostly off the top of my head, for ghost stories and other legends that I would absolutely read if they were to be turned into novels. I also haven’t read every book in the world, so if you know of any of these legends that have already been adapted into a novel leave me a comment with some recommendations! What ghost stories would you want to see turned into a novel?
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.