Summer Blockbusters: The Sci-Fi & Horror Books That Could

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.For this Top Ten Tuesday, the ladies at Broke and Bookish told us to think Summer. Now, they mentioned Summer/Beach reads, but we couldn’t help going in the movie direction. If you have a good imagination, you could easily bring these to life in your head. However, we’d prefer to see them done with a big budget on the big screen! These are sci-fi and horror books that would make awesome Summer Blockbusters.

Summer Blockbusters: The Sci-Fi & Horror Books That Could


Assassin’s Code (Joe Ledger #4) by Jonathan Maberry – When I started thinking about this topic, I knew a Joe Ledger book would inevitably end up on the list. The question was which one. Honestly, it was a toss up between Assassin’s Code and The Dragon Factory. While the later books have plenty going for them, these two books stand out for some of the ‘visuals’. Okay, well, Assassin’s Code stands out for the epic arse-kicking Joe Ledger gets at the end, but…  Anyways, with the sheer amount of fight scenes, the race against time to find the nuclear weapons, and Violin, Assassin’s Code would be one of the great book-to-film Summer Blockbusters. (review)

Stone Cold Bastards by Jake Bible – Okay, so in most people’s worldview, this probably wouldn’t qualify. However, I can guarantee you that there would be lots of us that would line up at the theaters to watch this multiple times. Seriously, with the amount of ‘splodin’ heads and stone monsters going Rambo, it would just be awesome. Of course, you’d need a lot of money to spend on the CGI, but hey, we could just hire Michael Bay! (review)Book cover for When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie

Scooby Apocalypse, Vol 1 by Keith Giffen – Hear me out on this! Yes, they’ve made Scooby movies in the past, and they’ve been less than successful, I know! BUT they haven’t made this Scooby movie! Imagine a world where Daphne kicks serious butt, Velma’s a slightly reformed Dr. Evil, and Shaggy’s a hipster? And actual baddies? Oh, please please please please please!

When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie – Alright, I’m going to admit up front that this one would take some serious work for the film adaptation. It would need either completely updated in terms of timeframe, or they’d have to find a way to make us not fall over laughing at the shuttle if they do the retro-look. However, one of the signatures of Summer Blockbuster films is that the world is at risk. That, and there should be at least one epic destruction scene involved. Well, this book gives you allllll that and more! Perfect Summer Blockbuster material! (review)

Biblical by Christopher Galt – Coming right on the heels of When Worlds Collide, we have Biblical. Biblical would take some CGI magic to make certain scenes transition well, but it would be so worth it! This even already has that perfect WTF ending that will leave you yelling at the screen, and yet strangely pleased. Like all the books I’ve recommended for Summer Blockbusters, it’s not a particularly deep book, but it is a fun one. And while it might not get near Inception-level screwiness, if done right, it could still cause at least a few brain cells to get a work out! (review)

GracieKat’s Choices:

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft – I know there have been a few Lovecraft movies but they vary wildly in quality and quantity. In fact, it’s more common to find successful movies that use his themes than it is to find a decent movie directly from his writings. I think with a bit of tweaking to the narration heavy story and some decent effects this could make an awesome monster-fest of cosmic proportions.

The Night Boat by Robert R. McCammon – I have always, always wanted to see this as a movie. A U-Boat sunk off the shore of a small Caribbean island, dislodged and brought to the surface make for a compelling story. Throw in a voodoo-cursed crew and this could be an awesome, action-packed, zombie hunting good time.

Rites of Azathoth by Frank Cavallo – With a few tweaks to Diana Mancuso’s character this could be one hell of a movie. It has great action scenes and a decent cast of characters. The ending alone I would love to kick back and cheer on with a bucket of popcorn and a few understanding friends that wouldn’t mind a little cheering and booing at appropriate times.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon – Whether it was made directly from the book or games it would be an awesome summer movie to take the kids to. Imagine a bunch of creepy, animatronic animals skulking in a dark, abandoned theme restaurant? Creepy to the max and a rip-roaring good fun for the whole family. Well, perhaps PG-13 and over family fun perhaps, depending.

The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror by John Llewellyn Probert – Ok, you’re probably noticing a theme by now. This book though would make an excellent movie. From the top to the bottom. They could employ different styles throughout and with some awesome effects their ‘trip through’ at the end would be insanely awesome. And it would be one hell of a trip.

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