The Books behind Bird Box and Bandersnatch

All holiday break long, my social media streams have been full of Bird Box and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch references, from quips and social hot-takes to cartoons, shocked reviews and horror fans delighting in the new stories.

The cover of the first edition of Bird Box by Josh Malerman.

For those of you not in the know, Netflix recently released “Bird Box,” a thrill ride that has already been viewed millions of times. Based on the novel Bird Box by John Malerman, the psychological horror follows a mother and her children who must navigate their way to safety while being blindfolded, because if you see the monster, you die.

Since the story is one that remains unresolved in many ways, the internet is rife with theories about the meanings behind the metaphors. Be prepared for some strong opinions about this very popular piece, and buy a copy of the book to seek more insight on the depth of the story (and help you win arguments at holiday parties).

Black Mirror is another popular series on Netflix that looks at our modern technology through a lens reminiscent of the Twilight Zone.

On December 28, they released a movie-length episode called Bandersnatch (a tidy Lewis Carroll reference) which allows the viewer to choose the actions of the main character. The interactive experience has delighted viewers so much that we want to make sure that you all don’t miss out on the true retro experience of actual dog-eared choose-your-own adventure books from the eighties (with amazingly tacky cover art) and the “Give Yourself Goosebumps” novels from the nineties (same, only more colorful).

Been there, done that, need more horror? Take a look in this shadowy stack of books…

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