Booklovers Podcast: Stranger Things Readalikes
This episode, we discuss readalikes for the television series Stranger Things. Stranger Things has a bit of a horror-mystery feel with lots of 1980s nostalgia thrown into the mix. A group of kids tries to figure out what happened to their friend who’s gone missing under very mysterious circumstances. Andrea, Mary and I share our favorite offbeat books and audiobooks.
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Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. The summer of 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon’s Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster–another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboën Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids. 1990. The former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask…The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It’s their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.
The Girl with all the Gifts by MR Carey. A little girl who is detained by the military, restrained in a wheelchair, and goes to school while heavily guarded doesn’t truly understand why she is special until it is up to her to save the world.
- Boy on the Bridge by MR Carey. Standalone novel set in the same world as The Girl with all the Gifts.
- Lucifer: Book One by Mike Carey.
- Lucifer: Season One. Based on the graphic novels by Mike Carey.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves…no matter where we live. Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope’s shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show’s smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes — and the stuff of nightmare.
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