From Text to Television

Now that school is out and we can shamelessly binge Netflix, Hulu and all your other favorite streaming platforms, checkout these films and series based on your favorite books.



     In AMC’s version of Joe Hill’s best-selling novel of the same name, a Victoria McQueen realizes she has supernatural abilities and discovers she can track an immortal being who lives off the souls of children and disposes what’s left in Christmasland, a grim land of his imagination where sadness is against the law and every day is Christmas Day. Victoria must use her new-found powers to stop Charles Manx’ cruel habits and save the souls of those already fallen victim to his treachery. This eerie drama series premieres on June 2, 2019 on AMC.

Learn more about the book in our Writers on the Fly conversation with Hill here:


Good Omens

     Based on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel Good Omens, this Amazon mini-series is a comedic tale of the end of the world following a demon and an angel living among us mortals on Earth. The two have grown fond of their lives on Earth and aim to prevent the coming apocalypse by stalling the coming of the antichrist. All six episodes for this light-hearted series about Armageddon premieres on Amazon on May 31, 2019.



     Taking place during World War II, this satirical dark comedy follows Yossarian, a US Army Air Forces bombardier who faces more and more danger as the number of missions he and his comrades are expected to fly are ever-increasing. As the stakes become more dire, an alarmed Yossarian can’t get out of any military assignments because of a perverse rule called Catch-22, which states that a man willing to continue to fly dangerous missions is considered insane, yet a request to be removed from duty is an indication of sanity and therefore is unfit to be removed from duty. Based on the novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, all six episodes were released on Hulu on May 17, 2019.


The Haunting of Hill House

     Based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 horror novel, this Netflix series follows five siblings who experienced hair-raising paranormal activity at the “Hill House.” The show alternates between flashbacks of the siblings growing up in the haunted house and twenty-six years later as the siblings are being forced to confront the traumas that the house caused them in the wake of a family tragedy. This supernatural horror series premiered on Netflix in October of 2018 and season two is to premiere in 2020.


Altered Carbon

     This Netflix series based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel of the same name takes place in the year 2384 in a futuristic dystopia where a person’s memories and consciousness can be preserved in a disk-like device. The device can be transferred from body to body as their original body, or “sleeve” undergoes the natural process of aging. This advanced technology reserves becoming immortal for only the wealthiest. The series follows 300 year old Laurens Bancroft, who has died twice, but his consciousness lives on in other “sleeves.” Bancroft hires a prisoner of 250 years to solve his own murder, in exchange for the promise of a new life. This first season premiered on Netflix in February on 2018, and was renewed for a second season with a release date to be determined.

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