While looking at archives, I found this nice post from 2010 by David. He has a great list. Have you read any of these books?
While looking for books on urban legends, I was trying to find novels based on famous legends. Sadly, I didn’t find many. That doesn’t mean they’re not out there, I just wasn’t able to find many good titles. I found a couple of novels about Bloody Mary but they were about the historical figure behind the legend rather then the legend.
The real Blood Mary was Mary Tudor who was the first queen of England. Mary had several false pregnancies and miscarriages and it is said that this drove her to madness. The legend of Bloody Mary goes that if you look into a mirror and say Bloody Mary 13 times or say “Bloody Mary I killed your Baby,” she will appear in the mirror and kill the person who summoned her in a violent way. If you want more information on Bloody Mary, a good book is: The Myth of Bloody Mary, The First Queen of England by Linda Porter.
While I didn’t find a lot of novels out there, I did find several compilations of scary urban legends. For instance, the Weird US series of coffee table books is full of local urban legends from all the 50 states. There is a book for every state and there was a TV series on the Travel Channel for awhile. If you want more info on the books check out weirdus.com.
Another compilation I found was Urban Legends: 666 Absolutely True Stories that happened to a friend of a friend of a friend by Thomas J Craughwell. This book goes into detail on all the well known urban legends such as Alligators in the New York City Sewers, the disappearing hitchhiker, and my favorite urban legend which is about the family that went on vacation in Mexico and came home with what they thought was a cute little Chihuahua. When they took the dog to the vet they discovered it was really a rat with rabies.
One of the other urban legend titles that’s out there is Too Good To Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand. This book goes over a wide range of topics and gives newspaper accounts of each legend. The author has written several books on urban legends and has a syndicated newspaper column about urban legends. One good story from this book is about a wife and a husband who is a cement truck driver. The husband comes home from work early one day with his truck and finds a new convertible in the driveway, the husband believes his wife was having an affair and the car was her lover’s car. To get even, he dumped the cement from his truck on the new car. He then finds out that his wife had bought it as a gift and had been saving for it for years.
The last one I want to mention is Let Slip The Dogs Of Love: Suburban Legends of The Living and The Dead by Eugene Kachmarsky. This book is a series of short stories very reminiscent of the Twilight zone.
If you know of any good novels based on Urban Legends, please comment below.