Author: Theodore Roszak
Genre: Psychological horror
Flicker is a movie lover's dream centered around one movie lover's ultimate nightmare. Theodore Roszak's thoroughly engrossing novel is at times placed firmly within the parameters of psychological horror, but it's also quite funny and far more concerned with its richly developed characters than genre conventions.
Over the course of the story, Jonathan Gates evolves from wide-eyed college student to UCLA-employed film scholar, and it's his later phase that leads him to become obsessed with an obscure silent film director named Max Castle.
The deeper he gets into Castle's history, the more enamored Gates gets with the possibilities of occult influences, global conspiracies, and what kinds of subliminal fuckery really hides inside celluloid. Within the first 20 pages, you'll be just as obsessed as Gates is.
Fun Fact: At one point, director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) and Jim Uhls (who wrote Fight Club for David Fincher) were hired to film a Flicker adaptation, but nothing more than an early draft of a script ever materialized.