23. GEEK LOVE, BY KATHERINE DUNN (1989)

Status: Not in development

No, this isn’t a book about Star Wars fans finding love at Comic-Con. Geek Love is about a couple running a traveling carnival when the business begins to fail. In order to make their show more attractive, they try to breed their own human oddities by using experimental drugs and dangerous radiation to alter their children. The result is five children: Arturo, the Aquaboy; Iphy, and Elly, the Siamese twins; Oly, the albino hunchback dwarf; and Fortunado, the normal looking one with secret powers.

It’s dark and twisted, but that’s what would make this such a great adaptation. It also proves that there is something to love about even the most repulsive people, and shows us a level of humanity that isn’t often found in a book about freaks.