Crime Fiction for Cinema Lovers

CrimeFictionFilm_NovelSuspectsWhen we think of the phrase “absolute power corrupts absolutely,” we typically associate it with dictators, government, and politics—but it’s just as common to see actors, directors, singers, and dancers wield that power. Fame reaches people. It’s persuasive, and that reach is powerful. It’s common knowledge that people become jealous of others’ fame, and when people get jealous, people get desperate. Desperate people do crazy things. Therein lies the relationship between crime and cinema. True, the story isn’t always so direct, but if you clicked on this article, you’re likely well aware of the close relationship between crime and cinema… still, here are a few crossovers that might have escaped your notice.


Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.