Speaking to deadgoodbooks.co.uk earlier this year, Peter Swanson said that he draws from some of cinema’s best to write books that chill and thrill his readers. Here are some of his favourite films:

The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)

This movie inspired my love of plots that involve ordinary people in extraordinary situations. It’s the ultimate man-on-the-run film.”

Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

This is a master class in how to build suspense through dialogue. Ray Milland’s murderous husband is one of my favourite villains – dapper and polite all while he plots to have his wife killed.”

Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)

Don’t underestimate a good, creepy location for your suspense story. The Dakota, with its spires and gargoyles, is as much a character as the young married couple that gets manipulated by a coven of Satan worshippers.”

See page 11 of The Reader for more on movies that inspired Peter Swanson.