Caroline Kepnes On Why 'The Witches' Is Important

If you're a fan of author Caroline Kepnes, you probably like your novels dark and twisty with plenty of psychological horror and alarmingly charming villains. Well, you may be surprised to learn that the You and Hidden Bodies author finds much of her inspiration in one beloved children's novel. As part of the Bustle Book Club with Alloy Entertainment, in which Bustle partners with an Alloy author each month to read a nostalgic book, Kepnes told Bustle about the lessons she learned from her book club pick: The Witches by Roald Dahl.

First released in 1983, the novel follows an unnamed seven-year-old boy who moves in with his grandmother following the death of his parents. The grandmother tells him stories about the vile witches who inhabit the earth, and the boy finds himself enthralled by her tales. But here's the catch (spoiler alert!): the tales aren't fiction. In fact, they are very, very real... and the boy is about to have an unforgettable encounter with the witches of his nightmares. An encounter with irreversible consequences.

Is it really surprising that Kepnes would love such a twisted story? The thriller author even gleaned some very useful wisdom from the unforgettable novel... like how women congregating and showing off their power can be so fantastically scary. Watch now:

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