The readers' advisory guide to horror

by Spratford, Becky Siegel,

Format: Print Book 2012
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Vampires, zombies, ghosts, and ghoulies: there are more things going bump in the night than ever. So how do you wend your way through all of them to find the ones that interest a particular reader? RA expert Spratford updates her advisory to include the latest in monsters and the macabre, including Lists of recommended titles, authors, and sub-genres, all cross-referenced for quick reference Tips for effectively practicing horror RA, with interview questions for gauging a reader's interests An expanded resources section, with an overview addressing the current state of horror lit, and suggestions of how to dig deeperAs both an introductory guide for librarians just dipping their toes into the brackish water of scary fiction, as well as a fount of new ideas for horror-aware reference staff, Spratford's book is infernally appropriate.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: ""Horror fans aren't monsters, they just like to read about them." Readers' advisers need not fear the horror-reading patron with the third edition of librarian, columnist, and Booklist reviewer Spratford's eminently practical guide to the genre at hand. The book begins with a definition of horror and its appeal; it isn't just about gore, it's about the emotions the story elicits, making tone a vital appeal element. Spratford then gives a brief history and an assessment of the current state of the genre, including major authors every readers' adviser should know. She then offers some pointers on aspects of the RA conversation unique to horror readers (what do they find scary?), then delves into annotated book lists so library staff will have plenty of suggestions. Organized by subgenre (ghosts and haunted houses, zombies, body horror, etc.), the annotated lists include titles from the early 2000s through 2021, ensuring that these books will be either on the shelf or easily added to collections. There is also a section that recommends adjacent genres, like dark fantasy and horror in other formats, including graphic novels and movies. Finally, Spratford closes with resources for staying up-to-date in horror and promotion and programming ideas. The appendix provides even more titles for each subgenre. The friendly, accessible tone and plethora of title suggestions make this a must for any library that serves horror-reading patrons."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Spratford, Becky Siegel. Horror readers' advisory.
Subjects Fiction in libraries -- United States.
Libraries -- United States -- Special collections -- Horror tales.
Readers' advisory services -- United States.
Horror tales, American -- Bibliography.
Horror tales, English -- Bibliography.
Publisher Chicago :2012
Edition Second edition.
Language English
Notes Revised edition of: The horror readers' advisory / Becky Siegel Spratford. 2004.
Description xi, 170 pages ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-156) and index.
ISBN 9780838911129 (pbk.)
0838911129 (pbk.)
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