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The horror readers' advisory : the librarian's guide to vampires, killer tomatoes, and haunted houses
Spratford, Becky Siegel.
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Chicago : American Library Association, [2004]

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x, 161 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
The evolution of horror literature and film -- The readers' advisory interview : matching horror novels with readers -- The classics : time tested tales of terror -- Ghosts and haunted houses : home, scream, home -- Mummies, zombies, and golems : the walking dead under wraps -- Vampires : Dracula will never die -- Werewolves and animals of terror : the beast walks among us -- Monsters and maniacs : the killer lurking in the corner -- Black magic, witches, warlocks, and the occult : double, double, toil, and trouble -- Demonic possession and Satanism : the Devil inside -- Biomedical and scientific horror : the doctor will see you now -- Psychological horror : mental mayhem -- Splatterpunk or extreme horror : horror's cutting edge -- Horror resources : how to hunt for the haunted -- Collection development : cultivating the seeds of fear -- Marketing your horror collection : make them come back to your lair of horror.
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Z711.5 .S68 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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It's a dark and scary world. Pans are tabid. Blood, guts, and gore are the norm. Welcome to the horror genre. Horror classics have been scaring people for years. Nowadays, who doesn't know about Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz? Profiled in a special section, the Big Three have turned horror into best-sellers. For all the horror fans that haunt your library, this is the must-have guide. Readers' advisors and reference librarians will appreciate the key tools provided to expand upon this genre, including listings of top books, authors, and award winners within eleven horror subgenres - like mummies, biomedical, monsters, and splatterpunk. Clear descriptions of characteristics within subgenres are provided throughout. To further help you engage new renders, expert horror mavens Spratford and Clausen draw a savvy connection between film and horror as a potent reminder that the scariest movies have been adapted from novels. Their classic and contemporary recommendations like Rebecca, The Shining, and Rosemary's Baby reinforce activities between readers' advisors and library programming and open up the (cellar) door for further patron involvement. Readers' advisors and referen

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Library Journal Review

Two readers' advisors from the Berwyn Public Library in suburban Chicago have written a succinct, practical guide to horror fiction, explaining its appeal and advising on how librarians unfamiliar with the genre can broaden their own knowledge and build a viable collection. The text briefly outlines the characteristics of the main categories, or subgenres, including the usual monsters and occult creatures; extreme suspense of all types; hauntings and possession; and a section on classic works of horror, along with tips for interviewing readers of each subgenre. The appendix is devoted to listing titles by "The Big Three": Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Anne Rice. Additional useful sections on print and online horror resources, collection development, and practical ideas for marketing the horror collection make this a useful quick reference for busy librarians and readers' advisors. While Anthony J. Fonseca and June Michelle Pulliam's more comprehensive Hooked on Horror features an abundance of annotated titles listed by subgenre and is intensively indexed, Spratford and Clausen's small, helpful book will be a boon to readers' advisors needing fresh meat for horror fans.AJennifer Baker, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Spratford and Clausen offer up an easy-to-use introduction for fielding requests from teens for horror books. They provide a chapter on the readers' advisory questions specific to the genre and provide nicely annotated lists of a wide variety of options. Librarians will find this book invaluable when helping patrons outside their own personal reading interests, and it will offer some new titles for those who believe that they've read it all. The books suggested all fall into the high school/adult category, but there are no age ranges given within individual annotations. Helpful chapters on marketing your horror collection are included as are resources that librarians can consult to find even more suggestions and awards in the genre. A ready-reference tool that's sure to get a lot of use.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.