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The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition
Becky Siegel Spratford
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1112-9
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $54.00
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184 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1112-9
Year Published: 2012
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, Z

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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 deeper
As 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.
Table of Contents

Series Introduction
Prelude: Why We Need Horror

Chapter 1
A Brief History of Horror: How the Past Haunts the Present

Chapter 2
The Appeal of Horror: Feel the Fear, Find the Readers

Chapter 3
Horror 101: A Crash Course in Today’s Tales of Terror

Chapter 4
The Classics: Time-Tested Tales of Terror

Chapter 5
Ghosts and Haunted Houses: Home, Scream Home

Chapter 6
Vampires: Books with Bite

Chapter 7
Zombies: Follow the Walking Dead

Chapter 8
Shape-Shifters: Nature Morphs into Something Terrifying

Chapter 9
Monsters and Ancient Evil: Cthulhu Comes Calling

Chapter 10
Witches and the Occult: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Chapter 11
Satan and Demonic Possession: The Devil Inside

Chapter 12
Comic Horror: Laughing in the Face of Fear

Chapter 13
Moving Beyond the Haunted House: Whole Collection Options for Horror Readers

Chapter 14
Sowing the Seeds of Fear: Horror Resources and Marketing


About the Author

Becky Siegel Spratford co-authored the first edition of The Horror Readers' Advisory: The Librarian's Guide to Vampires, Killer Tomatoes, and Haunted Houses. She has been a Readers' Advisor since 2000 at the Berwyn (Illinois) Public Library. She graduated with honors from Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science in January of 2001. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the same school, teaching Readers' Advisory Service two semesters a year. Spratford also contributes Read Alike articles for NoveList, is a member of the Adult Reading Roundtable Steering Committee, and is the author of the blog RA for All: Horror.

”The author’s parting words are, ‘horror patrons are not monsters; they just like to read about them’. This guide will be valuable to any librarian who needs to understand one of the most popular fiction genres today. It is also enjoyable reading and is recommended on both levels."
--Australian Library Journal

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