The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition

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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.

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

Becky Siegel Spratford

Becky Siegel Spratford is a Readers' Advisory librarian at the Berwyn Public Library in Berwyn, Illinois. She co-created the Readers' Advisory department there in 2000. Spratford helps supervise the department's staff, provides readers' advisory help to patrons, and selects fiction. She is also a reference librarian at Berwyn. She received her M.L.I.S. degree form Dominican University in 2001.

"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