Becky Siegel Spratford is a Readers' Advisory Specialist in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All and its evil twin RA for All Horror. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist and a horror review column for Library Journal. She is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and currently serves as the Association’s Secretary and organizer of their annual Librarians’ Day. You can follow her on Twitter at @RAforAll.
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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.
A Brief History of Horror: How the Past Haunts the Present
The Appeal of Horror: Feel the Fear, Find the Readers
Horror 101: A Crash Course in Today's Tales of Terror
The Classics: Time-Tested Tales of Terror
Ghosts and Haunted Houses: Home, Scream Home
Vampires: Books with Bite
Zombies: Follow the Walking Dead
Shape-Shifters: Nature Morphs into Something Terrifying
Monsters and Ancient Evil: Cthulhu Comes Calling
Witches and the Occult: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
Satan and Demonic Possession: The Devil Inside
Comic Horror: Laughing in the Face of Fear
Moving Beyond the Haunted House: Whole Collection Options for Horror Readers
Sowing the Seeds of Fear: Horror Resources and Marketing
"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