The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror

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American Library Association, 2012 - Education - 170 pages
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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.
 

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Here is an excellent readers’ advisory book for those unfamiliar with the horror genre as well as those who want to round out their collections. Spratford coauthored the first edition in 2004, and the ... Read full review

Contents

A Brief History of Horror
1
The appeal of horror
13
Horror 101
31
The Classics
49
Ghosts and Haunted Houses
57
Vampires
65
Zombies
75
ShapeShifters
83
Witches and the Occult
101
Satan and Demonic Possession
111
Comic Horror
119
Moving Beyond the Haunted House
127
Sowing the Seeds of Fear
139
Bibliography
153
Index
157
Copyright

Monsters and Ancient Evil
91

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About the author (2012)

Becky Siegel Spratford is the reference librarian and serves as readers' advisory librarian at the Berwyn Public Library in suburban Chicago. In 2000, she co-created the Readers' Advisory Department and now directs staff, provides advisory assistance to patrons, and selects all fiction. She received her MLIS with honors from Dominican University. She also served as reference assistant in the library of the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. She has been elected as her local library trustee and was inducted into Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information science honor society.

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