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The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror

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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
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Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published April 23rd 2012 by Amer Library Assn (first published November 1st 2011)
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Alexander Shay
A handful of decent titles in this book, with decent chapter separations for subgenres. King and Koontz are both mentioned as the "big" names in horror, but not featured in over-abundance in the title lists. Most of the authors I have already come across, but there were a few new ones that sounded interesting that I might add to my shelves.
Kristen McBee
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-prose
It’s 7 years old at this point, but this book is still helpful and informative about the horror genre, its appeal, and the big players (though there are many new ones since publication).
Rachel Poynter
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked having a concise description of the different genres and reading the list of things to try. I never knew they were so many sub genres.
Ellen
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent guide to providing readers advisory services to readers of horror. The content is very US oriented, this is a comment, not a criticism, so library workers in other countries need to check for local authors as well. There are excelling lists of titles, as well as resources to help with horror related readers advisory work. It really highlights the range of genre knowledge library workers need to have, and the need to have ready access to the tools and titles suggested by Beck ...more
Neil
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bravo Becky, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to putting its recommendations to the test. I've managed to get a few years behind the times in my horror tastes and knowledge, and this book has everything I needed to put myself right in that regard. I've been looking at this broader series of Readers' Advisory Guides from ALA for several years now, and this book continues the trend of better quality among the recent publications (with the exception of the broader Readers' Advisory G ...more
Karen
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
If you are looking to teach yourself more about the Horror genre, you couldn't do better than this book. Spratford subdivides the genre and creates recommended reading lists for each subgenre. She explains the appeal factors in clear, easy to grasp language. An excellent addition to the readers advisory literature and toolkit.
Jack Phoenix
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An invaluable tool for librarians to help connect readers to the horror that will fit, it is also the perfect resource to put into words what horror fans already know; it is a rich genre that deserves respect.
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Becky Spratford is a Readers' Advisor 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 is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveLi ...more

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