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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-reference 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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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-reference 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.

30 review for The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Even if you aren't a librarian it's a great book for horror fans and horror writers to have a list of writers to discover and to reflect on different kinds of horror fiction and related works such as paranormal fiction.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Very helpful in defining the horror genres and subgenres. Also offers suggested authors and titles. Good beginning resource for horror reader's advisory.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristen McBee

    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).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Poynter

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    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 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 Becky. It is an excellent reminder of he range of tools which can help in many readers advisory situations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    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 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 Guide to Genre Fiction, which was always good).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jack Phoenix

    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

  27. 5 out of 5

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    Jessica

  30. 5 out of 5

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