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Monday, May 16, 2016

Becky on the Five Things to Know in Horror

Back in April I was part of a presentation on the top things to know in top genres for Booklist and NoveList. The genres were Thrillers, Horror, and Science Fiction.

The video is now available for anyone and everyone to view.

Click here for the video [horror is second]

Click here for the handout

This is an excellent resource for collection development for all three of these genres. I also provide a quick tutorial at the end of the genre specific presentations about how to use NoveList to stay up to date in ALL genres.

Finally, I have reposted my horror specific portion of the handout here on the horror blog so that it can be searchable in the future. I strive to make this blog a useful tool for those helping horror readers in a library setting. But please note, the written resource makes more sense if you watch the video too.

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Becky Spratford on Horror: 

“Horror is a story in which the author manipulates the reader’s emotions by introducing situations in which unexplainable phenomena and unearthly creatures threaten the protagonist and provoke terror in the reader.”

Five Classic Authors 
* Stephen King (The Shining)
* Dean Koontz (Odd Thomas)
* Anne Rice (Interview with a Vampire)
* H P Lovecraft (Cthulhu Stories)
* Ramsey Campbell (Nazareth Hill)

Five Must-Read Books (To understand 21st Century Horror) 
* The Rising by Brian Keene
* The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle
* John Dies at the End by David Wong
* The Keeper by Sarah Langan
* The Terror by Dan Simmons

Top Five Trends in Horror 
*Weird Fiction Re-Emerges As a Subgenre: Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer; Kelly Link
*Science Fiction and Horror Team Up: Justin Cronin Passage Trilogy; David Wellington
*Horrific Women: Tananarive Due and Sarah Pinborough
*A Return to a Pulp Sensibility: Richard Laymon and Brian Keene
*Horror on Audio: Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout and Locke and Key by Joe Hill

Five Up and Comers 
* Joe Hill (NOS4A2)
* Jonathan Maberry (Rot and Ruin)
* Sarah Pinborough (Mayhem)
* Jonathan Janz (Children of the Dark)
* Paul Tremblay (A Head Full of Ghosts)

Becky’s Five Favorites [Besides NOS4A2] 
* The Ruins by Scott Smith
* House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
* Bird Box by Josh Malerman
* Anything by Shirley Jackson
*The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell