Summer Scares 2019 Resources

Click here to immediately access the Summer Scares FAQ and Resource page so that you can add some professionally vetted horror titles into your reading suggestions and fiction collections for all age levels.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Second Half of 2019 Horror Preview is Now Live and Summer Scares Updates!

For the second year in a row, Library Journal asked me to write a horror genre spotlight for the second half of the year.

You can access that article as well as the handy table of titles with isbn's to make ordering easier for you to add these titles and a list of the best podcasts for horror fiction and nonfiction, here.

Just so you know, every single title in this article is appropriate for a general public library collection. This is your chance to add "reviewed" titles to your collections [if that is a requirement for your collections].

The piece also has a companion piece I recruited author and reviewer Gabino Iglesias to write, entitled "Don't Call It a Comeback!" here.

Please also click here for more about and by Iglesias here on the horror blog.

Finally, Library Journal is one of the partners in Summer Scares, an initiative I am leading for the Horror Writers Association with a wonderful committee of librarians and author Grady Hendrix. Our entire goal is to provide lists of horror titles that you can confidently suggest to all ages of horror readers, all year long. The focus is on summer because that is when we have the highest number of leisure readers looking for books. But horror is a great option all year long.

In case you have missed it, here is the Summer Scares Resource and FAQ page. It is filled with ideas for displays, reading lists, podcasts and so much more.

Today I have added a brand new guide/annotated reading list  by Grady Hendrix entitled Using Horror to Hide From The Heat and an appearance by Grady Hendrix and me talking about horror and Summer Scares on the Circulating Ideas podcast, recorded live at the Penguin Random House booth during ALA Annual. Click here to access that episode [#161].

No matter how you yourself feel about horror, please remember, you need to help all of your readers at the library. I am here with all of the resources you need.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Why Does Horror Matter?: A Podcast Featuring Me To Help You Understand the Appeal of Horror

This holiday week I am going to be talking about horror a bunch. Why? Well first of all it is a great escapist read and pretty much everyone reading this will have at least 1 day off this week for the 4th of July.

Second, this is the week my Horror Preview piece for the second half of 2019 will be published in Library Journal [more on that later this week]. That means many of you will be thinking about horror this week too when you read the piece.

[2.5- I also invited Gabino Iglesias to be a part of the LJ piece and he is part of #3 below]

Third, I spent much of my time at StokerCon 2019 [when I wasn't running Librarians' Day] tracking down authors and editors to ask them "Why Horror Matters" both for the LJ article [and there are some great quotes in that piece] and because I was asked to be on a live podcast taping/panel for Ladies of the Fright with the title of the episode being- "Why Does Horror Matter?" And that podcast recording went live late last week. And it is very good.

We had standing room only to record which was a little terrifying, but all of us on the panel were prepared and had great insight to share. Much of what we talked about will help you to understand the appeal of horror better. So listen and learn. Click here [or see below] to listen and see the full episode notes including information about the books and authors that were mentioned.


It's difficult to put into words what a rewarding experience it was to host the panel "Why Does Horror Matter? An Exploration of the Relevance and—Dare We Say—Necessity of Horror in a Tumultuous World" featuring panelists Stephen Graham Jones, Kathryn E. McGee, Becky Spratford, and Gabino Iglesias this past May at Stoker Con 2019. It was incredibly rewarding and definitely one of the highlights of the con for us. This topic is one we've been thinking a lot about lately, but we had no idea if it was one that would resonate with others. We were pleasantly surprised to arrive at our panel room to find it was standing room only. Not only did we feel the podcast love, but we also felt that this is a topic that's heavy on many people's hearts. 

Our panelists added a richness and depth to the conversation that we could have never anticipated. Our panelist table was smaller than what was featured in some of the other rooms, but it added such a feeling of intimacy to our discussion that wouldn't have been captured otherwise. The subject matter has a tendency to become heavy and intense, but our panelists sprinkled in moments of humor and lightness to balance it all out. We're incredibly honored to share this conversation with you, and we hope it sparks continued ideas, inspiration, encouragement—and most of all, reckless hope. 

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