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.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #12: 2019 Adult Summer Scares Selected Novels

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.


The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.


Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.


Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.


If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.


Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.


Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.


And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.


Click here to see giveaway #11. Our winner was Krista from Hennepin County [MN] Library.


This week I have a fun giveaway that is also a resource. Summer Scares is finishing up its second year, and believe it or not, we had an even more successful year than last year. With the pandemic, the fact that we had an entire program, with books selected, book discussion guides written, and tons of resources available, meant libraries jumped at the opportunity to engage with us. To find all of the resources for Summer Scares including the selected titles, you can click here for the Summer Scares Resource page.


But did you know that on that resource page there is also a link to the archive for past years? Click here to see all of the resources for 2019 including the 9 titles.


My readers know that I am a huge proponent of the backlist. That is one of the reasons why the Summer Scares titles have to be more than 2 years old. But I am also a proponent of using lists and "best" titles from the last 2-5 years as we help readers find a great read they might have missed on their own.


And so, to help remind you to use our past Summer Scares titles [and resources] as well as the current ones I am here today to offer you copies of all three of the 2019 Adult selections:


 

My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Earthworm Gods by Brian Keene


And these are all finished novels. You can add them to your library collections immediately. I think there will special interest in Mongrels as many are on waitlists for The Only Good Indians right now.


Good luck, but whether you win or not, go visit the Summer Scares page for resources you can use to help patrons all year long.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Update on Librarians' Day-- It's Now Virtual and FREE

Below is the message that went out to everyone who was registered for the in-person Librarians' Day.

As you can see, we are going virtual and will have a link for people to sign up in mid-August. Signing up gets you access to the email where you can ask questions of the panelists. 

Expect the signup link by the week of the  24th with the videos going live November 1-- a post Halloween treat. 

We are so thankful that the panelists listed below are willing to appear in this  virtual format. And we would also like to publicly thank our sponsors who did not pull their funds even though we changed our plans-- NoveList and LibraryReads

Along with the sign up we will also be releasing a major announcement from the Horror Writers Association that also involves ARRT, NoveList, LibraryReads, and RA for All. So stay tuned.

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Hello!

Thank you so much for registering for the HWA Librarians’ Day 2020, and thank you also for your patience during this tumultuous time as this program has had to shift and change.

Unfortunately due to the continuance of the coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in person program that was set to take place at the Naperville Public Library on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

However, we are excited to announce that HWA Librarians’ Day will be moving to a virtual format and it will be completely free! You will have the opportunity to view the panels on your own time during the month of November and will also get a chance to ask the panelists questions. There have been some panel changes and the new panels being planned are as follows:

The Scary Truth About Horror Reviews (Sponsored by Cemetery Dance) - Featuring New York Times Book Review Horror Columnist Danielle Trussoni, Booklist and Library Journal Horror Reviewer Becky Spratford, and Cemetery Dance reviewer and owner of Night Worms Sadie Hartmann. Moderated by Ashley Rayner from the Chicago Public Library

Horror and Libraries: A Not So Scary Partnership - Featuring Gillian Cargile-King from Northern Illinois University, Konrad Stump from Springfield-Greene [MO] County Library, Cathleen Keyser from Novelist and Gregg Winsor from Library Reads. Moderated by Lila Denning from the St. Petersburg [FL] Public Library

Summer Scares: How to Feature Horror for All Ages at Your Library - Featuring members of the Summer Scares Committee and the announcement of the 2021 Summer Scares Spokesperson

The State of Horror Today: A Conversation – Featuring authors Daniel Kraus, Stephen Graham Jones, and Cina Pelayo. Moderated by Becky Spratford

Meet Flame Tree Press - Editor Don D'Auria and Flame Tree Press authors John Everson, J.G. Faherty, J.H. Moncrieff, Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken in conversation with Emily Vinci of the Schaumburg Public Library

Registration for this new FREE event will take place mid-August and we will email you again when that registration goes live. The former event on EventBrite will be canceled and refunds will be issued shortly.

Thank you so much for your interest in this event and please email Becky Spratford at bspratford at hotmail dot com and Karen Toonen at ktoonen at naperville-lib dot org with any questions.

Sincerely,

The HWA Librarians’ Day 2020 Committee

Monday, July 27, 2020

Scares That Care Charity Horror Convention is Online for FREE and I am a Moderator!

I am passing on this information on directly from this link at BrianKeene.com about the Scares That Care Event. But before you read about this event, a few things from me.

First, I am moderating a panel at Noon "Horror for Kids." I am not telling you this to brag, but to illustrate that this event is a great "free" viewing option for all library workers. Scroll through it all. It will be a great day.

Second, refers to that "free" part. Scares that Care is a charity I have supported with my own dollars for years. I believe in their mission and have always wanted to make it to the live event. I am honored to be a part of a fundraiser that is doing so much good. I am asking you, my followers, to not only view the content, but to consider making small donation yourself. Literally every dollar counts to these sick and injured people and their families.

Thank you and now here are all of the details.....


The Scares That Care Virtual Charity Event takes place Saturday, August 1st.

100% of the money raised during this one-day event will go to our 2020 recipients. They are:

*Ashley Adams and her daughter Natalya, who has Marfan Syndrome.
*Laura, a breast cancer warrior known for her work in Arkansas’s LGBTQ+ community.
*Patricia, who suffered second and third degree burns to the entire right side of her body.

The Scares That Care Virtual Convention will be livestreamed via the Brian Keene YouTube Page and the Scares That Care website, and is accessible to the general public.

Below is the tentative schedule. All times are Eastern. Please note that celebrity appearances (including actors, authors, directors, and other panelists) are subject to availability and may change without notice.

9:00am – 9:15am: Opening Ceremonies with Joe Ripple and Brian Keene

9:15am to 9:50am: LIVE READINGJeff Strand and Stephen Kozeniewski

9:50am to 10:00am: Fundraising update with Brian Keene, Alfred Guy and O’Malley Brandt

10:00am to 10:50am: JAWS AT 45Jonathan Janz, Victor LaValle, Hillary Monahan, Matt Serafini, Adam Cesare, and Glenn Rolfe (moderator) discuss why, after 45 years, we’re still afraid to go in the water.

10:50am – 11:00am: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and Paul Tremblay

11:00am – 11:50am: MY FAVORITE HORROR COMICSTim Seeley, Rachel Autumn Deering, Jamal Igle, Cullen Bunn, Maurice Broaddus, and Matt Wildasin (moderator) discuss their favorite horror comic books of all time.  

11:50am – Noon: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and John Wayne Comunale 

Noon – 12:50pm: HORROR FOR KIDSLamar Giles, Stephanie Cooke, Jonathan Maberry, Gretchen McNeil, Bitter Karella, Will Bozarth, and Becky Spratford (moderator) discuss horror for a younger audience.

12:50pm to 1:00pm: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and John Dugan

1:00pm to 1:25pm: RETURN TO ELM STREETJack Shoulder, Mark Patton, Nick Benson, and Mick Strawn reminisce with moderator David Heck about their work on the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

1:25pm – 1:30pm: Fundraising update with Brian Keene, Brian Smith and Bryan Smith

1:30pm – 2:00pm: LIVE READINGGabino Iglesias and Cina Pelayo

2:00pm to 2:50pm: MY FAVORITE MONSTERStephen Graham Jones, Hunter Shea, Scott Baker, the Sisters of Slaughter, Dee Southerland and Chuck Buda (moderator) discuss their favorite monsters of all time.

2:50pm to 3:00pm: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and Roy Wooley

3:00pm to 3:50pm: THE WALKING DEADDavid Heck moderates this Q&A with The Walking Dead’s Josh Mikel, Steve Coulter, Cooper Andrews, and Jayson Warner Smith.  

3:50pm to 4:00pm: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and Felissa Rose

4:00pm to 4:50pm: THE AMBIDEXTROUS PATH - Mary SanGiovanni, Stephanie Wytovich, Bracken MacLeod, Somer Canon, and Jay Wilburn (moderator) discuss faith and magic in horror and creativity.

4:50pm to 5:00pm: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and Joshua Leonard

5:00pm to 5:50pm: Q&A – Emmy-award winner Pruitt Taylor Vince discusses his career with moderator David Heck.

5:50pm to 6:00pm: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and Eugene Clark

6:00pm to 6:50pm: CAN HORROR GO TOO FAR?CV Hunt, Wrath James White, Kristopher Triana, Autumn Christian, Wesley Southard, Aaron Dries, and Armand Rosamilia (moderator) discuss how far is too far.

6:50pm to 7:00pm: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and Lar Park Lincoln

7:00pm to 7:55pm: COWBOYS AND ZOMBIESGemma Files, Wile E. Young, Keith Lansdale, Christine Morgan, Kenzie Jennings, and Thomas Clark (moderator) discuss the resurgence of Weird Westerns in film and literature.

7:55pm to 8:00pm: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and Josh Malerman

8:00pm to 8:30pm: BIZARRO HORRORJohn Edward Lawson, Andersen Prunty, Rose O’Keefe, Michael Alan Rose, and Scott Cole (moderator) discuss surrealism and the supernatural in horror fiction and film.

8:30pm to 8:55pm: Q&ANight of the DemonsAmelia Kinkade discusses her career with moderator David Heck.

8:55pm to 9:00pm: Fundraising update with Brian Keene and Joe Ripple

9:00pm to 9:15pm: A SPECIAL PRESENTATION with Joe Ripple and Brian Keene

9:15pm to 9:30pm: COSTUME CONTEST – Celebrity judges Amanda Bearse, John Anderson, Amelia Kinkade, Lynne Hansen, and Matt Blazi discuss this year’s costume contest entries.

9:30pm to 9:40pm: COUNT GORE – Scares That Care Weekend’s beloved Count Gore deVol announces the winners of this year’s costume contest.

9:40pm to 9:50pm: SCARYOKERio Youers, Ronald Malfi, Brian Keene and Joe Ripple present an at home version of this Scares That Care Weekend staple.

9:50pm to 10:00pm: Closing Ceremonies

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is Scares That Care?
A: Founded in 2007 by Joe Ripple, we are a 501C3 charity. Our Board of Directors and our volunteers are composed of horror fans and professionals. Each year we raise money for three recipient families (a sick child, a breast cancer fighter, and a burn victim).

Q: How can I donate during the virtual event?
A: We will be sharing information on how to donate via text or phone hourly during the event. Yu can also donate anytime by visiting this link.

Q: Can I donate before or after the event, as well?
A: Yes. You can donate year round.

Q: Money is tight. I can’t afford to donate but I’d still love to help. How can I do that?
A: We appreciate you and we understand. You can still by tuning in to the livestream, and encouraging your friends and family to do the same.

Q: I’m involved in programming. What do I need to do next?
A: Brian Keene will email you a link before the event. You’ll simply need to click that link about ten minutes before your appearance, and allow access to your computer’s webcam and mic. It’s that easy. (Costume contest judges will be contacted earlier with additional instructions).

Q: I’m a celebrity who works in the horror genre. Why wasn’t I included in programming?
A: We tried to accommodate as many horror professionals as we could, but unlike our physical Scares That Care Weekend charity events, we are limited by the technological restrictions and time constraints of this virtual event. However, you can still help the cause by sharing the event with your fans and encouraging them to donate.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #11: Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies by John Langan

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.


The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.


Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.


Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.


If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.


Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.


Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.


And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.


Click here to see giveaway #10. Our winner was Karen from Salida Regional [CA] Public Library.


Now on to this week's giveaway a copy of John Langan's upcoming collection, Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies courtesy of Word Horde. I will have a review of this book in the next issue of Booklist, but here is a quick preview quote:

"The twenty-one stories include gems previous only produced as part of Con program books, the eerie and visceral fungus tale, “Hyphae,” the fascinating “The Communion of Saints” centered around a tired and defeated Albany detective and pop culture’s “new” horror monsters [Freddy Kruegger, Hannibal Lecter, et al], and many stories that reflect Langan’s  lifelong literary conversation with Lovecraft and his contemporaries, such as the title story."

This is a must buy collection by an author whose entire catalog you should have on your shelves. And here is a gentle reminder that my Top 20 Horror of the Decade has Langan's novel The Fisherman as the number 3 title of the 2010s. [See screen shot below.]


One of you will win this ARC, but all of you should be adding this title and lots more Langan to your library collections.


Good luck!


Thursday, July 16, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #10: Poisoned Pen Press 5-Pack

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.


The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.


Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.


Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.


If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.


Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.


Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.


And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.


Click here to see giveaway #9. Our winner was David from Porter [OH] Public Library.


This week I have 5 titles courtesy of Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks.


The first is the next title in the Haunted Library of Horror Classics series a collaboration with the Horror Writers Association, Vathek by William Beckford with an introduction by Joe. R. Lansdale. The series is edited by Eric Guignard and Leslie Klinger. The idea is to bring back forgotten horror titles and  give them new edition with modern commentary. This one comes with discussion questions.


I also have 4 titles by Darcy Coates a USA Today Bestselling Author who I wrote about at length in Library Journal back in January here.


Click here to see all of her titles, but specifically I have finished copies of House of Secrets, The Folcroft Ghosts, House of Shadows, and Hunted. These can be added to your collections immediately. The Beckford is an ARC. It will be out in mid-August.


You can win all 4 this week! Thanks to Margaret from Sourcebooks for sending these titles my way so that I can get them into your hands.


Good luck!




Thursday, July 9, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #9: Flame Tress Press 2-Pack

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.


The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.


Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.


Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.


If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.


Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.


Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.


And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.


Click here to see giveaway #8. Our winner was Bethany from Sioux Fall [SD] Library.


This week I have two ARCs of titles coming soon from Flame Tree Press and both appeared in my Library Journal Horror Genre Preview [you can read that here].


The first is The Raven by Jonathan Janz [out in September], which I reviewed here. The second is Stoker's Wilde West by Stephen Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi [out July 23rd] for which I turned in a review to Booklist on Tuesday. You can read my glowing review of the first book in the series, Stoker's Wilde. And teaser, this second book was just as much fun.


You can win both in one package! Thanks to Flame Tree Press [Sarah especially] for getting me physical ARCs that I could give away after reviewing them.


Good luck!


Thursday, July 2, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #8: The Living Dead by Romero and Kraus

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.


The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.


Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.


Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.


If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.


Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.


Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.


And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.


Click here to see giveaway #7. Our winner was Lisa from Algonquin Area [IL] Public Library from. 


This week I have one of the most hotly anticipated books of the summer, heck, it's one of the most anticipated books since the late 1960s if we are being honest. It is The Living Dead begun by George A Romero and completed by Daniel Kraus. 


I have already written about how much I LOVED this book here in my Library Journal star review and here on Goodreads. Plus, I did this interview with Kraus that also ran in Library Journal back in April when we thought this book would come out in May. It now comes out on 8/4. So that gives you a month to read it if you win.


Real talk time here. This book could have been a huge disappointment. Kraus knew this himself as he writes about in the EXCELLENT authors note at the end of the book. He was asked to take Romero's unfinished epic novel and all his notes and turn it into THE book that unites the entire Romero universe. But Kraus took his job very seriously, did the research, preserved Romero's voice, inserted his own voice, and ultimately created a book that is both an homage and stands on its own as one of the best zombie books I have ever read. Seriously, this will be on my BEST of 2020 list when the year ends. No question.


More from me via the links above. You know you are ordering this for your library, but if you enter and win, you can read it early.


Good luck!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #7: She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.


The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.


Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.


Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.


If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.


Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.


Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.


And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.


Click here to see giveaway #6. Our winner was Kate from Six Mile  Regional Library District in IL. Last week I was on vacation, so no giveaway.


This week I am featuring one of my favorite Horror collections, She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin. Click here for my review. It is also one of the 2020 Summer Scares Adult Selections. You can see Bulkin talk about the book and her influences here on the Summer Scares playlist at the Horror Writers Association's YouTube Channel. And finally, you can find background on the book, programming ideas, and book discussion questions via the Summer Scares Programming Guide here.


Not only can you enter to win this book, but also every single one of you can reach out to me if you are interested in having Bulkin appear virtually for your library.


In other  words, this week, every single on of you is a winner!


Thanks to Ross at Word Horde who sent me this copy of She Said Destroy specifically so  I could give it away to one of you. Please check out Word Horde's website for more wonderful #HorrorForLibraries options. They are on my approved independent horror publishers lists for libraries which you can find here.


Enter this week and stay entered all summer. Now that the printers are working again, I am starting to get more physical ARCs with the specific purpose of sharing them with all of you. After last week's lull, it is time to get yourself signed up ASAP

Good luck!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #6: Alchemy of Glass

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.


The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.


Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.


Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.


If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.


Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.


Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.


And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.


Click here to see giveaway #5. Our winner was Iggi from Springfield-Greene County [MO] Public Library.


But now back to this week. Today I wanted to feature a mid-list title that is a very good option for libraries, but because it came out in April, it was lost in the ether. Alchemy of Glass is the second book in a series by Barbara Barnett [Apothecary's Curse was the first], but you can read this as a standalone. 


I would suggest buying both, however. The first book was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. Both titles are in that sweet spot between dark fantasy and horror that many library patrons love. Think Deborah Harkness as a readalike, and now you know you need these books on hand. These are novels your patrons will love. They are filled with memorable characters, rich atmosphere, and historical intrigue. 


Recently, I asked Barnett to share some thoughts about her book. She said:


"I  hope my work in some small way, within the realm of dark fantasy, tries to being attention to the inequality of power, whether now, in 19th Century London or  in a wrecked vision of the future."

These are fun books with some though provoking larger issues. 

Midlist titles have been invisible in the pandemic. This giveaway I am running all summer is not only about the big releases [although I have had some of those too], it is about celebrating the wide array of titles that are available and giving library workers access to them.

So enter this week and stay entered all summer. Now that the printers are working again, I am starting to get more physical ARCs with the specific purpose of sharing them with all of you. After last week's lull, it is time to get yourself signed up ASAP

Good luck!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Summer Scares 2020 YA Titles and Readalikes

Please click here for Summer Scares Committee member and YA resident expert Kelly Jensen's comprehensive look at the three Summer Scares 2020 YA selections and readalikes over on Book Riot.

Don't forget to click here for the entire FAQ and Resource Page including access to our You Tube content and links to the archive of last year's titles and the content we created for you to help readers of all ages.

And of course, our programming guide which provides book discussion questions, readalikes, and programming ideas for all 9 titles, courtesy of Konrad Stump and his team from Springfield-Greene County [MO] Public Library.

Click here to access the article

Thursday, June 4, 2020

No #HorrorForLibraries Giveaway This Week.

I posted here on Twitter about it. I don't think now is the time to promote anything that is NOT by a black creator. 

Click here or below to access the Tweets, whether you have a Twitter Account or not.

Also click here to see the statement we released for the Horror Writers Association. I am proud of the board, who live all over the country, for stopping what we were all doing individually and coming together, as quickly as possible, to make sure we got out a statement that was not just "lip service." I can tell you that this group of people that I serve with, the HWA's elected officials, worked hard to both  squash a racist member [who was wrecking havoc on social media] and craft a statement during a stressful time. I am extremely proud to be a part of this organization.

The giveaway will be back next week. In the meantime, take a look at my post on the regular blog from today entitled, "Becoming Anti-Racist: Read, Watch, Act."

Click  here to access the
Tweets and follow links

Friday, May 29, 2020

Horror Review Index Update

I post most of my reviews on the main blog and then archive them in the Horror Review Index. But to make sure that they are also searchable by title here on the horror site, I occasionally list them in a post.

It's all about ease of discoverability. I have to make sure every title can be accessed with a simple title or author search on either blog. Well, I don't actually have to, but that MLIS degree tugs on my conscious if I don't.

Click on each title, in the list below, to see the full reviews and my "three words"

Thursday, May 28, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #5: The Bright Lands by John Fram and The Bank by Bentley Little



First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.

The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.

Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.

Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.

If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.

Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.

Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.

And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.

Click here to see last week's giveaway. Our winner was Cassandra from Dauphin County Library Systems and Pottsville Library in PA.

But now back to this week. Today I wanted to feature a debut title that is coming out in a few weeks, a book that I just reviewed in the June issue of Library Journal here, The Bright Lands by John Fram. The action in this novel takes place in Bentley, TX, and as I note in the review, this book has clever nods in storytelling style and tone to the great Bentley Little. Well, ironically, I also recently reviewed  Little's latest book, The Bank, recently for Booklist here.

All of this means I have paper ARCs of both titles to package together for you this week! That's right 2 excellent books for 1 entry.

Good luck.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #4: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

This is the cover
of the giveaway copy
#HorrorForLibraries giveaway #4 is here!

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.

The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.

Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.

Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.

If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.

Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.

Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.

And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.

Click here to see last week's giveaway. Our winner was Heidi from Bradford Library in Ontario, Canada.

But now back to this week. Today I have a paperback, finished copy [not ARC] of the Summer Scares 2020 YA selection Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida  Cordova courtesy of Sourcebooks.

I would like to highlight this title today to remind you of our Summer Scares programming guide, point you to our videos from the authors, including Cordova, and also highlight that Labyrinth Lost is the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy and the third and final book, Wayward Witch is ready for preorder right now! It comes out August 1, 2020.

This is key because the only reason Labyrinth Lost was NOT a Summer Scares pick last year was precisely because we knew the third book wouldn't be out until 2020, so we were willing to wait. Offering a trilogy start title to a bunch of teens when the third book is not ready yet is just mean.

While this title is technically YA, I will note that Labyrinth Lost, and actually all of the YA titles over the last 2 years of Summer Scares, are great choices for adult readers too.

If you win, this is a book you can keep for yourself or add immediately to your libraries collection. No matter what, win or not, you all need to order

Good luck.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #3: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Click here for myLJ star review
#HorrorForLibraries giveaway #3 is here!

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.

The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.

Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.

Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. But only entries received by 5pm will be considered.

If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered [I have a list of who has won, when, and what title]. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.

Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.

Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.

And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.

Click here to see last week's giveaway. Our winner was CL from Kurth Memorial Library in Lukin, TX.

But now back to this week. As I mentioned here on the main blog earlier this week, the PW Summer Reads list came out and the only 100% horror title in the bunch was Stephen Graham Jones' THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS.

I read this book back in December and it blew me away. This is currently my #1 horror book of 2020, hands down. It is a moving story of friendship and revenge, gorgeously written, completely engulfing the reader in dread an unease on every page, and it is scary as hell with some pretty grisly scenes. In summary, it is just about perfect. I also think it will make for an excellent crossover for readers from the book club set who want to try horror.

Click through to read my full Library Journal star review. This one is going to be talked about all summer. Remember to follow the rules above in order to be eligible to win.

Good luck.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

#HorrorForLibraries Giveaway #2: Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

Click here for mySTAR review
#HorrorForLibraries giveaway #2 is here and it is a big one!

First, a reminder that these giveaways will be running every week, on Thursdays, for the foreseeable future. And here is the best part, if you enter any week, you are eligible for ALL weeks.

The only rule is that you need to be affiliated with a public library in America or Canada. My rationale behind that is that I will be encouraging you to read these books and share them with patrons. While many of them are advanced reader copies that you cannot add to your collections, if you get the chance to read them, my hope is that you will consider ordering a copy for your library and give away the ARC away as a prize or pass it on to a fellow staff member.

Okay now how to enter. If you are interested in being included in any giveaway at any time, you must email me at zombiegrl75 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line "#HorrorForLibraries." In the body of the email all you have to say is that you want to be entered and the name of your library.

Each entry will be considered for EVERY giveaway. I will randomly draw a winner on Fridays sometime after 5pm central. If you win, you are ineligible to win again for 4 weeks; you will have to re-enter after that time to be considered. However, if you do not win, you carry over into the next week. There is NO NEED to reenter.

Why I am doing this? Well, one of the parts of my job that has gone away for the time being is my visits to libraries, library conferences, and library systems to provide general RA training. On all of those visits, I would  fill my suitcase with giveaway titles and they were mostly horror. It not only gave me a chance to give away books as prizes, but it also allowed me the opportunity to book talk horror even if that wasn't on the agenda.

Now that my services have transferred to 100% virtual, for the time being, I have an overflow of books in my house and less of chance to promote horror to the unsuspecting masses of library workers.

And thus my #HorrorForLibraries giveaway is born. This will be going on indefinitely, so the sooner you enter the better your chances.

Click here to see last week's giveaway. Our winner was Rebecca from Racine [WI] Public Library.

But now back to this week. One of the hottest horror titles of the year is Paul Tremblay's Survivor Song both because of his popularity and because it is so timely. My review of this upcoming title appeared in the latest issue of Booklist [May 2020], so I thought now was a good time to remind you of that STAR review and pass on my ARC.

Click through to read the review and my extra readalikes and talking points. This one is going to be talked about all summer. Remember to follow the rules above in order to be eligible to win.

Good luck.