SUMMER SCARES FIRST ANNUAL READING LIST ANNOUNCED [2/14/19]
In celebration of National Library Lover’s Day, the Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Library Journal/School Library Journal, is delighted to announce the first annual Summer Scares Reading List, which includes titles selected by a panel of authors and librarians and is designed to promote horror as a great reading option for all ages, during any time of the year.
Each year, three titles will be chosen in the Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade categories, and for 2019 they are:
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017)
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (Harper Voyager, 1998)
Earthworm Gods by Brian Keene (Deadite Press, 2012)
Rotters by Daniel Kraus (Ember, 2012)
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, edited by April Genevieve Tucholke (Speak, 2016)
Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow (Penguin Random House Publisher Services, 2015)
Doll Bones Holly Black (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015)
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014)
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (Algonquin Young Readers, 2016)
The goal of the Summer Scares program is to introduce horror titles to school and public library workers in order to help them start conversations with readers that will extend beyond the books from each list and promote reading for years to come. Along with the annual list of recommended titles for readers of all ages, the Summer Scares committee will also release themed lists of even more “read-alike” titles for libraries to use when suggesting books to readers this summer and all year long. And, in order to help libraries forge stronger connections between books and readers, the Summer Scares committee will be working with both the recommended list authors and horror authors from all over the country, to provide free programming to libraries. From author visits (both in person and virtual) to book discussions to horror themed events, Summer Scares is focused on connecting horror creators with libraries and readers all year long.
The HWA is a non-profit organization of writers and publishing professionals, and the oldest organization dedicated to the horror/dark fiction genre. One of the HWA’s missions is to foster an appreciation of reading through extensive programming and partnerships with libraries, schools, and literacy-based organizations.
For more information about the Summer Scares reading program, including how to obtain promotional materials, resources and to schedule events with the authors/committee members, visit the HWA’s Libraries web page (www.horror.org/libraries), Becky Spratford’s Reader’s Advisory Horror Blog RA for All: Horror (http://raforallhorror.blogspot.com/), or the Book Riot, School Library Journal, Library Journal, or United for Libraries websites and social media sites.
You can also contact JG Faherty, HWA Library Program Director (libraries [at] horror [dot] org) or Becky Spratford, HWA Secretary (bspratford [at] hotmail [dot] com).
This page will serve as a clearing house for information about the program, with an emphasis on lists and resources library workers can use to help readers, set up displays, and promote your scariest titles for all age levels of readers all year long.
All posts here on RA for All: Horror that have to do with the program will also be tagged "Summer Scares" for ease of access.
- Press release with titles for 2019
- Summer Scares Announcement-- including the committee members bios an essay on the appeal of horror by Grady Hendrix
- United for Libraries article about the program and interview with Becky Spratford
- Our podcast partner Ladies of the Fright Summer Scares is covering our selections in detail with committee members:
- LOTF Episode 32: Summer Scares 1 with Carolyn Ciesla
- covers the adult selections and discusses the program in general
- LOTF Episode 34: Summer Scares 2 with Kelly Jensen
- covers the young adult selections and discusses the program in general
Resources for Readers
- Grady Hendrix's suggests books to read while you wait for the Summer Scares list to come out. 3 books in each category-- adult, YA, middle grade.
- Becky Top Horror of 2018
- Library Journal's Top Horror of 2018 [chosen by Summer Scares Committee Members Kiera Parrot and Becky Spratford]
- Committee Members Kelly Jensen and Kiera Parrott list their top YA and Middle Grade Horror of 2018
- "Teen Screams: YA Horror for Every Kind of Reader": 3/19/19 in SLJ by committee member Kelly Jensen
- Summer Scares selected authors- Stephen Graham Jones, Daniel Kraus, and Brian Keene come to StokerCon 2019 Librarians' Day and talked about horror in general, their place in the genre, and suggested authors you too should try.
- Click here for the notes from their panel
- Click here for the full Librarians' Day Resource Sheet which has even more horror suggestions
Resources About Our Selected Authors and Titles
- Committee member Grady Hendrix gave our selected authors the same 6 questions. See their answers to get a sense of the personalities behind the books and to gather even more reading suggestions. Feel free to use these interviews on your websites, social media, and with patrons to supplement the Summer Scares Program:
|Official committee phots and bios via HWA|