Joyce Saricks, Audio Editor, headed the Readers' Advisory department at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library for many years. In addition to overseeing our audiobook coverage, she writes the column "At Leisure with Joyce Saricks." But she's addicted to audiobooks; when she's not reading a book, she's listening to one, while she enjoys her hobbies—cooking, walking, and traveling.
When Becky first asked me to write about a favorite Horror novel for her blog, I was excited. I love Horror! Well, not all Horror but a pretty wide range from M. R. James’s chilling short stories to novels like David Wong’s John Dies at the End, which may or may not actually be Horror but is certainly horrific. (And filled with black humor.) I still remember where I was as I first read the scene in Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Dracula climbing the castle walls, and I still shiver when I think of it. Deciding what to share is tricky; so many possibilities. Also, I like to listen to Horror audiobooks, and until recently, these were few and far between. As the genre has blended, reaching its tendrils outward into Thrillers, Suspense, Mysteries, and more, I benefit. More for me to enjoy, and there’s an elemental pleasure in hearing a scary story that’s so satisfying.