Hooked on Horror: A Guide to Reading Interests in Horror Fiction / Edition 2

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The expanded second edition of this award-winning readers' advisory guide describes and organizes hundreds of horror titles according to reading preference. Focusing on titles published in the last decade as well as older classics, the authors cover 13 popular subgenres of horror fiction; lively annotations, commentary, background information, and lists of pertinent resources accompany titles. New features include streamlined organization for easy access, the inclusion of graphic novels, and indications of audio, e-book, and large print formats.

Hundreds of new and classic horror titles are described and organized according to reading preferences in this expanded second edition of Fonseca and Pulliam's award-winning readers' advisory guide. Focusing on titles published in the last decade and older classics that are currently in print or commonly available in libraries, the authors cover 13 popular subgenres of horror fiction, including vampires and werewolves, techno horror, ghosts and haunted houses, and small town horror. Lively annotations and commentary help you find the right book for even your most demanding horror fans. Background information is also offered along with lists of pertinent resources. Special features of this book are a new streamlined organization for easy access; the inclusion of graphic novels; indications of audio, e-book, and large print formats; and much more. An essential tool for readers' advisors in all library settings, and a perfect guide for fans craving for their next great read!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Voya Reviews
This title appears likely to become a staple in the professional collection of every young adult librarian who booktalks or performs a readers' advisory function. The authors have prepared a descriptive bibliography of popular horror novels for use in both public service and collection development. The listed materials are not evaluated, but the in-depth data on each entry will simplify the search for reviews. Orson Scott Card's Lost Boys (HarperCollins, 1992) appears in the chapter "Ghosts and Haunted Houses," with complete bibliographic information, a brief descriptive paragraph, and a short list of four somewhat similar titles. The authors then offer seven subject headings to be checked against the index for similar titles. Lost Boys also appears in "Small-Town Horror," with a cross-reference to the earlier citation in place of the descriptive paragraph. Further illuminating each chapter is an essay overview of the particular subgenre and a list of popular films. This practical reference will help both readers' advisors and readers expand their reading patterns with ease. Young adult-friendly titles, however, are not identified, and the only YA titles listed are ones frequently read by adults. Hooked on Horror, which is part of the Genreflecting Advisory series, is a strong candidate for purchase for any young adult collection in which the horror genre is popular. Index. 1999, Libraries Unlimited, Ages Adult, 425p. PLB $55. Reviewer: Marsha Valance
From the Genreflecting Advisory series, this second edition of Hooked on Horror (Libraries Unlimited, 1999/VOYA August 2000) treats horror as a genre in its own right, rather than as an offshoot of fantasy. The major portion of this useful source is an annotated bibliography of adult horror novels and films arranged by thirteen subgenres that cover everything from supernatural topics such as "ghosts and haunted houses" to "maniacs and sociopaths." Each entry consists of a brief but descriptive plot summary, a list of similar titles, and a list of subject headings. Wherever possible, Fonseca and Pulliam identify fiction titles that are available in nonprint formats. The authors also include an excellent history of the horror genre as well as a general discussion of each subgenre. With the exception of some classic horror writers, the authors focus on novels published since 1998, the year at which where the first edition left off, and therefore intend this edition to be a supplement to the first. A large section of the book is dedicated to further reading and sources for research on the subject of horror, lists of award winners, a core list of titles for collection development purposes, and an interesting listing of "cross-genre" horror including some Christian fiction and "gentle" reads. Although titles of interest to young adult readers are not indicated as such in this resource, public librarians as well as horror fans will enthusiastically welcome this goldmine of information. 2003, Libraries Unlimited, 400p.; Index. Biblio. Further Reading. Appendix., PLB. Ages adult professional.
—Dotsy Harland
Library Journal
The first horror novel was Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, published in 1764. Horror fiction gradually developed to include such writers as Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Anne Rice, and Stephen King. Yet it's a genre that "can't get any respect," often grouped with fantasy and sf or relegated to brief reviews in the library periodicals. The authors, both of whom have taught college-level courses on horror, seek to remedy that situation with this comprehensive, annotated reader's advisory, the only one to focus solely on the genre. They classify some 1000 titles into 13 subgenres (vampires and werewolves, small-town horror, etc.) along with a list of related films for each subgenre. There are also bibliographies of notable authors, listings of periodicals, horror-related organizations, major awards, publishers, and horror web sites. A useful tool for librarians unfamiliar with the literature.--WW Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
School Library Journal
This admirably done, reader-friendly guide leads horror enthusiasts through 13 subgenres and roughly 1000 tales of terrifying creatures and spine-chilling events. While not a comprehensive resource, the book covers a wide range of both classic and contemporary adult works and writers. Fonseca and Pulliam explain that they did not include young adult authors (with the exception of several titles commonly read by adults) as this would have tripled the number of citations. The authors start with a basic definition ("horror text is one that contains a monster" be it human, inhuman, real, or imagined), followed by a history of the genre and description of current trends. The annotations are particularly well done. The short story, subject, and author/title indexes are comprehensive, though the Webliography seems a bit sparse. Overall, this resource would be a welcome addition to any high school or public library's reader's advisory collection.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Describes some 1,000 contemporary and classic tales of this controversial and misunderstood genre, and traces the history, trends, and appeal of this unique body of literature in all its various permutations, providing readers' advisors with an introduction to horror and to those who love it. Works are classified into 13 subgenres, focusing on books that are in print or commonly available in library collections. Specific read-alikes and movies are also cited. Includes much information on resources such as periodicals, organizations, awards, publishers, and web sites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563089046
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 1/30/2003
  • Series: Genreflecting Advisory Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTHONY J. FONSECA is Instructional Services Librarian at the Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He has taught many college level courses on horror literature.

JUNE MICHELE PULLIAM is Instructor of English and Women's and Gender Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge where she teaches horror literature. She also is editor of Necropsy: The Review of Horror Fiction, an online journal.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xi
Introduction xvii
Part 1 Introduction to Horror Fiction
Chapter 1 A Definition of Horror 3
The Definition of Horror as Used in This Book 3
Chapter 2 How to Use This Book 13
Chapter 3 A Brief History of the Horror Genre and Its Current Trends 17
Part 2 An Annotated Bibliography of Horror Novels and Films
Chapter 4 Ghosts and Haunted Houses: Dealing with Presences and Absences 23
Film 35
Our Picks 37
Chapter 5 Golem, Mummies, and Reanimated Stalkers: Wake the Dead and They'll Be Cranky 39
Film 44
Our Picks 46
Chapter 6 Vampires and Werewolves: Children of the Night 47
Film 84
Our Picks 87
Chapter 7 Demonic Possession, Satanism, Black Magic, and Witches and Warlocks: The Devil Made Me Do It 89
Film 113
Our Picks 115
Chapter 8 Mythological Monsters and "The Old Ones": Invoking the Dark Gods 117
Film 134
Our Picks 134
Chapter 9 Telekinesis and Hypnosis: Chaos from Control 135
Film 140
Our Picks 140
Chapter 10 Small Town Horror: Villages of the Damned 141
Film 151
Our Picks 151
Chapter 11 Maniacs and Sociopaths, or the Nuclear Family Explodes: Monstrous Malcontents Bury the Hatchet 153
Film 178
Our Picks 181
Chapter 12 Technohorror: Evil Hospitals, Military Screw-Ups, Scientific Goofs, and Alien Invasions 183
Film 195
Our Picks 197
Chapter 13 Ecological Horror: Rampant Animals and Mother Nature's Revenge 199
Film 205
Our Picks 205
Chapter 14 Psychological Horror: It's All In Your Head 207
Film 231
Our Picks 232
Chapter 15 Splatterpunk: The Gross Out 233
Film 240
Our Picks 240
Chapter 16 Comic Horror: Laughing at Our Fears 241
Film 250
Our Picks 252
Part 3 An Annotated Bibliography of Horror Short Story Collections
Chapter 17 Collections and Anthologies 255
Collections by Individual Authors 257
Anthologies of Stories by Multiple Authors 284
Our Picks of Collections 300
Our Picks of Anthologies 300
Part 4 Further Reading on the Genre
Chapter 18 Resources 305
Ready Reference 305
History and Criticism 312
Periodicals: Journals, Magazines, and E-Zines 323
Horror-Related Organizations 327
Horror on the World Wide Web 329
Chapter 19 Major Awards 331
The Bram Stoker Awards, Winners, and Nominees 331
The International Horror Guild Awards 343
Chapter 20 Publishers and Publishers' Series 347
Appendix A Stretching the Boundaries: Cross-Genre Horror Fiction 353
Action Adventure 353
Christian Fiction 355
Classic Fiction 355
Detective Fiction 356
Gentle Reads 358
Romance 360
Western 360
Appendix B Collection Development: A Core List 361
Individual Works 362
Authors 365
Series 365
Nonfiction 366
Appendix C True Ghost Tales 367
Subject Index 369
Index of Authors and Titles 385
Short Story Index 405
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