Hooked on Horror III: A Guide to Reading Interests / Edition 3

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Overview

Hundreds of new horror titles are described and organized according to reading preferences in this new volume of Fonseca and PulliaM's award-winning readers' advisory guide. Focusing on titles published in the last decade, along with a few older classics, the authors cover more than a dozen 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 your most demanding horror fans. More than 500 annotations are new to this edition.

Hundreds of new horror titles are described and organized according to reading preferences in this new volume of Fonseca and PulliaM's award-winning readers' advisory guide. Focusing on titles published since 2002 and broadly accessible to library users, along with a few older classics, the authors cover more than a dozen 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 your most demanding horror fans. More than 500 annotations are new to this edition.

Background information on current trends, the history, and appeals of the genre are also offered, along with lists of pertinent resources.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In this readers' advisory guide for librarians, Fonseca, a librarian at Nicholls State U., and Pulliam (English and women's and gender studies, Louisiana State U., Baton Rouge) provide an annotated bibliography of horror novels, series, short story collections, and anthologies that describes rather than evaluates titles. It focuses on readily available titles published from 2003 to 2008, as well as classic works, in subgenres such as vampires and werewolves, techno- horror, ghosts and haunted houses, telekinesis and hypnosis, and ecological, psychological, comic, and smalltown horror. It includes publication information and subjects. All works by eight of the most popular authors—Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell,

Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Graham Masterton, Richard Matheson, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub—are included. Reference books, books of criticism, and lists of award winners are included, as well as a sampling of films. New to this edition are about 500 annotations, more classic texts and films, and now similar titles are listed at the end of every entry."

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Reference & Research Book News

"A must-have for readers' advisory and collection development specialists, this book will also be of interest to those covering the horror genre in English literature classes, as well as to bookstore personnel, writers, and horror fans."

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ARBA

"This is the third installment of Fonseca and Pulliam's Hooked on Horror, part of the Genreflecting Advisoryseries. One thing that distinguishes Hooked on Horror from other titles in the series is that it includes readily available films, since there is so much interplay between horror film and literature. The new edition continues coverage from the second edition, focusing on the years 2003–2008. However, because this guide also includes classics, award winners, and works of benchmark authors, it can be considered as a stand-alone purchase. Like its predecessors, the book is descriptive rather than evaluative, in keeping with the goals of readers' advisory. . . . This and the previous editions of Hooked on Horror are excellent resources. To complement them, libraries with readers' advisory programs should also consider Read on…Horror Fiction, by the same authors, which analyzes horror books by the appeal factors of story, setting, character, and language rather than by subgenres."

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Booklist

VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
Horror fiction, those stories that contain some sort of monster at their heart, are the focus for this reference text. Part of the Genreflecting Advisory Series, this third edition provides annotations of horror books published between 2003 and 2008, including collections, anthologies, and series. The book opens with some sales figures that indicate the continued popularity of the genre and its various subgenres. The authors suggest that horror fiction remains popular because it provides readers with vicarious experiences, allowing them to confront and defeat horror safely within the pages of a book. A brief history of horror fiction, a definition of the genre, and some discussion of the various subgenres continue to build the case for the literary merit of these books. Although young adult horror fiction is not included for the most part (the authors assert there needs to be a separate volume for YA), some crossover titles are included in the chapters as are appropriate titles from various bestseller lists. Films and film connections are also a part of the compendium of titles that cover the gamut from zombies and vampires to splatterpunk, technohorror, and even comic horror. There is no one template for horror fiction or for its readers. Classics and contemporary titles find their way into the chapters instead of being assigned to distinct categories. A detailed cross-references index will make reader advisory simpler and quicker. Especially valuable are the authors' picks at the end of each chapter and the addition of similar titles to each annotation. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591585404
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Series: Genreflecting Advisory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 513
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTHONY J. FONSECA, Head of Serials/Electronics Resources Librarian at Nicholls State University in Louisiana, has contributed entries to the upcoming Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature and The Dictionary of Literary Biography: Asian American Writers.

JUNE MICHELE PULLIAM is Instructor of English and Women's and Gender Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where she also teaches a class on horror fiction. Together, they are authors of the award-winning Hooked on Horror (Libraries Unlimited, 1999) and Hooked on Horror II (Libraries Unlimited, 2003), as well as Read On Horror Fiction (LU, 2006). In addition, they co-edit the on-line quarterly journal Necropsy: The Review of Horror Fiction (lsu.edu/necrofile).

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