Read On...Horror Fiction

Overview

Hundreds of popular horror fiction titles are described and categorized according to their underlying appeal features, and under topics and themes you'll never find in the library catalog: the plot thickens (complex plots), fear factors (truly terrifying), big city horror, over-the-top weirdos, and many other themes that appeal to horror readers and fans.

Use these unconventional, sometimes whimsical reading lists to identify read-alikes rooted in shared appeal features or in ...

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Overview

Hundreds of popular horror fiction titles are described and categorized according to their underlying appeal features, and under topics and themes you'll never find in the library catalog: the plot thickens (complex plots), fear factors (truly terrifying), big city horror, over-the-top weirdos, and many other themes that appeal to horror readers and fans.

Use these unconventional, sometimes whimsical reading lists to identify read-alikes rooted in shared appeal features or in the specific characteristics on which the lists are based. Post individual lists on your library Web site, put them in your newsletter, or use them for patron handouts to encourage circulation and reading. Horror fiction readers and fans looking for new reading material will enjoy browsing through this book and using it to create checklists or reading plans. Readers' advisors who wish to better acquaint themselves with the genre and its newer publications, particularly in terms of appeal features, will find a treasury of ideas here as well.

Looking for a new way to find suggestions for readers seeking that great new horror read? How about some fresh ideas for that Halloween horror fiction display? You've come to the right place.

Read On…Horror Fiction categorizes hundreds of popular horror fiction titles—not according to standard subgenres and themes, but according to their underlying appeal features, and under topics and themes you'll never find in the library catalog. Choose the plot thickens (complex plots), I'm too sexy for my fangs (erotic horror), graffiti and gore (big city horror), favorite monsters, or any of the many other themes that appeal to horror readers and fans.

The book includes approximately 350 of the best and most current horror fiction titles, and a few popular classics as well, offering bibliographic information and brief, punchy plot summaries designed to spark reader interest and capture the appeal connection. These unconventional, sometimes whimsical reading lists can be used to identify read-alikes rooted in shared appeal features or in the specific characteristics on which the lists are based. Post specific lists on your library Web site, put them in your newsletter, or use them for patron handouts to encourage circulation and reading.

Horror fiction readers and fans looking for new reading material will enjoy browsing through this book, and using it to create checklists or reading plans. Readers' advisors who wish to better acquaint themselves with the genre and its newer publications, particularly in terms of appeal features, will find a treasury of ideas here as well. Libraries may wish to order multiple copies—one for the readers' advisor and reference desk and one to the circulating collection. desk, and one for the circulating collection.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Pulliam and Fonseca have taken 350 popular horror titles from the last decade and divided them by their appeal factors. The authors point out that some readers may prefer books that are plot driven, while others want books that emphasize characters, while still others are interested in the mood of the book, and these factors are not found in the library catalog….This is an excellent guide that will help librarians understand the horror genre and help readers find horror books that appeal to them. A must purchase for all public and high-school libraries."

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Booklist/RA Corner

"In this reference for librarians and patrons, Pulliam and Fonseca, categorize some 350 current and classic horror fiction titles, not according to standard subgenres and themes, but according to their underlying features, such as complex plots, erotic horror, big city horror, and favorite monsters. Entries offer bibliographic information and brief plot summaries to spark reader interest."

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Reference & Research Book News

"The authors have put together a great detailed guide that is definitely lighthearted and does not take itself too seriously. It will be a great addition to any public library reader's advisory collection and sure to help a harried librarian trying to help an avid horror reader looking for the next read."

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Public Libraries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591581765
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Series: Read On Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JUNE MICHELE PULLIAM and Anthony J. Fonseca are authors of the award-winning Hooked on Horror (LU, 1999) and Hooked on Horror II (LU, 2003). June is Instructor of English and Women's and Gender Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where she also teaches a class on horror fiction. Tony Head of Serials / Electronics Resources Librarianat Nicholls State University in Louisiana. Hw has contributed entries to the upcoming Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature and The Dictionary of Literary Biography: Asian American Writers. In addition, they co-edit the on-line quarterly journal Necropsy: The Review of Horror Fiction (lsu.edu/necrofile).

ANTHONY J. FONSECA and June Michele Pulliam are authors of the award-winning Hooked on Horror (LU, 1999) and Hooked on Horror II (LU, 2003). June is Instructor of English and Women's and Gender Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where she also teaches a class on horror fiction. Tony is Head of Serials / Electronics Resources Librarian at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. He has contributed entries to the upcoming Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature and The Dictionary of Literary Biography: Asian American Writers. In addition, they co-edit the on-line quarterly journal Necropsy: The Review of Horror Fiction(lsu.edu/necrofile).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Story 1
Ch. 2 Mood and atmosphere 27
Ch. 3 Setting 63
Ch. 4 Character 85
Ch. 5 Language 99
App. A Horror on film 121
App. B Series titles 141
App. C Genreblends 157
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