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Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
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Horror Reader's Advisory
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Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
Horror Reader's Advisory
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  • 1. Horror Readers’ Advisory August 18 th , 2004 and September 9 th , 2004 Your hosts: David “Dr. Evil” Lockwood-Lass and Amy “Vampira” Hartman
  • 2. Alighiere Dante (1265-1321) writes “The Divine Comedy”, 1307-1321.
  • 3. Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, 1430 or 31-1476 or 7 a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler and/or Dracula
  • 4. “ Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymous Bosch (c.1450-1516), c. 1504
  • 5. Exterior of “Garden”(triptych folded shut) and detail from right panel (c. 1504)
  • 6. Central panel from “Garden of Earthly Delights” (c.1504)
  • 7. Detail from right panel of “Garden”
  • 8. Salem witchcraft trials, 17th century
  • 9. Inspired by a dream, Walpole writes “The Castle of Otranto” in 1765.
  • 10. Mary Shelley “Frankenstein” 1818
  • 11. Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849
  • 12. Hans Christian Andersen, 1805-1875
  • 13. Robert Louis Stevenson writes “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, 1886
  • 14. Jack the Ripper leaves a gruesome trail, 1888
  • 15. Bram Stoker writes “Dracula”, 1897
  • 16. Gaston Leroux writes “The Phantom of the Opera”, 1910
  • 17. “ The Mummy” premieres, 1932
  • 18. Charles Addams, cartoonist 1912-1988
  • 19. Orson Welles scares the pants off America with his “War of the Worlds” broadcast, October 30, 1938
  • 20. The 1950’s: Post-war paranoia and B-movies
  • 21. The 1960’s: Hitchcock, Roger Corman, Hammer Films
  • 22. Horror films and books of the 1970’s and 1980’s: REALITY BITES
  • 23. 1980s & 1990s Humor enters the picture. Trapped in time, surrounded by evil, low on gas.
  • 24.
    • Psychological horror
    • Thomas Harris
    • Peter Straub
    • Stephen King
  • 25.
    • Why horror?
    • Importance of genre knowledge – you don’t have to like it, but you do have to be familiar with it.
    • A good horror novel:
      • Frightens us but keeps us from hiding under the bed by coaxing us to continue reading.
      • Focuses on the dark side of human nature.
      • Is a safe way to acknowledge the wickedness within our own psyches and take a small peek into this illicit world.
  • 26.
    • Why horror?
    • General appeal factors to readers of horror:
      • Provokes “safe” terror -- roller coaster effect atmosphere more important than plot
    • Allows safe exploration of the dark side of humanity
      • Gives readers a place where they can face their own fears
    • Provides an escape from the horrors of real life
      • Validates belief in the supernatural
    • Many similarities with fantasy fiction – attracts similar readers
  • 27. Check Boundaries: Important to ask horror readers how they feel about violence, gore and sex in their stories. Horror runs the gamut from extremely tame to the deliberate gross-out. Also check for a particular sub-genre the patron may enjoy, such as vampire fiction or ghost stories, etc.
  • 28. DO NOT LET PEOPLE WALK AWAY WITH ONE BOOK! EVER! Refer to web page and bookmark RA tools. Even when you’re busy, they can guide patrons. Keep a display of current genre and by-the-numbers bookmarks handy for both staff and patrons. (preferably near to where the books are located and at the Reference Desk).
  • 29.
    • Marketing your horror collection:
    • Use the month of October for easy marketing to your patrons.
    • Keep a read-alike bookmark handy for patrons who ask for Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Anne Rice
    • Make suggestions when placing reserves on the hot new titles for these authors.
    • Another idea is to do a display to coincide with the opening of a popular horror movie.
  • 30. Horror for people who don’t like horror: Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes Daphne DuMaurier Rebecca Shirley Jackson The Haunting of Hill House Edgar Allan Poe Tom Tryon Harvest Home Oscar Wilde Picture of Dorian Gray see also Ghost Stories authors list
  • 31.
    • Vampire fiction:
    • Appeal factors: romance, suspense, intrigue,
    • Current trend towards glamorous and “good vampires”.
    • Popular authors on back of Horror bookmark.
  • 32. Dark Fantasy/SF “ The New Weird” Neil Gaiman China Mieville David Weber
  • 33. Horror for Teens
    • V.C. Andrews -- Horror or just Horrible?
    • Classic authors and ghost stories
    • See ALA “Teen Read Week” site and Mary Plews’ recommendations, both on handout.
  • 34. The End. . . . . . or IS it?

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