Critical Linking for July 29th, 2015


But, as readers, we love the sensation of being scared—it is adrenaline inducing and addictive. If you’re in the mood for a fright, here are some of the scariest books ever written. And if they get to be a little too much, just do what I do: throw it in the freezer.

Boy, do readers love a frightening book. What do you think of this list of the 14 Scariest Books Ever Written?


Ann Rule, whose 1980 study of the serial killer Ted Bundy, “The Stranger Beside Me,” set her on the road to writing dozens of best-selling true-crime books praised for their insight into criminal psychology, died on Sunday at a medical center in Burien, Wash. She was 83.

I’ve heard from a lot of readers who loved (and were freaked out) by Anne Rule’s books.


According to the U.K.’s Publishing Perspectives, a news release by the Russian Ministry of Science and Education has publicized a new plan by the Russian government to offer rent and tax breaks to booksellers “in exchange for an ‘opportunity’ to provide a selection of titles chosen by the government.” The official goal of the program, as cited by ministry head Dmitry Livanov, is “to increase sales of high-quality literature, as well as books on culture, art, history and education.”

This sounds like quite the “opportunity.”


Last week, Astoria Bookshop in Queens echoed Morrison’s sentiment by announcing that they would be selling copies of Between The World And Me at cost ($14 per copy vs. the full retail price of $24) in order to encourage readers to buy and read it for themselves.

I have never heard of this happening before. (You know who else deeply discounts books so that readers will buy and read more books?)

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