Katie's parents never told her "no" when she asked for a book, which was the start of most of her problems. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Lake Forest College and is working towards a master's degree in library science at U of I. She works full time at a public library reference desk in northern IL, specializing in readers’ advisory and general book enthusiasm, and she has a deep-rooted love of all things disturbing, twisted, and terrifying. (She takes enormous pleasure in creeping out her coworkers.) When she's not spending every waking hour at the library, she's at home watching Cubs baseball with her cats and her cardigan collection, and when she's not at home, she's spending too much money on concert tickets. Her hobbies include debating the finer points of Harry Potter canon, hitting people upside the head who haven’t read The Martian, and convincing her boyfriend that she can, in fact, fit more books onto her shelves.
“I Am Not a Son of a Bitch”: Jack Torrance’s Refusal of Responsibility
October 31, 2018
A reader revisits Stephen King's THE SHINING and discovers newfound terror in the all too familiar theme of men refusing to take responsibility.
Comparing Overdrive, Libby, Hoopla, 3M: Fall into Fall Readathon
September 27, 2018
Check out the pros and cons of various library eBook platforms, including OverDrive, Libby, Hoopla, and 3M Cloud Library.
Who Are the Best Horror Authors of All Time?
May 16, 2018
An analysis of who's most likely to make it onto a list of the best horror authors, and a few horror authors who should be on these lists, but aren't.
He Came Home: 7 Books While You Wait For the New HALLOWEEN Movie
April 30, 2018
A scary reading list for fans of Halloween and the slasher movie genre, complete with serial killers and horror movie history
50 Of The Best True Crime Books
April 23, 2018
A collection of old and new must-read true crime books that need to be added to your TBR list right away!
5 Books If You Liked A QUIET PLACE
April 22, 2018
If you liked A Quiet Place, here are 5 novels that combine post-apocalyptic horror, primal fear, and moving emotion.
Read Harder 2018: A Book With a Cover You Hate
March 1, 2018
Looking for books to fulfill 2018 Read Harder Challenge task #20: read a book with a cover you hate? Peruse these titles.
I’m Not a Superhero: The Stress of Library Work
February 2, 2018
Librarians are often seen as community superheroes, but the increasing stress of library work can take a negative toll on our mental health, and it can prevent us from talking about our jobs and our personal needs honestly.
Reflecting on Jack Ketchum’s Horror Novels
February 1, 2018
Reflecting on the impact the late Jack Ketchum had on the horror genre and one Rioter's complicated feelings about reading his books.
Read Harder 2018: Genre Fiction Classics
January 2, 2018
Reading recommendations for the "read a classic of genre fiction" task of the 2018 Read Harder challenge.