Welcome to Episode 4! This episode is about all things horror, so I’ve brought in an amazing horror expert, librarian Becky Spratford. Becky is a Readers’ Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All and it’s evil twin sister RA for All: Horror and is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. Becky is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.
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Hey bookriot team 🙂
Through you guys I discovered Bird Box by Josh Malerman and I absolutely loved it. Now, I am looking for similar horror books that, like Bird Box, do not directly depict or vividly describe gore or horror. For my taste Stephen King’s novels for example tend to build up to that point, while I, like many, am much more scared by things that are invisible, or not even there at all. Therefore I am looking for a book that scares you more through the characters reactions and leave you guessing what actually keeps them up at night, maybe even beyond the book’s end. It doesn’t even have to be mainly considered a horror book, it should just make you uneasy and provoke the feeling that something about the story is incredibly wrong and eerie.
Thank you and greetings from Germany! –Constantin
Dear Get Booked
First, I want to say that I love your podcast. I just finished reading Bird Box by Josh Malerman and loved it. Do you have any other scary, spooky, or horror recommendations?
We’re doing a Halloween readathon at our library. All of the librarians are looking for short, scary stories to read aloud. We want the stories to be short enough that people will sit through them without leaving. I’m especially interested in including diverse authors in the mix. Any suggestions that will chill our patrons and introduce them to authors beyond the expected? –April
Dear Amanda, I was hoping you could recommend some well written horror fiction. I am a huge fan of horror movies and I read quite a bit but I usually stick to literary fiction and non-fiction. The only horror novels that I can recall reading are Frankenstein and the “Goosebumps” I read as a pre-teen. I love Poe but never got into King. I can appreciate the cheesiness of a low-budget horror film but I am less amused by bad books. Heeeelp! –Corinna
Hi Get Booked,
Hi Amanda, Every October I like to read horror novels for the entire month in celebration of Halloween. Thanks to Book Riot, I have been making an effort to diversify my reading, and I have noticed that the vast majority of horror novels in my TBR pile are written by white men. Can you please recommend horror novels written by women and people of color? Thanks a lot! –Sarah
Good morning Amanda & Co-Host,
I love the Fall season and am always looking to fill the months, especially October, with horror and suspense books. I enjoy reading paranormal/supernatural books, but it’s difficult to find something that will give me chills.
Hi Amanda and guests!
I loved the idea of an episode completely dedicated to Halloween / Horror themes!
I need a newbie recommendation because though I think it’s a super fun theme I’ve never actually read any horror novels ’cause I’m too chicken! Lol!!!
But I really want to dip my toes in this bloody water.
So, where should I start? Horror essentials we may call it.
Thanks a million!
Books Discussed on the Show!
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltersman
The Keep by Jennifer Egan
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due
Defy the Dark anthology (esp. Malinda Lo’s “Ghost Town” and “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Dia Reeves)
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Stories in any collection edited by Ellen Datlow
The New Black edited by Richard Thomas (more here)
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle
Slade House by David Mitchell
The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
The Darkling by R.B. Chesterton
Lesley Conner (adult)– The Weight of Chains and Amy Lukavics (teen)– Daughters unto Devils
Wytches by Scott Snyder
The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor
Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout
Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Ring by Koji Suzuki
Nazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Rising by Brian Keene