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Hooked on Horror III

A Guide to Reading Interests

by Anthony J. Fonseca and June Michele Pulliam

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March 2009

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 513
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools
Description

Hundreds of new horror titles are described and organized according to reading preferences in this new volume of Fonseca and Pulliam's award-winning readers' advisory guide. Focusing on titles published in the last decade, along with a few older classics, the authors cover more than a dozen popular subgenres of horror fiction, including vampires and werewolves, techno-horror, ghosts and haunted houses, and small town horror. Lively annotations and commentary help you find the right book for your most demanding horror fans. More than 500 annotations are new to this edition.

Hundreds of new horror titles are described and organized according to reading preferences in this new volume of Fonseca and Pulliam's award-winning readers' advisory guide. Focusing on titles published since 2002 and broadly accessible to library users, along with a few older classics, the authors cover more than a dozen popular subgenres of horror fiction, including vampires and werewolves, techno-horror, ghosts and haunted houses, and small town horror. Lively annotations and commentary help you find the right book for your most demanding horror fans. More than 500 annotations are new to this edition.

Background information on current trends, the history, and appeals of the genre are also offered, along with lists of pertinent resources.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"In this readers’ advisory guide for librarians, Fonseca, a librarian at Nicholls State U., and Pulliam (English and women’s and gender studies, Louisiana State U., Baton Rouge) provide an annotated bibliography of horror novels, series, short story collections, and anthologies that describes rather than evaluates titles. It focuses on readily available titles published from 2003 to 2008, as well as classic works, in subgenres such as vampires and werewolves, techno- horror, ghosts and haunted houses, telekinesis and hypnosis, and ecological, psychological, comic, and smalltown horror. It includes publication information and subjects. All works by eight of the most popular authors—Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell,
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Graham Masterton, Richard Matheson, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub—are included. Reference books, books of criticism, and lists of award winners are included, as well as a sampling of films. New to this edition are about 500 annotations, more classic texts and films, and now similar titles are listed at the end of every entry."—Reference & Research Book News

"This is the third installment of Fonseca and Pulliam’s Hooked on Horror, part of the Genreflecting Advisoryseries. One thing that distinguishes Hooked on Horror from other titles in the series is that it includes readily available films, since there is so much interplay between horror film and literature. The new edition continues coverage from the second edition, focusing on the years 2003–2008. However, because this guide also includes classics, award winners, and works of benchmark authors, it can be considered as a stand-alone purchase. Like its predecessors, the book is descriptive rather than evaluative, in keeping with the goals of readers’ advisory. . . . This and the previous editions of Hooked on Horror are excellent resources. To complement them, libraries with readers’ advisory programs should also consider Read on...Horror Fiction, by the same authors, which analyzes horror books by the appeal factors of story, setting, character, and language rather than by subgenres."—Booklist

"A must-have for readers’ advisory and collection development specialists, this book will also be of interest to those covering the horror genre in English literature classes, as well as to bookstore personnel, writers, and horror fans."—ARBA

Series Description

Genreflecting Advisory Series


Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.

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