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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Booklist Top 5 Preview: Horror

Later today I will be a part of the newest Booklist and NoveList RA Conversations Live Event. Here is a sneak peek of the first slide for the presentation:

The genres will be Thrillers, Horror and Science Fiction (In that order). The video of the entire presentation as well as the slides and handouts will be made available via Booklist soon, but here on RA for All, I am posting my Horror portion of the handout.

Even without me explaining it all, this handout is a good resource. But it will be better when you match it with the video later.

Becky Spratford on Horror: 

“Horror is a story in which the author manipulates the reader’s emotions by introducing situations in which unexplainable phenomena and unearthly creatures threaten the protagonist and provoke terror in the reader.”

Five Classic Authors 
* Stephen King (The Shining)
* Dean Koontz (Odd Thomas)
* Anne Rice (Interview with a Vampire)
* H P Lovecraft (Cthulhu Stories)
* Ramsey Campbell (Nazareth Hill)

Five Must-Read Books (To understand 21st Century Horror) 
* The Rising by Brian Keene
* The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle
* John Dies at the End by David Wong
* The Keeper by Sarah Langan
* The Terror by Dan Simmons

Top Five Trends in Horror 
*Weird Fiction Re-Emerges As a Subgenre: Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer; Kelly Link
*Science Fiction and Horror Team Up: Justin Cronin Passage Trilogy; David Wellington
*Horrific Women: Tananarive Due and Sarah Pinborough
*A Return to a Pulp Sensibility: Richard Laymon and Brian Keene
*Horror on Audio: Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout and Locke and Key by Joe Hill

Five Up and Comers 
* Joe Hill (NOS4A2)
* Jonathan Maberry (Rot and Ruin)
* Sarah Pinborough (Mayhem)
* Jonathan Janz (Children of the Dark)
* Paul Tremblay (A Head Full of Ghosts)

Becky’s Five Favorites [Besides NOS4A2
* The Ruins by Scott Smith
* House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
* Bird Box by Josh Malerman
* Anything by Shirley Jackson
* The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell

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