Spratford’s new guide to horror fiction

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/21/2021


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Like the zombies, ghouls, and vampires which inhabit many of its books, the popularity of horror fiction is unstoppable. Even if you don’t happen to be a fan yourself, you won’t be “scared” to advise readers on finding their next great fright thanks to the astute guidance provided by horror expert Becky Siegel Spratford in the newly updated third edition of “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror,” published by ALA Editions. This definitive resource for library workers at any level of experience or familiarity with horror fiction:

  • details the state of the genre right now, including its appeal factors and key authors, assisting readers in getting up to speed quickly;
  • presents ten annotated lists of suggested titles, all published since 2000, each with a short introduction providing historical context;
  • delves into horror movies, TV shows, podcasts, and other formats; and
  • offers abundant marketing advice, programming options, and pointers on additional resources.

Spratford is a Readers' Advisory Specialist in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All and its evil twin RA for All Horror. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist and a horror review column for Library Journal. She received the prestigious Richard Laymon President's Award from the Horror Writers Association (HWA) in 2021. You can follow her on Twitter at @RAforAll

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