LOTF 13: Becky Spratford, Library World's Horror Maven, Part One


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Librarians may ask: why horror? And authors may ask: why libraries? Becky Spratford has the answers to these questions and more—her insight gave us a whole new perspective on ways to strengthen the horror community in libraries. We talk about what writers can do to build relationships with their local libraries, how reader's advisory works, the pros and cons of genres and subgenres, and so much more. Becky shares her philosophy on connecting authors and librarians with the ultimate goal of finding more readers for their books.

Becky Spratford is a Librarian [MLIS] in Illinois specializing in serving leisure readers ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through their local public library. She is the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d edition (ALA Editions, 2012). She is under contract to write content for EBSCO's NoveList database, reviews for Booklist, is a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, a 5 term Trustee for her local library, and am a proud member of The Horror Writers' Association. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAForAll.

Show Notes:

StokerCon 2019

Locus Recommended Reading List

Booklist Magazine

This Is Horror

HWA Bram Stoker Award™ 2018 Reading List

V.C. Andrews paperbacks

Neil Gaiman

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Iliad

Ken Burns

Grady Hendrix, We Sold Our Souls (September 18, 20c

Gabino Iglesias

Ginger Nuts of Horror

Lisa Morton

Library Journal

NPR Summer Horror Poll

Cemetery Dance

Flame Tree Press


Sinister Grin Press

Journal Stone

Corpsepaint by David Peak

Briane Keene

Leslie Klinger

Don D'auria

Danse Macabre by Stephen King

Get Out

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Walking Dead

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

Joyland, The Shining by Stephen King


The Martian, Artemis by Andy Weir

N0S4A2 by Joe Hill

Faustian bargan

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