Articles tagged "John Ajvide Lindqvist"

Happy Halloween! (10/31/18)

Trick or treat, bags of sweets, ghosts are walking down the street… blah blah go read books!

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

An Amazon Book of the Month!

“What a terrific book…I learned so much about Ravens, and even things I didn’t know about the Tower. It’s like spending a long evening with a bottle of whisky as a wise Ravenmaster tells you everything you need to know.”—Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) on Twitter

“Skaife is a very good storyteller, and the book is full of the kind of anecdote that would make a great scene in a movie (like, for instance, the time one of the ravens orchestrated a daring escape from the Tower). A splendid and constantly surprising book.”—Booklist, starred review

Learn more about THE RAVENMASTER from NPR’s interview with author Christopher Skaife

I AM BEHIND YOU by John Ajvide Lindqvist

“Swedish sensation Lundqvist’s (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) twisting journey into the dark corners of the mind is true psychological horror. It will keep entranced and shocked readers guessing until the very end.”—Library Journal

THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo

“Readers who enjoy detail and history will find much to pleased with in this feminist reconsideration.”—Wyatt’s World, Library Journal

“Readers seeking a historical romance or a reboot of an American legend will enjoy this tale.”—Booklist


Fear Not – LJ Genre Spotlight on Horror

Terrified to recommend horror in your library? / horror guru Becky Spratford‘s recent Library Journal genre spotlight on horror has you (and Macmillan) covered:

According to Melissa Ann Singer, senior editor at Tor/Forge, horror “becomes increasingly popular during times of societal unease. When people are worried that the world is going to pieces around them, when they have lost faith in the idea that things will soon (or even someday) be better than they now are…. The struggle of the horror novel is often the struggle to restore order and normality to a chaotic world, community, or family.”

Horror is also a genre in which critically acclaimed authors of color, such as Victor LaValle (THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM), Linda Addison, Carmen Maria Machado (HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES), Silvia Moreno-Garcia (CERTAIN DARK THINGS; THE BEAUTIFUL ONES), and Stephen Graham Jones (MAPPING THE INTERIOR), are seeing critical and commercial success, offering inclusive tales that mine terror from both real-world racism and supernatural monsters.


The conclusion of Glen Hirshberg’s “Motherless Children Trilogy,” NOTHING TO DEVOUR (Tor, Nov.), contemplates how far a mother—both a human mother and an undead one—will go for her children.

As Michael Homler, an editor at St. Martin’s, explains, the horror genre is ever evolving. “You can have a story that relies on victims getting killed in very painful ways or stories that are more psychological or ones that deal with race and/or religion. They can be literary; they can be commercial. It’s not a one-fits-all genre ­anymore.”

One sign that horror is becoming more mainstream is the willingness of major publishers to take a chance on newer voices. Beginning in July, Rio Youers’s supernatural thriller HALCYON (St. Martin’s) is set on an island oasis in the middle of Lake Ontario, where paradise comes at a horrifying price.

Come September, Brendan Deneen takes the mundane fear of adult responsibility and melds it with the haunted house trope in the fast-paced, chillingly twisted THE CHRYSALIS (Tor). readmoreremove

Halloween/Horror E-Book Sale

Halloween is coming! Prepare your patrons for the spooky season with with our Halloween/Horror e-Book sale for libraries!

Running the whole month of October (1st-31st), more than 40 adult, YA, and children’s e-Books will be discounted 30% off (with our regular lending terms), including these terrifying titles:

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN by John Ajvide Lindqvist
PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry
THE WALKING DEAD: RISE OF THE GOVERNOR by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

Thriller Thursday (3/27/14 Edition) plus Left Coast Crime Award winners!

Happy #ThrillerThursday, friends! We've got a creepy new crop of mysteries, plus Left Coast Crime Award Winners! Read on for more:

Romantic crime-fighting duo Mitch Berger and Desiree Mitry must go up against the town's aristocracy to solve the forty-year-old murder of a missing Navy flyer, found during overdue construction on a quaint New England road. "The affable Burger mines town gossip, and Mitry digs into some sordid town history en route to the satisfying resolution of the murder case." — Publishers Weekly

I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
"Sigurdardottir has written an excellent and seriously scary mystery with tangible and supernatural elements that will appeal to fans of John Ajvide Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN)." Library Journal, starred review.
We loved this one (and some of you did, too!).

In Entwistle's debut, Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde team up to investigate the future death of a medium at a manor in the English countryside. "Entwistle assembles an intriguing cast, including a levitator whose acts go awry, an enigmatic foreign count, and a Russian mystic who warns of dangerous revenants (returning spirits), for his whimsical plot." — Publishers Weekly

NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan
In this start of a new series, bestselling author Brennan introduces tough-as-nails TV reporter Max Revere, who's got a knack for solving cold cases–except for the one from her own past. "[A] terrific new series. Sandra Brown and Hank Phillippi Ryan fans will feel right at home." – Booklist, starred review

WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt
When a small town in Maine is devastated by a hurricane, it unearths a time capsule that includes predictions about past murders...and future ones to come. "Descriptions of Rosenfelt’s latest stand-alone: Spooky. Creepy. Edgy. Chilling. Shuddery. What more could anyone want? The novel steps into Michael Connelly ground... highly recommended for readers craving that elusive 'something different.'” — Booklist  

The Left Coast Crime Awards were recently announced and we're thrilled to have three winners from Minotaur Books:

The Lefty: Best humorous mystery novel
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks 

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award: Best historical mystery novel covering events before 1960

The Calamari: Best mystery set anywhere else in the world

Click here
to see the full list of nominees and winners. Congratulations to all winners! 


Thriller Thursday (10/5/13 Edition)

It's October! Or Rocktober, or Shocktober, depending who you're talking to. We're excited because it means extra horror and fright in our #ThrillerThursdays each week as we count down to all-terror-all-the-time Halloween week!

LET THE OLD DREAMS DIE by John Ajvide Lindqvist
"Having trouble handling the dead? This Halloween, you’ll have no better ally than John Ajvide Lindqvist." — BookPage. This classic short story collection from the internationally acclaimed author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is “Gripping, cerebral, intriguing, enigmatic—like a puzzle you enjoy working on but may never solve.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE SÉANCE SOCIETY by Michael Nethercott
An unlikely pair of sleuths take on a murder case with a paranormal twist in Nethercott's debut novel, which Library Journal praised: "As relaxing as a game of Clue, Nethercott’s cozy debut set in 1956 Connecticut sparkles with a mix of W.B. Yeats and Elvis quotations, well-placed red herrings, and an endearing trio of protagonists. This delightful debut is sure to resonate with Rex Stout’s 'Nero Wolfe' fans." 

SKATING UNDER THE WIRE by Joelle Charbonneau
Rebecca Robbins is back in the fourth delightful roller skating mystery, which " her best, combining the usual quirky characters with more romance and a surprising denouement." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Booklist Crime webinar

Can't get enough mysteries? Make sure to register for Booklist's "Red Hot Crime" webinar on Tuesday, October 29th.  Talia "the terror" Sherer, your favorite mistress of mayhem will be highlighting her favorite mysteries.

Our #FridayReads + E-Galley Offer

It's Friiiidaaaaay! And that can only mean ONE THING: #FridayReads!

Here's a look at what Talia and I will be reading this fine summer weekend.

Talia's hitting a beach bar at happy hour with...

LADIES' NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews

Lifestyle blogger Grace Stanton's life gets torpedoed after she drives her cheating husband's pricey sports car into the family swimming pool. She's ordered to attend 'divorce recovery' group therapy sessions, but soon Grace and the rest of the women ditch the unhelpful therapist and move their Wednesday 'Ladies' Night' sessions to a rundown beach bar.

Ali's sleeping with the lights on because of...

LET THE OLD DREAMS DIE by John Ajvide Lindqvist, trans. Ebba Segerberg

This is a creepy collection of horror short stories, one of which continues the unforgettable story begun in the internationally acclaimed vampire classic, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

And what about you? If you're still looking for your perfect weekend read, we recommend you head over to NetGalley and request THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon. You will be approved. Details here!


Booklist’s Best Adult Books for Young Adults 2012

We're very excited to see four of our fine titles on Booklist's 2012 Editors’ Choice list of the best Adult books for a Young Adult audience.

That Adult-to-Teen crossover appeal makes these titles special for us and accessible to all of your patrons. 

Here are the Macmillan titles:

GIRLCHILD by Tupelo Hassman

LITTLE STAR by John Ajvide Lindqvist

THIS IS HOW: Proven to Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More, for Young and Old Alike by Augusten Burroughs

RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made by Alan Eisenstock and others

The full list has not been posted online, yet. When I see it, I will update this post. readmoreremove

Publishers Weekly Editors’ Top 10 SFF & Horror

Between BEA, ALA, a long 4th of July weekend, and general summer sluggishness, I'm behind on reading reviews. This morning while catching up on my Publishers Weekly reading I got to the Top 10: Editors' Picks issue (June 27th) and had to share a few of their top 10 selections in my favorite category: Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror.

by John Ajvide Lindqvist

One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their six-year-old daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears. Another chilling tale from the author of LET ME IN (or, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN).

edited by Christopher Golden

These haunting stories of monsters are all told from the monster's point of view. With contributions by Lauren Groff, Chelsea Cain, Simon R. Green, Sharyn McCrumb, Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Kevin J. Anderson, Jonathan Maberry, and many others.

by Verner Vinge

After nearly twenty years, Vernor Vinge has produced an enthralling sequel to his memorable bestselling novel A FIRE UPON THE DEEP. Ten years have passed on Tines World and while there is peace, there are those among them—and among the humans—who seek power