Halloween Horror Week – Wicked Wednesday!

Halloween Horror Week – Wicked Wednesday!

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More vintage from the vault: this time Early Word has Talia's recommendations in a feature called Terror With Sherer:

IN WITH THE DEVIL: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption by James Keene

CURTAINS: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training by Tom Jokinen

SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane

DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER by Jeff Lindsay

How you get the pie out cat
While Talia’s got the scares, Anne’s got the sweets.
Today’s the bake-off at work. She entered the Pumpkin Granola Truffles. Wish her luck! [...]

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Halloween Horror Week – Terrifying Tuesday!

Halloween Horror Week – Terrifying Tuesday!

Today's the day of the Booklist "Red Hot Crime" webinar! Join your favorite mistress of mayhem, Talia "the terror" Sherer, at 1pm Central Time to find out what mysteries are keeping her up late at night. There's still time to sign up--click here to RSVP.

Talia's Gory Bits

If you can't wait until then, make sure to check out Talia's Favorite Gory Bits feature on Booklist for some classic backlist choices:

Cat lobster

EVIL AT HEART by Chelsea Cain

FLESH HOUSE by Stuart MacBride

SHAKE THE DEVIL OFF by Ethan Brown

THE GARGOYLE by Andrew Davidson

SNOW ANGELS by James Thompson

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Halloween Horror Week – Manic Monday!

Halloween Horror Week – Manic Monday!

 

It's Halloween week!!! Our love of black cats, mystery/thriller/horror stories and candy has combined to our great delight. To celebrate, we'll be sharing our favorite spooky things with you all week long.

 

Today, we've got three titles on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction of 2013 list:

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APOCALYPSE COW by Michael Logan
Three losers must save Britain from a rampaging horde of zombie cows out for blood, not cud. Yes, you read that right. ZOMBIE COWS. Trust us, it's hilarious. 

BABAYAGA by Toby Barlow
Barlow's novel of love, spies, and witches in 1950s Paris is a wild romp with eccentric characters, including a good-hearted cop who's a flea!

LITTLE STAR by John Ajvide Lindqvist
"Dubbed the Stephen King of Sweden, Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) lives up to the billing with a chilling tale of two teenage girls who team up as a terrifying singing duo bent on revenge against anyone who has ever crossed them." – New York Post, "Required Reading"

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Three stars for DANGEROUS WOMEN!

Three stars for DANGEROUS WOMEN!

We'd like to think that we're a couple of dangerous women, but we're softies at heart, kinda like these guys (awww...). The thing we're the most hazardous to is your "To Read" pile. 

spooning kittensWith that warning in mind, we've got a doozy for you: DANGEROUS WOMEN, an awesome collection of 22 original short stories co-edited by A Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, featuring contributions from bestselling authors, including Jim Butcher, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Brandon Sanderson, and Martin himself. Whether it's science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, or suspense, women are the stars, from feisty heroines down to villainess vixens.

Speaking of stars, DANGEROUS WOMEN already has THREE starred pre-publication reviews!

"Venerable editors Martin and Dozois (Warriors) have invited writers from many different genres of fiction to showcase the supposedly weaker sex’s capacity for magic, violence, and mayhem. These 22 brand-new short stories prove that women are men’s equals—at least—in lethal potential. This meaty collection delivers something for nearly every reader’s taste as it explores the heights that brave women can reach and the depths that depraved ones can plumb." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"VERDICT: The wide selection of authors guarantees something to please almost every reader's tastes." Library Journal, starred review

"When genre collections include this many big-name authors, they’re typically a grouping of series outtakes and Easter eggs. Readers...will surely be satisfied by these [series-related stories] and other entries. Everyone will find something to like here."Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Ali Gets (The) Weird

Ali Gets (The) Weird

Talia's at the Boston Book Buzz and most of the Academic Marketing Department is out today, so I'm creeping around the 21st floor like a moody sphinx in a defunct labyrinth and/or a manticore demon looking for someone to chat with between circles seven and eight (violence and fraud, respectively) of the Inferno/breakroom.

Won't someone come talk to me about something? ...Anything?! I can make you coffee! I’m better at making up riddles than Bilbo! I have things to say about the weather! Time-sensitive things!!

Do I sound familiar? If you’re smiling and shaking your head right now thinking, "Been there, girl," well then have I got the compendium for you: THE WEIRD edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer!

This anthology of peculiar short stories is here to keep you (and, more urgently, me) occupied over those dreary co-worker-less lunches and solitary afternoon coffee breaks. In the strange company of Franz Kafka, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Daphne Du Maurier, Algernon Blackwood, George R.R. Martin, and so many more, you may not feel more human, but you will feel less isolated... or will you?! 

Seriously, someone come say hi. I'm losing it up here.

Not convinced by my manticorian ramblings? Publishers Weekly gave THE WEIRD a starred review and said,

"Ambitious in the extreme, the Vandermeers’ latest genre-blurring endeavor, which compiles 110 weird stories from the past century, is one of the most far-reaching and inclusive speculative anthologies to ever see print."

They also called it "a deeply affectionate and respectful history of speculative fiction’s blurry edges, and its stunning diversity, excellent quality, and extremely reasonable price point [...] will entice a wide variety of readers—including those who think they don’t like 'weird.'"

And how did the editors pick these delightful tales of strange and dark deeds?

 

 

Whoa! And what was thehow should I put this?main thread of interior weird?

 

 

I have goose bumps already!

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Wishing You Only the Friendliest of Ghosts in the Stacks!

Wishing You Only the Friendliest of Ghosts in the Stacks!

Happy Halloween, oh stewards of spook!

We know there are a few of you out there who relish this time of year in which you recommend the most terror-inducing, nightmare-summoning, fear-saturated horror literature you can get your little claws on.

We approve. 

We added a few scream-soaked reads to the top of this post. And feel free to browse our Horror fiction list for more ideas.

Wishing you much candy and only the friendliest of ghosts,
Talia & Ali

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