Shelf Care, Episode #4: Body Horror, Bruce Springsteen, and Vampire Feelings

Bid farewell to the familiar planes of reality and enter the eerily entertaining realm of the fourth episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast. Here, Susan Maguire, senior editor, collection management and library outreach, speaks with “the library world’s horror maven,” Becky Spratford; Booklist audio editor Heather Booth; and Booklist senior editor Maggie Reagan. For 41 fabulous minutes dedicated to standout self-narrated memoirs, YA reading recs, and helping horror-reading patrons, be sure to check out the episode and show notes (complete with Booklist reviews) below—and subscribe to Booklist’s Shelf Care on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app.

Episode #4: Body Horror, Bruce Springsteen, and Vampire Feelings


Show Notes

In this episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast, we get a little otherworldly, to coincide with our August Spotlight on SF/Fantasy & Horror, and also because it’s never not a good time to talk about helping genre-reading patrons. First, Susan talks to RA maven and horror expert Becky Spratford about nostalgia, body horror, and queer Cthulu retellings, and how horror-reading patrons want to be helped. Then, audio editor Heather Booth refutes the idea that writers shouldn’t narrate their own audiobooks with some fantastic self-narrated famous-person memoirs on audio. Finally, Susan corrals Maggie Reagan, Teen Feelings Expert, about being a grown-up who reads teen books, the undying appeal of vampires, and a few forthcoming books she can’t wait to share.

Here’s what we talked about:

RA for All

The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror

Ladies of Horror Fiction

Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado

The Rust Maidens, by Gwendolyn Kiste

Caitlín R. Kiernan, queer, nonbinary Lovecraftian updater

The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle

“The Horror at Red Hook,” by H. P. Lovecraft

A People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

Ellen Datlow, horror anthologist extraordinaire

Growing Things and Other Stories, by Paul Tremblay

Full Throttle, by Joe Hill

Movies & TV: Netflix’s Bird Box, based on the book by Josh Malerman; Us, directed by Jordan Peele; Neftlix’s Stranger Things; The Walking Dead, based on the graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman

The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay

Thrillers by Sarah Pinborough, such as Behind Her Eyes

The Hunger, by Alma Katsu

RA for All: Horror

Celebrity Memoirs on Audio, Read by the Author:

Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

A Dream about Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, by Ben Folds

No Walls and the Recurring Dream, by Ani DiFranco

Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen

Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, by John Waters

Teen Feelings Books:

The Lady Rogue, by Jenn Bennett

The Beautiful, by Renée Ahdieh

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice

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