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Library Matters is a podcast by Montgomery County Public Libraries exploring the world of books, libraries, technology, and learning.
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Library Matters is a podcast of Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) in Montgomery County, MD. Each episode we explore the world of books, libraries, technology, and learning. Library Matters is hosted by Julie Dina, Outreach Associate, Lauren Martino, Children's Librarian at our Silver Spring branch, and David Payne, Branch Manager of our Davis branch. 

Oct 24, 2017

Recording Date: October 11, 2017 

Hosts: Julie Dina and Lauren Martino 

Episode Summary: We talk with horror fiction fans Tom Palmer and Heather Wright about horror books and movies. Why do people find such fiction appealing? What’s the scariest book they’ve read? Have they ever had to stop reading a book because it was just too scary or horrifying? Join us in our exploration of this gruesome genre, if you dare!  

Guests: Tom Palmer and Heather Wright 

Featured MCPL Service: Librarian's Choice, reviews of recent books our librarians have enjoyed. 

What Our Guests Are Currently Reading:  

Tom Palmer: American Gods by Neil Gaiman. The old gods of ancient mythology weaken as belief in them declines while the power of new gods, manifestations of modern technology, grows.   

Heather Wright: The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donahue and Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz. In The Motion of Puppets, a circus acrobat becomes trap in a toy store when she’s transformed into a puppet. Splendor and Glooms is a childrens’ book about a girl who is kidnapped by puppeteers who perform at her 12th birthday party.  

Books, Movies and Authors Mentioned During this Episode:  

American Horror Story: A television series about a family that the moves into a Los Angeles area house that is haunted by demonic forces.  

Black Mirror: A BBC series of standalone dramas billed as the modern Twilight Zone. The stories explore people’s collective unease with the modern world.  

Carrie by Stephen King: A teen girl discovers a frightening power within her, much to the misfortune of her abusive mother and the classmates that bully her. A movie was made based on the book.  

Coraline by Neil Gaiman: A girl discovers a parallel world that at first seems better than her own, but she soon discovers disturbing differences. See the movie version as well.  

Dracula by Bram Stoker: The famous vampire of Transylvania travels to England seeking new blood. Here are a few of the many movies inspired by Stoker’s book.  

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty: A girl is possessed and the family seeks the help of a priest to exorcize the demon. The book was made into a well known film.  

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Dr. Frankenstein uses electricity to animate a hideous monster. MCPL has the movie Young Frankenstein.   

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson: The story of the last man alive, who is attempting to survive amidst hordes of the undead. This classic sci fi/horror book has inspired several films, including one starring Will Smith.  

It by Stephen King: A shapeshifting evil feeds off the fear and death of children in a small town. 

Stephen King: American author of horror, fantasy, and suspense.

Dean Koontz: American author of thrillers with frequent horror elements. 

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf: A high school friend of the infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer explores Dahmer’s complex formative years.  

Never Let Me Go by Kauzo Ishiguro: Three childhood friends reunite, but soon the dark secret of their old school forces them to confront a horrible truth.  

Penny Dreadful: A psychological thriller series set in Victorian London featuring classic literary characters such as Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray.  

Edgar Allan Poe: A 19th century American writer, best known for his mysteries and horror stories.   

Revival by Stephen King: A disillusioned preacher discovers a horrific world of torture and fear awaiting those who die.  

Stranger Things: A sci fi/horror television series about the disappearance of a young boy and the supernatural events that occur in his small town.  

Peter Straub: American horror novelist.

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer: Teen series about vampires and werewolves.

The Walking Dead: Television series about survivors of a worldwide catastrophe who must survive in a world filled with flesh eating zombies. Several seasons of this show have been filmed outside Senoia, Georgia, which is near host Lauren Martino’s hometown.  

X-Files: FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate paranormal phenomena.  

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