Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Reading List: The Writing Dead

Halloween is just around the corner and we’re counting the days. Literally. TODAY! 

UPM has published a surprisingly large amount of books on the frightful topics of horror film, ghosts, witches, and zombies. And for the past week we've been publishing our staff's favorite Halloween-themed book. Still plenty of time celebrate with a a quick read before Halloween is over. 

Click here for our full curated Halloween reading list.

Kristi Ezernack, Associate Project Editor, would like to consider reading The Writing Dead: Talking Terror with TV’s Top Horror Writers a collection of interviews with the creators, executive producers, and writers of today's top horror shows.

I don’t know about you, but I am both confused and intrigued by the newest season of American Horror Story. Who buys a big, creepy house in the middle of nowhere and expects the place to not be haunted? Nobody, that’s who.

With so many great horror television shows out there, including this one, it’s interesting to think about how the writers of these shows manage to expose and access our greatest fears.

In The Writing Dead: Talking Terror with TV’s Top Horror Writers, Thomas Fahy interviews some of the top horror writers working in television today from shows like American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and Supernatural. In this book, you’ll get insight into what inspires them to write and how writing horror has shaped their careers and writing styles. In addition, The Writing Dead delves into what makes horror so interesting to watch, and why television has become such a great vehicle for the genre.

The Writing Dead was a very popular book among the staff this Halloween. This book was also recommend by Kathy Burgess, Data Services and Course Adoptions Manager.

I wouldn’t normally call myself a big fan of horror TV shows and/or movies, but some of the writers who are interviewed in this book are probably the reason why my interest and devotion to “horror-ish” and sci-fi shows has grown in recent years. As soon as I read the description of this book, I recognized many TV shows that I count among my all-time favorites. Some examples that have been a priority on my DVR (or possibly on my VCR in the past!) include The Walking Dead, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and The X-Files. But if it weren’t for the gifted writers of these shows, I’m not sure that I would’ve gotten hooked on them so easily.

If you’re also a devotee of these shows or others such as Bates Motel, Hannibal, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, Angel, Grimm, The Terminator series, Aliens, The Abyss, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hemlock Grove, True Blood, Millennium, American Horror Story, Final Destination, Supernatural, The Dead Zone, The Mothman Prophecies, Dexter, Being Human, or Haven, you ought to check out this book too!

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