That is why horror generally features flashbacks—both to serve as a break in the hopelessness of the current story line and to help underscore the grim tone by going back to a time when things were happier. I assume you already know about King, Dean Koontz, F. Paul Wilson, and Peter Straub.
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In fact, I hope you have those authors on your automatic buy lists, but if you want to help more horror readers, here are authors whom you should also be adding to your collections and actively suggesting to patrons who want to feel the fear: Joe Hill, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Golden, and Brian Keene. Now that you have some key authors and titles in your arsenal, check out some additional resources to help you stay current and find even more great suggestions.
Any story collection edited by Ellen Datlow, who is universally considered the best horror editor, is worth your time. I use her collections to identify new authors of note. The Horror Writers Association has an entire page of resources for libraries horror. For more regular horror and dark fiction reviews of titles that are a good fit for collections, try LitReactor litreactor. Now get out there, and use this road map to chart your own path down the not-so-scary road of assisting horror readers. Maybe you will even be brave enough to try one for yourself.
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The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror
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