Summer Scares Horror 2022 winners are here

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In celebration of National Library Lovers Day, the Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot and Booklist, is thrilled to announce the fourth annual Summer Scares Reading List, featuring titles curated by a panel of authors. and librarians and is designed to promote Horror as a great reading option for all ages and any time of the year.

Each year, three titles are selected in each of the three categories: adult, young adult and intermediate level. For 2022 the selected titles are:



book covers for The Companion, Clown in a Cornfield and Agnes at the End of the World

Intermediate level

book covers for Scary Stories for Young Foxes, The Forgotten Girl and Beetle & The Hollowbones

“I am thrilled with the selection of books and authors chosen by the Summer Scares Programming Committee for this year’s program,” said 2022 spokesperson Alma Katsu, “and look forward to working with librarians to bring these great titles to more readers.”

The goal of Summer Scares is to introduce horror titles to school and public library workers to help them start conversations with readers that will extend beyond the books on each list and promote reading for coming years. In addition to the annual list of recommended titles, the Summer Scares committee will publish topical lists of even more “read similar” titles that libraries can suggest to readers. And, to help libraries forge stronger bonds between books and readers, the Summer Scares Committee will work with Recommended List authors and horror writers across the country to provide free programming to libraries. .

The Summer Scares Programming Guide, created annually by the Springfield-Greene County (MO) Library, and free to libraries worldwide, is back with the tools libraries need to connect with their communities.

“The 2022 guide is packed with ideas that library workers can use to engage their communities with these great titles, whether they’re hosting book fairs, hosting author events, or planning an entire series of Summer Scares programs,” says Konrad Stump, co-creator of the programming guide.

This year’s programming guide will also feature an article by Yaika Sabat of NoveList, a new partner of Summer Scares.

“NoveList strives to highlight the program by creating book lists, recommendations, and even promotional materials,” notes Sabat.

Sabat, Stump, Katsu and many of our 2022 Summer Scares authors will appear with committee members Becky Spratford and Julia Smith as part of HWA Librarians Day, taking place in person on May 13, 2022 at the hotel Curtis in Denver, CO, during this year’s StokerCon. Summer Scares content will be available live, in person and through our virtual conference, as well as on HWA’s YouTube page.

The HWA is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals, and the oldest organization dedicated to the horror/black fiction genre. One of the HWA’s missions is to foster reading appreciation through extensive programming and partnerships with libraries, schools, and literacy-focused organizations.

The Summer Scares 2022 Program Committee is made up of author Alma Katsu, HWA Library Committee Co-Chairs Becky Spratford and Konrad Stump, along with University Librarian Carolyn Ciesla, Book Riot Editor-in-Chief, and the YA Specialist Kelly Jensen, and Book List Editor and Intermediate Level Specialist Julia Smith.

For more information on the Summer Scares Reading Program, including committee member biographies and how to obtain promotional materials and plan events with authors/committee members, please visit the Summer Scares resource page: or email HWA Library Committee Co-Chairs Becky Spratford and Konrad Stump at [email protected]