Katie McLain

Katie's parents never told her "no" when she asked for a book, which was the start of most of her problems. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Lake Forest College and is working towards a master's degree in library science at U of I. She works full time at a public library reference desk in northern IL, specializing in readers’ advisory and general book enthusiasm, and she has a deep-rooted love of all things disturbing, twisted, and terrifying. (She takes enormous pleasure in creeping out her coworkers.) When she's not spending every waking hour at the library, she's at home watching Cubs baseball with her cats and her cardigan collection, and when she's not at home, she's spending too much money on concert tickets. Her hobbies include debating the finer points of Harry Potter canon, hitting people upside the head who haven’t read The Martian, and convincing her boyfriend that she can, in fact, fit more books onto her shelves. Twitter: @kt_librarylady

Essential Until We’re Not: An Angry Librarian On the Disregard for Library Staff Safety

A library worker on the dangers librarians face as people in positions of power demand they return to work with little concern for library staff safety.

An Open Letter to Stephen King

A response to Stephen King's comments about the Oscars and diversity.

Read Harder: Read A Horror Book Published By An Indie Press

You will scare yourself silly with these chilling horror books published by an indie press.

50 Must-Read Crime Novels for Fall and Winter 2019

Fall's almost here, which means it's time to look at some of the crime novels being published in the last few months of the year!

9 Crime Novels for Horror Fans

Whether you're a fellow horror fan or a crime fiction reader who wants to try something different, you'll want to check these books out.

50 Must-Read Crime Novels on Shelves April–June 2019

We've got a list of highly anticipated spring 2019 crime novels coming out between April and June of this year - get your TBR ready!

50 Must-Read Books Recommended by Stephen King (Plus a Few Extra Recommendations From Me)

8 Historical Horror Novels You’ll Want to Shove in the Freezer

Here are some creepy historical horror novels to send old-fashioned chills up your spine and make you grateful that you live in the age of electricity.

Read Harder 2019: A Book With an Animal or Inanimate Object as a Point-of-View Character

There are some really intriguing novels that use animals or inanimate objects as point-of-view characters. Check out these 2019 Read Harder suggestions!

33 Highly Anticipated Crime Novels: January–March 2019

There are so many excellent crime novels coming out this year, we had to limit this list to some of the best crime novels released January-March 2019.

“I Am Not a Son of a Bitch”: Jack Torrance’s Refusal of Responsibility

A reader revisits Stephen King's THE SHINING and discovers newfound terror in the all too familiar theme of men refusing to take responsibility.

Comparing Overdrive, Libby, Hoopla, 3M: Fall into Fall Readathon

Check out the pros and cons of various library eBook platforms, including OverDrive, Libby, Hoopla, and 3M Cloud Library.

Who Are the Best Horror Authors of All Time?

An analysis of who's most likely to make it onto a list of the best horror authors, and a few horror authors who should be on these lists, but aren't.

He Came Home: 7 Books While You Wait For the New HALLOWEEN Movie

A scary reading list for fans of Halloween and the slasher movie genre, complete with serial killers and horror movie history

50 Of The Best True Crime Books

A collection of old and new must-read true crime books that need to be added to your TBR list right away!