Have You Heard About... Roller Girl

… the thrills (and spills) of roller derby? Astrid hadn’t until her mom took Astrid and her best friend, Nicole, out for an Evening of Cultural Enlightenment. As an ECE, roller derby is a vast improvement over the opera and the modern art gallery.

Have You Heard About... Shutter Island

… the suspicious rumors circulating around an isolated mental asylum? This forms the premise of Dennis Lehane’s classic work, Shutter Island. Two US Marshalls are sent to Shutter Island in order to investigate an escaped prisoner from a mental asylum for the criminally insane, but their investigation indicates that there is something far stranger at work here.

Have You Heard About... Harriet the Invincible

… the beautiful princess who suffers under a dreadful curse? At her christening, the princess is cursed to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday. You may think this story sounds familiar, but this version was written by Ursula Vernon, who looks at things … differently.

Have You Heard About... Relic

… how creepy museums can be after hours? Now just imagine there’s a monster stalking the basement halls of the museum, and you’ve got the premise for Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s spine-chilling novel, Relic.

Have You Heard About... Armada

… the aliens attacking the Earth? It’s almost like a videogame! In fact, most people in Ernest Cline’s Armada think it is a videogame. The only people who believe that games are being used to train people to fight real aliens are paranoid weirdos … and the secret world-wide organization behind the training program.

Have You Heard About... World War Z

… the zombie novel that’s become one of the most noteworthy examples of recent horror fiction?

Have You Heard About... The Magpie Lord

… the lord who loved a magician? KJ Charles starts off the excellent Charm of Magpies series* with The Magpie Lord. Lucien Vaudrey is the new Lord Crane, now that his (completely unlamented) father and brother are dead.

Have You Heard About... Heartsick

… the female serial killer who gives Hannibal Lecter a run for his money? Chelsea Cain’s novel Heartsick follows Gretchen Lowell, who was one of the country’s most notorious serial killers until she turned herself in to the police.

Have You Heard About... The Alienist

… the unknown assailant brutally murdering young cross-dressing male prostitutes in 19th century New York City?

Have You Heard About... The Stranger Beside Me

… the true crime author who was friends with one of America’s most infamous serial killers? Ann Rule, the queen of true crime, made a name for herself with The Stranger Beside Me, which told the story of Ted Bundy and her personal relationship with him, both before, during, and after his terrifying killing sprees.

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