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Horrifying Reads to Get You Ready for American Horror Story Season 6

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It’s no secret around the office that I’m a huge fan of FX’s American Horror Story (AHS). I even had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking around the set of “Coven: Season 3”, meeting the writers and watching the actors film for six hours. Anyways, enough about me. As we all know, fall means Halloween time fun, which correlates to loving everything that is scary, especially a new season of AHS. From a depressing group of ghosts to an insane clown and most recently a group of hungry vampire children, writer Ryan Murphy is certainly not afraid to push the boundaries of television. But this year the AHS marketing team seems to be taking a different route. First of all, season 6 is starting a month earlier…

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Announcing BookTrib’s Best Books of 2015

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The best books of 2015 immersed us in richly imagined stories about marriages, murders and general mayhem, as well as the grim reality of racism in America, memories of a life infused with music and advice on how to tap into our inner creativity. Condensing the year’s great books into a manageable list was challenging, but here’s a look at some you should read or give as gifts as 2015 draws to a close: Best novel: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) Why it’s a winner: This sharp-edged dissection of a marriage was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award, but surely there was no book published in 2015 that so deftly cut into gritty pieces the complicated…

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Leonardo DiCaprio: From The Basketball Diaries to Serial Killer

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Like a lot of people, my introduction to the seemingly innate brilliance of Leonardo DiCaprio was in the 1995 classic The Basketball Diaries. At that point, DiCaprio was nearing two decades on this planet when he gave what is widely accepted as one of the most beautiful performances by a young actor in the history of American Cinema. The long, storied list of roles that illustrate DiCaprio’s creative prowess would take at least 20 articles to gather. So in the interest of time — and my fingers — let’s just say DiCaprio is his generation’s Marlon Brando. But something Leo — we’re on a first name basis — has only recently dove headlong into is the world of villainy. Calvin Candie…

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Colleagues in crime: Our favorite crime, mystery and horror novels

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We love getting our fright on for Halloween here at BookTrib headquarters. It’s no exaggeration to say that hundreds of books cross our path each year, but when it comes to crime, mystery and horror we have our favorites. So grab a bowl of candy corn and pull up a chair. There’s nothing like sugar-fueled rush of literary adrenaline for Halloween.   @B00kW0rm  I was so sad when Night Film by Marisha Pessl was over that I wanted to cry. It’s a literary thriller that truly, deeply satisfies that creep factor for me. I couldn’t put it down—like I would accidentally read it until 3 a.m. when I had to go to work in the morning. Night Film investigates this…

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