Mary K. Chelton
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
Queens College
254 Rosenthal
65-330 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367
February, 2001


Academe in Mystery and Detective Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography by John E. Kramer. Scarecrow, 2000.

ALA's Guide to Best Reading in 2000. ALA, 2000.

Alternative Reality Romance Guide: A Reader's and Collector's Resource for the Paranormal Sub-Genres by Lisa Clevenger, Jeanne Macho & Shannon McCravy. Blue Diamond Publications, (2429 Obetz Drive, Beavercreek, OH 45434-6931),1998.

American Historical Fiction: An Annotated Guide to Novels for Adults and Young Adults by Lynda G. Adamson. Oryx, 1998.

American Mystery and Detective Novels: A Reference Guide by Larry Landrum. Greenwood, 1999.

Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction. Neil Barron, ed. Bowker, 1995.

Arthurian Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography by Cindy Mediavilla. Scarecrow Press, 1999.

Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction. Gale Group.

Best Books for Young Adults. 2nd ed. by Betty Carter with Sally Estes and Linda Waddle, ALA, 2000.

Best Literature By and About Blacks. Gale Group, 2000.

Best Novels of the Nineties: A Reader's Guide by Linda Parent Lesher. McFarland, 1999.

Best Self-Help and Self-Awarness Books: A Topic-by-Topic Guide to Quality Information by Stephen Fried and Ann Schultis, ALA, 1995.

Book Discussions for Adults: A Leader's Guide by Ted Balcom. ALA, 1992.

Book Group Book: A Thoughtful Guide to Forming and Enjoying a Stimulating Book Discussion Group by Ellen Slezak. Chicago Review Press, 1993.

Book Lover's Guide to Reading Groups. Special advertising supplement to the New York Times, June 22, 1997.

By a Woman's Hand: A guide to Mystery Fiction Written by Women by Jean Swanson and Dean James. 2nd. ed. Berkley, 1996.

Cambridge Guide to Fiction in English by Ian Ousby. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Characters in 19th-Century Literature. Gale, 1993.

Characters in 20th-Century Literature, Book 1. Gale, 1990.

Characters in 20th-Century Literature, Book 2. Gale, 1995.

Circles of Sisterhood: A Book Discussion Group Guide for Women of Color by Pat Neblett. Writers & Readers, 1996.

Classic Love and Romance Literature: An Encyclopedia of Works, characters, Authors, and Themes by Virginia Brackett. ABC-CLIO, 1999.

Cloak and Dagger Fiction: An Annotated Guide to Spy Thrillers by Myron J. Smith and Terry White. 3rd. ed. Greenwood, 1995.

Complete Guide to Literary Sources on Film. Alan Goble, ed. Bowker, 1999.

Contemporary African American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Emmanuel S. Nelson, ed. Greenwood, 1999.

Contemporary Chirstian Aukthors: Lives and Works by Janice A. DeLong and Rachel E. Schwedt. Scarecrow, 2000.

Contemporary Southern Male Fiction Writers by Rosemary M. Canfield Reisman & Suzanne Booker-Canfield. (Magill Bibliographies). Sacrecrow, 1998.

Contemporary Southern Writers. Ed. by Roger Matuz. St. James, 1998.

Court Verdicts: A Guide to Courtroom Fiction by Jon L. Breen. Scarecrow, 1999.

Crimes of the Scene: A Mystery Novel Guide for the International Traveler by Nina Kins with Robin W@. St. Martin's, 1997.

Crown Crime Companion: The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time. Crown, 1995.

Cyclopedia of Literary Characters II. rev. ed. Salem, 1998.

Deadly Directory 2000. Ed. By Kate Deire. Deadly Serious Press, (868 Arlington Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707-1938), 2000.

Detecting Men: A Readers Guide and Checklist of Mystery Series Written by Men by Wilmetta L. Heising. Purple Moon Press, 3319 Greenfield Road, Suite 317, Dearborn, MI 48120-1212,1998.

Detecting Women 2: A Readers Guide and Checklist of Mystery Series Written by Women by Wilmetta L. Heising. Purple Moon Press,1998.

Detecting Women: A Readers Guide and Checklist of Mystery Series Written by Men by Wilmetta L. Heising. Purple Moon Press, 1996.

Detective and Mystery Fiction: An International Bibliography of Secondary Sources. 2nd ed. Revised and expanded by Walter Albert. Locus Press, (PO Box 13305, Oakland, CA 94661). CD-ROM, 2000.

Dictionary of American Literary Characters. Facts On File, 1990.

Dime Novel Companion: A Source Book by J. Randolph Cox. Greenwood, 2000.

Earthworks: Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction about Nature and the Environment for Adults and Young Adults by Jim Dwyer. Neal Schuman, 1996.

Enchanted Journeys Beyond the Imagination: An Annotated Bibliography of Fantasy, Futuristic, Supernatural and Time Travel Romances by Susan W. Bontly and Carol J. Sheridan. 3 vols. Blue Diamond Publications, 2429 Obetz Drive, Beax,ercreek, OH 45434-6931, 1998.

Encyclopedia of Novels into Film by John C. Tibbets. 1998.

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Chute and Peter Nicholls. St. Martin's, 1993.

Encyclopedia of the Novel. Paul Schellinger, ed. 2 vols. Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.

Encyclopedia of American War Literature by Philip K. Jason and Mark A. Graves. Greenwood Press. 2000.

Essence of Romance. Twilight, 1993. (yearly updates available by subscription)

Fantasy and Horror: A Critical and Historical Guide to Literature, Illustration, Film, TV, Radio, and the Internet. Neil Barron ed. Scarecrow Press, 1999.

Fiction Catalog. 13th ed. H. W. Wilson, 1996.

Fifty Years of Notable Books. Sandy Whiteley, ed. ALA, 1996.

500 Classics Reviewed. Salem, 1995.

Fluent in Fantasy: A Guide to Reading Interests by Diana Tixier Herald. Libraries Unlimited, 1999.

Genreflecting: A Guide to Reading Interests in Genre Fiction by Diana Tixier Herald. 5th ed. Libraries Unlimited, 2000.

Good Reading: A Guide for Serious Readers. A. Waldhoum et al, eds. 23rd ed. Bowker, 1990.

Gothic Horror: A Reader's Guide from Poe to King and Beyond. Clive Bloom, ed. St. Martin's, 1998.

Guide to Civil War Books: An Annotated Selection of Modern Works on the War Between the States by Domenica M. Barbuto and Martha Kreisel. ALA, 1995.

Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction, Drama, Etc. by Subcommittee on the Revision of Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction; Subject Analysis Committee; Cataloging and Classification Section; Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). 2nd ed. ALA, 2000.

Hooked on Horror: A Guide to Reading Interests in Horror Fiction by Anthony J. Fonesca and June Michele Pulliam. Libraries Unlimited, 1999.

Identities and Issues in Literature. 3 vols. Salem, 1997.

Immigrant Experience in American Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography by Roberta Simone. Scarecrow, 1995.

Jewish-American Literature Since 1945: An Introduction. Stephen Wade, ed. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

Killer Books: A Readers Guide to Exploring the Popular World of Mystery and Suspense bv Jean Swanson and Dean James. Berkeley Prime, 1998.

Librarians in Fiction: A Critical Bibliography by Grant Bums. McFarland, 1998.

Locus Index to Science Fiction (1984-1999) by Charles N. Brown and William G. Contento. Locus Press, (PO Box 13305, Oakland, CA 94661). CD-ROM, 2000.

Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature. 4 vols. Salem, 1996.

Major Characters in American Fiction. Jack Salzman and Pamela Wilkinson, eds. Henry Holt, 1995.

Make Mine a Mystery by Gary Niebuhr. Libraries Unlimited, in press.

Medieval Knight-Read Me A Book! by Adrienne Wigdortz Anderson. Scarecrow, 1998.

Mother-Daughter Book Club: How Ten Busy Mothers and Daughters Came Together to Talk, Laugh and Learn Through Their Love of Reading by Shireen Dodson. Harper/Collins, 1997.

Multicultural Detective Fiction: Murder from the "Other" Side. Adrienne Johnson Gosselin, ed. Garland, 1998.

Mystery and Suspense Writers: The Literature of Crime, Detection, and Espionage. Robin W. Winks and Maureen Corrigan, eds. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

New York Public Library Guide to Reading Groups by Rollene Saal. Crown, 1995.

National Book Awards 1950-1997. Ingram Book Co.,1998.

Novel Verdicts: A Guide to Courtroom Fiction by Jon L. Breen. 2nd ed. Scarecrow, 2000.

Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978-1998 by Nancy Pearl. Libraries Unlimited, 1999.

Reader's Advisory Service in the Public Library by Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown. 2nd ed. ALA, 1997.

Readers' Choice: 200 Book Club Favorites by Victoria Golden McMains.
Quill/Harper Collins, 2000.

Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English by Erin C. Fallon and others. Greenwood Press, 2000.

Reader's Guide to Literature in English, Mark Hawkins-Dady, ed. Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.

Reader's Guide to the Novels of Louise Erdrich by Peter G. Beidler and Gay Barton. University of Missouri Press, 1999.

Reader's Guide to the Police Procedural by Jo Ann Vicarel. G. K. Hall, 1995.

Reader's Guide to the Spy and Thriller Novel by Nancy-Stephanie Stone, G. K. Hall, 1997.

Reader's Guide to the Suspense Novel by Mary Johnson Jarvis, G. K.Hall, 1997.

Reading Group Book by David Laskin and Holly Huges. Plume/Penguin, 1995.

Reading Group Choices: Selections for Lively Book Discussions. Paz and Associates, annually since 1996. Phone: 1 (800) 260-8605.

Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Book Club by Rachel W. Jacobsohn. rev. ed. Hyperion, 1998.

Reading List: Contemporary Fiction, A Critical Guide to the Complete Works of 1110 Authors. David Rubel, ed. Henry Holt/Owl Books, 1998.

Reference Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction: A Comprehensive Guide by Richard Bleiler. Libraries Unlimited, 1999.

Reference Guide to Short Fiction. Thomas Riggs, ed. St. James, 1998.

Responsive Public Library Collection: How to Develop and Market It by Sharon L. Baker. Libraries Unlimited, 1993.

Romance Fiction: A Handbook for Readers. Writers and Librarians by Kristin Ramsdell. Libraries Unlimited, 1999.

Romance Readers' Advisory: A Librarian's Guide to Love in the Stacks by Ann Bouricious. ALA, 2000.

Romantic Hearts: A Personal Reference for Romance Readers by Peggy Jaegly. 3rd ed. Scarecrow, 1997.

St. James Guide to Crime and Murder. 4th ed. St. James, 1996.

St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers. St. James. 1996.

St. James Guide to to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers. St. James, 1998.

St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers. St. James, 1995. Guide to Contemporary Authors. Laura Miller, ed., with Adam Begley, Penguin, 2000.

Science Fiction Writers by Richard Bleiler. 2nd ed. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

Sequels: An Annotated Guide to Novels in Series by Janet Husband and Jonathan F. Husband. 3rd ed. ALA, 1997.

Short Story Readers' Advisory: A Guide to the Best by Brad Hooper. ALA, 2000,

Silk Stalkings: More Women Write of Murder by Victoria Nichols and Susan Thompson. Scarecrow, 2000.

Sleuths, Sidekicks and Stooges: An Annotated Bibliography of Detectives, Their Assistants, and Their Rivals in Crime, Mystery and Adventure Fiction, 1795-1995 by Joseph Green and Jim Finch. Ashgate, Old Post Road, Brookfield, VT 05036-9704,1997.

Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime and Suspense Fiction of the 20th Century by Paula Woods. Doubleday, 1996.

Spy Fiction: A Connoisseur's Guide by Donald McCormick and Katy Fletcher. Facts on File, 1995.

Talking About Books: A Step-by-Step Guide for Participating in a Book Discussion by Marcia Fineman. TalkingAboutBooks, PO Box 10202, Rockville, MD 20849.

To Be Continued: An Annotated Guide to Sequels. 2nd ed. by Merle L. Jacob and Hope Apple. Oryx, 2000.

True Crime Narratives: An Annotated Bibliography by Ben Harrison. Scarecrow, 1997.

Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction: An A-Z of Science Fiction by Title by David Pringle. 2nd ed. Ashgate, 1995.

Vampire Readings: An Annotated Bibliography by Patricia Altner. Scarecrow, 1998.

Western Series and Sequels by Bernard A. Drew. 2nd ed. Garland, 1993.

What Do I Read Next?: Multicultural Literature. Gale, 1997.

What Fantastic Fiction Do I Read Next? Gale, 1998.

What Historical Novel Do I Read Next? by Daniel S. Burt. 2 vols. Gale, 1997.

What Inspirational Literature Do I Read Next? By Pamela Willwerth Aue. Gale, 2000.

What Mystery Do I Read next? A Reader's Guide to Recent Mystery Fiction. Gale, 1997.

What Romance Do I Read Next? by Kristin Ramsdell. Gale, 1997.

What to Read: The Essential guide for Reading Group Members and Other Book Lovers by Mickey Pearlman. Revised and updated. Harper/Collins, 1999.

What Western Do I Read Next? Gale, 1998.

What's Next? A List of Books in Series. Kent District, Kent District Library, 775 Ball NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 59503, 2000.

Whole Story: 3000 Years of Sequels and Sequences. John Simkin, ed. Bowker, 2nd ed. 1998.

Words on Cassette: 2000. Bowker, 2000.

World Historical Fiction: An Annotated Guide to Novels for Adults and Young Adults by Lynda G. Adamson. Oryx, 1998.



Armchair Detective. 967 Somerset St., #1132, Watchung, NJ 07060-6304

Deadly Pleasures. George Easter, 1718 S. Ridge Point Drive, Bountiful, UT 84010.

Locus: The Newspaper of the Science Fiction Field. Locus Publications, P 0 Box 13305, Oakland, CA 94661.

Mostly Murder: Your Guide to Reading Mysteries. Mostly Book Reviews, POBox 191207, Dallas, TX 75219.

Mystery Buff at Home. Mystery Buff, 304 Lover's Lane, Townsend, TN 37882.

Mystery Readers Journal. Mystery Readers International, PO Box 8116, Berkeley, CA 94707.

Romantic Times. 55 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Roundup Magazine. WWA Roundup Magazine, James Crutchfield, Dept. BB, 1012 Fair St., Franklin, TN 37064-2718.


Association of Book Groups and Leaders, PO Box 885, Highland Park, IL 60035.

Audio Publishers Association, 627 Aviation Way, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (

Horror Writers of America/Horror Writers Association, PO Box 50577, Palo Alto, CA 94303. ( Bram Stoker Awards, June.

Mystery Writers of America, 17 E. 47th St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017.( Edgar Awards, April.

Romance Writers of America, 113700 Veteran' s Memorial, Suite 315, Houston, TX 77004. ( RITA Awards, summer.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, 532 LaGuardia Place, #632, New York, NY 10012-1428. ( Nebula Awards, May.

Sisters in Crime, ( PO Box 44224, Lawrence, KS 66044-8933.

Western Writers of America, 1012 Fair St., Franklin, TN 37064. ( Spur Awards, June.

Internet Resources


Adult Reading Round Table (

AllReaders. com ( (

BookBrowser (

BookPage (

Bookwire (

ClueLass Home Page: A Mystery Lover's Notebook (

Fiction-L (

Genreflecting (

Internet Speculative Fiction Database (

MacGuffin Guide to Detective Fiction (

Morton Grove Public Library Webrary Reader Services (

Mystery Guide (

Mystery Network (

Mystery Reader (

New York Public Library Electronic Reader's Advisor ((

NoveList:Your Guide to Fiction (

Overbooked (

Publishers Catalogues Home Page ('sher/) Reader's Robot (

Reader's Club (

Reader's Robot (

Reading Group Choices (

Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database (

SFF Net (

SF-Lovers Archive (

Soon's Historical Fiction Site (

Stop, You're Killing Me! A Site to Die for ... If you Love Mystery Books (www.stopyourekillingme,com/default.htm)

Writers Write Books (


Specific Internet Listservs for Genre Fiction
Descriptions and addresses can be found in the Directory of Scholarly and Professional E-Conferences (

DOROTHYL (mysteries)
Horror (horror)
RRA-L (romance)
SFLOVERS (science fiction)

A good general description of how email discussion groups and lists work may be found at (