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11 Horror Books Inspired By True Stories That Prove Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

With shows like Making a Murderer and Mindhunter taking Netflix by storm, is it any wonder we still love to read true-crime books? Below, I have 11 horror books based on true stories that will have you sleeping with the lights on for the next week, so ramp up your Halloween fun with a bit of spooky reading, won’t you?

Horror holds a special place in a lot of readers’ hearts, but millennials grew up with scary stories from a very young age. From classic horror collections — Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, In a Dark, Dark Room — by Alvin Schwartz to the pulpy scares of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street series, we’ve been reading horror books pretty much ever since we could hold a book.

Of course, our affinity for scary stories isn’t new. In the 20th century, shows like The

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Half Price Books: Where Rare Is Well Done

There’s a beautiful pearl, you might say, in one of the tastiest oysters in town.

You might say that if you were a writer, especially, as writers tend to work in metaphors. Writers often write books, too, and books (along with vinyl records, magazines, and more) are what’s sold at Half Price Books, the Dallas-based chain of stores that’s been expanding across the nation and has several locations here in Austin.

It’s the company’s 45th anniversary this year, and for a bookstore of any kind, much less a print-centered secondhand shop, to thrive in these digital times … well, that’s no small achievement. But we’re talking about Austin’s own Half Price Books at 5555 N. Lamar, specifically, the enormous emporium of used print-and-other-recording-format media that’s bordered the North Loop neighborhood since moving from smaller digs on Guadalupe, and we’re talking about it because it’s the metaphoric oyster here – and the unique

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9 True Crime Books Out This Year That Are Just As Addictive As ‘Law & Order’

October is officially the season of scary stories. Since there is nothing more terrifying that real life, these new true crime books should be at the top of your Halloween reading list.

It’s no secret Americans are fascinated with true crime. Between 95 and 105 million people stopped what they were doing to watch the O.J. Simpson verdict unfold on live TV. Sarah Koenig’s popular true crime podcast “Serial” reached over 39 million American listeners during its first season. In the television world, entertainment providers like Netflix are finding both commercial success and critical acclaim with documentary series like Making a Murderer and The Keepers. Even the long-running fictional procedural Law Order, which has been known to dabble in “ripped from the headlines” plots, is jumping head-first into true crime with

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FRANK TALK: Chance meeting in used books

The guy was browsing the used book aisles.

They were considerable and held his attention for a good 45 minutes.

Finally, he decided on a true-crime book of sorts.

It was kind of a guilty pleasure.

There were certainly more edifying selections available – history, humor, classics, and many biographies of folks whose claim to fame didn’t include killing lots of other folks.

But the guy couldn’t help picking out the true-crime book, which was written by a two-man team of esteemed journalists.

The book chronicled the life of a Boston gangster, even reaching back to a history of his parents and grandparents.

And his claim to fame, the reason that his life merited such a detailed retrospective was for the most part because he was not only adept at killing lots of folks he was also adept at escaping prosecution for killing lots of folks.

The gangster also profited handsomely throughout his

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7 True Crime Books You May Have Missed (But Definitely Need To Pick Up)

There are some true crime stories that are woven into our public knowledge. Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, the first season of Serial, the firestorm around the O.J. Simpson trial. But after you’ve poured over all of those cases, you know you’ll  be thirsty for more. As everyone knows, when you can’t find answers, the next best thing is more questions.

True crime is both an invigorating and frustrating genre. We’ve all been kept up at night, plagued by the question of “what really happened?” and trying to make the puzzle pieces fit. In the real world, there isn’t always an explanation, and there isn’t always justice. And sometimes, the circumstances are just outright bizarre.

If you’re like me, this just makes the addiction even greater. I am fascinated by real world stories, in which every detail throws a wrench in what you thought was the truth. The

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9 Terrifying True Crime Books Released In The Last Decade

As the season of all things haunting, terrifying, and chilling creeps up on us, now is the perfect time to revisit some of the most chilling true crime books of the past decade. Humans — and readers — have always been fascinated with the darker sides of our psyches, and that’s exactly what great (and horrible) true crime books explore: the bad, the ugly, and the downright stranger-than-fiction of the ways humans sometimes transgress the boundaries of our humanity.

But more than guiltily indulging in the stories of the crimes of others, what these true crime writers strive to do is understand the nature of crime, exploring the cultural, social, personal, and sometimes political dynamics that lead to chilling and inexplicable crimes, and turn a person to criminal impulses. What is most chilling about many of the true

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FRANK TALK: Chance meeting in used books

The guy was browsing the used book aisles.

They were considerable and held his attention for a good 45 minutes.

Finally, he decided on a true-crime book of sorts.

It was kind of a guilty pleasure.

There were certainly more edifying selections available – history, humor, classics, and many biographies of folks whose claim to fame didn’t include killing lots of other folks.

But the guy couldn’t help picking out the true-crime book, which was written by a two-man team of esteemed journalists.

The book chronicled the life of a Boston gangster, even reaching back to a history of his parents and grandparents.

And his claim to fame, the reason that his life merited such a detailed retrospective was for the most part because he was not only adept at killing lots of folks he was also adept at escaping prosecution for killing lots of folks.

The gangster also profited handsomely throughout his

Read more at: http://www.wickedlocal.com/news/20170929/frank-talk-chance-meeting-in-used-books

FRANK TALK: Chance meeting in used books

The guy was browsing the used book aisles. Finally, he decided on a true-crime book of sorts. It was kind of a guilty pleasure.

The guy was browsing the used book aisles.

They were considerable and held his attention for a good 45 minutes.

Finally, he decided on a true-crime book of sorts.

It was kind of a guilty pleasure.

There were certainly more edifying selections available – history, humor, classics, and many biographies of folks whose claim to fame didn’t include killing lots of other folks.

But the guy couldn’t help picking out the true-crime book, which was written by a two-man team of esteemed journalists.

The book chronicled the life of a Boston gangster, even reaching back to a history of his parents and grandparents.

And his claim to fame, the reason that his life merited such a detailed retrospective, was for the most part because he was

Read more at: http://weston.wickedlocal.com/news/20170915/frank-talk-chance-meeting-in-used-books

FRANK TALK: Chance meeting in used books

The guy was browsing the used book aisles. Finally, he decided on a true-crime book of sorts. It was kind of a guilty pleasure.

The guy was browsing the used book aisles.

They were considerable and held his attention for a good 45 minutes.

Finally, he decided on a true-crime book of sorts.

It was kind of a guilty pleasure.

There were certainly more edifying selections available – history, humor, classics, and many biographies of folks whose claim to fame didn’t include killing lots of other folks.

But the guy couldn’t help picking out the true-crime book, which was written by a two-man team of esteemed journalists.

The book chronicled the life of a Boston gangster, even reaching back to a history of his parents and grandparents.

And his claim to fame, the reason that his life merited such a detailed retrospective, was for the most part because he was

Read more at: http://danvers.wickedlocal.com/news/20170915/frank-talk-chance-meeting-in-used-books

FRANK TALK: Chance meeting in used books

The guy was browsing the used book aisles. Finally, he decided on a true-crime book of sorts. It was kind of a guilty pleasure.

The guy was browsing the used book aisles.

They were considerable and held his attention for a good 45 minutes.

Finally, he decided on a true-crime book of sorts.

It was kind of a guilty pleasure.

There were certainly more edifying selections available – history, humor, classics, and many biographies of folks whose claim to fame didn’t include killing lots of other folks.

But the guy couldn’t help picking out the true-crime book, which was written by a two-man team of esteemed journalists.

The book chronicled the life of a Boston gangster, even reaching back to a history of his parents and grandparents.

And his claim to fame, the reason that his life merited such a detailed retrospective, was for the most part because he was

Read more at: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20170915/frank-talk-chance-meeting-in-used-books