The shocking novels that scared the hell out of America

Satanic possessions, bleeding banisters, monster sharks, children in the attic — all this as familiar to readers as their morning coffee, but where did these horrors come from and how did they make themselves at home? Grady Hendrix tells us all about it in his lavishly-illustrated “Paperbacks Fr
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‘South Park: The Fractured but Whole’ is a game that’s too eager to laugh at cruelty

South Park: The Fractured by Whole Developed by: Ubisoft San Francisco, South Park Digital Studios, Massive Entertainment Published by: Ubisoft Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCFew things can potentially infect a child’s imagination with anxiety like the phrase, “We’re moving.” What
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‘If I Stay’ author Gayle Forman has new novel out in March

NEW YORK — The author of the best-selling young adult novel “If I Stay” has a new book coming in March.Viking told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Gayle Forman’s novel is called “I Have Lost My Way.” It’s the story of three alienated teens and what happens when they encounter each
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Zendaya, Cate Blanchett preach empowerment at InStyle Awards

LOS ANGELES — Empowerment was the de facto theme at the third annual InStyle Awards Monday night, where Hollywood and fashion A-listers from Cate Blanchett and Zendaya to Cindy Crawford gathered on an open-air patio at The Getty Center to celebrate one another and those behind the scenes that make
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Thor is scoring his best reviews ever. Will ‘Ragnarok’ be the franchise’s biggest film?

ONE OF the more common critical swipes at Marvel Studios’ Thor franchise has been that despite the comic chops of its stars, the tone has been as weighty as the superhero’s hammer, if not his gold-tress extensions.In “Thor: Ragnarok” (opening Nov. 3), the third film in the Asgard series, Dis
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Cellist challenges listeners in museum concerts

Cellist Matt Haimovitz is known for expanding perceptions about his instrument. That includes a career-long championship of contemporary music, as well as performing in unexpected venues, such as his 2009 concert at Arlington’s Iota Club and Cafe. He did both in a weekend of performances for two o
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Yes, says ‘Bloom County’ creator: Harvey Weinstein still owns Opus the penguin’s movie rights

“HARVEY WEINSTEIN owns Opus?!” Milo Bloom shouts incredulously.“And it weren’t no easy deal to make!” replies sleazy lawyer Steve Dallas.Sunday’s “Bloom County 2017” might seem merely to play the headlines of the Weinstein Scandal for laughs, except for one twist: a small, asterisked
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What John Grisham gets right about lawyers and the law in his latest novel

One of the things I didn’t expect when I became a lawyer was just how much it would ruin legal fiction for me. So much of what I see and read is so far from reality, it’s hard for me not to yell out, “No, it doesn’t work like that!” Brand-new attorneys do not argue major issues in court; n
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How a kid who didn’t read a book until he was 17 grew up to become a literary star

Jason Reynolds can empathize with kids who don’t like to read: He was 17 before he read a book cover to cover. It’s a fact he’s shared with thousands of kids in classrooms and auditoriums across the country, as a cautionary tale. “It’s not something I’m proud of. It’s not cool,” he t
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Heisman Watch: Penn State's Saquon Barkley extends lead after big game against Michigan

EmbedShare SportsPulse: USA TODAY's college football reporter Paul Myerberg breaks down the hottest headlines from week 8. USA TODAY SportsPenn State running back Saquon Barkley carries during the first half against Iowa.(Photo: The Associated Press)Penn State running back Saquon Barkley
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