• What We've Been Reading
    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’re Reading #35

    Happy Wednesday! The Ladies of Horror Fiction have some recommendations to help you get through the week. The Festering Ones by S.H. Cooper A monster lurking in the mountain. A mysterious cult seeking a doorway. An otherworldly evil waiting to be unleashed. Faith York was a young girl when she saw her father dragged into the ground by a spider-armed woman, never to be seen again. Twenty years later, the events of that day continue to haunt her, and her need for answers has only grown stronger with time. After her estranged mother’s death forces her to return home, old wounds are reopened and Faith finally decides to face her…

  • Stoker Awards

    Preliminary Stoker Ballots Are In!!!

    Awards season is upon us and the LOHF is really excited!! Just have a look at this list of amazing books by women that have made it to the preliminary round in the Stoker Awards. Superior Achievement in a Novel S.P. Miskowski – The Worst Is Yet To Come (Trepidatio Publishing) Lee Murray – Into the Ashes (Severed Press) Superior Achievement in a First Novel Gemma Amor – Dear Laura (Independently Published) Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken – Stokers Wild (Flame Tree Press) Michelle Renee Lane – Invisible Chains (Haverhill House Publishing) Rachel Eve Moulton – Tinfoil Butterfly (MCD X FSG Originals) Sarah Read – The Bone Weaver’s Orchard (Trepidatio…

  • Women in Horror Event

    A Bloody Valentine Event February 14th, 2020

    Did you ever see an event and think to yourself that you really want to go to it, only to find out that it isn’t near you? Well, folks in Colorado are very lucky. On Valentine’s Day the satellite chapter of HWA Colorado will be hosting a special event to celebrate Women in Horror month. Where: The Cottonwood Center for the Arts When: February 14th, 2020 from 7-10pm. Door open at 6:30. The event is free and open to the public. What: Program: In the Main Gallery there will be live and recorded readings by: L.C. Barlow J.A. Campbell Hillary Dodge Angie Hodapp Kate Jonez Gwendolyn Kiste DeAnna Knippling Shannon…

  • Horror Movie Maven
    Horror Movie Maven

    The Vengeful Female Ghosts of J-Horror

    There is something about Japanese horror movies that is just inherently freaky. It almost doesn’t matter what culture you were raised in, J-horror is guaranteed to curdle your blood. Why is that? What is it that our Western society responds to so strongly in these tales lifted from traditional Japanese ghost stories and lore? Though there are plenty of reasons to be afraid, what I find so fascinating (and often terrifying) is the portrayal of female archetypes throughout these stories and how that translates to the big screen. Japanese folklore has a thing for yūrei (ghosts). I mean, they are everywhere. This has to do with beliefs about death and…

  • What We've Been Reading
    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’re Reading #34

    We have some recommendations because we know you need more books! Body by Asa Nonami As indicated by the title, Bødy is a collection of horror stories, all thematically linked to people’s perception of their bodies, and the consequences of vanity and low self-esteem. In the vein of the psychological suspense of the Twilight Zone, each story ends with a shock, leaving the reader unsettled with the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for,” echoing in their bones. Appropriately, each of the five stories in Bødy gets its title from the body parts featured, buttocks, blood, face, hair and chin. Goodreads | Amazon Toni’s Teaser Review I really enjoyed…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Translation
    Women in Translation

    Women in Translation Horror Edition: Japan

    What is really awesome about the Women in Translation project is that we are getting to learn about horror around the world. Each country approaches horror in different ways, and it has been amazing learning about each country as we go along. Some countries’ horror is steeped in folklore and religion; other countries’ horror has been used to control social norms. Japanese horror primarily draws its inspiration from folk religions with a focus on the following themes: possession, exorcism, shamanism, precognition and yokai. These stories began as oral tales in the Heian period (794BC- 1185AD). During this period, the stories were used to enforce cultural norms and to explain things…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Readathon LOHFReadathon
    LOHFReadathon,  Reading Recommendations

    Women in Horror Month Readathon

    February is Women in Horror Month and we are super excited here at Ladies of Horror Fiction! The LOHF and Alex from the book tube channel Hey Little Thrifter are joining forces once again to bring you a LOHF filled readathon. All you have to do to join us is choose a book from one, any or all prompts and read the book(s) during the month of February. We love to see your amazing photos so please use the #lohfreadathon hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. The Prompts The LOHF Reading Suggestions We have listed recommendations and suggestions for each prompt. Suggestions are books that are on our tbr’s that we…

  • What We've Been Reading
    Uncategorized

    What We’re Reading #33

    It’s time to buy yourself some new books! Here are a few recommendations to get you started. Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke White brings with it dreams of respect, of wealth, of simply being treated as a human being. It’s the one thing Walter will never be. But what if he could play white, the way so many others seem to do? Would it bring him privilege or simply deny the pain? The title story in this collection asks those questions, and then moves on to challenge notions of race, privilege, personal choice, and even life and death with equal vigor. From the spectrum spanning despair and hope in…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction New Releases
    New Release

    January 2020 LOHF New Releases

    Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey Inspired by a terrifying true story from the author’s hometown, a heart-pounding novel of suspense about a small Minnesota community where nothing is as quiet—or as safe—as it seems. Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them. All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale. One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the…

  • LOHF Monthly Recap
    Monthly Recap

    December 2019: Monthly Recap

    From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you all for another amazing year of celebrating the women in horror fiction! If you missed any of the reviews from the Ladies of Horror Fiction team last month, be sure to check those out below! Reviews What We’re Reading #29 What We’re Reading #30 What We’re Reading #31 What We’re Reading #32 News and Announcements December 2019 LOHF New ReleasesEach month the Ladies of Horror Fiction team posts all of the books we are aware of that will be releasing during that month. #LadiesFirst20 ChallengeThe Ladies of Horror Fiction team is hosting the Ladies First challenge again for the New Year! To…