• Interviews,  Reading Recommendations

    LOHF Shelf Edition: Alex from Hey Little Thrifter

    This month we’re talking with Alex from Hey Little Thrifter for the LOHF Shelf Edition! Alex is a reviewer, booktuber, and bookstagrammer. She is passionate about vintage books, and even has a blog and booktube review series just to talk about vintage horror by women called Nightmare Queens! Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books? Last year I read my first Kathe Koja novel, The Cipher, and it blew me away. I fell in love with her writing and it became an instant favourite! This year I followed it up with Bad Brains and that one was just as amazing, so even though I’m late to the Koja party…

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

    What We’ve Been Reading #9

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a few more books to recommend to you this week! Her Dark Inheritance by Meg Hafdahl On the day her mother died, Daphne Forrest learned the devastating truth. She’d never really known the women who raised her, not even her real name. Fueled to unravel the tragic mystery behind her mother’s secrets, Daphne abandons all she knows, traveling to the bucolic yet sinister town of Willoughby, Minnesota.  Navigating through the memories of her own bloody legacy, Daphne throws herself into the insular and haunting small town of her ancestors. She investigates the murder that led to her mother’s shame, with the help of charming,…

  • Podcast Episodes

    Episode 8 Diversity in Horror with Alice Collins

    Join Toni as she talks to her special guest Alice Collins about the bury your gays trope and representation in the horror community. Welcome to the Ladies of Horror Fiction podcast. I’m your host Toni with The Misadventures of a Reader. One of the main purposes of the LOHF has always been to promote diversity in horror every day. June is pride month and I have a special guest today we are going to be talking about the bury your gays trope and the inclusiveness of the horror community. My special guest is Alice Collins who writes the trapped by gender column for Bloody disgusting. The LOHF recently published a…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post: All Vampires are Gay, or: Why I Tried and Couldn’t Write a Proper Queer Horror History Essay By J. Danielle Dorn

    All Vampires are Gay, or: Why I Tried and Couldn’t Write a Proper Queer Horror History By J. Danielle Dorn Since I couldn’t find anything anyone else had written about the history of queer women in horror, I figured the old axiom about writing it myself would hold true for nonfiction same as it does for fiction. It doesn’t. And as a non-binary gynesexual person, I should have known better. Even when writing about queer horror, cisgendered white men are the majority of visibly queer authors, which in my opinion makes it even more crucial that we as readers seek out and celebrate authors who identify as queer and female.…

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

    What We’ve Been Reading #8

    Here’s a little taste of what the Ladies of Horror Fiction have been reading lately. This House of Wounds by Georgina Bruce The devastating debut short story collection from British Fantasy Award-winning author Georgina Bruce. Haunting and visceral tales for the lost and the lonely. An emotional and riveting debut. Amazon | Better World Books | Goodreads Emily’s Review Teaser Georgina Bruce’s writing is so beautiful. Her descriptions are creative and haunting, and I would kill to read a book of poetry written by her. Click here to see Emily’s full review at Goodreads Tracy’s Review Teaser Bruce definitely has the ability to paint a literary picture. I actually read…

  • Stories of Horror

    Stories of Horror: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Luella Miller

    Join Toni as she travels back to 1800s New England and meets Lydia Anderson who has a strange story to tell about Luella Miller. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Mary Ella Wilkins was born to Warren Edward Wilkins and Eleanor Lothrop on October 31st, 1852 in Randolph Massachusetts.  She had one sibling Anna Wilkins. Due to financial hardship the family had to move to Battleboro, Vermont in 1867 when Mary was 15. After the families move to Battleboro Warren opened a dry goods store but, by 1873 but the store failed to thrive. Due to financial hardship the Wilkins’s moved into the home of Reverend Thomas Taylor in order for Eleanor…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post: The Inherent Power of Words to Describe Oneself By Alice Collins

    The Inherent Power of Words to Describe Oneself By Alice Collins Words are a powerful thing. I’ve struggled with them a lot over the years. Especially with trying to find the right descriptors. There’s lots of continued learning involved, it’s a natural part of language evolving. It takes a while for a new word to catch on, and even longer to find one that is descriptive enough to describe the previously indescribable. It’s very tricky finding appropriate words. Even when you do, you may find it changing some years down the line and that’s ok! However, there are many people that I’ve run into IRL and on the internet bemoaning…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post: The Intimacy of Monsters by Hailey Piper

    The Intimacy of Monsters By Hailey Piper I adore cosmic horror, but it isn’t what I usually write.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve penned a couple, but I’m happier leaving that scale of world-ending dread to P.L. McMillan and Caitlin Kiernan.  I don’t connect the entropic, inevitable death of all things in a fearful way.  Cosmic horror delights me. Personal horror gets under my skin.  The little, everyday injustices and horrors that are easy to miss.  They could be happening right next door.  And through those come the intimate monsters. Personal ones. When an intimate monster creeps into your life, sometimes you aren’t even aware of what you’ve met.  They…

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

    What We’ve Been Reading #7

    Feast your eyes on what the Ladies of Horror Fiction Team have been reading as of late: Inside the Asylum by Mary SanGiovanni Kathy has been hired to assess the threat of patient Henry Banks, an inmate at the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane, the same hospital where her brother is housed. Her employers believe that Henry has the ability to open doors to other dimensions with his mind-making him one of the most dangerous men in modern history. Because unbeknownst to Kathy, her clients are affiliated with certain government organizations that investigate people like Henry-and the potential to weaponize such abilities. What Kathy comes to understand in interviewing…

  • Podcast Episodes

    Episode 7 Horrific Motherhood

    Join Toni as she discusses horror and the intersection with motherhood. Motherhood and Horror         Horror has always been used as vehicle for societal warnings. Parental warnings are no different.  Being a parent is one of the most rewarding yet terrifying experiences that a human will go through. Being a parent can be downright terrifying. There are so many different primal fears that start swirling around. Are you raising them right, are they okay, will xyz experience scar them for life?  It is no surprise that horror fiction and films highlight the parent/child dynamic so often. Even though being a parent is terrifying; motherhood is inherently scary. The terror begins…