If you missed last week’s “Favorite Color” prompt, be sure to check it out. We had so many beautiful and creative photos featuring favorite bookish colors.
Our prompt for day six of the #LadiesofHorrorFiction Instagram challenge was “Monster”.
Monster was the perfect prompt for a lot of instagrammers to showcase their favorite edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! We made sure to include one of our favorites here along with four other featured monsters.
Dlgillis20 was one of the bookstagrammers who showcased Frankenstein in a stunning black and red photo.
“Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.”
Shriekingviolets428 posted a gorgeous photo of Ania Ahlborn’s Seed.
“In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.
Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head… and smiles.
But this time, he isn’t the only one who sees the soulless eyes of his past. This time, his six-year-old daughter Charlie leans into his ear and whispers: Daddy, I saw it too.
And then she begins to change.
Faced with reliving the nightmares of his childhood, Jack watches his daughter spiral into the shadows that had nearly consumed him twenty years before.
But Charlie isn’t the only one who’s changing.
Jack never outran the darkness. It’s been with him all along.
And it’s hungrier than ever.
A new breed of dark fiction: the subtlety of Seed will haunt you, and the end will wickedly satisfy.”
Tarasbookaddiction quite literally showcased a Monster when she posted Monster by C.J. Skuse.
“At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits. As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild. Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.“
Carissa_reads went with one of the scariest monsters of all – people – when she posted her photo of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…“
Our own Lilyn gave us quite the monster photo when she included Ethel in her photo of Morbid Curiosity by Deborah Leblanc.
“It seems like the answer to Haley s prayers. The most popular girl in her high school promises Haley that her life will change forever if only she performs certain dark rituals. And if Haley convinces her twin sister to participate, their power will double. Together they will be able to summon mystical entities they never dared dream of. But these are powerful, uncontrollable forces, forces that can kill – forces that demand to be fed.“
What’s your favorite monster story? Have you read any of our feature LOHF Monster books from the Instagram challenge? Stay turned next week as we recap our favorite “Folklore” selections!