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The “Recommendations” Recap

This whole challenge has been great for recommending different books written by female horror authors, right?  But we know there are a lot of books that may not fit with a certain prompt, so this week we are recapping “recommendations” to make sure that no book has been left behind!

(If you did get a bit left behind, and missed our “strangers” recap, check it out here.)

Dlgillis20 shared with us We Have Always Lived In This Castle by Shirley Jackson.  Most people are familiar with The Haunting of Hill House but may not have heard of this other amazing book by Jackson.

“Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.”

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Part 2 of Day 25 of the #ladiesofhorrorfiction challenge is another Recommendation by Gwendolyn Kiste. 😍 . . This book is my absolute favorite that I’ve read this month. I’m so glad that I decided to make August about women who write. Kiste is a new favorite, and I’ve found so many other talented women writers to explore. This has been a fantastic month, and I’m eager to make women who write a priority from now on. . . You can read my 5 Star review for And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe on Goodreads. This collection is fantastic. I’m so eager to read more from Kiste! . . #bookstagram #recommendation #andhersmilewilluntethertheuniverse #gwendolynkiste #shortstory #collection #coverlove #womenwhowrite #august #booklover #bookworm #readersofinstagram

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Gowsy33 gave us And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by Gwendolyn Kiste.  Something about this cover has me totally entranced!

“A murdered movie star reaches out to an unlikely fan. An orchard is bewitched with poison apples and would-be princesses. A pair of outcasts fail a questionnaire that measures who in their neighborhood will vanish next. Two sisters keep a grotesque secret hidden in a Victorian bathtub. A dearly departed best friend carries a grudge from beyond the grave.

In her debut collection, Gwendolyn Kiste delves into the gathering darkness where beauty embraces the monstrous, and where even the most tranquil worlds are not to be trusted. From fairy tale kingdoms and desolate carnivals, to wedding ceremonies and summer camps that aren’t as joyful as they seem, these fourteen tales of horror and dark fantasy explore death, rebirth, and illusion all through the eyes of those on the outside—the forgotten, the forsaken, the Other, none of whom will stay in the dark any longer.”

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Happy Saturday!! It’s day 25 of #ladiesofhorrorfiction and the prompt today is Recommendation. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll is a creepy, yet beautifully illustrated graphic novel of short horror stories that I definitely recommend. I love the artwork and the coloring of this graphic novel, and the stories are eerie and perfect to read close to Halloween! 🖤❤️ . . . . . #throughthewoods #emilycarroll #creepystories #horror #graphicnovel #graphicnovels #horrorfiction #horrorbooks #bookstagram #bookstagramchallenge #bookphotography #bookphoto #booksofinstagram #somanybooks #bookaddict #igreads #bookstagrammer #booknerd #booklover #bookblog #bookblogger #instabook #bookaholic #bookaddiction #bookworm

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Ever heard of Emily Carroll?  Well thanks to tarasbookaddiction you can no longer have that problem!  Here we get to see this gorgeous edition of Through the Woods.

“Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…”

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I finished Brother last night, and all I can say is WOW. The book starts with kind of a slow burn, as you meet the Morrow family in real time and in flashbacks, and while there is definite gore and horror, all of a sudden it's just BAM! I read the last 100 pages like a woman possessed, and it was all just bat shit crazy….and that ending was just 💔💔 I didn't even know what to do with myself when it was all over, I was just a mess!! This book gets ALL THE STARS!!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ****** day 25 challenges: #ladiesofhorrorfiction – Recommendation: not only do I recommend this book, but I also most definitely recommend Ania Ahlborn!! I've only read 2 of her books but I've heard nothing but good things…. I think I have all of her books in my Amazon shopping cart so I can slowly start buying them all 😂😂 ****** #totally90sbookchallenge- Married with Children: Book family…..the Morrows are a family like no other (I hope), and I sure wouldn't want to run into them anywhere!! ******** #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bibliophile #lovetoread #booknerd #bookworm #book #5starreads #aniaahlborn #brother

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Lastly, shes_been_reading_since_the80s gave us this rather intriguing picture of Brother by Ania Ahlborn.  What’s this meat stew recipe all about?!

“Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…”


We are so happy to share some of these highlights from our “recommendations” prompt.  If you could only recommend ONE horror book by a female author for the rest of your life, what would it be?? Let us know below!

Tune in next week when we cover some of our favorite “heart” posts!

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