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What We’re Reading #27

The Ladies of Horror Fiction have you covered if you’re looking for some good reads!

In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado Book Cover

A startling, moving, and innovative memoir from the National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work which is destined to become an instant classic.

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Tracy’s Teaser Review

Imagine your perfect house; your dream house. Where is it? What is the air like? Perhaps most importantly, who is there with you? What if this house isn’t an actual house, but a state of being? It is, after all, a dream. What if it decays, begins to crumble, and the only reason you notice is because it’s been set aflame, bulldozed, and returned to dust? What if?

Read Tracy’s entire review at Sci-fi & Scary.


The new tenants have a terrible secret. So do the landlord and his daughter…

Ever since Lucy was two, she’s been on the run alongside her mother. She’s never understood the reason for a lifetime of paranoia, aliases, and lies. All she understands are the rules: never lock eyes with strangers, never let down your guard, and always be ready to move on.

Finally, after thirteen years and eleven states, their next hideaway seems perfect. An isolated, fortresslike place in the New Hampshire woods is the new home they share with its owner, a gentlemanly pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen. She’s Lucy’s age and soon becomes Lucy’s first real friend.

But Gretchen and her father have secrets of their own—and an obsession with puzzles that draws Lucy into a terrifying new game of hide-and-seek. Lucy’s dark past is about to come calling. And this time, for her and her mother in the house on the hill, it might be too late to run.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

Gretchen is kind of a blend of things (or a puzzle, which is a major theme in the book) – it’s gothic and psychological horror, and also a suspense novel. I really enjoyed this story, and putting all the pieces together to figure out what was going on. There are several different storylines happening in this book, but everything is woven together well.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.


Tragedy Queens edited by Leza Cantoral Book Cover

Archetypes are real. Muses are real. Writers are the channels of these spirits & if that sounds like witchcraft that’s because it is. These stories gave me chills. Sylvia Plath & Lana Del Rey course through the veins of these dark, sexy, mind-bending, fantastical, romantic, & haunting tales. Authors from different genres came together in their love & passion for these muses.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

Most of these stories are dark, often dealing with themes of loss and death. They are visceral and cutting and range from realism to sci-fi.

I definitely recommend this book for fans of horror stories that are off the beaten path.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


Thanks for joining us today and we hope you found something to add to your tbr list! Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

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