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What We’re Reading #30

The Ladies of Horror Fiction have three recommendations to share with you today!

Haunted Nights Book Cover

Haunted Nights edited by Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton

Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween.

In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls’ Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil’s Night.

Goodreads | Amazon

Audra’s Teaser Review

Each story in this collection has a unique take on All Hallows’ Eve, from expanding on traditional folklore to fresh new horrors of kinds unimaginable to those reminiscent of childhood Halloween frights!

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


To Be Devoured

To Be Devoured by Sara Tantlinger

What does carrion taste like? Andi has to know. The vultures circling outside her home taunt and invite her to come understand the secrets hiding in their banquet of decay. Fascination morphs into an obsessive need to know what the vultures know. Andi turns to Dr. Fawning, but even the therapist cannot help her comprehend the secrets she’s buried beneath anger-induced blackouts.

Her girlfriend, Luna, tries to help Andi battle her inner darkness and infatuation with the vultures. However, the desire to taste dead flesh, to stitch together wings of her own and become one with the flock sends Andi down a twisted, unforgivable path. Once she understands the secrets the vultures conceal, she must decide between abandoning the birds of prey or risk turning her loved ones into nothing more than meals to be devoured. 

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Jen’s Teaser Review

If you are a squeamish reader or hate gore of any kind, move along. If you love to be pulled in and disturbed to your core, lay down your money on this one.

Read Jen’s entire review at Book Den.


Little Paranoias by Sonora Taylor

Is it a knock on the door, or a gust of wind? A trick of the light, or someone who’ll see what you’ve done?

Little Paranoias features twenty tales of the little things that drive our deepest fears. It tells the stories of terror and sorrow, lust at the end of the world and death as an unwanted second chance. It dives into the darkest corners of the minds of men, women, and children. It wanders into the forest and touches every corner of the capital. Everyone has something to fear — but after all, it’s those little paranoias that drive our day-to-day.

Goodreads | Amazon

Laurie’s Teaser Review

Holding them all together is a writhing darkness whether it is an external force or one more intimate. At any rate, each tale bleeds black and it will make any dark fiction fan very happy.

Read Laurie’s entire review at Bark At The Ghouls.

Jen’s Teaser Review

One thing I really loved about this collection was the varying lengths of all of the stories. From flash fiction to poetry to longer stories, it never felt repetitive, and I never got bogged down. I have a hard time sitting down with a collection or an anthology and reading it straight through. I didn’t have that trouble at all with Little Paranoias. Each of the stories held on to my attention, and I flew through the collection.

Read Jen’s entire review at Book Den.


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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