Our February guest for Shelf Edition is another of our favorite Ladies of Horror Fiction authors, Stephanie M. Wytovich!
Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?
I’m positively obsessed with Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, and I’m currently in the midst of reading The Migration by Helen Marshall and I love it so far. I will also happily plug Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson.
What LOHF books do you have on your TBR?
Oh, this list is truly endless, but to share a couple: Benny Rose, The Cannibal King by Hailey Piper; Doll Crimes by Karen Runge; The Deep by Alma Katsu; Geek Love by Katherine Dunn; The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh; Wilder Girls by Rory Power; The Dead Girl’s Club by Damien Angelica Walters; The Hag Witch of Tripp Creek by Sommer Canon; Out of Water by Sarah Read; Bunny by Mona Awad; Frankissstein:A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson; Mary Shelley Makes a Monster by Octavia Cade; Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke; In Dreams We Rot by Betty Rocksteady; and The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns.
Where do you find recommendations? Are there any LOHF books that have been recommended to you that you loved?
I get a lot of my book recommendations from social media, namely Twitter and Instagram. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention Night Worms and the LOHF team here, too, because I’m forever adding to my TBR thanks to those fine folks! I will also confess that I carry around a notebook and have a section in my phone for book and film recommendations that people give me in passing, in class, at conferences, etc., plus I take pictures at book stores and at the library of other books I want to read when I’m there browsing or picking up my order.
I really loved The Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White, The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, and My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
Where do you shop for books?
Everywhere! I love getting books directly from the author and/or the publisher, but I also go to Indie bookstores, Barnes and Noble, Half Price Books, Goodwill, Audible, etc. byAnd don’t even get me started about book buying at conferences and conventions. I usually have to have a suitcase dedicated strictly to books when I travel, ha!
Are there any upcoming LOHF releases you’re excited about?
I absolutely can’t wait for Wonderland by Zoe Stage to come out, and I’m very much looking forward to Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers 1852-1923 edited by Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger. Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t add The Fourth Whore by EV Knight.
Can you tell us anything about your own new or upcoming releases?
Sure thing! My poetry collection, The Apocalyptic Mannequin, was published with Raw Dog Screaming Press last fall, and it’s a book that challenges our concepts of death and how we define the body, while also commenting on real-life fears and traumas surrounding the current state of our planet and how we, as humans, treat each other. Outside of standalone work, you can also expect to see my poetry in Issue 2 of The Macabre Museum this spring, as well as in the anthology Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors edited by Doug Murano and Michael Bailey, published via Written Backwards. I also have a short story in the upcoming Dark Regions Press anthology, Christmas Horror Vol. 3.
Where can people find you on social media?
Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous venues such as Weird Tales, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Fantastic Tales of Terror, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Point Park University, and a mentor with Crystal Lake Publishing. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection, Brothel, earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press alongside Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, An Exorcism of Angels, Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, and most recently, The Apocalyptic Mannequin. Her debut novel, The Eighth, is published with Dark Regions Press. Follow Wytovich on her blog at http://stephaniewytovich.blogspot.com/ and on twitter @SWytovich.
Thank you for joining us, Stephanie! Our tbr piles also thank you! If you would like to be featured on a future shelf edition please leave a note in the comments. We’d love to see your shelves!