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What We’re Reading #42

Need a mid week pick-me-up? Books always do the trick for the Ladies of Horror Fiction. Here are a few of our most recent recommendations.

Grief Is A False God by Gemma Amor Book cover

Grief Is A False God by Gemma Amor

Elijah Keene is trying to get by after the untimely passing of his beloved wife Jess. Overwhelmed as a single father, failing as a farmer, coming up short as a son; he struggles to distance himself from his grief. Elijah soon discovers that an unspeakable horror has arisen from the land which his family cultivated for generations. An entity of which his own father and deceased mother may have been all too aware. Grief is a False God is a chilling novelette by Gemma Amor, featuring vibrant illustrations from Anibal Santos.

Goodreads | Amazon

Alex’s Teaser Review

Gemma Amor intimately dives into emotional and psychological horror. I felt like I was out of breath and devastated while reading…

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.


The Return by Rachel Harrison

The Return by Rachel Harrison

An edgy and haunting debut novel about a group of friends who reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance.

Julie is missing, and the missing don’t often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there, and that one day she’ll come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

Goodreads | Amazon

Audra’s Teaser Review

This is much more than a thriller—it’s a horror debut worth reading.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


The Invention of Ghosts by Gwendolyn Kiste

The Invention of Ghosts by Gwendolyn Kiste

From the Nightscape Press Charitable Chapbooks line. One third of all sales of this chapbook will go to support the National Aviary.

It starts with rapping in the ceiling and spirit boards that know them a little too well.

Everly and her best friend aren’t your typical college students. Instead of raucous Saturday night parties, they spend their weekends conjuring up things from the beyond. Ectoplasm, levitation, death photography—you name it, and Everly knows all about it. But while this obsession with the supernatural is only supposed to be in good fun, the girls soon discover themselves drifting deeper into magic and further from each other. Then when one evening ends with an inadvertently broken promise, everything they’ve ever known is shattered in an instant, sending them spiraling into a surreal haunting. Now Everly must learn how to control the spectral forces she’s unleashed if she wants any chance of escaping a ghost more dangerous than all the witchcraft she can summon.

A tale of the occult, unlikely phantoms, and complicated friendships, The Invention of Ghosts is the latest strange vision from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens.

Goodreads | Nightscape Press Charitable Chapbooks

Emily’s Teaser Review

The artwork in this book was pretty, and it’s a gorgeous chapbook. If you like haunting / ghost stories, I highly recommend picking this one up. Gwendolyn Kiste is the best, and this is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year so far.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.


Thank you for joining us today! 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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