The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Novel. When this team was faced with a tie and the decision between having a tie-break or two winners, we went with two winners, of course!
Bunny by Mona Awad
Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort–a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and seem to move and speak as one.
But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled “Smut Salon,” and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door–ditching her only friend, Ava, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies’ sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus “Workshop” where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision.
The spellbinding new novel from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination.
To learn more about Mona Awad, visit her profile in the LOHF Directory.
Without Condition by Sonora Taylor
Cara Vineyard lives a quiet life in rural North Carolina. She works for an emerging brewery, drives her truck late at night, and lives with her mother on a former pumpkin farm. Her mother is proud of her and keeps a wall displaying all of Cara’s accomplishments.
Cara isn’t so much proud as she is bored. She’s revitalized when she meets Jackson Price, a pharmacist in Raleigh. Every day they spend together, she falls for him a little more — which in turn makes her life more complicated. When Cara goes on her late-night drives, she often picks up men. Those men tend to die. And when Cara comes back to the farm, she brings a memento for her mother to add to her wall of accomplishments.
Cara’s mother loves her no matter what. But she doesn’t know if Jackson will feel the same — and she doesn’t want to find out.
To learn more about Sonora Taylor, visit her profile in the LOHF Directory.
Congratulations to Mona Awad, Sonora Taylor, and the 2019 nominees for Best Novel:
Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo
River of Souls, T.L. Bodine
The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher
We reached out to Mona and Sonora, and here is what they had to say!
This is an incredible honor. “Without Condition” is my second novel and I’ve been so thrilled with the response to it. I’d like to thank Erin al-Mehairi, who introduced me to the Ladies of Horror team and vouched for me and my book to various bloggers and reviewers. I also want to thank my editor, Evelyn Duffy, for her amazing work on this; as well as Doug Puller for his graphic design and illustration work. Thanks to my parents for their support, and thanks to my husband for his love and his presence in my life.
Stay tuned as we continue to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards!