What We've Been Reading
Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

What We’ve Been Reading #81

We’ve reached the midpoint of our week here and you know what that means, don’t you?! We have new reading recommendations from the Ladies of Horror Fiction team. This week we have an eclectic mix of darkly comical horror, cosmic horror and a free audiobook collection of creepy stories that you can download.

Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more books worth your time ♥


Food Fright by Nico Bell

Food Fright by Nico Bell

High school junior Cassie Adler just wanted the bullying to stop. She thought gaining a spot on the varsity soccer team would whip up instant friends, but it isn’t until the popular girls need Cassie’s help that they acknowledge her presence. Cassie reluctantly agrees to participate in a prank that turns sour fast. Now with blood on their hands, she and the popular girls race to cover their tracks. But something savage knows what they’ve done, and it’s hungry for revenge. Can Cassie redeem herself before it’s too late, or will her deadly sins ketchup to her?

Book 7 in the Rewind-or-Die series: imagine your local movie rental store back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, remember all those fantastic covers. Remember taking those movies home and watching in awe as the stories unfolded in nasty rainbows of gore, remember the atmosphere and textures. Remember the blood.

Amazon | Goodreads

Audra’s Teaser Review

OK, I know it sounds weird, but just imagine a story that combines high school, soccer girls, home-ec, witches, ghosts, and anthropomorphized food that is out to kill. Then you’ll have Food Fright. This is my favorite entry in the Rewind or Die series that I’ve read so far!

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


The Worm and His Kings by Hailey Piper

New York City, 1990: When you slip through the cracks, no one is there to catch you. Monique learns that the hard way after her girlfriend Donna vanishes without a trace.

Only after the disappearances of several other impoverished women does Monique hear the rumors. A taloned monster stalks the city’s underground and snatches victims into the dark.

Donna isn’t missing. She was taken.

To save the woman she loves, Monique must descend deeper than the known underground, into a subterranean world of enigmatic cultists and shadowy creatures. But what she finds looms beyond her wildest fears—a darkness that stretches from the dawn of time and across the stars.

Amazon | Goodreads

Cassie’s Teaser Review

Overall, this is a novella absolutely packed with layers, and it’ll be a much loved addition to the shelf of any fan of cosmic horror – or even for folks like me, who have less experience with the genre, but are looking for a book that’ll completely blow them away before the 2020 ends!

Read Cassie’s entire review at Let’s Get Galactic.

Emily’s Teaser Review

The Worm and His Kings was one of my favorite horror books from last year! This story is dark, lonely, and fascinating. It’s an intense read, and it was a little confusing for me at times, but I really loved it.

Read Emily’s review at Goodreads.

Audra’s Teaser Review

Cosmic horror is something I’ve not delved too deeply in (mostly because of an aversion to Lovecraft) but as evidenced by this novella, there is still much to explore in this genre and it can be otherworldly, strange, gooey, and representative of diverse voices.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


Come Join Us By The Fire Season 2

Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2 is the second installment of Nightfire’s audio-only horror anthology, featuring a wide collection of short stories from emerging voices in the horror genre as well as longtime fan favorites.

The collection showcases the breadth of talent writing in the horror genre today, with contributions from a wide range of genre luminaries including Laird Barron, Indrapramit Das, Shaun Hamill, Daniel M. Lavery, Matthew Lyons, T. Kingfisher, Seanan McGuire, Nibedita Sen, and Nightfire’s own Cassandra Khaw and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Free on Google Play

Laurie’s Teaser Review

I highly recommend giving this audio a listen. It’s free on GooglePlay and will likely be added to Spotify like the previous one was so you have nothing to lose but a little bit of your time.

Go give this lovely gift a listen. I’m pretty certain you’ll find something here to love.

Read Laurie’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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Laurie is one of our LOHF Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, oversees the Ladies of Horror Fiction directory, and manages our LOHF Goodreads group.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.


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