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What We’ve Been Reading #116

We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations that you need in your collection.


Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre edited by Alison Peirse

“But women were never out there making horror films, that’s why they are not written about – you can’t include what doesn’t exist.”

“Women are just not that interested in making horror films.”

This is what you get when you are a woman working in horror, whether as a writer, academic, festival programmer, or filmmaker. These assumptions are based on decades of flawed scholarly, critical, and industrial thinking about the genre. Women Make Horror sets right these misconceptions. Women have always made horror. They have always been an audience for the genre, and today, as this book reveals, women academics, critics, and filmmakers alike remain committed to a film genre that offers almost unlimited opportunities for exploring and deconstructing social and cultural constructions of gender, femininity, sexuality, and the body.

Women Make Horror explores narrative and experimental cinema; short, anthology, and feature filmmaking; and offers case studies of North American, Latin American, European, East Asian, and Australian filmmakers, films, and festivals. With this book we can transform how we think about women filmmakers and genre.

Goodreads | Amazon

Audra’s Teaser Review

This is a fabulous and much-needed collection of film criticism. Both by women and about women, these essays explore the horror genre and women’s often overlooked contributions. With essays on directors and writers, mainstream and experimental cinema, and movies all over the world, this work offers a historical corrective, and I can only hope we’ll see more criticism in this vein.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


Daughters of Darkness II Anthology

The Daughters are back! This time with a new quartet of women horror writers to thrill and scare you, in the latest anthology, Daughters of Darkness II, from the women-run indie horror press, Black Angel.

Within these shadowed pages you will journey into the depths of the myth-rich Scottish countryside,  into the horrors of suburban life, where beneath the skin of Hummingbird Academy the truly macabre ferments. You will encounter haunted girls and young men, with dark and deadly secrets, and travel into the Gothic heartlands, culminating in the hell of WW1 and encounter who or what comes home from the trenches.

These are four women horror writers at the top of their game, conjuring stories of quiet, skin-creeping terror. 

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Cat’s Teaser Review

With horrors that were emotional, unsettling and magical, Daughters of Darkness II directed a spotlight on a quartet of women, three of which were new to me. There was a decent amount of variety, and I enjoyed the overall subtlety that, in turn, made the gruesome scenes even more effective when they came around. There’s no question that it was worth the time.

Read Cat’s entire review at Red Lace Reviews.


Hairspray and Switchblades by V. Castro

Hairspray and Switchblades by V. Castro

When Maya and Magdalena lose their parents to a home invasion, Magdalena puts her dreams on hold and turns to exotic dancing. Cash is what the sisters need to stay together and keep Maya in an elite catholic high school that has set her on the path for an athletic and academic college scholarship.

These sisters come from a bloodline of Jaguar shifters from Mexico and have gained unwanted attention. The San Antonio Stripper Ripper is stalking the streets, out for a specific kind of blood.

Though Magdalena trades in skin, there is no way she will allow anyone to own her. Steamy. Bloody. Dangerous. Hairspray and Switchblades, what more could a girl need to survive the hot streets?

Book 5 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.

Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop

Laurie’s Teaser Review

This is my kind of book. It’s savage and sexy and the main character is both strong and likable and that’s something too many books get dreadfully wrong. But not this time. 

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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