We’ve had a busy month here at Ladies of Horror Fiction and missed last week’s review round-up but we’re back today with three new reading recommendations!
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A Woman Built By Man edited by SH Cooper & Elle Turpitt
A Woman Built By Man is a collage of 21 horror tales that seek to crawl under the skin and deconstruct the many ways women are built up and broken down by a patriarchal society. And the many ways they’re finally saying, “Enough.”
Heather’s Teaser Review
This group of stories absolutely blew me away. I’m sitting here wanting to give you a top 5 favorite stories out of the 21 included in this book, but I can’t. I loved all of them!
Read Heather’s entire review at Goodreads.
We Hear Voices by Evie Green
An eerie horror debut about a little boy who recovers from a mysterious pandemic and inherits an imaginary friend who makes him do violent things…
Kids have imaginary friends. Rachel knows this. So when her young son, Billy, miraculously recovers from a horrible flu that has proven fatal for many, she thinks nothing of Delfy, his new invisible friend. After all, her family is healthy and that’s all that matters.
But soon Delfy is telling Billy what to do, and the boy is acting up and lashing out in ways he never has before. As Delfy’s influence is growing stranger and more sinister by the day, and rising tensions threaten to tear Rachel’s family apart, she clings to one purpose: to protect her children at any cost–even from themselves.
We Hear Voices is a mischievously gripping near-future horror novel that tests the fragility of family and the terrifying gray area between fear and love.
Laurie’s Teaser Review
The story and where it was leading fascinated me. It was just terrifying enough to keep me hooked.
Read Laurie’s entire review at Goodreads.
A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan
Remy and Alicia, a couple of insecure service workers, are not particularly happy together–but they are bound by a shared obsession with Jen, a beautiful former co-worker of Remy’s who now seems to be following her bliss as a globe-trotting jewelry designer. In and outside the bedroom, Remy and Alicia’s entire relationship revolves around fantasies of Jen, whose every Instagram caption, outfit, and New Age mantra they know by heart.
Imagine their confused excitement when they run into Jen, in the flesh, and she invites them on a surfing trip to the Hamptons with her wealthy boyfriend and their group. Once there, Remy and Alicia try (a little too hard) to fit into Jen’s exalted social circle, but violent desire and class resentment bubble beneath the surface of this beach-side paradise, threatening to erupt. As small disturbances escalate into outright horror, Remy and Alicia tumble into an uncanny alternate reality, one shaped by their most unspeakable, deviant, and intoxicating fantasies. Is this what “self-actualization” looks like?
Part millennial social comedy, part psychedelic horror, and all wildly entertaining, A Touch of Jen is a sly, unflinching examination of the hidden drives that lurk just outside the frame of our carefully curated selves.
Audra’s Teaser Review
You think you know where this book is taking you. But the train you’re on is about to emerge from the tunnel and it’s going to be some Hieronymus Bosch nightmare that you can’t wake up from. OMG I’m really excited for you!
Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.
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