• Profile: Jessica McHugh

    Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to young adult. A member of the Horror Writers Association and a 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. Jessica has had fourteen books published in five years, including the bestselling Rabbits in the Garden, The Sky: The World and the gritty coming-of-age thriller, PINS. Goodreads | Twitter Featured Work “I am a vessel of dauntless courage and severe evil. My joy will endeavor, my rage possess.” Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jessica McHugh’s debut poetry collection, A Complex Accident of Life, combines visual art and…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards
    LOHF Awards

    2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team would like to congratulate all of the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award recipients. Please join us in celebrating these amazing women and their outstanding works of horror fiction. Best Collection Winner: All That’s Fair, S.H. Cooper Also nominated: Bluebeard’s First Wife, Ha Seong-nanHalloween Season, Lucy A. SnyderLucid Screams, Red LagoeSed de Sangre, V. Castro Best Debut Winner: The Year of the Witching, Alexis Henderson Also nominated: Beneath the Rising, Premee MohamedCatherine House, Elisabeth ThomasFairest Flesh, K.P. KulskiLakewood, Megan GiddingsThe Return, Rachel Harrison Best Graphic Novel Winner: The Low, Low Woods, Carmen Maria Machado (art by Dani) Also nominated: Devil Within, Stephanie Phillips, art…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards
    LOHF Awards

    LOHF Award for Best Poetry Collection

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Poetry Collection. A Complex Accident of Life by Jessica McHugh “I am a vessel of dauntless courage and severe evil. My joy will endeavor, my rage possess.” Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jessica McHugh’s debut poetry collection, A Complex Accident of Life, combines visual art and text to create 52 pieces of Gothic blackout poetry exploring the intense passion, enigmatic nature, and transformative pleasure of life, viewed through the kaleidoscopic lens of a female horror artist. Published June 24th 2020 by Apokrupha | Goodreads | Amazon To learn more about Jessica…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards
    LOHF Awards

    Ladies of Horror Fiction Award Nominees

    This month the Ladies of Horror Fiction team has been unveiling the nominees for the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards. Please join us in celebrating these amazing women and their outstanding works of horror fiction. We are honored to present to you the entire list of nominees: Nominees Best Collection All That’s Fair, S.H. CooperBluebeard’s First Wife, Ha Seong-nanHalloween Season, Lucy A. SnyderLucid Screams, Red LagoeSed de Sangre, Violet Castro Best Debut Beneath the Rising, Premee MohamedCatherine House, Elisabeth ThomasFairest Flesh, K.P. KulskiLakewood, Megan GiddingsThe Return, Rachel HarrisonThe Year of the Witching, Alexis Henderson Best Graphic Novel Devil Within, Stephanie PhillipsDracula, Motherf**ker, Alex de Campi & Erica HendersonThe Low…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards
    LOHF Awards

    LOHF Award Nominees for Best Poetry Collection

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to present the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award Nominees for Best Poetry Collection. The nominees are: Burials, Jessica Drake-ThomasA Collection of Dreamscapes, Christina SngA Complex Accident of Life, Jessica McHughCradleland of Parasites, Sara TantlingerInto the Forest and All the Way Through, Cynthia Pelayo Burials by Jessica Drake-Thomas What is buried can return. Those who are dead can still speak. A witch can be burned, but not silenced. When the abattoir is opened, the dead will rise. Burials is the narrative of those whose voices have been taken away-murdered women, witches, ghosts. It’s about speaking one’s truth, and using magic to heal…

  • What We've Been Reading
    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’ve Been Reading #94

    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. Lakewood by Megan Giddings A startling debut about class and race, Lakewood evokes a terrifying world of medical experimentation—part The Handmaid’s Tale, part The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan. On paper, her new job is too good to…

  • Guest Post
    Guest Post,  National Poetry Month

    Guest Post: Decant Your Chaos—The Power of Poetry by Sara Tantlinger

    The first tattoo I ever had inked on me several years ago ended up being lines from Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”—a poem that is thought to have been written about his father, so it’s no wonder that I found myself continually drawn back into those lines. I decided to get “Do not go gentle into that good night / rage, rage against the dying of the light” permanently etched into my skin as a way to deal with my own grief at losing my dad when I was younger. I’m not sure how much we can ever really deal with grief; I mean, sixteen…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Body Horror
    Guest Post

    Guest Post: Why Body Horror, or, Why Do We Entertain Ourselves with Grotesque Mutations, Demonic Gestation, Parasitic Infections, and Ghastly Mutilations By Christa Carmen

    The type of horror that can be described as ‘body horror’ is astronomical in scope. A quick google search tells you that horror novels as disparate as Frankenstein and Coraline are considered body horror by one website or another, and when you take a few moments to really think about it, most subcategories within the overarching genre could be loosely classified as body horror. The following is a list of why we—horror fans and regular humans alike, because let’s face it, even alleged horror haters have ogled a gnarly rash on their own, formerly pristine skin or stared in morbid fascination at the growing sphere of their or their partner’s baby bump—love body…

  • Podcast Episodes

    Episode 2: The History of Halloween and 2 Urban Legends featuring Women

    I just want to take a moment to thank everyone that has listened to the LOHF podcast!!! The support that we have received from the horror community has been staggering and we really appreciate it. Episode 2 delves into Halloween – from its beginnings to present day. And if that’s not enough, join Toni as she discusses intriguing urban legends including weeping widows (like La llorona) and Resurrection Mary ( and other vanishing hitchhikers). Finally, a recap of her current reads and recent LOHF releases round out an episode you won’t want to miss. If you are interested in purchasing any of the books listed in the show notes please…

  • Fright into Flight edited by Amber Fallon
    Interviews

    Spotlight on Amber Fallon

    I remember hearing about the new horror anthology that Stephen King and Bev Vincent were editing. I was really excited, until I read the authors list. I was miffed to find there were no women horror authors listed as contributing to the anthology. I was pleased when a saw a tweet from Word Horde stating that they were producing their horror travel related anthology with only women authors. I was sent a review copy of this masterpiece which was edited by one hell of an author herself,  Amber Fallon Bio Amber Fallon lives in weird cave in a small town outside Boston, Massachusetts that she shares with her husband and…