• Profile: Laura Mauro

    Most writers will tell you they’ve been writing since they were small, and I’m no exception. I started out writing poems, which graduated into awful teenage angst poems (with the requisite soujourn into Sprawling Epic Fantasy Novel territory). I started writing short stories in 2011 but never took it seriously until 2012, when my first short story was published in ‘Shadows and Tall Trees’. Since then, I’ve been what you might call a ‘serious’ writer, although I’m yet to give up my day job (it’s part of The Dream, along with the apartment in Osaka and the functioning knee joints…) I’m also a sometime pro wrestling journalist, and current Women’s…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards
    LOHF Awards

    2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team would like to congratulate all of the inaugural 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award recipients. Please join us in celebrating these amazing women and their outstanding works of horror fiction. Best Collection Winner: Little Paranoias, Sonora Taylor Also nominated: Collision: Stories, J.S. BreukelaarGhosts of You, Cathy UlrichOut of Water, Sarah Read Best Debut Winner: The Luminous Dead, Caitlin Starling Also nominated: The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah ReadLittle Darlings, Melanie GoldingTheme Music, T. Marie Vandelly Best Poetry Collection Winner: Choking Back the Devil, Donna Lynch Also nominated: Mary Shelley Makes a Monster, Octavia CadeThe Apocalyptic Mannequin, Stephanie M. Wytovich Best Novel Winners: Bunny, Mona Awad…

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    Ladies of Horror Fiction Award Nominees and Honorable Mentions

    Over the past two weeks, the Ladies of Horror Fiction team has been unveiling the nominees for the 2019 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 and honorable mentions: Nominees Best Collection Collision: Stories, J.S. BreukelaarGhosts of You, Cathy UlrichLittle Paranoias, Sonora TaylorOut of Water, Sarah Read Best Debut The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah ReadLittle Darlings, Melanie GoldingThe Luminous Dead, Caitlin StarlingTheme Music, T. Marie Vandelly Best Poetry Collection Mary Shelley Makes a Monster, Octavia CadeChoking Back the Devil, Donna LynchThe Apocalyptic Mannequin, Stephanie M.…

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    LOHF Award Honorable Mentions in Short Fiction

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team read a lot of fantastic short fiction throughout 2019, and we wanted to give honorable mentions to the top 9. We are pleased to present the 2019 Honorable Mentions in Short Fiction! ‘Till Death Do Us Part, Peggy Christie (Dark Doorways)A Song for Wounded Mouths, Kristi DeMeester (PseudoPod 641: Artemis Rising 5)Jack-O-Lantern, Gabrielle Faust (#ScaryStories)Sun Dogs, Laura Mauro (Sing Your Sadness Deep)What Throat, Annie Neugebauer (PseudoPod 640: Artemis Rising 5)Butterflies, Samanta Schweblin (Mouthful of Birds)The Woman Next Door, Ha Seong-nan (Flowers of Mold)Quadrapocalypse, Sonora Taylor (Little Paranoias)Weary Bones, Sonora Taylor (Little Paranoias) ‘Till Death Do Us Part appeared in Peggy Christie’s collection Dark Doorways…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Holiday Gift Giving Guide
    Gift Giving Guide

    Ladies of Horror Fiction Gift Guide

    Do you have a horror lover in your life? Are you fresh out of ideas on what to get them? The LOHF has you covered. Books We have narrowed down the books that we think would make excellent Christmas presents per category. Poetry The Apocalyptic Mannequin By Stephanie Wytovich Choking back the Devil By Donna Lynch The Devil’s Dreamland by Sara Tantlinger The Place of Broken Things By Linda D. Addison and Alessandro Manzetti Novella Into Bones Like Oil by Kaaron Warren The Festering Ones by S.H. Cooper Pretty Marys All In a Row by Gwendolyn Kiste Like Jagged Teeth by Betty Rocksteady Novel Geek love by Katherine Dunn The…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: Short Stories
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    8 Days of Halloween: Short Stories

    Short stories are kind of like potato chips, once you start you can’t stop. These bite sized stories come with a bite. Whether; it is an anthology or a collection the LOHF has you covered. Sing Your Sadness Deep – Laura Mauro Mouthful of Birds – Samanta Scweblin trans. by Megan McDowell Sleeping with the Monster – Anya Martin Something Borrowed, Something Bloodsoaked – Christa Carmen Garden of Eldritch Delights – Lucy A Snyder Collision – JS Breukelaar The Samhanach and other Halloween Treats – Lisa Morton Dead Girls and Other Stories – Emily Geminder Everything That’s Underneath – Kristi DeMeester And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe – Gwendolyn…

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

    What We’re Reading #18

    We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction book recommendations! Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE is the story of Orpen, a young woman who must walk on foot across a ravaged Ireland in the desperate hope of saving herself, and her guardian Maeve, from the zombie-like menace known as the skrake. Sarah Davis-Goff’s strikingly original debut will appeal to readers of dystopian literary fiction such as STATION 11 or THE END WE START FROM. Watch your six. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives. Growing up on a tiny island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around…

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

    What We’ve Been Reading #15

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new round of reviews to get you through your Wednesday! Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro British Fantasy Award-winning author, and Shirley Jackson Award finalist Laura Mauro, a leading voice in contemporary dark fiction, delivers a remarkable debut collection of startling short fiction. Human and humane tales of beauty, strangeness, and transformation told in prose as precise and sparing as a surgeon’s knife. A major new talent! Featuring “Looking for Laika,” winner of the British Fantasy Award, and “Sun Dogs,” a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award. Goodreads | Amazon | Better World Books Toni’s Teaser Review There is something to be…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction New Releases
    New Release

    August 2019 LOHF New Releases

    Each month the Ladies of Horror Fiction team posts all of the books we are aware of that will be releasing during that month. If you are involved in the process of publishing a horror book written by a female author, please reach out to us and let us know so we can help to spotlight the book’s release! Here Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of codependent sisterhood, the struggle to claim one’s own space, and the power of secrets Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. Moving across the country…

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    Profile: Diane Arrelle

    Writing under the name Diane Arrelle, I have had over 200 short stories published and I have two 2 published books, Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and Elements Of The Short Story, How to Write a selling Story (which is out of print). I live on the edge of the Pine Barrens (home of the Jersey Devil) in Southern New Jersey with my husband, currently one of our two offspring and my cat. I am proud to be one of the founding members as well as the second president of the Garden State Horror Writers and I am also the past president of the…