• 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…

  • Profile: Sara Tantlinger

    Sara Tantlinger is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes. She is a poetry editor for the Oddville Press, a graduate of Seton Hill’s MFA program, a member of the SFPA, and an active member of the HWA. Her other books include Love for Slaughter and To Be Devoured. Her poetry, flash fiction, and short stories can be found in several magazines and anthologies, including the HWA Poetry Showcases, the Horror Zine, Unnerving, Abyss & Apex, the 2018 Rhysling Anthology, the Sunlight Press, and The Twisted Book of Shadows. She embraces all things strange and can be found lurking in graveyards or on…

  • Guest Post
    National Poetry Month

    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Sara Tantlinger

    Killing the Tortured Artist By Sara Tantlinger Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines poetry as “writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.” Poetry is about how we experience life, whether the poems are personal or taking on a fictional arc or characters. As I think about some of my favorite classic poets (Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton), it’s difficult not to remember their suffering, how tragedy dogged their footsteps and tortured their minds. Since their deaths, as along with other writers who suffered immensely, as readers, we tend to sometimes glorify…

  • Devil's Dreamland by Sarah Tantlinger Book Cover
    Book Reviews

    The Devil’s Dreamland By Sara Tantlinger Review

    H.H. Holmes committed ghastly crimes in the late 19th century. Many of which occurred within his legendary “Murder Castle” in Chicago, Illinois. He is often considered America’s first serial killer. In her second book of poetry from Strangehouse Books, Sara Tantlinger (Love For Slaughter) takes inspiration from accounts and tales which spawned from the misdeeds of one Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes. Fact and speculation intertwine herein, just as they did during the man’s own lifetime. There’s plenty of room in the cellar for everyone in The Devil’s Dreamland. Several of the Ladies of Horror Fiction team are huge fans of this book of dark…

  • Love For Slaughter Book Cover Poetry by Sara Tantlinger
    Book Reviews

    Love For Slaughter by Sara Tantlinger Review

    Love For Slaughter Poetry by Sara Tantlinger This debut collection of poetry from Sara Tantlinger takes a dark look at all the horrors of love, the pleasures of flesh, and the lust for blood. For discerning fans of romance and the macabre, look no further than Love For Slaughter. Emily’s Teaser Review This collection is full of love and passion artfully blended with dark obsession, murder, and body horror. I LOVED IT. Click here to see the full review on Emily’s Goodreads Toni’s Teaser Review Tantlinger’s prose is beautiful and horrific at the same time. This is a poetess who can turn murder and bondage into a beautiful act of…

  • Reading Recommendations

    The 10 Books that Have Influenced Me – Toni’s Edition

    Picking ten books that have influenced me is really difficult. I have sat here for an hour looking at my bookshelf. So I am going to be a rebel and talk about 13 books that have influenced me. This list is in no particular order. Each and every one of these books have influenced me or affected me in some way over the last few years. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – The first time I read this book I was a young angsty goth. The idea of a love that does not die but stretches into eternity just thrilled me to no end. However, this is a good lesson…

  • LOHF Monthly Recap
    Monthly Recap

    December 2020: Monthly Recap

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team wound down the year with Christmas themed movie nights, an LOHF gift guide, interviews, reviews, a readalong, and we shared a lot of resolutions the Ladies of Horror Fiction in the community have planned for 2021! Thank you to Madeleine Swann and Alexis Henderson for taking the time to answer our questions and to all of the amazing LOHF who shared their resolutions with us this month. And thank you to the readers who continue to participate and support what we do all year long! News and Announcements December 2020 LOHF New ReleasesEach month the Ladies of Horror Fiction team posts all of the…

  • New Years Resolutions

    2021 Resolutions: LOHF Author Edition

    2020 has been a mixed bag for us all, hasn’t it? Last New Years feels like it happened a decade ago instead of just 12 normal months. I’m sure I’m not the only one ready to say goodbye to the last year, and welcome the next one with open arms! In our excitement to prepare for the year ahead, we thought it’d be fun to ask a few authors in the horror community to contribute some of their bookish or writing related New Years Resolutions for us to share with all of you! From blogging to new books, let’s see what some of our favorite #LadiesOfHorrorFiction have planned for 2021!…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction New Releases
    New Release

    December 2020 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 woman author, please reach out to us and let us know so we can help to spotlight the book’s release! The Cousins by Karen M. McManus Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island…

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

    What We’re Reading #74

    Hi everyone! Today we are featuring an important work of dark fiction, a collection of delectable plague time poetry and a horror play. We hope you find a new favorite book! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, Translated by Sophie Hughes  The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse—by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals—propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumors and suspicions spread. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, with each unreliable narrator lingering on new details, new acts of depravity…