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    LOHF Celebrates the Lunar New Year

    This February 12th marks the Lunar New Year for 2021! Happy New Year! The Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which instead of following the calendar year is regulated by the cycles of the moon and the sun. In East Asian countries, the date usually falls in late January or early February. Some parts of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East also celebrate a Lunar New Year (though the timing might be a bit different). We thought we’d celebrate the LOHF way, by sharing some excellent book and movie recommendations to highlight Asian and Asian American women in horror. We do earn…

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    Gift Giving Guide

    A Spooky LOHF Gift Guide to Womxn-Owned Businesses

    ‘Tis the season! To support small womxn-owned businesses creating creepy gifts, that is. For you and your fellow friends looking for horror inspired clothing and unique darkly delicious decor, artwork, and more, take a look at some of these incredible shops. Be sure to order early and review all information about shipping times, as many small businesses (especially right now) will have deadlines for holiday orders. And, this list is by no means complete! If a shop you love is missing, please leave a comment so we can add it to the list. Happy hunting! Decor & Gifts aKNITomy Emily Stoneking creates unique art blending knitting and anatomy that you…

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    Thanksgiving 2020: Isolation Horror

    Thanksgiving is synonymous with family. But this year, things are looking different, and it might mean you won’t venture to the airport during what is generally the busiest travel week of the year (a crowded airport in 2020—now THAT’S a horror story). It’s sad to set aside family traditions like dinner around the table, a rousing round of Clue, and placing bets on who will fall asleep first during the annual viewing of A Christmas Carol. But, family time isn’t always warm and cozy. If you’re only experiencing all that family tension and drama over Zoom this year, you might sigh in relief. So, whether you love your family togetherness…

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    Horror Adjacent: Apocalypse Fiction

    I know we’re all living through a semi-apocalyptic event right now, but they do say fight fire with fire. So, reading books about the apocalypse or post-apocalypse could be just the ticket. Seeing how the worst did happen in these books and how people (mostly) made it out the other side makes me feel better and perhaps a bit more prepared—at least emotionally if not with a stockpile of toilet paper. The apocalypse is definitely territory (terrortory?) well-populated by horror novels, but there is also a softer side to the apocalypse. These horror-adjacent apocalypse reads are less interested in zombies eating brains and more interested in ruminating on the nature…

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    Horror Adjacent: Spooky Nonfiction

    Another type of read I like to consider horror adjacent are nonfiction books that incorporate some aspect of the spooky, macabre, occult, weird—whatever floats your creepy red balloon. Everything from taxidermy to true crime fits under this label, and if we’re being honest, who isn’t interested to learn more about severed heads? Here are some horror adjacent nonfiction reads to spook up your Halloween TBR! Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton What celebration of All Hallows Eve would be complete without learning about the history behind this mysterious event? From the Halloween queen herself, Trick or Treat takes you on a journey from the ancient origins…

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    Horror Adjacent: Latinx Reads

    Welcome to our horror adjacent curation station! What is horror adjacent, you ask? Well, I go into more detail about that here, but in all honesty, it’s different for everyone. Because what scares you is subjective—and that’s what makes horror such a diverse and fascinating genre to begin with! Horror-adjacent reads might not blow your pants off with the scare factor, but they are still interested in dark themes, difficult ideas, real-world issues, and pushing the envelope of what speculative fiction can be. For this post, I’ve collected horror-adjacent reads by Latinx authors to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month (9/15–10/15). From a feminist story collection to coming-of-age tales to novels tackling…

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    Women in Translation

    Horror Adjacent: Reads in Translation

    I’m baaaaack to preach about the joys of horror adjacent reads again!! If you’re sitting there all, “what is she going on about with this made-up terminology?” you can check out this post that explains a bit more of what horror adjacent means (to me, at least. What does it mean to you?). Another facet of any type of fiction that I love to explore is translated books. It is especially intriguing in the horror genre because you get to see what other cultures are afraid of. I’ve long felt that one of the best ways to learn about a culture is through its fiction, but if you know what…

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    Horror Adjacent Reads x LOHF

    Okay, so if you’ve made it here, you’re probably here for the scary. The more the scarier, right? But how do you classify “horror”? Does it have to tick the boxes off a certain checklist? Or is it more that you just know it when you see it? One thing I’ve noticed about reading boatloads of horror is that it seems more fluid than other genres—in the best way possible. After all, what scares you is subjective. Spiders may terrify your mom (on screen and off!), but you only feel that creeping dread for psychological scares. Horror doesn’t have to mean blood gushing out of severed limbs or zombies crawling…

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    Women In Horror Month

    Horror Directors for WIHM

    It’s February and cold outside! But let’s ignore the snow and snuggle up with books and films to celebrate Women in Horror Month. There are so many amazing voices to seek out: writers, actors, directors, reviewers—OH MY! Thinking about horror films, people tend to gravitate toward the classics: Psycho, Halloween, Scream, Jaws, The Exorcist . . . it tends to be a fairly male-dominated list of directors. But it is not the case that women aren’t creating horror. The ladies are deep in the trenches of the terrifying and they are bringing us some incredibly scary and brilliant films. Here are a few female directors who are making waves in…

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    Horror Movie Maven

    The Vengeful Female Ghosts of J-Horror

    There is something about Japanese horror movies that is just inherently freaky. It almost doesn’t matter what culture you were raised in, J-horror is guaranteed to curdle your blood. Why is that? What is it that our Western society responds to so strongly in these tales lifted from traditional Japanese ghost stories and lore? Though there are plenty of reasons to be afraid, what I find so fascinating (and often terrifying) is the portrayal of female archetypes throughout these stories and how that translates to the big screen. Japanese folklore has a thing for yūrei (ghosts). I mean, they are everywhere. This has to do with beliefs about death and…