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    Shelf Edition: Author Sarah Read

    Our December guest for Shelf Edition is one of our favorite Ladies of Horror Fiction authors, Sarah Read! Sarah is an author and librarian. Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  So many! Of course The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, because of course. Sara Tantlinger’s The Devil’s Dreamland and To Be Devoured were both incredible. Julie C Day’s The Rampant was also gorgeously dark. Alma Katsu’s The Hunger ticked all my horror and history-loving boxes. Danielle Kaheaku’s In Extremis was beautiful and full of dread. And Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage was one of my favorite reads last year. What LOHF books do you have on your TBR?…

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    What We’re Reading #29

    We took a little break from our review round-up last week in order to celebrate the holiday but we’re back with more must-reads for your tbr! The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters A supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts about two young girls, a scary story that becomes far too real, and the tragic–and terrifying–consequences that follow one of them into adulthood. Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face… In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the…

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    What We’re Reading #28

    Looking for some good reads? Here’s a few of the Ladies of Horror Fiction recent picks. Our Life In the Forest by Marie Darrieusseco, translated by Penny Hueston In the near future, a woman is writing in the depths of a forest. She’s cold. Her body is falling apart, as is the world around her. She’s lost the use of one eye; she’s down to one kidney, one lung. Before, in the city, she was a psychotherapist, treating patients who had suffered trauma, in particular a man, “the clicker”. Every two weeks, she travelled out to the Rest Centre, to visit her “half”, Marie, her spitting image, who lay in…

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    What We’re Reading #27

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have you covered if you’re looking for some good reads! A startling, moving, and innovative memoir from the National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work which is destined to become an instant classic. Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK Tracy’s Teaser Review Imagine your perfect house; your dream house. Where…

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    Shelf Edition: Sam

    This month, our guest for Shelf Edition is Sam from The Literary Hooker! Sam is a bookstagrammer, blogger and reviewer for Sci-Fi & Scary. She also co-mods the Grim Readers Book Club on Goodreads. When she’s not reading, she’s probably cross stitching and/or watching trashy TV. Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  Two that I’ve read this year and absolutely loved were To Be Devoured by Sara Tantlinger and Soon by Lois Murphy. Both books packed an enormous emotional punch for me but were still intensely disturbing and scary. I love horror that can make me cry and then have me jumping out of my skin within a…

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    What We’re Reading #26

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have some recent reads to share with you today! Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger & Melanie R. Anderson Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond. Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband’s heart in…

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    What We’re Reading #25

    We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction recommendations because we know you need more books! Little Paranoias by Sonora Taylor Is it a knock on the door, or a gust of wind? A trick of the light, or someone who’ll see what you’ve done? “Little Paranoias: Stories” features twenty tales of the little things that drive our deepest fears. It tells the stories of terror and sorrow, lust at the end of the world and death as an unwanted second chance. It dives into the darkest corners of the minds of men, women, and children. It wanders into the forest and touches every corner of the capital.…

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    What We’re Reading #24

    We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction recommendations for your tbr pile! Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition. Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut’s body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral? In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty blends her mortician’s knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid…

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    What We’re Reading #23

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction are back with three more must-reads to help you get through the week! Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich Cathy Ulrich’s Ghosts of You is a collection of stories from her Murdered Ladies series about seeking the lost and finding the person behind the sensationalism. It examines and subverts the tropes of mystery and crime storytelling in which the narrative always begins with the body of yet another murdered woman. They are mothers and daughters, teachers and students, lovers and wives, actresses and extras. They have been taken, but their stories still remain. This is how they set the plot in motion. Release Date: 10/15/19…

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    What We’re Reading #22

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have several new titles to recommend to you this week! The Apocalyptic Mannequin Doomsday is here and the earth is suffering with each breath she takes. Whether it’s from the nuclear meltdown, the wrath of the Four Horsemen, a war with technology, or a consequence of our relationship with the planet, humanity is left buried and hiding, our bones exposed, our hearts beating somewhere in our freshly slit throats. The Apocalyptic Mannequin by Stephanie M. Wytovich is a collection that strips away civilization and throws readers into the lives of its survivors. The poems inside are undelivered letters, tear-soaked whispers, and unanswered prayers. They are every…