• What We've Been Reading
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    What We’re Reading #69

    We have three recent reads to share with you today! A dark thrilling mystery, a graphic novel, and a story filled with the creepy atmosphere we all love best! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along. But that’s not enough for Margot.…

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    Celebration of Fantastic Fest 2020

    Although 2020 has been a complete mess, a few good things have come out of it, and one of those good things is film festivals moving online. This year was supposed to be my first in-person film festival (Houston Horror Film Fest), but instead ended up attending my first online film festival – Celebration of Fantastic Fest, which is usually Fantastic Fest held in Austin. The event was free, and there were a lot of good movie offerings. I’m going to let you know about the three movies I watched that were directed by women so you can keep an eye out on these when they hopefully come to VOD…

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

    What We’re Reading #68

    We have several new recent reads to share with you today! Are you ready for a creepy ghost story, a ghostly thriller and a Halloween collection? Of course you are! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor Abby Gillman has discovered that with growing up, there comes a lot of blood. But nothing prepares her for the trail of blood she sees in the hallway after class – or the ghost she finds crammed inside an abandoned locker. No one believes Abby, of course. She’s only seeing things. As much…

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    Guest Post: The Art of Business for Women Writers by Mary SanGiovanni

    When I was a little girl, I told myself stories.  I hand-wrote pages of scenes between characters, and when I learned to type, I wrote my first story – a mystery about a crime-solving cat modelled after Humphrey Bogart.  I was a voracious reader of speculative fiction.   It wasn’t until high school that it finally clicked with me that the books I read were written by people who did that for a living.  When the understanding fully set in, I knew I wanted to be a fiction writer when I grew up.  I was lucky; my family, teachers, and friends were supportive and encouraging, and I wanted to be…

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

    What We’re Reading #67

    We have several new recent reads to share with you today. We have a fun-filled slasher, a timeless reprint of a ’70s novel, and a gorgeous gothic suspense novel. We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥  Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess The summer of 1989 brought terror to the town of Shadows Creek, Florida in the form of a massacre at the local carnival, Cirque Berserk. One fateful night, a group of teens killed a dozen people then disappeared into thin air. No one knows why they did it, where they went, or even how…

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    Guest Post: How do you fight a vampire in Australia? by Madeleine D’este

    Old folklore, Hollywood clichés and Antipodean twists After more than 120 years of Stoker’s Dracula, perhaps it’s time to revisit and reinvent the vampire, by mixing the old ways with the new.  When I was first struck by the idea to write about vampires for my new novella Bloodwood, I knew I didn’t want to write Hollywood-style vampires. I wanted to bring the old European vampires back, but with a twist. As a folklore nerd, I knew that the old tales about vampires were very different to Stoker’s Count. The stories from Russia and Eastern Europe tell of unrepentant sinners with skin ruddy with blood returning to haunt their families.…

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    Guest Post: Creativity, Agoraphobia and Isolation by Jennifer Anne Gordon

    At the height of the most powerful creative work of her life, Shirley Jackson suffered from intense agoraphobia. There were months that she was unable to leave her home. Her isolation, and at times deep mental instability led her to create work that inspire me and legions of other horror lovers, now. If there were no Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, then books like Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent and From Daylight to Madness (my Literary Gothic Horror novels) would not exist. I would have a voice that I would perhaps still be afraid to use. In my past, I too have also suffered…

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

    What We’re Reading #66

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new batch of review link-ups of recent reads to add some dark joy to your week! Today we have reviews of a horror play, a graphic novel collection and a collection of short horror stories. There’s a little something for everyone! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥  Unboxed by Briana Morgan Greg Zipper is a paranormal vlogger whose livelihood relies on his online popularity. When a fight between him and his girlfriend goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Greg purchases a dark web mystery box in…

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    Shelf Edition: Gabrielle S. Awe

    For this month’s Shelf Edition, we’re checking out the shelves of Gabrielle S. Awe! Gabrielle is the writer and narrator of the popular podcast Stories in the Dark. She has previously published a collection of stories from the podcast titled “Stories in the Dark: The Horror.” She lives in Texas with her husband, nephew, two cats, and a house full of books and Funko Pops, where she alternates between writing dark fiction and YA Fantasy – because it is a writer’s job to both show the world its own darkness and also to give it hope. Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas was…

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    Guest Post: How To Survive A Horror Movie

    We have a special guest post today from horror reviewer Ellen Avigliano! You may have seen Ellen around Twitter and Instagram promoting horror for Dead Head Reviews and spreading joy, Supernatural gifs and book love like nobody’s business! Take it away, Ellen. The Unbreakable Power and Unity of Sisterhood We don’t have much time. All eyes are on me. THUNK, THUNK, THUNK. His footfalls are heavy against the tiled floor. Standard issue military combat boots, clomping along in a muted bass tone, echoing and bouncing through the narrow corridor. Between the steel-toed structure of his footwear and immense physical stature, there was no way he was going to tread quietly,…