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

    What We’re Reading #72

    We are excited to share three recent reads with you today. We feature a gothic horror novel, a novella about a woman with horrifying secrets, and a story where an urban legend comes to life! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and…

  • What We've Been Reading
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    What We’re Reading #71

    We have three recent reads to share with you today! We feature an anthology of ghoulish delights, a haunting tale about a woman trying to make sense of her past and a collection of dark little gems. We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ Graveyard Smash, Women of Horror Anthology Vol. 2 Step through the prettiest cemetery gates you’ve ever seen and experience tombstone raves and widow’s dances, Japanese snow-spirits, Aztec bruja and temple goddesses, vengeful ghosts, djinn and cannibals, vampire hunters, plague bearers, graverobbers, and terrors beyond reason. Read through the night as the…

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    Guest Post: The Authors to Blame if You Find Yourself Having Sex in a Cemetery by Jennifer Anne Gordon

    Now, I think it’s safe to say that there are many types of people in the world, today I am going to be writing about one very specific type of person. The “Taphophile”, a word that stems from the Greek, meaning “to love graves”. PLEASE do not get this confused with “Necrophile” (being attracted to dead things) …these are two different types of fetishes. Now, I guess my love affair with cemeteries started when I was young, you see, if I snuck out my back yard and walked just a few hundred blocks though my neighbor’s yard and past her very boisterous and barking Golden Retriever, Sandy, I was transported…

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    What We’re Reading #70

    We have three recent reads to share with you today! We feature two graphic novels and a dark poetry collection that we think you will love. We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ The Night Silver River Run Red by Christine Morgan Some things, according to Cody McCall, are worth risking a whipping. Such as, sneaking out with your friends after dark for a peek at the traveling show setting up just outside of town. Oddities, the signs promise. Marvels. Grotesqueries. Exotic attractions and mysterious magics. Not as if they’d be allowed to attend otherwise,…

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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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    Horror Movie Maven,  Movie Maven

    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…

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    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.…