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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…

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    What We’re Reading #21

    Here’s the newest round-up of our recently read and recommended Ladies of Horror Fiction titles! The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Hans Fallada Prize, The End of Days, by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, consists essentially of five “books,” each leading to a different death of the same unnamed female protagonist. How could it all have gone differently?—the narrator asks in the intermezzos. The first chapter begins with the death of a baby in the early twentieth-century Hapsburg Empire. In the next chapter, the same girl grows up in Vienna after World War I, but a pact she makes with…

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    What We’re Reading #20

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction are here to help you add a few more books to your tbr piles! Chocking Back The Devil Poems by Donna Lynch Choking Back the Devil by Donna Lynch is an invocation, an ancient invitation that summons the darkness within and channels those lonely spirits looking for a host. It’s a collection that lives in the realm of ghosts and family curses, witchcraft and urban legends, and if you’re brave enough to peek behind the veil, the hauntings that permeate these pages will break seals and open doorways, cut throats and shatter mirrors. You see, these poems are small drownings, all those subtle suffocations that…

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    Shelf Edition: Jess

    This month, our guest for Shelf Edition is Jess, who is @ghoulishspirit on social media. Here’s some info from her: Hi, I’m Jess, a 35-year-old stay at home mom with 3 kids, 2 girls and a baby boy (14, 9, and 16 months). I am successfully turning my little ones into mini bookworms as well. I’m an avid horror lover, coffee junkie, movie buff, music enthusiast, and animal lover who likes to style and decorate her dwellings like the Addams family abode. But don’t be fooled because I love color, glitter, and sparkles EVERYWHERE!!!! Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  I recently discovered horror poetry while reviewing some…

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    What We’re Reading #19

    We’re back with more Ladies of Horror Fiction book recommendations. Let those tbr piles topple! Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Eve Moulton The Shining meets About a Boy in this electrifying debut about a troubled young woman and a lonely boy facing their demons in the frozen Black Hills. Emma is hitchhiking across the United States, trying to outrun a violent, tragic past, when she meets Lowell, the hot-but-dumb driver she hopes will take her as far as the Badlands. But Lowell is not as harmless as he seems, and a vicious scuffle leaves Emma bloody and stranded in an abandoned town in the Black Hills with an out-of-gas van, a loaded gun, and…

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    What We’re Reading #18

    We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction book recommendations! Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE is the story of Orpen, a young woman who must walk on foot across a ravaged Ireland in the desperate hope of saving herself, and her guardian Maeve, from the zombie-like menace known as the skrake. Sarah Davis-Goff’s strikingly original debut will appeal to readers of dystopian literary fiction such as STATION 11 or THE END WE START FROM. Watch your six. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives. Growing up on a tiny island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #17

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new batch of books to recommend! Wilder Girls by Rory Power It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her. It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #16

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a few books to recommend! Winnie by Katy Michelle Quinn Winnie and Colt forever. Winnie is Colt’s one and only, Colt is Winnie’s true love. Winnie is Colt’s rifle. There is nothing Winnie wants more than to please Colt and since a rifle is everything the young cowboy’s ever wanted, she certainly does that. But one day Winnie finds that she is not a rifle but in fact a woman. Can Winnie keep the sparks between them ignited, even if she isn’t the gun of his dreams? What happens if she can’t? Goodreads | Amazon | Better World Books Emily’s Teaser Review I absolutely…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #15

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new round of reviews to get you through your Wednesday! Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro British Fantasy Award-winning author, and Shirley Jackson Award finalist Laura Mauro, a leading voice in contemporary dark fiction, delivers a remarkable debut collection of startling short fiction. Human and humane tales of beauty, strangeness, and transformation told in prose as precise and sparing as a surgeon’s knife. A major new talent! Featuring “Looking for Laika,” winner of the British Fantasy Award, and “Sun Dogs,” a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award. Goodreads | Amazon | Better World Books Toni’s Teaser Review There is something to be…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #14

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction are back with a new batch of books to recommend! New Music for Old Rituals by Tracy Fahey New Music For Old Rituals brings together a selection of stories that illustrate the pervasive power of the past in the present. Together they present a strange yet familiar country where cautionary tales still serve a purpose; where sacred sites of sea, forest, valley and forts hold power, where old legends live, and where new myths are born. Within the pages of New Music for Old Rituals, bog bodies sleep, contagion rages, ancient rituals are enacted, battles are fought, ghosts linger, and time stutters, fails and turns…