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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…

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    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,…

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    Guest Post: Countess Bathory the Early Years by Lana Popovic

    When I started writing YA speculative fiction, my one rule for myself was to stay firmly rooted in the present. While I’ve always enjoyed historical fantasy to the hilt—Mists of Avalon and Jacqueline Carey’s Renaissance-inspired Kushiel’s Legacy series both hold uncontested places in my heart, and I’m still totally ready to swoon over rereads of Outlander—contemporary fantasy just seemed to offer up that sweet spot for my own writing. A modern world, blessedly without the need for too much research, but with a liminal sense of existing within the seams between the mundane and the magical? Pretty much perfect. I’ll play in that sandbox all day, I thought, and never…

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    What We’re Reading #65

    It’s Wednesday! That means we here at Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new batch of review link-ups of recent reads for you! Today we’ve included Betty by Tiffany McDaniel which some may consider “horror adjacent”. If you love having your heart crushed you do not want to miss Betty or Crossroads (for that matter). Rounding things out is some cannibal fun because we all need some of that! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥  Betty by Tiffany McDaniel A stunning, lyrical novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians in which a…

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    What We’re Reading #64

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a nice mix of recommendations for you this Wednesday! Don’t forget to hit the tag up above to find more excellent books to add to your tbr piles. Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-nan Disasters, accidents, and deaths abound in Bluebeard’s First Wife. A woman spends a night with her fiancé and his friends, and overhears a terrible secret that has bound them together since high school. A man grows increasingly agitated by the apartment noise made by a young family living upstairs and arouses the suspicion of his own wife when the neighbors meet a string of unlucky incidents. A couple moves into a…

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    What We’re Reading #63

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have three more must-reads for your Wednesday! Don’t forget to hit the tag up above to find more excellent books to add to your tbr piles. Hell’s Bells by Lisa Quigley It’s 1991, and Sasha, Hayley, Tiffany, and Jessica are four best friends into black clothes and rock music. They dabble in Ouija boards and occult games like ‘light as a feather,’ but when Hayley gets ‘saved,’ she’s convinced rock music is the devil’s domain and conspires to save them all. Her good intentions go up in flames and the four girls accidentally summon Satan. Trapped in the basement with entities beyond their wildest nightmares,…

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    What We’re Reading #62

    We are back with our weekly review round-up and hope you find a new favorite! Don’t forget to hit the tag up above to find more excellent books to add to your tbr piles. Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror edited by Samantha Kolesnik A fateful family trip to an amusement park. An island movie theater that takes more than the patrons’ cash. A cross-country drive with an unexpected encounter. A family man hellbent on making great time, no matter the cost. Fourteen horror authors share terrifying and twisted tales of summer vacation gone wrong in Worst Laid Plans: an Anthology of Vacation Horror. This anthology includes stories by…