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

    What We’ve Been Reading #12

    Check out what titles the Ladies of Horror Fiction team have enjoyed recently! Bunny by Mona Awad Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort–a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and seem to move and speak as one. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled “Smut Salon,” and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door–ditching her only…

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

    What We’ve Been Reading #10

    Take a peek at what the Ladies of Horror Fiction crew have been reading! Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly For the lucky among us, life is what you make of it, but for Dixie Wheeler, the theme music for her story was chosen by another long ago, on the day her father butchered her mother and brothers and then slashed a knife across his own throat. Only one-year-old Dixie was left alive, infamously known as Baby Blue for the song left playing in the aftermath of the slaughter. Twenty-five years later, Dixie is still desperate for a connection to the family she can’t remember, so when her childhood home…

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

    What We’ve Been Reading #8

    Here’s a little taste of what the Ladies of Horror Fiction have been reading lately. This House of Wounds by Georgina Bruce The devastating debut short story collection from British Fantasy Award-winning author Georgina Bruce. Haunting and visceral tales for the lost and the lonely. An emotional and riveting debut. Amazon | Better World Books | Goodreads Emily’s Review Teaser Georgina Bruce’s writing is so beautiful. Her descriptions are creative and haunting, and I would kill to read a book of poetry written by her. Click here to see Emily’s full review at Goodreads Tracy’s Review Teaser Bruce definitely has the ability to paint a literary picture. I actually read…

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

    What We’ve Been Reading #7

    Feast your eyes on what the Ladies of Horror Fiction Team have been reading as of late: Inside the Asylum by Mary SanGiovanni Kathy has been hired to assess the threat of patient Henry Banks, an inmate at the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane, the same hospital where her brother is housed. Her employers believe that Henry has the ability to open doors to other dimensions with his mind-making him one of the most dangerous men in modern history. Because unbeknownst to Kathy, her clients are affiliated with certain government organizations that investigate people like Henry-and the potential to weaponize such abilities. What Kathy comes to understand in interviewing…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #3

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction crew have been busy with some great books as of late: Halloween Fiend by C.V. Hunt Strang isn’t the small, quaint town it appears to be. It’s haunted every night by a creature the townsfolk refer to as Halloween. Once the sun sets each day, Halloween emerges to collect its treats: a small, live offering from each household. The residents comply because no one wants to be the target of Halloween’s tricks. But the nightmare of residing in Strang is nothing compared to the yearly ritual Halloween demands of the citizens on All Hallows’ Eve. Goodreads | Amazon | Better World Books Lilyn’s Review Teaser…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #2

    Recently, the Ladies of Horror Fiction team have been enjoying the following: Husk by Rachel Autumn Deering In this all-too-real work of horror fiction, Rachel Autumn Deering explores the mind of a young man who is struggling to cope with the effects of post-war stress, drug addiction, self-doubt, and loneliness as they manifest themselves into his deepest, darkest fears. Kevin Brooks returns to his rural Kentucky hometown after a three-year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has lost the grandparents who raised him, his lifelong best friend, and his trust in the government he once proudly served. When Kevin meets a kind, young girl named Samantha, he thinks his luck…

  • Book Reviews

    Witches by Donna Lynch Review

    Steven Archer and Donna Lynch collaborate once again for a collection of illustrated poems and short stories about witches—some familiar and some secret; some based in history and lore, and some manifested directly from the minds of their creators. This 7″ by 10″, full-color art book includes more than 30 poems and paintings and is the sequel to Daughters of Lilith, their collaborative work released in 2010. Goodreads | Amazon | Better World Books Emily, Toni and Tracy have read Witches, this is what they have to say! Emily’s Teaser Review It’s entertaining as a whole, and I loved that it was mainly focused on women. Click here to see…

  • Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie Wytovich
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    Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie M. Wytovich Review

    Mourning is the new black…  The tradition of Victorian mourning jewelry began with Queen Victoria after the death of her husband, Prince Albert. Without photography, mementos of personal remembrance were used to honor the dead so that their loved ones could commemorate their memory and keep their spirits close. Ashes were placed within rings, and necklaces were made out of hair, and the concept of death photography, small portraitures of the deceased, were often encased behind glass. Mourning jewelry became a fashion statement as much as a way to cope with grief, and as their pain evolved over the years, so did their jewelry.  But what about the sadness and…

  • The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn
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    The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn Review

    Ryan Adler and his twin sister, Jane, spent their happiest childhood days at their parents’ mountain Colorado cabin — until divorce tore their family apart. Now, with the house about to be sold, the Adler twins gather with their closest friends for one last snowboarding-filled holiday. While commitment-phobic Ryan gazes longingly at Lauren, wondering if his playboy days are over, Jane’s hopes of reconciling with her old boyfriend evaporate when he brings along his new fiancée. As drama builds among the friends, something lurks in the forest, watching the cabin, growing ever bolder as the snow falls — and hunger rises. After a blizzard leaves the group stranded, the true…