• Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap
    Instagram Challenge

    The “Night” Recap

    If you missed last week’s “Folklore” prompt, be sure to check out our favorite photos from day 7 of our challenge. The prompt for Day 8 of our Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram challenge was “Night”. Night proved to be unexpectedly challenging. The most popular selection for the day was Marisha Pessl’s Night Film. Readswithdogs shared Jennifer McMahon’s ghostly story The Night Sister. “Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap
    Instagram Challenge

    The “Folklore” Recap

    If you missed last week’s “Monster” prompt, be sure to check out our favorite photos from day 6 of our challenge. “Folklore” was a hard topic for many of our Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram challenge participates. We are so glad they rose to the challenge! Here are some of our favorite folklore selections. Carissa_reads shared her current folklore read of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. “In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap
    Instagram Challenge

    The “Monster” Recap

    If you missed last week’s “Favorite Color” prompt, be sure to check it out. We had so many beautiful and creative photos featuring favorite bookish colors. Our prompt for day six of the #LadiesofHorrorFiction Instagram challenge was  “Monster”. Monster was the perfect prompt for a lot of instagrammers to showcase their favorite edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! We made sure to include one of our favorites here along with four other featured monsters. Dlgillis20 was one of the bookstagrammers who showcased Frankenstein in a stunning black and red photo. “Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap
    Instagram Challenge

    The “Favorite Color” Recap

    “Favorite Color” was a fun prompt in the Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram challenge because it meant we were liable to see almost anything, and see almost everything we did. This prompt allowed people to really put together some gorgeously coordinated photos. Today we are sharing some of our favorite selections from the Favorite Color posts. Bookishmommy’s favorite bookish colors are black, gray, and dark red. She shared a beautiful stack of two books containing her favorite colors. The Devil Crept in by Ania Ahlborn “Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer…

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    Spotlight on Stephanie M. Wytovich

    Bio Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Shadows Over Main Street: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University and Point Park University, and a mentor with Crystal Lake Publishing. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for…

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    Instagram Challenge

    The “Grave” Recap

    If you missed last week’s “Jewelry” prompt, be sure to check it out. There were some awesome photos posted. Our prompt for day four of the #LadiesofHorrorFiction Instagram challenge was  “Grave”. It was really interesting to see the directions people went with their photos. From outright digging a grave to toss a book in, to looking at a house as a grave, there were lots of awesome photos to choose from! Our own barksbooks posted Grave Intent by Deborah Leblanc from her TBR pile. “In all their years at the funeral home, Janet and Michael Savoy had never seen anything like the viewing for nineteen-year-old Thalia Stevenson. That’s because they…

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    Spotlight on Lee Murray

    I don’t remember exactly how I found out about Lee Murray’s Into the Mist, but I do remember immediately grabbing it and being absolutely delighted by what I was reading. She did an excellent job on the follow up, Into the Sounds, as well. In the time since reading Into the Mist, Murray has proven herself to be a warm, supported, and always willing to engage. I think you will see that in the interview below. Thank you, Lee, for joining us! Bio Lee Murray is a multi award-winning writer and editor of fantasy, science fiction, and horror (Australian Shadows, Sir Julius Vogel). Her titles for adults include the acclaimed…

  • Into the Sounds by Lee Murray
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    Into the Sounds by Lee Murray Review

    Into the Sounds On leave, and out of his head with boredom, NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna joins biologist Jules Asher, on a Conservation Department deer culling expedition to New Zealand’s southernmost national park, where soaring peaks give way to valleys gouged from clay and rock, and icy rivers bleed into watery canyons too deep to fathom. Despite covering an area the size of the Serengeti, only eighteen people live in the isolated region, so it’s a surprise when the hunters stumble on the nation’s Tūrehu tribe, becoming some of only a handful to ever encounter the elusive ghost people. But a band of mercenaries saw them first, and, hell-bent on…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap
    Instagram Challenge

    The “Jewelry” Recap

    If you missed Day 1 of our #LadiesofHorrorFiction Instagram challenge recaps, be sure to check it out. We kicked off the challenge with the “Lady Stack” prompt.  You can find day 2 “Haunted” by clicking here. There were a lot of different books that came up for day three’s prompt of “Jewelry”.  Jewelry plays into a lot of horror stories. Whether it be a simple black velvet ribbon, a cursed gem, or an antique necklace or ring with a ghost attached, its presence is undeniable. Frankie (booksandbloodletting) posted Anne Rice’s ‘Blackwood Farm’, which is book 9 in her well-known Vampire Chronicles series. “Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms,…

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    Spotlight on Christa Wojciechowski

    Have you ever come across a book that disturbed you so deeply you honestly didn’t know what to think of it? That was the case when I read Sick by Christa Wojciechowski. It was intense and disgusting. I gave it a 5* review because of how strongly it affected me, but I most assuredly did not like that book! I recommend it to everyone. Bio Christa (Wojo) Wojciechowski is the author of The Wrong David, The Sick Series, and is working on a series called The Sculptor of New Hope. Her characters explore existential turmoil, mental illness, and the complexity of romantic love. She uses her stories to compare the dark, carnal nature of…