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    The LOHF Congratulates the Shirley Jackson Award Winners

    The Shirley Jackson awards highlight the years outstanding achievement in the genres of psychological suspense, horror and dark fiction. The nominees are judged by authors, editors, critics and academics. Novel: The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Sarah Rose Etter Sarah Rose Etter is the author…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Horror Month
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    Guest Post: Women in Horror by Annie Neugebauer

    I’ve written for Women in Horror Month more times than I can keep track of anymore, and I’ve still scarcely scratched the surface. How could I, when women are such an expansive group—when horror is such a wide-ranging genre? I talk about feminism, history, and contemporary badasses I adore. I talk about books and movies and shows worth seeking out. I talk about my own experiences being both lifted up and quietly pushed to the side. How, then, have I never actually talked about women in horror as its own titular topic? Seems simple enough. So, what do I have to say about women in horror? I mined the depths…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Black History Month
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    Black History Month Guest Post: We Can be Better, Horror Peeps by R.J. Joseph

    I once attended World Horror Convention and a seasoned, white, male horror writer decided to convince me I should join the Horror Writers Association. That was cool. I appreciated that he felt HWA was a good organization to be a part of and I did want more information. The way he decided I should get this information was, “[I had] to meet Chelsea. She’s a great gal.” Of course, my blackity black, female senses started tingling. Gal? Okay. When he finally found “Chelsea” and me in the same place, he introduced us. “Chelsea” was, of course, another Black woman. And her name wasn’t even Chelsea. After she rolled her eyes in the…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Black History Month
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    Black History Month Guest Post:Dear Horror, Do you Love Me? Check Yes or No. by Jessica Guess.

    February is a bit of a chameleon of a month. It is a month of love, a celebration of women in horror and Black History Month. I am so pleased to have a guest post by Jessica Guess. If you identify as a woman and love horror, then February is your time to shine. As a black woman who loves horror, this month is especially significant because February has the distinguished honor of being both Black History Month and Women in Horror Month. Though this may seem like Christmas for black girl horror junkies like me, for a long time it was only a reminder that though I loved horror,…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Horror Month
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    Guest Post: Burning Bright: How Women Poets Conquered Horror Poetry by Jennifer Barnes

    It’s been exciting to watch the discussion around Women in Horror Month expand over the years from why we need it, to how to support women in horror. It is now no longer possible to put out an all-male anthology or magazine without controversy, and we continue to see women horror writers publishing successfully.  One place where the success of women is most obvious to me is in horror poetry. As managing editor for Raw Dog Screaming press I have seen first-hand a sharply increased interest in horror poetry and it’s the female poets who are leading the charge. If you tally the winners of the Bram Stoker award for…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Horror Month
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    Guest Post: Everyday Horrors by Kathleen Kaufman

    When I was sixteen, my friend Emily was summarily dumped by her long-distance boyfriend.   Emily decided the best way to deal with her angst was to burn all his letters, pictures, valentines, and notes.  In an age before the internet, this amounted to quite a lot.   It was so decided that I, as her trusty sidekick, would accompany her to a local park, at night, alone, with a bag of sentimentally charged paper products and burn them in the barbeque pit, and Emily’s grief  and anger would be released back into the night sky.   It was going to be beautiful.     We pulled into the bottleneck parking lot (important to note for later…) and parked at…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Horror Month
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    Guest Post: Drinking From the Devil’s Cup by V. Castro

    Tables come in all shapes and sizes, but every table has finite places. What are you supposed to do when that table is occupied, and no one wants to give up their seat? Do you sit on the floor and hope to hear from a distance what is being said?  Do you try to interject as loud as your voice will carry despite gazing at a row of backs? Maybe someone in a seat will hear what you have to say.  Do you try to wedge yourself between two seats, hoping there is enough space for your body before the ones seated become too uncomfortable with your proximity as you stand…

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    Women In Horror Month

    It is Women in Horror Month!!!

    February is one of our favorite months. It is still cold and the days are short. But our favorite reason is that it is Women in Horror month!! It is a month to celebrate women who are making amazing horror content. This includes movies, TV shows, books, and art. The LOHF has a lot of content planned for the month from AMAZING women authors and articles written to highlight the achievements that women have contributed to the horror community. Never heard of Women in Horror Month (WIHM) keep reading! What is WIHM? Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative focused on encouraging supporters to learn about and showcase…

  • Stoker Awards

    Preliminary Stoker Ballots Are In!!!

    Awards season is upon us and the LOHF is really excited!! Just have a look at this list of amazing books by women that have made it to the preliminary round in the Stoker Awards. Superior Achievement in a Novel S.P. Miskowski – The Worst Is Yet To Come (Trepidatio Publishing) Lee Murray – Into the Ashes (Severed Press) Superior Achievement in a First Novel Gemma Amor – Dear Laura (Independently Published) Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken – Stokers Wild (Flame Tree Press) Michelle Renee Lane – Invisible Chains (Haverhill House Publishing) Rachel Eve Moulton – Tinfoil Butterfly (MCD X FSG Originals) Sarah Read – The Bone Weaver’s Orchard (Trepidatio…

  • Bloody Valentine Event
    Women in Horror Event

    A Bloody Valentine Event February 14th, 2020

    Did you ever see an event and think to yourself that you really want to go to it, only to find out that it isn’t near you? Well, folks in Colorado are very lucky. On Valentine’s Day the satellite chapter of HWA Colorado will be hosting a special event to celebrate Women in Horror month. Where: The Cottonwood Center for the Arts When: February 14th, 2020 from 7-10pm. Door open at 6:30. The event is free and open to the public. What: Program: In the Main Gallery there will be live and recorded readings by: L.C. Barlow J.A. Campbell Hillary Dodge Angie Hodapp Kate Jonez Gwendolyn Kiste DeAnna Knippling Shannon…