• 8 Days of Halloween: Poetry
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: Poetry

    In the last couple of years there has been some amazing horror poetry being written by women. If you think that there isn’t any horror poetry this list is for you. Breathe Breathe – Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi Choking Back the Devil – Donna Lynch The Devil’s Dreamland – Sara Tantlinger How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend – Linda D. Addison Hysteria – Stephanie Wytovich I Am Not Your Final Girl – Claire C. Holland Love for Slaughter – Sara Tantlinger Mourning Jewelry – Stephanie Wytovich Sheet Music for My Acoustic Nightmare – Stephanie Wytovich Witches – Donna Lynch The Apocalyptic Mannequin – Stephanie Wytovich Finding Baba Yaga…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: YA & MG
    Reading Recommendations,  YA and MG Horror

    8 Days of Halloween: YA and MG Horror

    This year a number of us started really delving into the realm of Young Adult and Middle Grade horror. This is a huge list of things that the LOHF gang would recommend for those with younger humans and young adults who enjoy the spookier things. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White Deep and Dark and Dangerous – Mary Downing Hahn Season of the Witch – Sarah Rees Brennan The Madman’s Daughter – Megan Shepard Her Dark Curiosity – Megan Shepard A Cold Legacy – Megan Shepard Small Spaces – Katherine Arden Dead Voices – Katherine Arden Doll Bones – Holly Black City of Ghosts – VE Schwab…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: Weird
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: Weird

    The definition of weird is “a strange or extraordinary character: odd, fantastic.” Each book on this list ticks all our boxes for weird. If you are looking for a weird read this Halloween pick up one of these amazingly weird books by women authors. Bunny – Mona Awad The Bus on Thursday – Shirley Barrett Geek Love – Katherine Dunn F4 – Larissa Glasser Fortune Box – Madeleine Swann Nightingale – Amy Lukavics Pretty Marys All in a Row – Gwendolyn Kiste Providence – Caroline Kepnes Ritualistic Human Sacrifice – CV Hunt Cockblock – CV Hunt I Miss the World – Violet LeVoit Like Jagged Teeth – Betty Rocksteady Fever…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: Creepy
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: Creepy

    The feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you are walking to your car in the dark is creepy. But what really makes a story creepy? The LOHF gang think that atmosphere is what really makes a book creepy. What makes a book creepy for you? These are creepy books we recommend! Have you read any in this list? The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahlborn Beneath – Kristi DeMeester Brother – Ania Ahlborn Gretchen – Shannon Kirk The Hunger – Alma Katsu Diabhal – Kathleen Kaufman The Luminous Dead – Caitlin Starling The Making of Gabriel Davenport – Beverley Lee Return to Dyatlov Pass –…

  • Guest Post
    Guest Post

    Guest Post:Zombie Bait & Screaming Bimbos: Diversity in Horror By Ann Dávila Cardinal

    Zombie Bait & Screaming Bimbos: Diversity in Horror by Ann Dávila Cardinal Sadly, the concept of diversity in horror is more of a fantasy than a reality. Don’t get me wrong, we have made SO much progress in the last few years. Leaps and bounds, but when I looked back at the continuum of horror literature and films over my fifty-six years of being a fan, I realize just how limited the scope was. From the start horror has been a male-dominated field. Yes, you can point to Mary Shelley, Anne Rice, and Kathryn Bigelow, but the VAST majority of work has been published and produced by men. Specifically, young…

  • 8 Days of Halloween Spooky
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: Spooky

    The LOHF team loves lists! Every day until Halloween we’ll be posting a list with Halloween recommendations. Today we are giving our recommendations for books that are spooky!! Four & Twenty Blackbirds – Cherie Priest The House Next Door – Anne Rivers Siddons Apart in the Dark – Ania Ahlborn The Between – Tananarive Due Come Closer – Sara Gran The Good House – Tananarive Due Mary: The Summoning – Hillary Monahan Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo White is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi The Carrow Haunt – Darcey Coates The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson The Lingering – SJI Holliday If you have any recommendation please let…

  • Guest Post

    Blog Tour: The Dead Girls Club: The Power of Women Writing Horror by Damien Angelica Walters

    At the LOHF we are all about promoting women horror authors. When we were offered a blog tour space for The Dead Girls Club we felt extremely honored. As part of the blog tour Damien wrote an amazing guest post about women horror authors and we are so here for it. The Power of Women Writing Horror By Damien Angelica Walters The default is male. Always. From crash test dummies to superheroes to medical research subjects, half the population is regularly shunted to the back burner. Boys grow up seeing themselves on movie screens, on television, in the pages of books. They’re heroes, chosen ones, valiant knights, and warriors. They…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Translation
    Women in Translation

    Women in Translation Horror Edition: Mexico

    August was Women in Translation month, after finding so many amazing women writing horror in other countries we wanted to keep it going. We decided to focus on regions and countries. This month we decided to start with Mexico and Cuba. We have included both works with translated and untranslated works. As much as possibly we have tried to look at the difference in the horror that is being published in country compared to American horror. It was the differences that are really interesting Mexico The horror coming out of Mexico harks back to a very strong oral tradition; where ancient folklore is mixed with religion. What I found interesting…

  • Banned Books Week
    Banned Books Week

    Banned Books Week September 22nd – 28th

    It is that time of the year again to celebrate books that have been banned or challenged. To be perfectly transparent, I can’t believe that in this day and age books are still being banned or challenged. Just this week on my twitter feed it was announced that Harry Potter was banned by a Roman Catholic High School In Nashville, Tennessee. Their reasoning behind the ban was that the spells and curses were real. I just want to ruminate on that for a second. The spells and curses from a work of fiction are real. That is absolutely mind boggling. That in the 21st century we are still dealing with…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
    Guest Post

    LOHF Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: Chicana Horror by V. Castro

    Chicana Horror By V. Castro When I sit down to write, my first instinct is to scoop out my heart and guts for everyone to see because I want people to know I bleed red even though my skin might be brown. You might scoff and say you already know this; however, my blood is also tainted. It is the product of cultures colliding in massacre and heart break. My heart is tainted because some of my experiences in life are tied to the color of my skin and gender, I’m a Latina, and unless you have experienced this, you will never know.  When I sit down to write I…