• Reading Recommendations

    Ladies of Horror Fiction Pride Recommendations

    Diversity in horror is extremely important. It allows stories from different walks of life to be told. This allows the genre to grow and evolve; allowing the genre to be more accessible to all fans. For readers and authors to see themselves reflected in the books they are reading is paramount. The Ladies of Horror Fiction put together a list of horror authors that are members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Autumn Christian Girl Like a Bomb We are Wormwood Caitlin R. Kiernan The Red Tree The Drowning Girl Caitlin Starling The Luminous Dead Cassandra Khaw Rupert Wong Series Persons Non-Grata Series Carmen Maria Machado Her Body and Other Parties Hailey…

  • Podcast Episodes

    Episode 8 Diversity in Horror with Alice Collins

    Join Toni as she talks to her special guest Alice Collins about the bury your gays trope and representation in the horror community. Welcome to the Ladies of Horror Fiction podcast. I’m your host Toni with The Misadventures of a Reader. One of the main purposes of the LOHF has always been to promote diversity in horror every day. June is pride month and I have a special guest today we are going to be talking about the bury your gays trope and the inclusiveness of the horror community. My special guest is Alice Collins who writes the trapped by gender column for Bloody disgusting. The LOHF recently published a…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post: All Vampires are Gay, or: Why I Tried and Couldn’t Write a Proper Queer Horror History Essay By J. Danielle Dorn

    All Vampires are Gay, or: Why I Tried and Couldn’t Write a Proper Queer Horror History By J. Danielle Dorn Since I couldn’t find anything anyone else had written about the history of queer women in horror, I figured the old axiom about writing it myself would hold true for nonfiction same as it does for fiction. It doesn’t. And as a non-binary gynesexual person, I should have known better. Even when writing about queer horror, cisgendered white men are the majority of visibly queer authors, which in my opinion makes it even more crucial that we as readers seek out and celebrate authors who identify as queer and female.…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction presents Stories of Horror
    Stories of Horror

    Stories of Horror: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Luella Miller

    Join Toni as she travels back to 1800s New England and meets Lydia Anderson who has a strange story to tell about Luella Miller. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Mary Ella Wilkins was born to Warren Edward Wilkins and Eleanor Lothrop on October 31st, 1852 in Randolph Massachusetts.  She had one sibling Anna Wilkins. Due to financial hardship the family had to move to Battleboro, Vermont in 1867 when Mary was 15. After the families move to Battleboro Warren opened a dry goods store but, by 1873 but the store failed to thrive. Due to financial hardship the Wilkins’s moved into the home of Reverend Thomas Taylor in order for Eleanor…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post: The Inherent Power of Words to Describe Oneself By Alice Collins

    The Inherent Power of Words to Describe Oneself By Alice Collins Words are a powerful thing. I’ve struggled with them a lot over the years. Especially with trying to find the right descriptors. There’s lots of continued learning involved, it’s a natural part of language evolving. It takes a while for a new word to catch on, and even longer to find one that is descriptive enough to describe the previously indescribable. It’s very tricky finding appropriate words. Even when you do, you may find it changing some years down the line and that’s ok! However, there are many people that I’ve run into IRL and on the internet bemoaning…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post: The Intimacy of Monsters by Hailey Piper

    The Intimacy of Monsters By Hailey Piper I adore cosmic horror, but it isn’t what I usually write.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve penned a couple, but I’m happier leaving that scale of world-ending dread to P.L. McMillan and Caitlin Kiernan.  I don’t connect the entropic, inevitable death of all things in a fearful way.  Cosmic horror delights me. Personal horror gets under my skin.  The little, everyday injustices and horrors that are easy to miss.  They could be happening right next door.  And through those come the intimate monsters. Personal ones. When an intimate monster creeps into your life, sometimes you aren’t even aware of what you’ve met.  They…

  • Podcast Episodes

    Episode 7 Horrific Motherhood

    Join Toni as she discusses horror and the intersection with motherhood. Motherhood and Horror         Horror has always been used as vehicle for societal warnings. Parental warnings are no different.  Being a parent is one of the most rewarding yet terrifying experiences that a human will go through. Being a parent can be downright terrifying. There are so many different primal fears that start swirling around. Are you raising them right, are they okay, will xyz experience scar them for life?  It is no surprise that horror fiction and films highlight the parent/child dynamic so often. Even though being a parent is terrifying; motherhood is inherently scary. The terror begins…

  • Stories of Horror

    Ladies of Horror Fiction Present Stories of Horror: Now taking Submissions

    We are opening our doors for submissions for the Ladies of Horror Fiction Presents Stories of Horror. This series aims to highlight horror stories written by women. We will be taking submissions based on the theme of the month. The theme of the month will be posted in advance via Twitter and will be listed at the bottom of this page.  We will be taking the following types of fiction: -Poetry: Poetry will be read with other poems. -Flash Fiction: Stories that are under 1500 words. These stories will be narrated in one podcast episode. -Short Stories: Stories which are over 1500 words and are less than 7500 words. Typically…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post: Motherhood and Horror by Gemma Amor

    Motherhood and horror By Gemma Amor Let me get this out of the way in the first sentence. Ready? Okay. ‘Mommie Dearest’. There. I said it. Now that I have, that expression can sod off and climb into the bin and we can have a proper chat about Motherhood and horror without the spectre of maniacal, glamorous movie star Joan Crawford and her bloody coathangers looming above us. Let’s get something else out of the way while we’re here. I’m both a writer of horror fiction AND a Mother. Does this make me more qualified to talk about it at length? Probably not. But it has changed how I consume…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post for Latino Book Month: Writing Horror as a Latinx by Ann Dávila Cardinal

    ¡Qué horror! Life as a Gringa-Rican Horror Maven By Ann Dávila Cardinal In the early 70s I would arrive for my summer-long stay at my great aunt Ana’s house in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, with a stack of horror comics tucked in my suitcase: Tales From the Crypt, Creepy, Monsters Unleashed. My tía would shuffle through them with a look of disgust, making that disapproving clucking sound with her tongue that she did when seeing a dead animal or beggar in the street. “Ay Annie, why can’t you read something nice?” She would shuffle through the pile with the tips of her arthritic fingers, making little gasping sounds at the sight…