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    What We’re Reading #35

    Happy Wednesday! The Ladies of Horror Fiction have some recommendations to help you get through the week. The Festering Ones by S.H. Cooper A monster lurking in the mountain. A mysterious cult seeking a doorway. An otherworldly evil waiting to be unleashed. Faith York was a young girl when she saw her father dragged into the ground by a spider-armed woman, never to be seen again. Twenty years later, the events of that day continue to haunt her, and her need for answers has only grown stronger with time. After her estranged mother’s death forces her to return home, old wounds are reopened and Faith finally decides to face her…

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    What We’re Reading #34

    We have some recommendations because we know you need more books! Body by Asa Nonami As indicated by the title, Bødy is a collection of horror stories, all thematically linked to people’s perception of their bodies, and the consequences of vanity and low self-esteem. In the vein of the psychological suspense of the Twilight Zone, each story ends with a shock, leaving the reader unsettled with the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for,” echoing in their bones. Appropriately, each of the five stories in Bødy gets its title from the body parts featured, buttocks, blood, face, hair and chin. Goodreads | Amazon Toni’s Teaser Review I really enjoyed…

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    What We’re Reading #32

    Everyone should take a few moments to treat themselves to some terrific new books! Here are a few recommendations to get you started: Dear Laura by Gemma Amor Every year, on her birthday, Laura gets a letter from a stranger. That stranger claims to know the whereabouts of her missing friend Bobby, but there’s a catch: he’ll only tell her what he knows in exchange for something…personal.So begins Laura’s sordid relationship with her new penpal, built on a foundation of quid pro quo. Her quest for closure will push her to bizarre acts of humiliation and harm, yet no matter how hard she tries, she cannot escape her correspondent’s demands.…

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    What We’re Reading #31

    Here’s our latest round-up of recent reads. We hope you find something to add to your reading list! The Vegetarian by Han King Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of…

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    What We’re Reading #30

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have three recommendations to share with you today! Haunted Nights edited by Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween. In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls’ Day, Dia de los Muertos, and…

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    What We’re Reading #29

    We took a little break from our review round-up last week in order to celebrate the holiday but we’re back with more must-reads for your tbr! The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters A supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts about two young girls, a scary story that becomes far too real, and the tragic–and terrifying–consequences that follow one of them into adulthood. Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face… In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the…

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    What We’re Reading #28

    Looking for some good reads? Here’s a few of the Ladies of Horror Fiction recent picks. Our Life In the Forest by Marie Darrieusseco, translated by Penny Hueston In the near future, a woman is writing in the depths of a forest. She’s cold. Her body is falling apart, as is the world around her. She’s lost the use of one eye; she’s down to one kidney, one lung. Before, in the city, she was a psychotherapist, treating patients who had suffered trauma, in particular a man, “the clicker”. Every two weeks, she travelled out to the Rest Centre, to visit her “half”, Marie, her spitting image, who lay in…

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    What We’re Reading #27

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have you covered if you’re looking for some good reads! A startling, moving, and innovative memoir from the National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work which is destined to become an instant classic. Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK Tracy’s Teaser Review Imagine your perfect house; your dream house. Where…

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    What We’re Reading #26

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have some recent reads to share with you today! Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger & Melanie R. Anderson Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond. Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband’s heart in…

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    What We’re Reading #25

    We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction recommendations because we know you need more books! Little Paranoias by Sonora Taylor Is it a knock on the door, or a gust of wind? A trick of the light, or someone who’ll see what you’ve done? “Little Paranoias: Stories” features twenty tales of the little things that drive our deepest fears. It tells the stories of terror and sorrow, lust at the end of the world and death as an unwanted second chance. It dives into the darkest corners of the minds of men, women, and children. It wanders into the forest and touches every corner of the capital.…