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    What We’ve Been Reading #15

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new round of reviews to get you through your Wednesday! Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro British Fantasy Award-winning author, and Shirley Jackson Award finalist Laura Mauro, a leading voice in contemporary dark fiction, delivers a remarkable debut collection of startling short fiction. Human and humane tales of beauty, strangeness, and transformation told in prose as precise and sparing as a surgeon’s knife. A major new talent! Featuring “Looking for Laika,” winner of the British Fantasy Award, and “Sun Dogs,” a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award. Goodreads | Amazon | Better World Books Toni’s Teaser Review There is something to be…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #14

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction are back with a new batch of books to recommend! New Music for Old Rituals by Tracy Fahey New Music For Old Rituals brings together a selection of stories that illustrate the pervasive power of the past in the present. Together they present a strange yet familiar country where cautionary tales still serve a purpose; where sacred sites of sea, forest, valley and forts hold power, where old legends live, and where new myths are born. Within the pages of New Music for Old Rituals, bog bodies sleep, contagion rages, ancient rituals are enacted, battles are fought, ghosts linger, and time stutters, fails and turns…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #13

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team have been reading up a storm. Here are a few of our recommended reads. Skull Nuggets by Amy M. Vaughn Forato House is looking for test subjects: Are you between the ages of 21 and 61? Are you depressed, anxious, unfulfilled? Join us at our state of the art residential testing facility where we have perfected trepanation, the ancient art of drilling a hole in the skull to achieve a permanently higher state of consciousness! But that’s not all! We are currently seeking individuals who wish to eradicate their neurophages. Through our proprietary process of injecting hallucinogens directly into the frontal lobe, you can…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #12

    Check out what titles the Ladies of Horror Fiction team have enjoyed recently! Bunny by Mona Awad Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort–a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and seem to move and speak as one. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled “Smut Salon,” and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door–ditching her only…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #11

    Here’s the latest round-up of our most recent LOHF reads! Have you read any of them yet? She’s Lost Control edited by Elizabeth Jenike The female voice is strong, and will not be controlled.  This book, by its very nature, is doing important work: giving women writers a platform and prioritizing their voices over the cacophony of men that have dominated the field for so long. This is not meant to start an argument over whose voice is more important or stronger or holds more weight—this book is only meant to continue the conversation of why we need diverse mindsets and points of view in the literary community. And as the…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #10

    Take a peek at what the Ladies of Horror Fiction crew have been reading! Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly For the lucky among us, life is what you make of it, but for Dixie Wheeler, the theme music for her story was chosen by another long ago, on the day her father butchered her mother and brothers and then slashed a knife across his own throat. Only one-year-old Dixie was left alive, infamously known as Baby Blue for the song left playing in the aftermath of the slaughter. Twenty-five years later, Dixie is still desperate for a connection to the family she can’t remember, so when her childhood home…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #9

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a few more books to recommend to you this week! Her Dark Inheritance by Meg Hafdahl On the day her mother died, Daphne Forrest learned the devastating truth. She’d never really known the women who raised her, not even her real name. Fueled to unravel the tragic mystery behind her mother’s secrets, Daphne abandons all she knows, traveling to the bucolic yet sinister town of Willoughby, Minnesota.  Navigating through the memories of her own bloody legacy, Daphne throws herself into the insular and haunting small town of her ancestors. She investigates the murder that led to her mother’s shame, with the help of charming,…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #8

    Here’s a little taste of what the Ladies of Horror Fiction have been reading lately. This House of Wounds by Georgina Bruce The devastating debut short story collection from British Fantasy Award-winning author Georgina Bruce. Haunting and visceral tales for the lost and the lonely. An emotional and riveting debut. Amazon | Better World Books | Goodreads Emily’s Review Teaser Georgina Bruce’s writing is so beautiful. Her descriptions are creative and haunting, and I would kill to read a book of poetry written by her. Click here to see Emily’s full review at Goodreads Tracy’s Review Teaser Bruce definitely has the ability to paint a literary picture. I actually read…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #7

    Feast your eyes on what the Ladies of Horror Fiction Team have been reading as of late: Inside the Asylum by Mary SanGiovanni Kathy has been hired to assess the threat of patient Henry Banks, an inmate at the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane, the same hospital where her brother is housed. Her employers believe that Henry has the ability to open doors to other dimensions with his mind-making him one of the most dangerous men in modern history. Because unbeknownst to Kathy, her clients are affiliated with certain government organizations that investigate people like Henry-and the potential to weaponize such abilities. What Kathy comes to understand in interviewing…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #6

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a few books we’d like to recommend to you because who doesn’t need more books?! We Are Wormwood by Autumn Christian Ever since she was a child, Lily has been pursued by a demonic girl with wormwood eyes. As Lily struggles with her schizophrenic mother’s decline into insanity, the death of her somnambulist childhood love, and her own painful, disturbed adolescence, she must face the strange girl that haunts her. Yet something is chasing her that is much more dangerous.  A darkly surreal, drug-coated romance, We are Wormwood tells an inhuman love story, and the transformation that results from affection among monsters. Amazon | Goodreads Laurie’s…