• Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
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    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…

  • Guest Post,  Reading Recommendations

    Shelf Edition: Jess

    This month, our guest for Shelf Edition is Jess, who is @ghoulishspirit on social media. Here’s some info from her: Hi, I’m Jess, a 35-year-old stay at home mom with 3 kids, 2 girls and a baby boy (14, 9, and 16 months). I am successfully turning my little ones into mini bookworms as well. I’m an avid horror lover, coffee junkie, movie buff, music enthusiast, and animal lover who likes to style and decorate her dwellings like the Addams family abode. But don’t be fooled because I love color, glitter, and sparkles EVERYWHERE!!!! Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  I recently discovered horror poetry while reviewing some…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Witches
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    Guest Post: Derivation of Hag by Kathleen Kaufman

    Derivation of Hag By Kathleen Kaufman At San Diego Comic Con, the awesome Brendan Reichs joked that “I wrote a book about my mom and named it Hag.”    He wasn’t wrong, the reaction to the title has sparked immediate and sometimes negative reactions.  We think of Hag as an insult, an ugly old woman, an unwanted creature, witch with a wart on the end of her nose.   It’s all around not something you want to be called.    Or is it?  The derivation of Hag goes back and back.   It is one of very few words that have no masculine form, it is a distinctly female term, used all the way back in the thirteenth…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Witches
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    Guest Post: W is for Witching: An Analysis of the Hawthorne Name and Identity by Stephanie M. Wytovich

    W is for Witching: An Analysis of the Hawthorne Name and Identity  By Stephanie M. Wytovich The Salem Witch Trails took place in February of 1692 and lasted until May of 1693. This bout of hysteria began in a small colony in Massachusetts due to the accusations of Elizabeth Paris, Ann Putnam and Abigail Williams, all of who started having fits and unexplainable episodes that evoked suspicion of the supernatural. Eventually, these girls informed two judges—Johnathan Corwin and John Hathorne—that their illnesses were caused by the afflictions of three women: Tituba (a slave), Sarah Osborne (an elderly woman), and Sarah Good (a beggar). Now most of us know the escalation…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Body Horror
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    Guest Post: Busting a Gut: Body Horror, Humor, and the Meaning of Life by Amy Vaughn

    Bodies are a horror show.* Slice open our bumpy, hairy surfaces, and bright reds, deep purples, and fatty yellows spill out. Inside, we are weird and squishy and complicated, and oh-so-much more fragile than we wish we were.  We are our bodies. No shit, huh? But give me a second here. There are at least three different ways this statement is true, and each of them will provoke a fear response if threatened.  First, and most straightforwardly, we are our bodies in the corporeal sense: without them we die. Second, we depend on our bodies for our identity, for who we think we are and for how we present ourselves…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Body Horror
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    Guest Post: Why Body Horror, or, Why Do We Entertain Ourselves with Grotesque Mutations, Demonic Gestation, Parasitic Infections, and Ghastly Mutilations By Christa Carmen

    The type of horror that can be described as ‘body horror’ is astronomical in scope. A quick google search tells you that horror novels as disparate as Frankenstein and Coraline are considered body horror by one website or another, and when you take a few moments to really think about it, most subcategories within the overarching genre could be loosely classified as body horror. The following is a list of why we—horror fans and regular humans alike, because let’s face it, even alleged horror haters have ogled a gnarly rash on their own, formerly pristine skin or stared in morbid fascination at the growing sphere of their or their partner’s baby bump—love body…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Body Horror
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    Guest Post: This Undeniable Skin: The Grotesque and Lovely Wonders of Body Horror by Gwendolyn Kiste

    This Undeniable Skin: The Grotesque and Lovely Wonders of Body Horror by Gwendolyn Kiste Flesh. Sinew. Bone. Muscle. Nails. Blood. These bodies we occupy are simultaneously beautiful and horrifying. It’s so strange to me how much work is happening within this cage of my bones at every moment. All the heartbeats I never have to coax. All the breaths I never remember taking. It’s at once life-affirming and a little intimidating how much goes on without me ever having a say in it.  This is part of the reason why body horror has long fascinated as well as repulsed me—in the best possible way, of course. From my first viewing…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Creatures
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    Guest Post: Be Careful What You Wish For: The Legend of the Wendigo by Renee Miller

    Horror writers have many options when it comes to “scaring” our readers. We can take the real, the surreal, and the totally impossible and (if we’re lucky) use any or all of it to make a reader feel mild discomfort or outright never-turning-the-lights-off-again terror. I think the combination of physical and psychological horror can be pretty effective in keeping a reader off-kilter, which is why I love monsters. They give a “face” to the unknown. The difficulty is in making that face scary. It’s not real, and we all know it, so how do we get the reader to believe in it enough to scare them?  For me, the first…

  • Ouija & LOHF books
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    Shelf Edition: Audra & Ouija

    This month our guests for Shelf Edition are Audra and Ouija, or you may know them as @ouija.doodle.reads! Audra is an avid bookworm and editor who spends the rest of her free time watching horror movies and kickboxing, and Ouija is a goldendoodle with a nose for good fiction, haunted houses, and tennis balls.  Book title links will bring you to the book page at Goodreads. Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  My favorite discovery of this year has been The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark. Though it isn’t a new book, it captured me so completely that when I finished reading it, I turned right back to…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Creatures
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    Guest Post: Creatures in Horror: From the Weekly World News’ Batboy to Phosphorescent Alien Goop By Betty Rocksteady

    Creatures in Horror: From the Weekly World News’ Batboy to Phosphorescent Alien Goop By Betty Rocksteady My first introduction to horrific creatures was in The Weekly World News, that tabloid magazine from the 80s and 90s featuring weirdo cryptids and Fortean phenomenon. My papa always referred to the mag as just “the news,” so as a kid I was convinced all these creatures were completely real. Actually, I’m still notcompletelyconvinced that those strange beings don’t lurk in hidden corners of the earth. There are a few distinct types of creatures that tend to pop up in genre fiction and I think they all highlight different fears. Secret earthly beings that…