• Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Black History Month
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    Black History Month Guest Post: We Can be Better, Horror Peeps by R.J. Joseph

    I once attended World Horror Convention and a seasoned, white, male horror writer decided to convince me I should join the Horror Writers Association. That was cool. I appreciated that he felt HWA was a good organization to be a part of and I did want more information. The way he decided I should get this information was, “[I had] to meet Chelsea. She’s a great gal.” Of course, my blackity black, female senses started tingling. Gal? Okay. When he finally found “Chelsea” and me in the same place, he introduced us. “Chelsea” was, of course, another Black woman. And her name wasn’t even Chelsea. After she rolled her eyes in the…

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    Shelf Edition: Stephanie M. Wytovich

    Our February guest for Shelf Edition is another of our favorite Ladies of Horror Fiction authors, Stephanie M. Wytovich! Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books? I’m positively obsessed with Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, and I’m currently in the midst of reading The Migration by Helen Marshall and I love it so far. I will also happily plug Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson. What LOHF books do you have on your TBR? Oh, this list is truly endless, but to share a couple: Benny Rose, The Cannibal King by Hailey Piper; Doll Crimes by Karen…

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    Black History Month Guest Post:Dear Horror, Do you Love Me? Check Yes or No. by Jessica Guess.

    February is a bit of a chameleon of a month. It is a month of love, a celebration of women in horror and Black History Month. I am so pleased to have a guest post by Jessica Guess. If you identify as a woman and love horror, then February is your time to shine. As a black woman who loves horror, this month is especially significant because February has the distinguished honor of being both Black History Month and Women in Horror Month. Though this may seem like Christmas for black girl horror junkies like me, for a long time it was only a reminder that though I loved horror,…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Horror Month
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    Guest Post: Burning Bright: How Women Poets Conquered Horror Poetry by Jennifer Barnes

    It’s been exciting to watch the discussion around Women in Horror Month expand over the years from why we need it, to how to support women in horror. It is now no longer possible to put out an all-male anthology or magazine without controversy, and we continue to see women horror writers publishing successfully.  One place where the success of women is most obvious to me is in horror poetry. As managing editor for Raw Dog Screaming press I have seen first-hand a sharply increased interest in horror poetry and it’s the female poets who are leading the charge. If you tally the winners of the Bram Stoker award for…

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    Guest Post: Everyday Horrors by Kathleen Kaufman

    When I was sixteen, my friend Emily was summarily dumped by her long-distance boyfriend.   Emily decided the best way to deal with her angst was to burn all his letters, pictures, valentines, and notes.  In an age before the internet, this amounted to quite a lot.   It was so decided that I, as her trusty sidekick, would accompany her to a local park, at night, alone, with a bag of sentimentally charged paper products and burn them in the barbeque pit, and Emily’s grief  and anger would be released back into the night sky.   It was going to be beautiful.     We pulled into the bottleneck parking lot (important to note for later…) and parked at…

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    Guest Post: Drinking From the Devil’s Cup by V. Castro

    Tables come in all shapes and sizes, but every table has finite places. What are you supposed to do when that table is occupied, and no one wants to give up their seat? Do you sit on the floor and hope to hear from a distance what is being said?  Do you try to interject as loud as your voice will carry despite gazing at a row of backs? Maybe someone in a seat will hear what you have to say.  Do you try to wedge yourself between two seats, hoping there is enough space for your body before the ones seated become too uncomfortable with your proximity as you stand…

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    Shelf Edition: Author Sarah Read

    Our December guest for Shelf Edition is one of our favorite Ladies of Horror Fiction authors, Sarah Read! Sarah is an author and librarian. Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  So many! Of course The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, because of course. Sara Tantlinger’s The Devil’s Dreamland and To Be Devoured were both incredible. Julie C Day’s The Rampant was also gorgeously dark. Alma Katsu’s The Hunger ticked all my horror and history-loving boxes. Danielle Kaheaku’s In Extremis was beautiful and full of dread. And Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage was one of my favorite reads last year. What LOHF books do you have on your TBR?…

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    Shelf Edition: Sam

    This month, our guest for Shelf Edition is Sam from The Literary Hooker! Sam is a bookstagrammer, blogger and reviewer for Sci-Fi & Scary. She also co-mods the Grim Readers Book Club on Goodreads. When she’s not reading, she’s probably cross stitching and/or watching trashy TV. Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  Two that I’ve read this year and absolutely loved were To Be Devoured by Sara Tantlinger and Soon by Lois Murphy. Both books packed an enormous emotional punch for me but were still intensely disturbing and scary. I love horror that can make me cry and then have me jumping out of my skin within a…

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    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…

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    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…