• Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    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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    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…

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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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    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…

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    LOHF Shelf Edition: Alex from Hey Little Thrifter

    This month we’re talking with Alex from Hey Little Thrifter for the LOHF Shelf Edition! Alex is a reviewer, booktuber, and bookstagrammer. She is passionate about vintage books, and even has a blog and booktube review series just to talk about vintage horror by women called Nightmare Queens! Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books? Last year I read my first Kathe Koja novel, The Cipher, and it blew me away. I fell in love with her writing and it became an instant favourite! This year I followed it up with Bad Brains and that one was just as amazing, so even though I’m late to the Koja party…

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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,…