• What We've Been Reading
    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    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…

  • Guest Post,  Reading Recommendations

    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…

  • What We've Been Reading
    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    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…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: On Our TBR
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: On our TBR

    With so many amazing books being released every month our TBRs are overflowing! Check out what is on our TBRs at the moment!! Dreamfall – Amy Plum Dreaming Darkly – Caitlin Kittredge The Furies – Katie Lowe The Haunted – Danielle Vega Remember Me – Chelsea Bobulski The Tenth Girl – Sara Faring The Toll – Cherie Priest The Twisted Ones – T. Kingfisher The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw The Beauty – Aliya Whitley Tinfoil Butterfly – Rachel Eve Moulton Whispers in the Dark – Laurel Hightower Wilted Lilies – Kelli Owen Reception – Kenzie Jennings Dark Carnival – Joanna Parypinski The Dead Girls Club – Damien Angelica Walters…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: Bloody
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: Bloody

    There are some days that you want some blood with your horror. These next amazing set of authors will give you that and a whole lot more. Afterage – Yvonne Navarro Skin – Kathe Koja Dear Laura – Gemma Amor Gardens of Babylon – Sara Brooke Theme Music – T. Marie Vandelly When I Arrived at the Castle – Emily Carroll The Eighth – Stephanie Wytovich Cats like Cream – Renee Miller Without Condition – Sonora Taylor The Sadist’s Bible – Nichole Cushing Sadie the Sadist – Zané Sachs The Bride Wore Brains – Emily Wesley Stringer Teeth – Kelli Owen Stranded – Renee Miller Zombieville – C.V. Hunt Twin…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: Short Stories
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: Short Stories

    Short stories are kind of like potato chips, once you start you can’t stop. These bite sized stories come with a bite. Whether; it is an anthology or a collection the LOHF has you covered. Sing Your Sadness Deep – Laura Mauro Mouthful of Birds – Samanta Scweblin trans. by Megan McDowell Sleeping with the Monster – Anya Martin Something Borrowed, Something Bloodsoaked – Christa Carmen Garden of Eldritch Delights – Lucy A Snyder Collision – JS Breukelaar The Samhanach and other Halloween Treats – Lisa Morton Dead Girls and Other Stories – Emily Geminder Everything That’s Underneath – Kristi DeMeester And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe – Gwendolyn…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: Poetry
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: Poetry

    In the last couple of years there has been some amazing horror poetry being written by women. If you think that there isn’t any horror poetry this list is for you. Breathe Breathe – Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi Choking Back the Devil – Donna Lynch The Devil’s Dreamland – Sara Tantlinger How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend – Linda D. Addison Hysteria – Stephanie Wytovich I Am Not Your Final Girl – Claire C. Holland Love for Slaughter – Sara Tantlinger Mourning Jewelry – Stephanie Wytovich Sheet Music for My Acoustic Nightmare – Stephanie Wytovich Witches – Donna Lynch The Apocalyptic Mannequin – Stephanie Wytovich Finding Baba Yaga…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: YA & MG
    Reading Recommendations,  YA and MG Horror

    8 Days of Halloween: YA and MG Horror

    This year a number of us started really delving into the realm of Young Adult and Middle Grade horror. This is a huge list of things that the LOHF gang would recommend for those with younger humans and young adults who enjoy the spookier things. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White Deep and Dark and Dangerous – Mary Downing Hahn Season of the Witch – Sarah Rees Brennan The Madman’s Daughter – Megan Shepard Her Dark Curiosity – Megan Shepard A Cold Legacy – Megan Shepard Small Spaces – Katherine Arden Dead Voices – Katherine Arden Doll Bones – Holly Black City of Ghosts – VE Schwab…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: Weird
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: Weird

    The definition of weird is “a strange or extraordinary character: odd, fantastic.” Each book on this list ticks all our boxes for weird. If you are looking for a weird read this Halloween pick up one of these amazingly weird books by women authors. Bunny – Mona Awad The Bus on Thursday – Shirley Barrett Geek Love – Katherine Dunn F4 – Larissa Glasser Fortune Box – Madeleine Swann Nightingale – Amy Lukavics Pretty Marys All in a Row – Gwendolyn Kiste Providence – Caroline Kepnes Ritualistic Human Sacrifice – CV Hunt Cockblock – CV Hunt I Miss the World – Violet LeVoit Like Jagged Teeth – Betty Rocksteady Fever…

  • 8 Days of Halloween: Creepy
    Reading Recommendations

    8 Days of Halloween: Creepy

    The feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you are walking to your car in the dark is creepy. But what really makes a story creepy? The LOHF gang think that atmosphere is what really makes a book creepy. What makes a book creepy for you? These are creepy books we recommend! Have you read any in this list? The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahlborn Beneath – Kristi DeMeester Brother – Ania Ahlborn Gretchen – Shannon Kirk The Hunger – Alma Katsu Diabhal – Kathleen Kaufman The Luminous Dead – Caitlin Starling The Making of Gabriel Davenport – Beverley Lee Return to Dyatlov Pass –…