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    What We’re Reading #45

    We have three new reading recommendations curated by our team. We hope you find your next five star read! Loteria by Cynthia Pelayo The Mexican board game of Lotería is a game of chance. It is similar to our American bingo. However, in Lotería instead of matching up numbers on a game board, players match up images. There are 54 cards in the Lotería game, and for this short story collection you will find one unique story per card based on a Latin American myth, folklore, superstition, or belief – with a slant towards the paranormal and horrific. In this deck of cards you will find murderers, ghosts, goblins and…

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    What We’re Reading #44

    Welcome to a new edition of Ladies of Horror Fiction reading recommendations. Take care of yourselves. ♥ Hexis by Charlene Elsby I’m not relentless. “Relentless” makes it sound like there’s something called “relent” and that I’m lacking it. In that sense, I’m not relentless, but perhaps I’m unrelenting. I could relent if I wanted to. But he always has to die. I mean “always” in two senses: at all times and all of the time. I can’t kill him all of the time. That would take too long. But all of the times I did, I did. I’d do it again. I could relent if I wanted to, but instead…

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    What We’re Reading #43

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have been reading up a storm. Hunker down with a book or two, if you can, and stay safe. ♥ The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig Molly Pohlig’s The Unsuitable is a fierce blend of Gothic ghost story and Victorian novel of manners that’s also pitch perfect for our current cultural moment. Iseult Wince is a Victorian woman perilously close to spinsterhood whose distinctly unpleasant father is trying to marry her off. She is awkward, plain, and most pertinently, believes that her mother, who died in childbirth, lives in the scar on her neck. Iseult’s father parades a host of unsuitable candidates before her, the majority of whom…

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    What We’re Reading #42

    Need a mid week pick-me-up? Books always do the trick for the Ladies of Horror Fiction. Here are a few of our most recent recommendations. Grief Is A False God by Gemma Amor Elijah Keene is trying to get by after the untimely passing of his beloved wife Jess. Overwhelmed as a single father, failing as a farmer, coming up short as a son; he struggles to distance himself from his grief. Elijah soon discovers that an unspeakable horror has arisen from the land which his family cultivated for generations. An entity of which his own father and deceased mother may have been all too aware. Grief is a False…

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    What We’re Reading #41

    It’s Wednesday and the ladies of horror fiction have recommendations for you! When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom Sally Ann and Martha. Two women, searching for love. Finding terror. During a terrifying storm, a gentle childhood is destroyed by a twisted man who promises love but delivers nightmare. In the lightless depths of an underground labyrinth, unseen creatures lie in wait for an innocent traveler, cold skeletal hands stretched out in welcome. There is horror in darkness – horror made greater When Darkness Loves Us. This long-awaited reissue of Elizabeth Engstrom’s 1985 horror classic features a new introduction by Paperbacks from Hell author Grady Hendrix as well as the…

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    What We’re Reading #40

    Happy Wednesday, everyone! Here are a few book recommendations to make your day even brighter. Red Eye by Claire C. Riley & Eli Constant This is the worst flight ever! ** Rose is excited for her new adventure, but as her guilt grows, so does the tension on the plane. Sam thinks the worst thing about her week was her doomed wedding, she was wrong. ** When a red-eye flight from London to Los Angeles brings two strangers together, they have no idea that it’s the end of the bloody world! Rose, a British runaway, is ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Her hopes are high, her funds are…

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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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    What We’re Reading #39

    It’s time to add more books to your pile! Who am I kidding? It’s always time to add more books to your pile. Here are a few recommend reads to get you started. Mary Shelley Makes A Monster by Octavia Cade All our monsters are mirrors. And when Mary Shelley’s monster—built from her life rather than her pen, born out of biography instead of blood—outlives its mother, that monster goes looking for a substitute. But all the monster really knows of women is that women write, and so the search for a replacement takes it first to Katherine Mansfield, and then to other women who know what mutilated things can…

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    What We’re Reading #38

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have our three weekly recommendations for you. Get ready to buy some books! The Festering Ones by S.H. Cooper A monster lurking in the mountain. A mysterious cult seeking a doorway. An otherworldly evil waiting to be unleashed. Faith York was a young girl when she saw her father dragged into the ground by a spider-armed woman, never to be seen again. Twenty years later, the events of that day continue to haunt her, and her need for answers has only grown stronger with time. After her estranged mother’s death forces her to return home, old wounds are reopened and Faith finally decides to face…

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    What We’re Reading #37

    Another Wednesday, another week of great reading recommendations coming your way from the Ladies of Horror Fiction team! The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Goodreads…