• Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
    Guest Post

    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…

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

    What We’re Reading #20

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction are here to help you add a few more books to your tbr piles! Chocking Back The Devil Poems by Donna Lynch Choking Back the Devil by Donna Lynch is an invocation, an ancient invitation that summons the darkness within and channels those lonely spirits looking for a host. It’s a collection that lives in the realm of ghosts and family curses, witchcraft and urban legends, and if you’re brave enough to peek behind the veil, the hauntings that permeate these pages will break seals and open doorways, cut throats and shatter mirrors. You see, these poems are small drownings, all those subtle suffocations that…

  • 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
    Guest Post

    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
    Reading Recommendations

    LOHF Recommends: Witches

    It is that time of the year again. When the leaves starting changing colors and the wind holds the promise of the Autumn that is coming. (Who I am kidding I live in the desert. It is still hot). Children are getting ready to pick out their Halloween costumes. As a little girl I was always a witch, which is probably why I associate Autumn with witches. This month we are paying homage to the wonderful Autumny witch. Hag by Kathleen Kaufman Bunny by Mona Awad Catfish Lullaby by A.C. Wise The Good House by Tanarive Due Grimly Jane by Elle Alexander A Hawk in The Woods by Carrie Laben…

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

    What We’re Reading #19

    We’re back with more Ladies of Horror Fiction book recommendations. Let those tbr piles topple! Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Eve Moulton The Shining meets About a Boy in this electrifying debut about a troubled young woman and a lonely boy facing their demons in the frozen Black Hills. Emma is hitchhiking across the United States, trying to outrun a violent, tragic past, when she meets Lowell, the hot-but-dumb driver she hopes will take her as far as the Badlands. But Lowell is not as harmless as he seems, and a vicious scuffle leaves Emma bloody and stranded in an abandoned town in the Black Hills with an out-of-gas van, a loaded gun, and…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Witches
    Guest Post

    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…

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

    What We’re Reading #18

    We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction book recommendations! Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE is the story of Orpen, a young woman who must walk on foot across a ravaged Ireland in the desperate hope of saving herself, and her guardian Maeve, from the zombie-like menace known as the skrake. Sarah Davis-Goff’s strikingly original debut will appeal to readers of dystopian literary fiction such as STATION 11 or THE END WE START FROM. Watch your six. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives. Growing up on a tiny island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction New Releases
    New Release

    September 2019 LOHF New Releases

    Each month the Ladies of Horror Fiction team posts all of the books we are aware of that will be releasing during that month. If you are involved in the process of publishing a horror book written by a female author, please reach out to us and let us know so we can help to spotlight the book’s release! No One’s Home by D.M Pulley For fans of The Haunting of Hill House comes a dark tale of a mansion haunted by a legacy of tragedy and a family trapped by lies. Margot and Myron Spielman move to a new town, looking for a fresh start and an escape from…

  • LOHF Monthly Recap
    Monthly Recap

    August 2019: Monthly Recap

    During the month of August, the Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrated body horror and Women in Translation month! Thank you so much to Gwendolyn Kiste, Christa Carmen, and Amy Vaughn for contributing some amazing body horror guest posts this month! And thank you Tracy Fahey and Gabriela Houston for submitting your body horror stories to the Ladies of Horror Fiction podcast! Be sure to check out our body horror and women in translation recommendations as well as all of our LOHF reviews. Reviews What We’ve Been Reading #14 What We’ve Been Reading #15 What We’ve Been Reading #16 What We’ve Been Reading #17 Podcast Episodes Ladies of Horror Fiction Present…