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    LOHF Award for Best Novel

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Novel. When this team was faced with a tie and the decision between having a tie-break or two winners, we went with two winners, of course! 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…

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    LOHF Award for Best Debut

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Debut. The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival. When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant…

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    LOHF Award for Best Poetry Collection

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Poetry Collection. Choking Back the Devil 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…

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    LOHF Award for Best Collection

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Collection. Little Paranoias by Sonora Taylor Is it a knock on the door, or a gust of wind? A trick of the light, or someone who’ll see what you’ve done? Little Paranoias features twenty tales of the little things that drive our deepest fears. It tells the stories of terror and sorrow, lust at the end of the world and death as an unwanted second chance. It dives into the darkest corners of the minds of men, women, and children. It wanders into the forest and touches every corner of the…

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    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’re Reading #57

    We’ve been reading and reviewing and here’s our latest batch of recommendations. We hope you find your new favorite book! We Wait by Megan Taylor The wealthy Crawleys can’t abide a scandal, so when fifteen-year-old Maddie’s behaviour causes concern, she’s packed off to the family’s country estate, along with her best friend, Ellie. But while Maddie is resentful, Ellie is secretly thrilled. A whole summer at Greywater House, which she’s heard so much about – and with Maddie, who she adores… But from the moment the girls arrive, it’s clear there’s more to the house and the family than Ellie could ever have imagined. Maddie’s aunt, Natalie, and her bedridden…

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    Ladies of Horror Fiction Award Nominees and Honorable Mentions

    Over the past two weeks, the Ladies of Horror Fiction team has been unveiling the nominees for the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards. Please join us in celebrating these amazing women and their outstanding works of horror fiction. We are honored to present to you the entire list of nominees and honorable mentions: Nominees Best Collection Collision: Stories, J.S. BreukelaarGhosts of You, Cathy UlrichLittle Paranoias, Sonora TaylorOut of Water, Sarah Read Best Debut The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah ReadLittle Darlings, Melanie GoldingThe Luminous Dead, Caitlin StarlingTheme Music, T. Marie Vandelly Best Poetry Collection Mary Shelley Makes a Monster, Octavia CadeChoking Back the Devil, Donna LynchThe Apocalyptic Mannequin, Stephanie M.…

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    LOHF Award Honorable Mentions in Short Fiction

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team read a lot of fantastic short fiction throughout 2019, and we wanted to give honorable mentions to the top 9. We are pleased to present the 2019 Honorable Mentions in Short Fiction! ‘Till Death Do Us Part, Peggy Christie (Dark Doorways)A Song for Wounded Mouths, Kristi DeMeester (PseudoPod 641: Artemis Rising 5)Jack-O-Lantern, Gabrielle Faust (#ScaryStories)Sun Dogs, Laura Mauro (Sing Your Sadness Deep)What Throat, Annie Neugebauer (PseudoPod 640: Artemis Rising 5)Butterflies, Samanta Schweblin (Mouthful of Birds)The Woman Next Door, Ha Seong-nan (Flowers of Mold)Quadrapocalypse, Sonora Taylor (Little Paranoias)Weary Bones, Sonora Taylor (Little Paranoias) ‘Till Death Do Us Part appeared in Peggy Christie’s collection Dark Doorways…

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    The LOHF Congratulates the Shirley Jackson Award Winners

    The Shirley Jackson awards highlight the years outstanding achievement in the genres of psychological suspense, horror and dark fiction. The nominees are judged by authors, editors, critics and academics. Novel: The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Sarah Rose Etter Sarah Rose Etter is the author…

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    LOHF Award Nominees for Best Young Adult

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to present the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award Nominees for Best Young Adult. The nominees are: Five Midnights, Ann Dávila CardinalHouse of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. CraigRules for Vanishing, Kate Alice MarshallWilder Girls, Rory Power Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución. If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the…

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    LOHF Award Nominees for Best Novella

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to present the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award Nominees for Best Novella. The nominees are: Dear Laura, Gemma AmorThe Ladderman, Angela ArcherThe Festering Ones, S.H. CooperHalloween Fiend, C.V. HuntTo Be Devoured, Sara Tantlinger Dear Laura by Gemma Amor Every year, on her birthday, Laura gets a letter from a stranger. That stranger claims to know the whereabouts of her missing friend Bobby, but there’s a catch: he’ll only tell her what he knows in exchange for something…personal.So begins Laura’s sordid relationship with her new penpal, built on a foundation of quid pro quo. Her quest for closure will push her to…