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

    What We’ve Been Reading #125

    Today our team members are sharing three recommended reads by Chloe N. Clark, Sylvia Plath and Carmen Maria Machado. We hope you find something you’ll love! Please click either tag above to read more team recommendations. Escaping the Body poems by Chloe N.Clark Chloe N. Clark’s poetry collection takes readers through a catalog of the speculative body. Escaping the Body is a surreal and profound journey through space, forests, monsters, myths, spells, magic tricks, forests, and the body. Escaping the Body is a collection of dreams of the flesh, exploring the cosmic rifts between the soul and the body, encouraging readers to escape their body in search of the liminal space beyond skin and…

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

    What We’ve Been Reading #101

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new batch of review link-ups of recent reads to add some dark joy to your week! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥  Sisters by Daisy Johnson A New York Times Notable Book (2020) from a Booker Prize finalist and international literary star: a blazing portrait of one darkly riveting sibling relationship, from the inside out.. Now she returns with Sisters, a haunting story about two sisters caught in a powerful emotional web and wrestling to understand where one ends and the other begins. Born just ten months apart, July…

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

    What We’ve Been Reading #80

    Wow, can you believe we’ve done 80 of these already?! Pats fellow team members on the back for being such diligent and lovely readers. Today our team members are sharing three recent and recommended reads. We have another eclectic mix of dark fiction and hope you’ll find something to love! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more books worth your time ♥ Trampled Crown by Kirby Kellogg Valerie Barnes is tired. Tired of wrangling snarky teens through their math lessons, tired of helicopter moms with no respect and even less kindness, and – most importantly – tired of hearing about Canary Lane High’s upcoming homecoming dance. She’s…

  • 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…

  • Lizzie, Speak
    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’ve Been Reading #5

    Here are some of our recent favorite reads with links to our team members full reviews. Lizzie, Speak by Kailey Tedesco A conjuring, an invocation, a communion with Lizzie Borden herself. These poems reveal—letter by word by line—a spirit, a history, an identity. Lizzie speaks through Tedesco. Amazon | White Stag Publishing | Goodreads Emily’s Review Teaser Lizzie, Speak was my introduction to Kailey Tedesco’s work. As soon as I heard about this book of Lizzie Borden poetry, I had to have a copy. That amazing cover also grabbed my attention! Click here to see Emily’s full review at Goodreads A Primer to Kaaron Warren Australian author Kaaron Warren is widely…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap
    Instagram Challenge,  Reading Recommendations

    The “Dark” Recap

    We are finally here at the penultimate recap post from our first Instagram challenge!  This week we are sharing highlights from your “dark” posts and it was such an awesome week!  If you missed last week’s “underrated” post then you can go check it out here! View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝓛𝓮𝓮-𝓪𝓷𝓷 🇨🇦 (@grumplstiltskin) We are going to kick it off this week with this post from grumplstiltskin where we get to see this vintage looking cover of Women of Darkness by Kathryn Ptacek. “Twenty original stories from the best of today’s women horror and dark fantasy writers cover every topic of terror. From voodoo and…

  • Banshee Reads
    banshee reads,  Book Reviews

    #BansheeReads: Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team hosts a weekly book club called #BansheeReads. We are an opinionated bunch so there aren’t many times that we all like a book that we are reading. Geek Love, however, is one of those rare gems. Synopsis: Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly…

  • Book Cover And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by Gwendolyn Kiste
    Book Reviews

    And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by Gwendolyn Kiste Review

    And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by Gwendolyn Kiste A murdered movie star reaches out to an unlikely fan. An orchard is bewitched with poison apples and would-be princesses. A pair of outcasts fail a questionnaire that measures who in their neighborhood will vanish next. Two sisters keep a grotesque secret hidden in a Victorian bathtub. A dearly departed best friend carries a grudge from beyond the grave. In her debut collection, Gwendolyn Kiste delves into the gathering darkness where beauty embraces the monstrous, and where even the most tranquil worlds are not to be trusted. From fairy tale kingdoms and desolate carnivals, to wedding ceremonies and summer camps…

  • Without Condition by Sonora Taylor Book Cover
    Book Reviews

    Without Condition by Sonora Taylor Review

    Cara Vineyard lives a quiet life in rural North Carolina. She works for an emerging brewery, drives her truck late at night, and lives with her mother on a former pumpkin farm. Her mother is proud of her and keeps a wall displaying all of Cara’s accomplishments. Cara isn’t so much proud as she is bored. She’s revitalized when she meets Jackson Price, a pharmacist in Raleigh. Every day they spend together, she falls for him a little more — which in turn makes her life more complicated. When Cara goes on her late-night drives, she often picks up men. Those men tend to die. And when Cara comes back…

  • Book Cover Everything That's Underneath by Kristi DeMeester
    Book Reviews

    Everything That’s Underneath by Kristi Demeester Review

    Everything That’s Underneath, Kristi DeMeester’s debut powerful horror collection, is full of weird, unsettling tales that recalls the styles of such accomplished storytellers as Laird Barron and Tom Piccirilli. Crawl across the earth and dig in the dirt. Feel it. Tearing at your nails, gritty between your teeth, filling your nostrils. Consume it until it has consumed you. For there you will find the voices that have called from the shadows, the ones that promise to cherish you only to rip your body to shreds. In Everything That’s Underneath, Kristi DeMeester explores the dark places most people avoid. A hole in an abandoned lot, an illness twisting your loved one…