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

    What We’ve Been Reading #127

    Today we have three recommended reads for your tbr pile! Our recommendations include Laurel Hightower’s latest release and two recent books you may have missed by Monica Vogel and Lindsay Merbaum. We hope you find something you’ll love! Please click either tag above to read more team recommendations. Below by Laurel Hightower HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO HELP A STRANGER? While driving through the mountains of West Virginia during a late-night snowstorm, a recently divorced woman experiences bizarre electrical problems, leaving her with little choice but to place her trust with a charismatic truck driver. But when an unexplainable creature with haunting red eyes gets between them, she is…

  • Black History Month

    If You Liked That, Try This: Horror Book Recs Written by Black Women

    In continuation of our celebration of Black History Month, I wanted to try something new! I love seeing those “if you like that, try this” lists or YouTube videos, so I decided to make one of my own. The formula is simple: “if you like this non-horror book genre, try this horror book.” So, these recs are perfect to share with your non-horror reading friends. Although this list of recommendations is for everyone, it may be particularly helpful for those of you who love to read horror with elements of other popular genres. These “genre-defying” titles often fall into even more categories than the horror + ______ examples below, which…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction Celebrating Black History Month: Previous LOHF Readalong Books We've Loved by Black Authors
    Black History Month,  Reading Recommendations

    Previous #LOHFReadalong Books We’ve Loved

    February 1st marks the start of Black History Month, an annual celebration and observance of the struggles, contributions, and achievements of Black people throughout the course of US history. Although the official event ends on March 1st, it’s important to acknowledge this important history year-round. “There is no American history without African American history,” said Sara Clarke Kaplan, executive director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. “The Black experience, she said, is embedded in “everything we think of as ‘American history.” NPR.org We on the Ladies of Horror Fiction team believe in reading, supporting, and boosting Black voices ALL YEAR LONG, with a specific focus…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Translation
    Women in Translation

    Women in Translation Horror Edition: Japan

    What is really awesome about the Women in Translation project is that we are getting to learn about horror around the world. Each country approaches horror in different ways, and it has been amazing learning about each country as we go along. Some countries’ horror is steeped in folklore and religion; other countries’ horror has been used to control social norms. Japanese horror primarily draws its inspiration from folk religions with a focus on the following themes: possession, exorcism, shamanism, precognition and yokai. These stories began as oral tales in the Heian period (794BC- 1185AD). During this period, the stories were used to enforce cultural norms and to explain things…

  • 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…

  • Horror Movie Maven
    Horror Movie Maven

    Plan a Halloween Movie Marathon

    This is the month, y’all, we made it to October, where it’s Halloween every day, and no one can persuade me otherwise. One of the best parts of Halloween month is that everyone else condones the dark and weird stuff you like year round, which includes good old fashioned horror movies! So, if you don’t already have big party plans for the big day, why not plan a creepy, cozy movie marathon? If you’re staying home, you know you’re not going to be able to stray far from the living room as the parade of ghouls lines up at your door for candy, so I’ve got some great picks for…

  • 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…