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

    What We’ve Been Reading #104

    It’s time for a mid week pick-me-up! Here are a few of our most recent recommendations. 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. Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop Audra’s Teaser Review This Shirley Jackson award-winner blends the surreal and grotesque with the mundane, uncovering truths about…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #102

    We took a little break from our review round-up last week because sometimes we are tired but we’re back with more must-reads for your tbr! Eartheater by Dolores Reyes Electrifying and provocative, visceral and profound, a powerful literary debut novel about a young woman whose compulsion to eat earth gives her visions of murdered and missing people—an imaginative synthesis of mystery and magical realism that explores the dark tragedies of ordinary lives. Set in an unnamed slum in contemporary Argentina, Earth-eater is the story of a young woman who finds herself drawn to eating the earth—a compulsion that gives her visions of broken and lost lives. With her first taste…

  • Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’ve Been Reading #98

    We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations that you need in your collection. Parasite by Darcy Coates They’re closer than you think… A guard discovers an unusual lifeform on her remote moon outpost. She disregards protocol to investigate it, with catastrophic consequences. The parasitic alien wears its victims’ skins and adopts their personalities. It’s a perfect disguise, and allows the creature to spread without being detected. By the time humanity realises it’s facing extinction, a third of its six hundred space stations have already gone dark. As…

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    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’ve Been Reading #92

    We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations. Antioch by Jessica Leonard Antioch used to be a quiet small town where nothing bad ever happened. Now six women have been savagely murdered. The media dubs the killer ‘Vlad the Impaler’ due to the gruesome crime scenes of his victims. Clues are drying up fast and the hunt for the monster responsible is hitting a dead end. After picking up a late-night transmission on her short-wave radio, a local bookseller named Bess becomes convinced a seventh victim has already…

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

    What We’re Reading #74

    Hi everyone! Today we are featuring an important work of dark fiction, a collection of delectable plague time poetry and a horror play. We hope you find a new favorite book! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, Translated by Sophie Hughes  The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse—by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals—propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumors and suspicions spread. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, with each unreliable narrator lingering on new details, new acts of depravity…

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    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’re Reading #58

    Let us help you find your new favorite book! Here are a few of our recently recommend reads. The Kelping by Jan Stinchcomb Doctor Craig Bo has everything: a perfect wife and children, a thriving dermatology practice, and a house in a lovely coastal town. Nobody is surprised when he is chosen to be the Sea King of Beachside in his hometown’s annual festival. But after the festival Craig’s world turns upside down. Something starts growing on his skin. His son tells him a story about a sinister mermaid who lives in the attic of the local history museum. And his beautiful wife, Penelope, can no longer hide her dark…

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    What We’re Reading #56

    Here’s a new batch of review link-ups of recent reads recommended by the Ladies of Horror Fiction! We hope you find your new favorite book ♥ Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly An utterly propulsive and unpredictable psychological thriller from stunning new talent T. Marie Vandelly For the lucky among us, life is what you make of it, but for Dixie Wheeler, the theme music for her story was chosen by another long ago, on the day her father butchered her mother and brothers and then slashed a knife across his own throat. Only one-year-old Dixie was left alive, infamously known as Baby Blue for the song left playing in…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Horror Month
    Guest Post

    Guest Post: Burning Bright: How Women Poets Conquered Horror Poetry by Jennifer Barnes

    It’s been exciting to watch the discussion around Women in Horror Month expand over the years from why we need it, to how to support women in horror. It is now no longer possible to put out an all-male anthology or magazine without controversy, and we continue to see women horror writers publishing successfully.  One place where the success of women is most obvious to me is in horror poetry. As managing editor for Raw Dog Screaming press I have seen first-hand a sharply increased interest in horror poetry and it’s the female poets who are leading the charge. If you tally the winners of the Bram Stoker award for…

  • 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…

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    What We’re Reading #22

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have several new titles to recommend to you this week! The Apocalyptic Mannequin Doomsday is here and the earth is suffering with each breath she takes. Whether it’s from the nuclear meltdown, the wrath of the Four Horsemen, a war with technology, or a consequence of our relationship with the planet, humanity is left buried and hiding, our bones exposed, our hearts beating somewhere in our freshly slit throats. The Apocalyptic Mannequin by Stephanie M. Wytovich is a collection that strips away civilization and throws readers into the lives of its survivors. The poems inside are undelivered letters, tear-soaked whispers, and unanswered prayers. They are every…