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

    What We’ve Been Reading #17

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new batch of books to recommend! Wilder Girls by Rory Power It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her. It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure…

  • 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…

  • Guest Post,  National Poetry Month

    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Christina Sng

    Hong Kong Swordfighting Sagas of my Childhood by Christina Sng I’ve often been asked why I write horror. This goes back to the advice I’m often given, write what you know. My answer is simply that it’s familiar and comforting, and it is the genre I grew up with. Growing up with a much-older brother who loved horror, I was quickly introduced to The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist before I was 10. If the TV was on at home or my grandmother’s house, it was tuned to Hong Kong swordfighting sagas which almost always had a sprinkling of the supernatural. They were a staple favorite of my family. The 1980s…

  • Guest Post,  National Poetry Month

    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Cina Pelayo

    Tapping into the Horror Poet By Cina Pelayo One took us down the unassuming hallways in H.H. Holmes’ murder castle. Another marched us into war. I was told of exquisite artifacts and vampire fortunetellers. I heard whispered promises of bleeding saffron. Then, I was invited to kiss and dance with the witches. The nominees for the 2018 Horror Writers Association award in Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection are Bruce Boston for ARTIFACTS (Independent Legions Publishing), David E. Cowen for BLEEDING SAFFRON (Weasel Press), Donna Lynch for WITCHES (Raw Dog Screaming Press), Marge Simon and Alessandro Manzetti for WAR (Crystal Lake Publishing) and Sara Tantlinger for THE DEVIL’S DREAMLAND (Strangehouse…

  • Book Reviews

    Witches by Donna Lynch Review

    Steven Archer and Donna Lynch collaborate once again for a collection of illustrated poems and short stories about witches—some familiar and some secret; some based in history and lore, and some manifested directly from the minds of their creators. This 7″ by 10″, full-color art book includes more than 30 poems and paintings and is the sequel to Daughters of Lilith, their collaborative work released in 2010. Goodreads | Amazon | Better World Books Emily, Toni and Tracy have read Witches, this is what they have to say! Emily’s Teaser Review It’s entertaining as a whole, and I loved that it was mainly focused on women. Click here to see…

  • National Poetry Month

    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Sara Tantlinger

    Killing the Tortured Artist By Sara Tantlinger Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines poetry as “writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.” Poetry is about how we experience life, whether the poems are personal or taking on a fictional arc or characters. As I think about some of my favorite classic poets (Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton), it’s difficult not to remember their suffering, how tragedy dogged their footsteps and tortured their minds. Since their deaths, as along with other writers who suffered immensely, as readers, we tend to sometimes glorify…

  • Hysteria by Stephanie M. Wytovich
    Book Reviews

    Hysteria by Stephanie M. Wytovich Review

    Asylums once used to confine those deemed mentally unfit linger, forgotten behind trees or urban development, beautiful yet desolate in their decay. Within them festers something far more unnerving than unlit corners or unexplained noises: the case files left to moulder out of sight, out of conscience. Stephanie M. Wytovich forces your hands upon these crumbling, warped binders and exposes your mind to every taboo misfortune experienced by the outcast, exiled, misbegotten monsters and victims who have walked among us. The poetry contained in Hysteria performs internal body modification on its readers in an unrelenting fashion, employing broad-spectrum brutality treatment that spans the physical to the societal, as noted in…

  • Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie Wytovich
    Book Reviews

    Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie M. Wytovich Review

    Mourning is the new black…  The tradition of Victorian mourning jewelry began with Queen Victoria after the death of her husband, Prince Albert. Without photography, mementos of personal remembrance were used to honor the dead so that their loved ones could commemorate their memory and keep their spirits close. Ashes were placed within rings, and necklaces were made out of hair, and the concept of death photography, small portraitures of the deceased, were often encased behind glass. Mourning jewelry became a fashion statement as much as a way to cope with grief, and as their pain evolved over the years, so did their jewelry.  But what about the sadness and…

  • Devil's Dreamland by Sarah Tantlinger Book Cover
    Book Reviews

    The Devil’s Dreamland By Sara Tantlinger Review

    H.H. Holmes committed ghastly crimes in the late 19th century. Many of which occurred within his legendary “Murder Castle” in Chicago, Illinois. He is often considered America’s first serial killer. In her second book of poetry from Strangehouse Books, Sara Tantlinger (Love For Slaughter) takes inspiration from accounts and tales which spawned from the misdeeds of one Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes. Fact and speculation intertwine herein, just as they did during the man’s own lifetime. There’s plenty of room in the cellar for everyone in The Devil’s Dreamland. Several of the Ladies of Horror Fiction team are huge fans of this book of dark…

  • HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V
    Book Reviews

    HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich Review

    HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich The fifth volume of HWA’s acclaimed annual poetry anthology features dark verse by Donna Lynch, R. J. Joseph, Sara Tantlinger, and many more. Jen’s Review Teaser If you are looking for a great anthology of poetry and a way to discover some current dark poets, I recommend checking out Volume V of the HWA Poetry Showcase. Click here to see the full review on Book Den Emily’s Review Teaser I really enjoyed read the new HWA Poetry Showcase. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with horror poetry, this anthology is an amazing introduction to a lot of writers. or…