• What We've Been Reading
    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…

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

    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…

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

    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…

  • 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
    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
    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…