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

    What We’ve Been Reading #9

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a few more books to recommend to you this week! Her Dark Inheritance by Meg Hafdahl On the day her mother died, Daphne Forrest learned the devastating truth. She’d never really known the women who raised her, not even her real name. Fueled to unravel the tragic mystery behind her mother’s secrets, Daphne abandons all she knows, traveling to the bucolic yet sinister town of Willoughby, Minnesota.  Navigating through the memories of her own bloody legacy, Daphne throws herself into the insular and haunting small town of her ancestors. She investigates the murder that led to her mother’s shame, with the help of charming,…

  • Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’ve Been Reading #2

    Recently, the Ladies of Horror Fiction team have been enjoying the following: Husk by Rachel Autumn Deering In this all-too-real work of horror fiction, Rachel Autumn Deering explores the mind of a young man who is struggling to cope with the effects of post-war stress, drug addiction, self-doubt, and loneliness as they manifest themselves into his deepest, darkest fears. Kevin Brooks returns to his rural Kentucky hometown after a three-year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has lost the grandparents who raised him, his lifelong best friend, and his trust in the government he once proudly served. When Kevin meets a kind, young girl named Samantha, he thinks his luck…

  • Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’ve Been Reading #1

    We at Ladies of Horror Fiction want to do things a little differently than the typical horror fiction review website. Our goal is to lift our ladies up and give them as much exposure as we possibly can so that all of you lovely people will discover them, buy their books and get some beautiful word of mouth going. We have decided to (mostly) stop posting standard reviews and instead post a weekly (or bi-weekly depending on our work load) round-up of what we are reading and what we have been reviewing. We will still include links to our full reviews but this new format will allow for a more…

  • Book cover for The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste
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    The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste Review

    The Rust Maidens Something’s happening to the girls on Denton Street. It’s the summer of 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, and Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline have just graduated high school, only to confront an ugly, uncertain future. Across the city, abandoned factories populate the skyline; meanwhile at the shore, one strong spark, and the Cuyahoga River might catch fire. But none of that compares to what’s happening in their own west side neighborhood. The girls Phoebe and Jacqueline have grown up with are changing. It starts with footprints of dark water on the sidewalk. Then, one by one, the girls’ bodies wither away, their fingernails turning to broken…

  • Nightingale by Amy Lukavics
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    Nightingale by Amy Lukavics Review

    Nightingale At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be—independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered—suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women… June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys…

  • Book cover of Babyteeth by Zoje Stage
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    Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage Review

      Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage Meet Hanna. She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good. Meet Suzette. She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something…

  • I Am Not Your Final Girl by Claire C. Holland
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    I Am Not Your Final Girl by Claire C. Holland Review

    In horror movies there is always one that girl that fought with everything that she had survive the night and escape. They are normally called final girls. The last girl standing or rather the last girl killed. Horror movies are full of this trope. I Am Not Your Final Girl From Claire C. Holland, a timely collection of poetry that follows the final girl of slasher cinema – the girl who survives until the end – on a journey of retribution and reclamation. From the white picket fences of 1970s Haddonfield to the apocalyptic end of the world, Holland confronts the role of women in relation to subjects including feminism,…

  • Cats Like Cream by Renee Miller
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    Cats Like Cream by Renee Miller Review

    Cats Like Cream by Renee Miller It’s okay to watch. Watching hurts no one, as long as you don’t touch. Elwin likes to watch. His position as star employee at a real estate agency gives him plenty of access to the homes of his clients. A camera or two hidden where no one will find it, and he can watch as often as he pleases. No one knows. No one gets hurt. But it’s hard to look without touching. Touching leads to bad things. Elwin knows this, but allows himself a moment of weakness. And then another. Soon, watching isn’t an option anymore. Not if Elwin wants his secrets to…