• LOHF Monthly Recap
    Monthly Recap

    April 2022: Monthly Recap

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team celebrated #NationalPoetryMonth this April with fun features, listicles, interview, guest posts, and more! Check it all out below. News and Announcements April New Releases Each month the Ladies of Horror Fiction team posts all of the books we are aware of that will be releasing during that month. May 2022 Readalong Selection For the May #LOHFReadalong, the members of the Ladies of Horror Fiction discord group selected Sundial by Catriona Ward. Reviews What We’ve Been Reading #127 What We’ve Been Reading #128 What We’ve Been Reading #129 What We’ve Been Reading #130 Special Topics #LOHFReadathon Team Favorites from #WomenInHorrorMonth Our team is sharing their favorite reads from…

  • Interviews,  National Poetry Month

    Writing Poetry in the Dark: A Spotlight Interview with Stephanie M. Wytovich

    In continuation of our celebration into April’s #NationalPoetryMonth extravaganza, we’re honored to have had the chance to sit down with Bram Stoker-award winning author Stephanie M. Wytovich to talk about Raw Dog Screaming Press’ upcoming WRITING POETRY IN THE DARK, a craft book for speculative poets, by speculative poets. We’ve featured Stephanie and her books on the Ladies of Horror Fiction blog before, and our team members are huge fans – we can’t recommend her writing enough! Read what she had to say during our chat below: Interview with Stephanie M. Wytovich Cassie: How have you personally seen poetry change & grow within the horror genre over the years? Stephanie:…

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    Reading Poetry for Beginners: A Guide for People Who “Don’t Read Poetry”

    Poetry is one of my favorite things to read and has been for as long as I can remember, so naturally, poetry books end up being things I recommend a lot to other people. With those recommendations, I’ve noticed that people not already familiar with reading those types of books kind of balk at the suggestions. Sometimes the people I’m suggesting these collections to tell me they “don’t read poetry”, and it’s usually for one of two reasons: They “don’t know how” to read poetry (or say they feel like they’re ‘doing it wrong’), OR They’ve tried it and honestly just do not like poetry. Now just to be totally…

  • National Poetry Month

    If You Liked That, Try This: Dark Poetry Collections to Match Your Favorite Horror Themes

    For anyone not in the know, April is National Poetry Month! We love celebrating our favorite folks writing poetry as much as possible, and April allows for a month-long celebration of one of our favorite ways to consume spooky, visceral fiction. We’ve got some great content planned for you this month, starting off with this fun list of dark poetry collections to check out if you normally read these other specific horror themes & tropes. If you’ve got any recommendations for us or decide to add any of these to your TBR shelves, we’d love to know! And remember to tag us & use the #NationalPoetryMonth tag in your posts…

  • 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…

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    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…