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    Guest Post: Creativity, Agoraphobia and Isolation by Jennifer Anne Gordon

    At the height of the most powerful creative work of her life, Shirley Jackson suffered from intense agoraphobia. There were months that she was unable to leave her home. Her isolation, and at times deep mental instability led her to create work that inspire me and legions of other horror lovers, now. If there were no Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, then books like Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent and From Daylight to Madness (my Literary Gothic Horror novels) would not exist. I would have a voice that I would perhaps still be afraid to use. In my past, I too have also suffered…

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    What We’re Reading #63

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have three more must-reads for your Wednesday! Don’t forget to hit the tag up above to find more excellent books to add to your tbr piles. Hell’s Bells by Lisa Quigley It’s 1991, and Sasha, Hayley, Tiffany, and Jessica are four best friends into black clothes and rock music. They dabble in Ouija boards and occult games like ‘light as a feather,’ but when Hayley gets ‘saved,’ she’s convinced rock music is the devil’s domain and conspires to save them all. Her good intentions go up in flames and the four girls accidentally summon Satan. Trapped in the basement with entities beyond their wildest nightmares,…

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    The “House” Recap

    If you missed last Monday’s post over the prompt “Creature” you can find it here. So many haunted house stories that went on our TBRs from this day!  Who doesn’t love a book about some disembodied spirits lurking around you at all times of the day and night? View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝓛𝓮𝓮-𝓪𝓷𝓷 🇨🇦 (@grumplstiltskin) House of Furies by Madeleine Roux was shared with us by grumplstiltskin.  It is the first in a YA historical gothic series. “After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house.…

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    Book Reviews

    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Review

    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to…