• Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Body Horror
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    Guest Post: This Undeniable Skin: The Grotesque and Lovely Wonders of Body Horror by Gwendolyn Kiste

    This Undeniable Skin: The Grotesque and Lovely Wonders of Body Horror by Gwendolyn Kiste Flesh. Sinew. Bone. Muscle. Nails. Blood. These bodies we occupy are simultaneously beautiful and horrifying. It’s so strange to me how much work is happening within this cage of my bones at every moment. All the heartbeats I never have to coax. All the breaths I never remember taking. It’s at once life-affirming and a little intimidating how much goes on without me ever having a say in it.  This is part of the reason why body horror has long fascinated as well as repulsed me—in the best possible way, of course. From my first viewing…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction presents Stories of Horror
    Stories of Horror

    LOHF Present Stories of Horror: Jungle Harvest by Chris Chesler

    Welcome to part 2 of the Ladies of Horror Fiction Presents Stories of Horror: Creatures. Tonight it is my great privilege to present Jungle Harvest by Chris Chesler.  I want to thank everyone for their submissions for Creature. There were truly some fantastic stories. Before we get started with Jungle Harvest I want to let you know a bit about Chris Chesler. About Chris Chesler Chris has been writing dark fiction with a silver lining for some 20 years now, but has worked as a financial and legal business consultant before becoming a fulltime writer.  She lives in a study somewhere in the Netherlands where she writes unless coaxed out…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Creatures
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    Guest Post: Be Careful What You Wish For: The Legend of the Wendigo by Renee Miller

    Horror writers have many options when it comes to “scaring” our readers. We can take the real, the surreal, and the totally impossible and (if we’re lucky) use any or all of it to make a reader feel mild discomfort or outright never-turning-the-lights-off-again terror. I think the combination of physical and psychological horror can be pretty effective in keeping a reader off-kilter, which is why I love monsters. They give a “face” to the unknown. The difficulty is in making that face scary. It’s not real, and we all know it, so how do we get the reader to believe in it enough to scare them?  For me, the first…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Creatures
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    Guest Post: Creatures in Horror: From the Weekly World News’ Batboy to Phosphorescent Alien Goop By Betty Rocksteady

    Creatures in Horror: From the Weekly World News’ Batboy to Phosphorescent Alien Goop By Betty Rocksteady My first introduction to horrific creatures was in The Weekly World News, that tabloid magazine from the 80s and 90s featuring weirdo cryptids and Fortean phenomenon. My papa always referred to the mag as just “the news,” so as a kid I was convinced all these creatures were completely real. Actually, I’m still notcompletelyconvinced that those strange beings don’t lurk in hidden corners of the earth. There are a few distinct types of creatures that tend to pop up in genre fiction and I think they all highlight different fears. Secret earthly beings that…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction presents Stories of Horror
    Podcast Episodes,  Stories of Horror

    Ladies of Horror Fiction Presents Creatures

    A month ago Toni put out the call for Women Horror Authors to send their creature stories. Needless to say it was hard to pick. But pick we did. I hope that everyone enjoys Salty Air, Daisy and Run Ruby Run. Salty Air By Sonora Taylor Sonora Taylor is the author of Without Condition, The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales, Please Give, and Wither and Other Stories. Her short story, “Hearts are Just ‘Likes,’” was published in Camden Park Press’s Quoth the Raven, an anthology of stories and poems that put a contemporary twist on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Taylor’s short stories frequently appear in The Sirens Call, a bi-monthly horror eZine. Her work has…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Creatures
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    Guest Post: A Passion for Monsters By Lee Murray

    A Passion for Monsters By Lee Murray From amorphic blob to prehistoric beasts and rampaging apes, and even the humble rat, the creature feature has become a staple of horror fiction. Just a quick look at recent films provides us with a good snapshot: there was last year’s Rampage, this year’s new Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and creature stories based on reality like Crawl, and the 47 Metres Down sequel. Whether on the screen or on the page, our interest in monsters is strongly ingrained. But where did it start? Why so much interest? Into the Mist author Lee Murray asks some of her creature-feature writer friends for their insights.  First up is Australian…

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    Episode 7 Horrific Motherhood

    Join Toni as she discusses horror and the intersection with motherhood. Motherhood and Horror         Horror has always been used as vehicle for societal warnings. Parental warnings are no different.  Being a parent is one of the most rewarding yet terrifying experiences that a human will go through. Being a parent can be downright terrifying. There are so many different primal fears that start swirling around. Are you raising them right, are they okay, will xyz experience scar them for life?  It is no surprise that horror fiction and films highlight the parent/child dynamic so often. Even though being a parent is terrifying; motherhood is inherently scary. The terror begins…

  • Stories of Horror

    Ladies of Horror Fiction Present Stories of Horror: Now taking Submissions

    We are opening our doors for submissions for the Ladies of Horror Fiction Presents Stories of Horror. This series aims to highlight horror stories written by women. We will be taking submissions based on the theme of the month. The theme of the month will be posted in advance via Twitter and will be listed at the bottom of this page.  We will be taking the following types of fiction: -Poetry: Poetry will be read with other poems. -Flash Fiction: Stories that are under 1500 words. These stories will be narrated in one podcast episode. -Short Stories: Stories which are over 1500 words and are less than 7500 words. Typically…

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    Guest Post: Motherhood and Horror by Gemma Amor

    Motherhood and horror By Gemma Amor Let me get this out of the way in the first sentence. Ready? Okay. ‘Mommie Dearest’. There. I said it. Now that I have, that expression can sod off and climb into the bin and we can have a proper chat about Motherhood and horror without the spectre of maniacal, glamorous movie star Joan Crawford and her bloody coathangers looming above us. Let’s get something else out of the way while we’re here. I’m both a writer of horror fiction AND a Mother. Does this make me more qualified to talk about it at length? Probably not. But it has changed how I consume…

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    Guest Post for Latino Book Month: Writing Horror as a Latinx by Ann Dávila Cardinal

    ¡Qué horror! Life as a Gringa-Rican Horror Maven By Ann Dávila Cardinal In the early 70s I would arrive for my summer-long stay at my great aunt Ana’s house in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, with a stack of horror comics tucked in my suitcase: Tales From the Crypt, Creepy, Monsters Unleashed. My tía would shuffle through them with a look of disgust, making that disapproving clucking sound with her tongue that she did when seeing a dead animal or beggar in the street. “Ay Annie, why can’t you read something nice?” She would shuffle through the pile with the tips of her arthritic fingers, making little gasping sounds at the sight…