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    2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team would like to congratulate all of the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award recipients. Please join us in celebrating these amazing authors and their outstanding works of horror fiction. Best Young Adult Winner: Bad Witch Burning, Jessica Lewis Also nominated: The Dead and the Dark, Courtney GouldWhite Smoke, Tiffany D JacksonOur Last Echoes, Kate Alice MarshallGirl in the Walls, Katy Michelle Quinn Best Middle Grade Winner: The Collectors, Lorien Lawrence Also nominated: The Dollhouse, Charis CotterGhost Girl, Ally MalinenkoCece Rios and the Desert of Souls, Kaela RiveraRoot Magic, Eden Royce Best Novella Winner: Goddess of Filth, V. Castro Also nominated: Transmuted, Eve Harms& This…

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    LOHF Award for Best Novel

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Novel. Cackle by Rachel Harrison All her life, Annie has played it nice and safe. After being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. She accepts a teaching position that moves her from Manhattan to a small village upstate. She’s stunned by how perfect and picturesque the town is. The people are all friendly and warm. Her new apartment is dreamy too, minus the oddly persistent spider infestation. Then Annie meets Sophie. Beautiful, charming, magnetic Sophie, who takes a special interest in Annie, who wants to be…

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    LOHF Award for Best Debut

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Debut. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris Get Out meets The Stepford Wives in this electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing. Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string…

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    LOHF Award for Best Collection

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Collection. When this team was faced with a tie and the decision between having a tie-break or two winners, we went with two winners, of course! Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap “Am I dead?” Mebuyen sighs. She was hoping the girl would not ask. Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap’s debut collection jumps right off the page, from the joy in her new novella, “A Spell for Foolish Hearts” to the terrifying tension of the urban legend “Have You Heard the One…

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    LOHF Award for Best Poetry

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Poetry. Strange Nests by Jessica McHugh …the secret of dying arrived scrawny. it’s growing stronger & fatter though & whispers, “go mad.” Beyond ancient gates, among thorny overgrowth and carnivorous blooms, a raven called Death waits tirelessly for its chance to roost within us. Using scraps of love, remorse, anger, and pain, it weaves. With erasure, memory, and discovery, it binds. And from the garden of wounds that grows within our broken hearts, it builds Strange Nests. In the follow-up to her Bram Stoker and Elgin Award nominated collection, A Complex…

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    LOHF Award for Best Short Fiction

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Short Fiction. “Sister Glitter Blood” by Gwendoyln Kiste “Sister Glitter Blood” by Gwendoyln Kiste appeared in Violent Vixens: An Homage to Grindhouse Horror edited by Aric Sundquist | Published August 2nd 2021 by Dark Peninsula Press | Goodreads | Dark Peninsula Press Congratulations to Gwendoyln Kiste and the 2021 nominees for Best Short Fiction: “A Cold Grip,” Christi Nogle (Boneyard Soup)“The Sharps,” Sonora Taylor (Someone to Share My Nightmares: Stories)“Eating Bitterness,” Hannah Yang (The Dark Issue 74)“Syringe,” Isabel Yap (Never Have I Ever)“First Harvest,” April Yates (Blood & Bone: An Anthology…

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    LOHF Award for Best Novella

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Novella. Goddess of Filth by V. Castro “Five of us sat in a circle doing our best to emulate the girls in The Craft, hoping to unleash some power to take us all away from our home to the place of our dreams. But we weren’t witches. We were five Chicanas living in San Antonio, Texas, one year out of high school.” One hot summer night, best friends Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline hold a séance. It’s all fun and games at first, but their tipsy laughter turns to terror…

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    LOHF Award for Best Middle Grade

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Middle Grade. The Collectors by Lorien Lawrence The Ladies in White want you to join their family—forever. . . After defeating the Oldies, Quinn and Mike thought that things would settle down on Goodie Lane. But then new neighbors move in. Maybe it’s because they all work at the interior design firm, but Abigail, Eleanor, Jade, Brea, and Cami seem to always be together, dressed in only white. After everything that happened last summer, Quinn’s a bit wary of the Ladies in White, but her friend Lex is thrilled that someone…

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    LOHF Award for Best Young Adult

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Young Adult. Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis For fans of Us and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comes a witchy story full of black girl magic as one girl’s dark ability to summon the dead offers her a chance at a new life, while revealing to her an even darker future. Katrell doesn’t mind talking to the dead; she just wishes it made more money. Clients pay her to talk to their deceased loved ones, but it isn’t enough to support her unemployed mother and Mom’s deadbeat boyfriend-of-the-week. Things get…

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    2021 Readers’ Choice

    It’s time for the Readers’ Choice results. We decided to implement this for the first time in order to give the wider horror community the opportunity to highlight their favorite read published in 2021 by an LOHF author. As this was our first try, we kept it very simple and asked for only ONE vote; an impossible task, we know. To our delight, the responses were varied and wonderful. This, however, means that we decided to highlight more than just one.  The top 10 Readers’ Choice (in alphabetical order):  “Become a Flute, Become a Spy Glass, Become a Knife” by Elou Carroll; Grimm & Dread: a Crow’s Twist on Classic Tales…