• Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Body Horror
    Guest Post

    Guest Post: Why Body Horror, or, Why Do We Entertain Ourselves with Grotesque Mutations, Demonic Gestation, Parasitic Infections, and Ghastly Mutilations By Christa Carmen

    The type of horror that can be described as ‘body horror’ is astronomical in scope. A quick google search tells you that horror novels as disparate as Frankenstein and Coraline are considered body horror by one website or another, and when you take a few moments to really think about it, most subcategories within the overarching genre could be loosely classified as body horror. The following is a list of why we—horror fans and regular humans alike, because let’s face it, even alleged horror haters have ogled a gnarly rash on their own, formerly pristine skin or stared in morbid fascination at the growing sphere of their or their partner’s baby bump—love body…

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    LOHF Writers Grant

    2019 LOHF Writers Grant

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is proud to announce our new partnership with Steve Stred and the LOHF Writers Grant. Letter from Steve Stred Hey, gang! Hope all is well! My name is Steve Stred, and I’m an indie author. You may have seen me kicking around, either from my releases, my guest posts on Sci-Fi & Scary, Ink Heist, Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews, or over at my usual haunt, Kendall Reviews. Heck, you may even recognize me from pictures on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook of my super large behind trying to frequently ride/fit in small objects as me and my son goofily play! Whatever the reason, hello again,…

  • 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 presents Stories of Horror
    Stories of Horror

    Stories of Horror: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Luella Miller

    Join Toni as she travels back to 1800s New England and meets Lydia Anderson who has a strange story to tell about Luella Miller. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Mary Ella Wilkins was born to Warren Edward Wilkins and Eleanor Lothrop on October 31st, 1852 in Randolph Massachusetts.  She had one sibling Anna Wilkins. Due to financial hardship the family had to move to Battleboro, Vermont in 1867 when Mary was 15. After the families move to Battleboro Warren opened a dry goods store but, by 1873 but the store failed to thrive. Due to financial hardship the Wilkins’s moved into the home of Reverend Thomas Taylor in order for Eleanor…

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    Guest Post: The Inherent Power of Words to Describe Oneself By Alice Collins

    The Inherent Power of Words to Describe Oneself By Alice Collins Words are a powerful thing. I’ve struggled with them a lot over the years. Especially with trying to find the right descriptors. There’s lots of continued learning involved, it’s a natural part of language evolving. It takes a while for a new word to catch on, and even longer to find one that is descriptive enough to describe the previously indescribable. It’s very tricky finding appropriate words. Even when you do, you may find it changing some years down the line and that’s ok! However, there are many people that I’ve run into IRL and on the internet bemoaning…

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    Guest Post: The Intimacy of Monsters by Hailey Piper

    The Intimacy of Monsters By Hailey Piper I adore cosmic horror, but it isn’t what I usually write.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve penned a couple, but I’m happier leaving that scale of world-ending dread to P.L. McMillan and Caitlin Kiernan.  I don’t connect the entropic, inevitable death of all things in a fearful way.  Cosmic horror delights me. Personal horror gets under my skin.  The little, everyday injustices and horrors that are easy to miss.  They could be happening right next door.  And through those come the intimate monsters. Personal ones. When an intimate monster creeps into your life, sometimes you aren’t even aware of what you’ve met.  They…

  • Podcast Episodes

    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…

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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…

  • Podcast Episodes

    Stories of Horror: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wallpaper Part 2

    In our last episode we met an unnamed woman who was suffering from what we would now know as postpartum depression. Due to her nervousness she is prescribed the rest cure by her physician. Her husband wisks her away to live for the summer in a large and isolated country house. The room they take is the old nursery at the top of the house with hideous yellow wallpaper. As part of her cure she is not to do anything that may cause her nervousness to become worse. So, the woman spends most of her time confined to her room. At some point she starts to believe that something is…

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    Guest Post: La Llorona: Of Fear, Demons and Motherhood by Violet Castro

    La Llorona: Of Fear, Demons and Motherhood V.Castro I remember lying in bed with the sheet pulled to my chin and eyes intently watching the fan propped in my open bedroom window. The terror within and the heat of the Texan summer, even at night, caused me to sweat profusely. There was still no way I would let go of that sheet, possibly the only thing that kept her away from me. I hated the sound of the fan because what if she was out there. How would I know if she was approaching? But it was too hot that evening to close the window or not have a fan…