• Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Women in Translation
    Women in Translation

    Horror Adjacent Reads in Translation

    I’m baaaaack to preach about the joys of horror adjacent reads again!! If you’re sitting there all, “what is she going on about with this made-up terminology?” you can check out this post that explains a bit more of what horror adjacent means (to me, at least. What does it mean to you?). Another facet of any type of fiction that I love to explore is translated books. It is especially intriguing in the horror genre because you get to see what other cultures are afraid of. I’ve long felt that one of the best ways to learn about a culture is through its fiction, but if you know what…

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    What We’re Reading #64

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a nice mix of recommendations for you this Wednesday! Don’t forget to hit the tag up above to find more excellent books to add to your tbr piles. Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-nan Disasters, accidents, and deaths abound in Bluebeard’s First Wife. A woman spends a night with her fiancé and his friends, and overhears a terrible secret that has bound them together since high school. A man grows increasingly agitated by the apartment noise made by a young family living upstairs and arouses the suspicion of his own wife when the neighbors meet a string of unlucky incidents. A couple moves into a…

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    What We’re Reading #37

    Another Wednesday, another week of great reading recommendations coming your way from the Ladies of Horror Fiction team! The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Goodreads…

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    January 2020: Monthly Recap

    This month the Ladies of Horror Fiction team made several exciting announcements regarding our plans for Women in Horror Month. Be sure to check those out below! We also took a deep dive into Japanese horror with books in translation and a look at Japanese horror films. Be sure to check out all of our reviews and features from January! Reviews What We’re Reading #33 What We’re Reading #34 What We’re Reading #35 What We’re Reading #36 News and Announcements January 2020 LOHF New ReleasesEach month the Ladies of Horror Fiction team posts all of the books we are aware of that will be releasing during that month. A Bloody…

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    What We’re Reading #34

    We have some recommendations because we know you need more books! Body by Asa Nonami As indicated by the title, Bødy is a collection of horror stories, all thematically linked to people’s perception of their bodies, and the consequences of vanity and low self-esteem. In the vein of the psychological suspense of the Twilight Zone, each story ends with a shock, leaving the reader unsettled with the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for,” echoing in their bones. Appropriately, each of the five stories in Bødy gets its title from the body parts featured, buttocks, blood, face, hair and chin. Goodreads | Amazon Toni’s Teaser Review I really enjoyed…

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    What We’re Reading #32

    Everyone should take a few moments to treat themselves to some terrific new books! Here are a few recommendations to get you started: Dear Laura by Gemma Amor Every year, on her birthday, Laura gets a letter from a stranger. That stranger claims to know the whereabouts of her missing friend Bobby, but there’s a catch: he’ll only tell her what he knows in exchange for something…personal.So begins Laura’s sordid relationship with her new penpal, built on a foundation of quid pro quo. Her quest for closure will push her to bizarre acts of humiliation and harm, yet no matter how hard she tries, she cannot escape her correspondent’s demands.…

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    What We’re Reading #31

    Here’s our latest round-up of recent reads. We hope you find something to add to your reading list! The Vegetarian by Han King Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of…

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    Women in Translation

    Women in Translation Horror Edition: Mexico

    August was Women in Translation month, after finding so many amazing women writing horror in other countries we wanted to keep it going. We decided to focus on regions and countries. This month we decided to start with Mexico and Cuba. We have included both works with translated and untranslated works. As much as possibly we have tried to look at the difference in the horror that is being published in country compared to American horror. It was the differences that are really interesting Mexico The horror coming out of Mexico harks back to a very strong oral tradition; where ancient folklore is mixed with religion. What I found interesting…