Ladies of the Fright Podcast
Ladies of Horror Fiction
Here are some of my recommendations for those of you building an "All Ladies" TBR for next month (this is what I'll be doing as well!)
1. THE CARROW HAUNT by Darcy Coates- this is on my TBR and it was nominated in the Best Horror Category for Goodreads last year. "The dead are restless here..."
CRUEL WORKS OF NATURE by Gemma Amor- I'll be reading this one with the Night Worms crew next month! Join us!
"Curiosity may have killed the cat, but supernatural curiosities brought it back."THE HUNGER by Alma Katsu- I read this one last year and I feel like it has so much going for it in terms of great character development and engaging drama.
"An NPR Best Horror Novel"
MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris- a powerfully gripping, beautifully illustrated graphic novel. "the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography."
FOUNTAIN DEAD by Theresa Braun- Another Night Worms read! We're all very excited to read it next month. "Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house's dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history."
THE RUST MAIDENS by Gwendolyn Kiste- Also on my TBR I've heard nothing but excellent reviews for this book. It is on the preliminary ballot to win a Bram Stoker!
"Something’s happening to the girls on Denton Street."
HAG by Kathleen Kaufman- One of the best stories about witches I have ever read. Read my Cemetery Dance review HERE
THE GABRIEL DAVENPORT SERIES by Beverley Lee- a 5 star series! Each book is excellent. Literally the best vampire fiction on the market right now.
"Blood calls to blood"
EVERYTHING THAT'S UNDERNEATH by Kristi DeMeester- I will never stop singing the praises of this short story collection. Visceral, raw and uniquely feminine. Creepy as hell.
"Crawl across the earth and dig in the dirt. Feel it. Tearing at your nails, gritty between your teeth, filling your nostrils."
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough- This was a page turner for me. I didn't want to stop until it was done and when it was, OH HOLY HELL, what an ending. LOVE!
"“You should read Behind Her Eyes…It’s bloody brilliant.” —Stephen King"
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLOOD SOAKED by Christa Carmen- One of my favorite author collections last year. Every story was something different and I loved them all.
"a compelling exploration of horrors both supernatural and psychological, and an undeniable affirmation of Carmen’s flair for short fiction."
BENEATH by Kristi DeMeester- another from Kristi but this time a novel but she can do short stories and novel length stories like a horror pro. I love her!
"What will happen when occulted horrors writhe to the surface, when pallid and forgotten things rise to reclaim the Earth?"
PRETTY LITTLE DEAD THINGS by Mercedes M. Yardley- This was such an interesting combination of a lyrical style fairytale and dark fantasy/horror. I loved it.
"Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered..."
CRY YOUR WAY HOME- Damien Angelica Walters- I haven't finished this collection but I have read like half of the stories and Damien's storytelling ability is brilliant. Highly recommend!
"Once upon a time there was a monster. This is how they tell you the story starts. This is a lie."
Seriously. Read them all. Start with BROTHER.
I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK by Michelle McNamara- One of the scariest books I ever started and I didn't finish it because it was too scary for me. So, if you want to be horrified by true crime--this is your jam.
THE GRIP OF IT by Jack Jemc- I love quiet, subtle horror and this one was written with beautiful imagery and atmosphere.
"Jac Jemc's The Grip of It is a chilling literary horror novel about a young couple haunted by their newly purchased home."
YOU & HIDDEN BODIES by Caroline Kepnes- If Joe Goldberg's sociopathic love for Beck isn't horror, I don't know what is--addicting and compelling this book won't leave you alone until it's over!
“Hypnotic and scary.” —Stephen King