|“It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out – and come back for more.” – Bela Lugosi
This month is Women in Horror Month, a celebration of all the ladies, past and present, who’ve contributed to the genre – writers, actors, filmmakers & artists.
I’ve been looking to Instagram for some reading inspiration and have a growing list of female authors to try out which I’m really excited about. So far this year I’ve read three books by authors I wasn’t previously familiar with, and all of them were outstanding!
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss – The story of 17-year-old Sylvie who goes to stay at an encampment in Northumberland with her parents. The encampment is run by a professor who is interested in the area’s history of ritual sacrifice.
The Grip of It by Jac Jemc – James and Julie move to a new house to escape James’ gambling problems in the city. From the very beginning it’s clear there’s something not quite right at the new house. The prose is both stunning and haunting – very reminiscent of Shirley Jackson. It’s one of my most favourite reads of recent times.
The Hunger by Alma Katsu – Inspired by the historical tragedy of the Donner Party (many families who took a fatal wagon route to get to the west coast of America in the 1840s), The Hunger is a gruelling and terrifying fictionalised version of events. The characters were expertly dealt with and the supernatural element was multi-layered, fresh and exciting. Loved it! Katsu also has a novel out called The Deep, which is based on the story of the Titanic, which I MUST read.
Last year I read 21 books. Of those, 13 were by men and 8 by women. So I’m making things fairer this year by reading a book by a man after every book by a woman. (I’ve rejigged my TBR list, which you can see at the bottom of this post).
Do you have any favourite ladies in horror? Or know of any ladies in horror whose work deserves more love?
The past few weeks have been a total write off for my Ben Nevis training, as I’ve had a cold that’s WAY outstayed its welcome. Seriously. It just won’t go. But I suppose all the physical inactivity has made way for lots of reading time instead.
Oh, and I’m still working on my book. So cheers to me this month too, being a woman in horror and all that 😉
Growing Things – Paul Tremblay
The House Next Door – Anne Rivers Siddons
Imaginary Friend – Stephen Chbosky
Monster, She Wrote – Lisa Kroger
I Always Find You – John Ajvide Lindqvist
Missing Person – Sarah Lotz
Kill Creek – Scott Thomas
Pine – Francine Toon
Ghoster – Jason Arnopp
The Twisted Ones – T Kingfisher
The Reddening – Adam Nevill
Come Closer – Sara Gran
I Died Yesterday – Andy Graham
The Between – Tananarive Due
The Stand – Stephen King
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Widow’s Point – Richard Chizmar
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Starve Acre – Andrew Michael Hurley
The Family Plot – Cherie Priest
Sour Candy – Kealan Patrick Burke
Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant
Hellbound – David Caffrey
Within These Walls – Ania Ahlborn