Women In Horror Month: Literature Edition #WIHM
From Mary Shelley to Tananarive Due, the landscape of horror literature has been shaped by brilliant women writers. Since it’s Women in Horror Month, I decided to highlight some indie women you may not have heard about. Enjoy!
Gemma is a UK horror fiction author, podcaster, artist and voice actor. She writes for the NoSleep Podcast and her short story anthology ‘Cruel Works of Nature: 11 Illustrated Horror Novellas’ is availible on Amazon.
Description of Cruel Works of Nature: 11 Illustrated Horror Novellas
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but supernatural curiosities brought it back.
A Jack-in-the-Box made from skulls.
A monster egg in the mail.
A sketchbook bridging imagination with reality.
What other wondrous and terrible secrets will these survivors tell?
CRUEL WORKS OF NATURE is a collection of 11 horror novellas about strange and exciting supernatural encounters. Reality and the fantastic are blended seamlessly in these immersive tales, with plenty of mystery to lead the reader on a thrilling journey. Some stories are dark and macabre while others whimsical and lighthearted, together ensuring constant surprises and terrifying twists to keep you reading until the very last page.
Mariko is an award winning Japanese horror author who wrote her debut novel in 1985. Since then, she has published several dark works such as The Graveyard Apartment, The Silent One and Fig Forest. She is known for combining genres and terrifying readers.
Description of The Graveyard Apartment
One of the most popular writers working in Japan today, Mariko Koike is a recognized master of detective fiction and horror writing. Known in particular for her hybrid works that blend these styles with elements of romance, The Graveyard Apartment is arguably Koike’s masterpiece. Originally published in Japan in 1986, Koike’s novel is the suspenseful tale of a young family that believes it has found the perfect home to grow into, only to realize that the apartment’s idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil and that longer they stay, the more trapped they become.
This tale of a young married couple who harbor a dark secret is packed with dread and terror, as they and their daughter move into a brand new apartment building built next to a graveyard. As strange and terrifying occurrences begin to pile up, people in the building start to move out one by one, until the young family is left alone with someone... or something... lurking in the basement. The psychological horror builds moment after moment, scene after scene, culminating with a conclusion that will make you think twice before ever going into a basement again
Annie is a Texas based Bram Stoker Award-Nominated author who specializes in horror, gothic, literary fiction, poetry and speculative. Her work appears in Apex, Black Static, and Cemetery Dance, as well as anthologies such as Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3 and #1 Amazon bestseller Killing It Softly. When she isn’t writing, she’s participating in Denton Writers’ Critique Group and the Horror Writers Association. You can check her out at her website: https://annieneugebauer.com/
Taken from her website, award winning author Camilla says it best. She is “ a proudly bisexual and mildly autistic introvert who finds writing much easier than verbal communication. A life long Goth, living with two kids, two cats and a poet by the sea.” She is an indie and self published author whose work includes sorcery, gothic elements, ghosts, vampires…There’s someone for everyone.
Description of Starblood
Star craves freedom, but Satori refuses to let her go. He casts a spell to make her love him again, opening a gateway through which Lilith, mother of demons, enters his life.
Lilith serves no man. Instead she seduces Star, assuring her that there is no shame in love, only completion. Thus begins a strange and terrible love triangle that leads them to Scotland and the Cairngorm mountains.
An LGBT love story full of horror and dark fantasy - be careful what you wish for.
Winner of HFA's Horror Author of the Year, Fear Venture's Author of the Year (2014), Best Horror Release by The Three Bookateers (2014) and nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize. Starblood is the first book in a series - Psychonaut, Black Sun, and Ribbons continue Star, Satori and Lilith's stories.
A graphic novel based on this award-winning novel is also available, illustrated by Anna Prashkovich.