Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction

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Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond. Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary archi Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond. Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband’s heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of Margaret “Mad Madge” Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of Shirley Jackson, whose novel The Haunting of Hill House was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You’ll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Colter, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today’s vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales. Part biography, part reader’s guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories. ...more

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Comments

Erin

Is your TBR becoming shorter? Neither is mine and now the wishlist is even longer. These authors want you and I to know that there are tons of great Gothic/horror/ terror filled books out there and they are all written by fantastic female writers- some names I knew(Daphne Du Maurier, Shirley Jackson) but there were many more that were whispering from the shadows " I'm still here." Which sounds quite spooky but it fits with the whole atmosphere of this non fiction. Divided into six categories, th Is your TBR becoming shorter? Neither is mine and now the wishlist is even longer. These authors want you and I to know that there are tons of great Gothic/horror/ terror filled books out there and they are all written by fantastic female writers- some names I knew(Daphne Du Maurier, Shirley Jackson) but there were many more that were whispering from the shadows " I'm still here." Which sounds quite spooky but it fits with the whole atmosphere of this non fiction. Divided into six categories, the authors take us from the 17th century(the founding mothers) all the way up to the 21st century( the new Gothic). Each author has a short biography, an analysis of her literary contribution to the genre, and most importantly tons of related reading to dive into. What more could a curious reader ever ask for? With Halloween just around the corner, this book will definitely spur a number of readers into a Gothic fiction read-a-thon. Thanks to Netgalley and Quirk Books for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Goodreads review published 28/08/19 Publication Date 17/09/19


Peter Topside

I absolutely loved this book. It was original, sassy, fun and very informational. It was also written fairly recently, referencing many pop-culturally relevant characters, tv shows, and movies. However, it also goes back several hundred years for certain authors, too. Each featured female horror author is organized by subgenre, gets a brief life history, their better known works (With brief descriptions), recommended reads and a quote. I sat updating my 'to read' list as I went through each auth I absolutely loved this book. It was original, sassy, fun and very informational. It was also written fairly recently, referencing many pop-culturally relevant characters, tv shows, and movies. However, it also goes back several hundred years for certain authors, too. Each featured female horror author is organized by subgenre, gets a brief life history, their better known works (With brief descriptions), recommended reads and a quote. I sat updating my 'to read' list as I went through each author, picking up almost 30 new books to check out! I never knew the in-depth history of female horror authors, but am now even more appreciative than before, for what they've contributed to the literary world. Thank you!! So needless to say, this book was just thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish!


Johann (jobis89)

“To all the girls who still sleep with the lights on, but read the scary stories anyway.” Shirley Jackson, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Daphne du Maurier, Susan Hill - female horror authors that we all know and love. But have you heard of Elizabeth Gaskell? Or Charlotte Riddell? Or Dorothy Macardle?? A word of warning - Monster, She Wrote is BAD news for your already overflowing TBR. Part biography, part reader’s guide, Monster, She Wrote will introduce you to over one hundred female horror author “To all the girls who still sleep with the lights on, but read the scary stories anyway.” Shirley Jackson, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Daphne du Maurier, Susan Hill - female horror authors that we all know and love. But have you heard of Elizabeth Gaskell? Or Charlotte Riddell? Or Dorothy Macardle?? A word of warning - Monster, She Wrote is BAD news for your already overflowing TBR. Part biography, part reader’s guide, Monster, She Wrote will introduce you to over one hundred female horror authors. Just try and restrain yourself from reading every single one! No matter your favourite subgenre of horror, Kröger and Anderson have you covered. Whether it’s ghost stories and haunted houses, or the weird and fascinating, or post-apocalyptic tales, or serial killers - there will be something for everyone. And if you’re like me and pretty much enjoy ALL the different types of horror, you’re truly screwed... As well as being a wonderful resource BRIMMING with fantastic recommendations, the book itself is simply stunning. Lots of little illustrations and details that are a feast for the eyes! Monster, She Wrote is a must for horror fans who are looking to add even more female authors to their shelves! Apologies to your bank account! 4.5 stars. “Women might be told to be quiet, but they still speak up. They might be made invisible, but they still are present. They might be hunted, but they can also be the hunter. Horror fiction shows us that sometimes the things that break us really can make us stronger.”

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