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Monster, She Wrote
Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction | Lisa Kroger, Melanie R. Anderson
Weird fiction wouldn't exist without the women who created it. Meet the female authors who defied convention to craft some of literature's strangest tales. And find out why their own stories are equally intriguing. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein; but have you heard of Margaret Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier? Have you read the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era? Or the stories of Gertrude Barrows Bennett, whose writing influenced H.P. Lovecraft? Monster, She Wrote shares the stories of women past and present who invented horror, speculative, and weird fiction and made it great. You'll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V.C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Coltor, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today's vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). And each profile includes a curated reading list so you can seek out the spine-chilling tales that interest you the most.
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Zoes_Human
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Much like computer science, speculative fiction and horror are arenas where women have always been present yet are treated as interlopers. This wonderful collection of microbiographies, 41 in all, examines the women who helped build and shape these genres. In the final section, we are given brief overviews of the women currently driving five different styles of work in these categories. The little illustrations are delightful as well.

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BookishTrish
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#screamsbymail Look what I found!!!

LeahBergen I just bought this one, too! I was so impressed that it represents so many authors from a hundred or more years ago. 👍🏻 2w
JazzFeathers 😲 2w
amanda__reads__horror This is in my TBR stack too!! It‘s a gorgeous book! 2w
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Skygoddess1
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I really enjoyed this and it‘s look at various female authors throughout history and the ways in which they contributed to and even helped to found different genres of horror and speculative fiction. The only real downside to reading this is that my TBR has grown even more with the various book recommendations provided throughout. #NFNov

Clwojick 6 pt 2w
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Zoes_Human
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“In July 2018, Hulu announced that a television adaptation of The Vampire Chronicles is in the works, for which Rice will collaborate with her son Christopher, who will serve as writer and producer.”

Wait, what?!

ShyBookOwl Interesting! I've learned not to get my hopes up when adaptations are announced though -- they seem to fall through frequently... RIP Y: The Last Man 😞 lol 3w
Zoes_Human @ShyBookOwl They are filming already! 3w
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Zoes_Human
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Damn.

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Zoes_Human
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“In 1948, the New Yorker published a short story by a then-unknown writer. The tale, about an ordinary town with a sinister secret, so outraged readers that the magazine reported receiving more negative mail than ever before, including many subscription cancellations.

That story was “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, which went on to become one of the most famous short stories in American literature.”

rwmg It might be interesting to read some of those letters (edited) 3w
Zoes_Human @rwmg Right? It's been a while since I've I've read the story. Decades, actually. I can't remember anything about it that would be so upsetting though. Time for a revisit. I'm pretty certain I have an anthology that has it in there. 3w
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Zoes_Human
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I adore this illustration 🥰

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Zoes_Human
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“How infamous was she? Cavendish scandalized polite society more than once; on one occasion, she showed up to a theater event wearing a dress that exposed her breasts, including her nipples, which she had thoughtfully painted red.”

Reminds me of a friend. 😊

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Zoes_Human
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1. Tagged plus Best of the Best Volume 2: 20 Years of the Best Short Science Fiction Novels, Nine Perfect Strangers, ¡Vamos a leer!, The Scar, Favorite Poems, & The Complete Works of Shakespeare.

2. Um, yes.

3. Well, I'm friends with two authors, but they were my friends well before they published so I don't know if that counts.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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KarmonR
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I love this book. It is a great catalog of female authors, containing just enough biographical info and book summaries to help me determine who I wanted to look into further. If you read this, expect your TBR list to grow! Lots of new names to me, especially authors from more recent decades. So much fun.

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BookwormOfTheDamned
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This was a great reference book and a good source that elaborated on some of my favorite authors while introducing some new names. I highly reccommend for any fan of horror literature.

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Cedricsmom
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Look at these gorgeous end papers! So happy that I bought this book 100% on impulse. I'm quite thrilled with it already.

Sace 💚💚💚💚 2mo
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Cedricsmom
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Look what just arrived!

Sace Ooo... That looks interesting! 2mo
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BookwormOfTheDamned

This is such a fantastic book with great references and history about some of the bravest female horror authors.

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Aloisi_tribe
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I love my kindle and ebooks but sometimes you have to have a physical copy of a book to truly appreciate it. This book is absolutely gorgeous. The illustrations, quote pages, and section break full-page illustrations are breathtaking.

#chillingphotochallenge #monster #scarathlon @Clwojick

Clwojick Agreed! I tend to swoon more over covers and illustrations when it's a physical book. 2mo
Cedricsmom Agreed! Mine arrived today and I had no idea it would be so lovely. The artwork, the colors, all of it. Perfect purchase for the season and a great reference too❤️ 2mo
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Sarah9
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Very interesting read. My TBR list continues to grow.

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jenniferw88
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For a girl who doesn't really read #horror I've got quite a few books on the #tbr which can be tagged as such. #scarathlon

Tamara I've tagged another book you might be interested in!

6pts +1 = 7pts #chillingphotochallenge

#teamslaughter @Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid I know girl I was just made aware of this book a couple of days ago. It is on my TBR list now 😘❤️😘 2mo
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RainyDayReading
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I loved this! This discusses horror and speculative fiction in its earlier incarnations all the way to present day and shows that female writers have been in the genre since the beginning and have helped shape it into what it is today. Broken into sections, this book talks about both forgotten and well known authors and gives reading recommendations. Fun, informative and I‘m so glad to know more about these badass women writers. #teamslaughter

RainyDayReading #scarathlon @Clwojick This book is 1 point 2mo
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kamoorephoto
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This was the perfect book to start the #scarathlon:
a book about books, about female authors of horror/speculative fiction. It‘s perfect for creating a list of must-read horror, covering books from Mary Shelley and Daphne du Maurier, up to recent novelists Helen Oyeyemi and Mira Grant
Meticulously researched, will make you super savvy if you need to write a paper on literary works by female authors. Thanks for sending @EH2018 🎃

#TeamSlaughter +3

Clwojick Oh wow! The cover is gorgeous 💚 2mo
kamoorephoto (Oh and it‘s over 200 pages - 352 pages) 2mo
kamoorephoto @Clwojick And for this, is it one for the book and one for the post? And then do you get a point if it checks off something on the scavenger hunt? I‘ll try and not keep asking you dumb questions...! 2mo
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Clwojick Yeah! I‘ve got you for this one too! 1 for the book, 1 for the post, and 1 for the scavenger hunt prompt. 2mo
GatheringBooks i need this in my life! 2mo
kamoorephoto @GatheringBooks Yes! You would love this one! Maybe I should mail it around? 2mo
GatheringBooks @kamoorephoto that would be awesome! 2mo
kamoorephoto @GatheringBooks @ephemeralwaltz @scripturient @BookishTrish @Reggie @danibolahood Everyone good with that? I‘ll mail this one along with the next book...Bird‘s Nest is on my October TBR. Sorry I‘m so far behind. Life has been a shambles (you know, being in limbo and everything, trying to start over). Hoping I can get back on track! 2mo
GatheringBooks @kamoorephoto you are still on time as i just received the next two books! hahaha. we are ALL behind which is comforting. 💕🤣📚 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @kamoorephoto @GatheringBooks yes, everyone is behind!😂😂❤️ and this gorgeous book looks PERFECT! Thank youuu 2mo
BookishTrish This looks perfect for our group! Thanks for sending it around. Hope things start to calm down and fall into place for you. And we read and post at the pace we read and post - it‘s a hobby and it needs to be fun to work xo 2mo
scripturient @GatheringBooks @ephemeralwaltz @kamoorephoto @BookishTrish No worries. And take your time with the two books, Myra. I currently don‘t have a book because I sent the zombie book to you early (while Hunted was late). 🤣 Clara, also no worries, just drop me a note when you send out the book you currently have. 😘 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @scripturient I still don't have my next book so it might take a while! But I will keep you posted xxx 2mo
scripturient @ephemeralwaltz 👍🏻😘 2mo
GatheringBooks @kamoorephoto hi katherine! planning on sending the books this sunday when the post office opens (sunday being the start of work week). my recommendation is to also hold off on sending this title around since it might become out-of-sync with the other titles, unless we are doing round 3. i may have to beg off for round 3 with all the insanity in the postal system here. so my suggestion is to include it for those who will be joining round 3. :) 2mo
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RainyDayReading
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Here‘s what my day is looking like. Not feeling too good so I‘m going to curl up and try to get through all of these. Don‘t think they fit with the #teamslaughter overall theme, I‘ll have to check Goodreads and see what genres they‘re categorized under, but they are due back to the library tomorrow (except for Monster, She Wrote) so I need to get through them. We‘ll see how well I do but I‘m going to try! #scarathlon @Clwojick

Clwojick If there‘s some mystery, or suspense to them, I‘d say they count. I often find that books are double categorized. (edited) 2mo
RainyDayReading @Clwojick Okay awesome. Then, The Passenger and The Siren and The Specter would for sure count. The other two I‘ll know better when I get to them. 2mo
Clwojick Either way, they‘d atleast count for 1 point once read. 2 if is falls within the genres 2mo
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kamoorephoto
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This is just a bit of my #SpookyTBR for October (more are on my #Scarathlon pile).
These are my spook-tacular reads from the lovely @EH2018 from our #ScreamathonSwap.
I also received some snuggly kitty socks, candy (I already ate nearly all of it because I had a bad day), and the stars you see are on the booksleeve (I LOVE booksleeves)!

#screamathonphotochallenge
The black kitty really put a smile on my face today 😻

EH2018 So glad you like!!!! 😍🎃🍁📚 2mo
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Bindrosbookshelf
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So I went to two different bookstores to look for a particular book, didn‘t find the the one I was after but managed to picked up two books at each store...

#bookhaul

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readordierachel
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BiblioLitten Oh so pretty! 💚 3mo
batsy Love 💚 3mo
Tanisha_A Ahhh 😍 3mo
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Jas16 Lovely! 3mo
LeahBergen Great cover! 3mo
mrp27 Awesome! 3mo
Centique 😍😍😍 3mo
sudi So pretty 😍 3mo
batsy Happy birthday! Hope you have a fabulous one 🧁🥂📚💖 3mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 3mo
readordierachel @batsy Thank you! 🤗❤ 3mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood Thank you! ❤🤗 3mo
BiblioLitten A bit too late but happy birthday!! I hope you had a wonderful day🥳💕 2mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten You're so sweet! Thank you! 🤗❤ 2mo
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Skygoddess1
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Went into my local indie today to pick up the mentioned book and I just had to take a picture of their Halloween reads table display. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love spending the month of October reading all things related to the season as well as watching horror movies.

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Dorianna
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My favorite thing is when my book order comes in earlier than expected

vivastory This sounds AMAZING 3mo
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danimgill
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Mehso-so

This is a very readable reference book about women writers of horror throughout history. The short blurbs about each woman‘s bio and reading recommendations were great, and definitely TBR-accumulating, but this was a hard text to read straight through like a normal book. In my opinion it functions much better as a book to pick up and learn about an author or two then put back down.

ShyBookOwl I need this 🤓 4mo
danimgill @ShyBookOwl It‘ll be out on September 17th! Should‘ve put that in my review haha. It was good, I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 4mo
ShyBookOwl @danimgill after adding it to my Amazon cart, I heard about it on this week's podcast episode of Reading Glasses! Fun coincidence. I'll be pre-ordering it as soon as I know for sure where I'll be living in September lol (in the process of buying a new place 🤞🏼) 4mo
danimgill @ShyBookOwl that is a fun coincidence! Good luck with the big move! 🤞 4mo
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ohyeahthatgirl
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Very excited for this one! I picked it up at StokerCon and I've been saving it. Feeling blah and DNF'd my last book, so diving in. This art makes me want a tattoo!

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PatriciaU
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Littens, my TBR list has just exploded. Kroger and Anderson have written a *readable* and engaging piece of non-fiction that delves into all the kick-ass women who wrote sci-fi, paranormal, and speculative fiction from the 17th c. on. Many of them wrote using male pseudonyms, but others started their own goddamned publishing houses just for women! I‘m thinking about putting together a reading challenge around this. Stay tuned.

saresmoore This all sounds flippin‘ fantastic! 7mo
LA_Mead OMG I NEED TO BUY THAT RIGHT NOW!!! 7mo
PatriciaU @LA_Mead it‘s out in September, but available on #NetGalley right now. So, so good. It had me combing through my collection of English & Victorian ghost story, Weird Fiction and Strand Magazine books to see if any of the lesser known authors were represented. Huzzah, many of them are in the collections! 7mo
Eyelit Very cool! I‘d be interested in your reading challenge 7mo
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