Wednesday, August 3, 2022

What We've Been Reading #135

Today our team members recommend Laurel Hightower's recent release, a "The Stepfather" inspired novel by Stephanie Sparks, and a backlist title by Catherine Cavendish.




Below by Laurel Hightower

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO HELP A STRANGER?

While driving through the mountains of West Virginia during a late-night snowstorm, a recently divorced woman experiences bizarre electrical problems, leaving her with little choice but to place her trust with a charismatic truck driver. But when an unexplainable creature with haunting red eyes gets between them, she is forced to make one of the toughest decisions of her life. Will she abandon the stranger who kept her safe—or will she climb down below, where reality has shapeshifted into a living nightmare?

Amazon | Goodreads | Bookshop

Audra's Teaser Review

"A delightfully creepy creature feature, this novella is a one-sitting read that will keep you guessing."

Read Audra's entire review at Goodreads.




The Stepchildren by Stephanie Sparks

Jamie Riley had always suspected that something was wrong with her stepfather. Burt Valentine wasn’t just a man on the hunt for the perfect life — he was a fugitive family annihilator who murdered his own wife and children.

After Jamie escapes his violent attack, she learns years later that Burt had infiltrated and destroyed other families too, leaving a trail of physically and emotionally broken stepchildren.

As adults, Jamie and the other survivors come together in group therapy where they discover that Burt has died in prison. All too familiar with her stepfather’s M.O. of faking his death, Jamie refuses to believe he’s dead, and the only way to be sure is to break into a funeral home to see his corpse.

But as it turns out, even in death, stepdaddy dearest still has a few deadly surprises left for his wayward stepchildren.

Inspired by The Stepfather movie franchise, THE STEPCHILDREN is a psychological horror novel that explores what happens to the child survivors of a serial killer whose evil continues to haunt them.

Goodreads | Amazon  |  Bookshop

Alex's Teaser Review

"THE STEPCHILDREN by Stephanie Sparks is a quick read and fast-paced horror story in the vein of the beloved late 80s franchise, The Stepfather. The twist? It is from the perspective of multiple surviving stepchildren."

Read Alex's entire review at Goodreads.




Wrath of the Ancients by Catherine Cavendish

Egypt, 1908: Eminent archaeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands...

Vienna, 1913: Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.

Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy...

Goodreads | Amazon 

Laurie's Teaser Review

"It’s the perfect book to curl up with on a cold night next to a few candles or a fireplace (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or a cooperative beast and I think many readers will enjoy the story especially if you’re interested in ancient Gods and curses."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.


Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

We are currently accepting horror fiction and horror adjacent fiction written by diverse authors in print and epub format ONLY. If this is you, please visit our review submission page here.



Laurie is one of our Horror Spotlight Admins. Laurie creates our review posts and coordinates review requests.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.

Monday, August 1, 2022

2022 LOHF Writers Grant


The Horror Spotlight team is excited to announce the 4th LOHF Writers Grant! This will be the last year the grant will be a "Ladies of Horror Fiction" grant. Read on for more details from Steve Stred!

Letter from Steve Stred

The End (?)

Way back in 2018, I had an idea.

Back then – pre-Covid times – I saw constant chatter on the various social media platforms that numerous awards were always going to “old white dudes.” It’s true. If you go take a look a historical winners of book awards, music awards, movie awards, TV awards, heck even sports awards – white dudes clean up. And the same was so for Grants/Scholarships etc.

So, I had an idea. I had been thinking of releasing a book and giving the profits to a worthy cause. At first I was thinking Autism research because my awesome nephew, Gabe has high functioning Autism. After chatting with my sister, she said that while it was a nice gesture, the reality was, if the donation wasn’t massive, it wouldn’t accomplish much. True.

And then I swung my sights back to the world of books. I wanted to help. People needed help. How could we connect the dots?

Back then, I was DMing with Toni from LOHF and threw it out there – would the LOHF partner up with me to offer a Grant? I wanted a Grant that had no caveats or attachments to it. Cash in hand. Many Grants and Scholarships (and no ill-will towards them when I say this) have specific actions attached. You must use the funds to pay for a writing course, or a conference registration and so on and so forth.

That’s fine and great. But to me, I wanted this help to go to whatever aspect the recipients needed help. It could be editing costs, cover art costs, writing software or, at the end of the day, groceries, bills or babysitting to free up time. Whatever the need, some funds to help.

So, when Toni replied that the LOHF would be on board, I was OVER THE MOON! As much as this little essay so far seems to be STEVE based, I never wanted this to be about me. I wanted this to be about the awesome writers out there and something to help them achieve their goals and dreams.

In year one, we had one Grant. Each year since, it’s grown.

But so too has the LOHF, who’re – at this exact time – metamorphosing and transforming into something bigger, brighter and even more spectacular. That group and I, share a similar philosophy, which ultimately boils down to this; ‘More We and less I.’ We’re stronger as a group when we all work together to help and make sure we all succeed.

Over the years, the recipients have done some amazing things, and that wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless work of the LOHF crew. Some have come and gone and others have been there since the start, so I won’t try and list them all here – instead, I’ll just say – from the bottom of my heart, thank you for taking this on. From creating the application form to sharing the application links and reading through the submissions and ultimately choosing who would receive them each year – wow! So much work and you’ve all done it behind the scenes and making sure things went off without a hitch.

To every single author who applied – thank you as well. I wish I was a bajillionaire and every application would’ve been able to be chosen – but thank you for putting yourself out there as well as sharing and telling others about this.

To the Grant recipients – thank you for applying and believing in us as well.

To all of the Grant Sponsors – a huge, huge thank you! I funded the first one on my own and then sponsored a Grant in each year since. But to all of you who stepped up and sponsored additional Grants each year, just know it brought a tear to my eye. You’re all a bunch of solid folks.

Which brings us to the beginning of what I wrote here and the ending. This will be the final year of the LOHF Writers Grant. With the changes occurring, it made sense for us to end it here. As such, with things changing, this year we decided to keep the sponsors anonymous. We always want things to be transparent and fair, but with the changes happening, this was the only way, and to us it made sense.

Applications will open and recipients will be chosen and awarded as with the last years.

Then what?

I’m not sure. At this point, I’d like to keep doing something similar. The reality is – I simply can’t take on an entire Grant system on my own. I run on a bare minimum of time and energy as is and I really can’t manage to do that as well, and I also wouldn’t want myself to be the only one determining the Grants.

I’ll be reaching out to a few different places and see what we can figure out.

In closing, thank you to everyone who embraced this crazy fun Grant over the last four years. Likes, shares, retweets, tags, applications, recipients, etc. It was all a blast and I’m so happy with how this came together.

Good luck to those applying!

Until we meet again.

Steve

Eligibility Requirements

The LOHF Writers Grant is inclusive to all women and non-binary femmes who have reasonably demonstrated a commitment to writing in the horror genre. All grant provided funds must be used in a manner that will help develop the applicant’s career.

The applicant must not have received the LOHF Writers Grant within the previous three years.

Application Process

In order to apply for the LOHF Writers Grant, you must fill out the LOHF Writers Grant Application by 11:59pm CST August 31, 2022.

Selection Process

Sixteen grant recipients will be selected by members of the LOHF Writers Grant Committee consisting of non-disclosed members of Horror Spotlight.

Grant Disbursement

Sixteen recipients will receive the LOHF Writers Grant in the amount of $100. The Horror Spotlight team will announce the recipients of the LOHF Writers Grant on September 15, 2022. At that time, the LOHF Writers Grant Committee will also notify Steve Stred of the recipients.

Contribute to the Writers Grant

If you would like to contribute to this year's LOHF Writers Grant or future grant projects, contact Stever Stred via email for more details.


The Horror Spotlight team assists with the selection of the LOHF Writers Grant recipients. All funding and disbursement of funds are at the sole discretion of the grant donors.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

What We've Been Reading #134

Today our team members recommend Kosoko Jackson's newest release and two creepy novellas by writers Ali Seay and Wendy Dalrymple!



Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson

Jamal Lawson just wanted to be a part of something. As an aspiring journalist, he packs up his camera and heads to Baltimore to document a rally protesting police brutality after another Black man is murdered.

But before it even really begins, the city implements a new safety protocol...the Dome. The Dome surrounds the city, forcing those within to subscribe to a total militarized shutdown. No one can get in, and no one can get out.

Alone in a strange place, Jamal doesn't know where to turn...until he meets hacker Marco, who knows more than he lets on, and Catherine, an AWOL basic-training-graduate, whose parents helped build the initial plans for the Dome.

As unrest inside of Baltimore grows throughout the days-long lockdown, Marco, Catherine, and Jamal take the fight directly to the chief of police. But the city is corrupt from the inside out, and it's going to take everything they have to survive.

Amazon | Goodreads | Bookshop

Heather's Teaser Review

"This book is fast paced and I really suggest you pick it up if you want to raise your anxiety."

Read Heather's entire review at Goodreads.



To Offer Her Pleasure by Ali Seay

After the death of his father and his mother taking off, it becomes clear to Ben that the only thing he can count on, is no one to count on.

Until he finds the book. One that calls forth a shadowy horned figure.

She comes with unexpected gifts and the comfort of a dependable presence.

She asks for very little in return, really. The more Ben offers her, the easier it gets.

Sometimes, family requires more than a little sacrifice...

Goodreads | Amazon

Teresa's Teaser Review

"To Offer Her Pleasure is tense and brutal, a constant picking at an open wound, it packs a punch and keeps on punching for the entire novella."

Read Teresa's entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie's Teaser Review

"This was a dark delight. It is a painful coming of age story drenched in grief and anger."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.



White Ibis by Wendy Dalrymple

Obsession. Lies. Greed.

Chelsea is thirty-two, vain and self-absorbed, driven in life only by want and her obsession with being the best. However, despite wanting to portray an outwardly perfect image, things at home are crumbling between her and her boyfriend, Brendan. Together they harbor a secret that has been slowly chipping away at their relationship, and now, things have come to a breaking point.

One day at yoga class, Chelsea meets a woman named Damaris who is exactly like her; beautiful, confident, and reaching high to be her best self. Damaris and Chelsea become instant best friends and bond over healthy eating, fitness, and their love of luxury items. As Chelsea’s heart hardens toward her boyfriend, her obsession with the enigmatic Damaris only blossoms.

As one bad decision turns into another, Chelsea begins to think she is being followed by a white bird. Her new best friend Damaris suggests a girls' weekend in New Orleans to get away from it all and Chelsea readily agrees. Unfortunately for Chelsea, it soon becomes clear that she can’t run away from her problems and instead finds herself tumbling head-first into a downward spiral.

Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop

Alex's Teaser Review

"WHITE IBIS by Wendy Dalrymple has a fun mix of psychological and body horror all wrapped up in a contemporary Southern Gothic flare."

Read Alex's entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie's Teaser Review

"This book went some places I wasn’t expecting and I was so happy about it! It features awful characters and cringeworthy body horror and was the perfect length. This is good stuff. Read it if you want a little evil in your life."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.


Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

We are currently accepting horror fiction and horror adjacent fiction written by diverse authors in print and epub format ONLY. If this is you, please visit our review submission page here.



Laurie is one of our Horror Spotlight Admins. Laurie creates our review posts and coordinates review requests.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Horror Spotlight Shelf Edition: RJ Joseph

 

Shelf Edition: RJ Joseph



Today we welcome RJ Joseph to Horror Spotlight's Shelf Edition! 

Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?


I absolutely do! I was so excited about Christine Morgan's splatter western, The Night Silver River Run Red, from Death's Head Press. I was supposed to be reading it for research but it sucked me in so completely with the characterization and vivid imagery, I forgot to "study" it. I also finally finished reading the other stories in the Kandisha Press anthology, Slash-Her, and I'm so glad I* submitted my story before I saw the others. The writing is sublime and I'm really humbled that my story sits alongside that artistry.

Which LOHF books do you currently have on your TBR?

I always have a ton of books on my TBR shelf--yes, I have a whole shelf--that I have to parse through and select from. The next books I'll indulge in are About Horror: The Study and Craft by L. Marie Wood and The Science of Women in Horror by Meg Hafdahl and Kelley Florence, both for possible inclusion in a course I teach on women in horror or a new one I'd like to develop as an internationalized creative writing course focusing on horror. I love all those three women's work, so reading their writing never feels like work.

And because a girl can't always "work", I can hardly wait to read Paula Ashe's We Are Here to Hurt Each Other and Below by Laurel Hightower. I also have Hummingbird by TC Parker, Seeds by Tabatha Wood, and The Witch is the Body by Farah Rose Smith on deck for next. Lucy Snyder is one of my all time fave writers and I purchased her collection, Halloween Season, way too long ago and still haven't started it, so it's in my immediate line-up. And I know Jade City by Fonda Lee is really considered fantasy, but it's still in the speculative fiction family and I'm excited to get to it, too.




Where do you find recommendations? Are there any LOHF books that have been recommended to you that you loved?


I find recommendations mostly from within the posts on horror Twitter. If my people aren't writing amazing books, they're reading them and talking about them. I usually love the books they recommend, because again, these are my people. They're usually pretty tapped into what I like to read. I recently purchased The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas, on recommendation from the LOHF book club and although I've only made it through the first chapter so far, I'm loving it.

I also have writers who I actively check up on and follow on Amazon, so I know when they come out with new work. 

Where do you prefer to shop for books?

Typically, I purchase from Amazon or publisher/author websites. I also troll bookstores, large and small, to see if there are books I may have missed buzz about. I also like to purchase signed copies at in person events, when I can. But I'm an equal opportunity book buyer. I'll buy a book from the trunk of a writer's car if that's where they have them

Are there any upcoming LOHF releases you're excited about?

For sure! I have multiple pages of pre-orders waiting to be delivered when they release! I'm super excited about Ashthorne by April Yates, which releases in August, and No Gods for Drowning by Hailey Piper, releasing in September. I have Moonflowers and Nightshade: An Anthology of Sapphic Horror also coming in September. And I hope these keep me pretty busy so I don't die of excitement before V. Castro's Aliens: Vasquez comes in October.

In regards to your own work, tell our readers a little bit about what’s new and/or coming up for you.
I have my first horror collection, Hell Hath No Sorrow like a Woman Haunted, coming out in August from The Seventh Terrace. I've been a predominantly short form writer my whole career and this is the first time I have a collection of only my work to offer. It's all at once exciting and terrifying. Pre-orders are now coming in and I hope readers will enjoy engaging with my work, these characters, and their experiences. The collection is important to me as a reflection of the lives and experiences of Black women that we rarely see in horror fiction.

I also have a short story in the upcoming Baba Yaga anthology, Into the Forest, from Black Spot Books. This is one anthology I'm really looking forward to reading because I love Baba Yaga and her different iterations. It releases in November.

In October, I'm rounding out my events calendar with the Multiverse Fandom Convention, in Atlanta (October 14-16), and the National Black Book Festival, in Houston (October 20-22).





Where can people find you on social media and/or find your work?

I literally haunt Twitter, where I spend a lot of time engaging in horror and Black Twitter conversations from behind @rjacksonjoseph. I also have a brand new website, www.rhondajacksonjoseph.com. An easily navigable listing of my work can be found on my Amazon author page at: Amazon.com: R. J. Joseph: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle Thank you so much for inviting me to chat!

Thank you for joining us, R.J.! Our TBR piles also thank you! 




If you would like to be featured on a future Shelf Edition please leave a note in the comments. We’d love to see your shelves! 





Teresa creates our Shelf Edition posts. You can find Teresa on Goodreads and on Twitter as @teresa_ardrey.

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

What We've Been Reading #133

Hello everyone! We are back from a short posting hiatus and are currently working on our new website. Thank you for sticking with us as we transition from LOHF to Horror Spotlight. We're excited about expanding our reach to recommend even more worthy books! Today our team members review T. Kingfisher's new release, a backlist title by Hailey Piper and Mona Awad's 2019 LOHF award-winning novel Bunny.  We’re sure you’ll find something new to love.



What Moves The Dead by T. Kingfisher

From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Fall of the House of Usher."

When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.

What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.

Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.

Amazon | Goodreads  |  Bookshop

Laurie's Teaser Review

"I enjoyed this wild retelling so much. It was cringy gross, it was creepy, and it also had some great original characters and humor that hits just right."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.


Cassie's Teaser Review

"I loved this so, so much - wow! This is a retelling of an old Edgar Allan Poe story, but the old story leaves so much up to the imagination that I've never found the reading of it to be a satisfying experience. Where that one lacked in explanation, this one more than makes up for it, and I think this is probably one of my favorite retellings of all time - it's just so good!"

Read Cassie's entire review at Goodreads.



An Invitation to Darkness by Hailey Piper

In Invitation To Darkness sea captain Jamie Thames meets wealthy heiress Elizabeth Leavenworth and the two women quickly fall in love. Of course, it’s never that simple in a Gothic story. Leavenworth Manor is haunted, but ghosts are the least of the lovers’ troubles.

Goodreads | Amazon 

Alex's Teaser Review

"Highly enjoyable and this story has rejuvenated my interest in Gothic fiction."

Read Alex's entire review at Goodreads.




Bunny by Mona Awad

Samantha Heather Mackey couldn't be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort--a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other "Bunny," and seem to move and speak as one.

But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies' fabled "Smut Salon," and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door--ditching her only friend, Ava, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies' sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus "Workshop" where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision.

The spellbinding new novel from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination.

Amazon | Goodreads | Bookshop

Cat's Teaser Review

"Bunny was bonkers, and understandably it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. A journey into the mind of Samantha as she gets involved with an inseparable group of women, it touched on what it’s like to feel lonely and resentful of life. I enjoyed it a lot, the entertainment level at a constant high."

Read Cat's entire review at Red Lace Reviews.


Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

If you have a diverse horror story you’d like our team to consider for review please visit our review submission page here.



Laurie is one of our Horror Spotlight Admins. Laurie creates our review posts and coordinates review requests.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.




Thursday, June 30, 2022

2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards

The Ladies of Horror Fiction team would like to congratulate all of the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award recipients. Please join us in celebrating these amazing authors and their outstanding works of horror fiction.

Best Young Adult

Winner: Bad Witch Burning, Jessica Lewis

Also nominated:

The Dead and the Dark, Courtney Gould
White Smoke, Tiffany D Jackson
Our Last Echoes, Kate Alice Marshall
Girl in the Walls, Katy Michelle Quinn

Best Middle Grade

Winner: The Collectors, Lorien Lawrence

Also nominated:

The Dollhouse, Charis Cotter
Ghost Girl, Ally Malinenko
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls, Kaela Rivera
Root Magic, Eden Royce

Best Novella

Winner: Goddess of Filth, V. Castro

Also nominated:

Transmuted, Eve Harms
& This Is How to Stay Alive, Shingai Njeri Kagunda
Waif, Samantha Kolesnik
Salvation Spring, T.C. Parker

Best Short Fiction

Winner: “Sister Glitter Blood”, Gwendoyln Kiste

Also nominated:

“A Cold Grip,” Christi Nogle (Boneyard Soup)
“The Sharps,” Sonora Taylor (Someone to Share My Nightmares: Stories)
“Eating Bitterness,” Hannah Yang (The Dark Issue 74)
“Syringe,” Isabel Yap (Never Have I Ever)
“First Harvest,” April Yates (Blood & Bone: An Anthology of Body Horror by Women and Non-Binary Writers)

Best Poetry

Winner: Strange Nests, Jessica McHugh

Also nominated:

Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken., Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, Christina Sng, & Geneve Flynn
Exposed Nerves, Lucy A. Snyder
The Smallest of Bones, Holly Walrath
Monstrum Poetica, Jezzy Wolfe

Best Collection

Winners: Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, Hailey Piper and Never Have I Ever, Isabel Yap

Also nominated:

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories, Mariana Enríquez, Megan McDowell (Translator)
Sometimes We’re Cruel, and Other Stories, J.A.W. McCarthy
The Ghost Sequences, A.C. Wise
SEEDS, Tabatha Wood

Best Debut

Winner: The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris

Also nominated:

When the Reckoning Comes, LaTanya McQueen
Queen of Teeth, Hailey Piper
The Forest, Lisa Quigley
Tidepool, Nicole Willson

Best Novel

Winner: Cackle, Rachel Harrison

Also nominated:

The Queen of the Cicadas, V. Castro
Good Neighbors, Sarah Langan
The Burning Girls, C.J. Tudor
The Last House on Needless Street, Catriona Ward

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

LOHF Award for Best Novel

The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Novel.


Cackle by Rachel Harrison

All her life, Annie has played it nice and safe. After being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. She accepts a teaching position that moves her from Manhattan to a small village upstate. She’s stunned by how perfect and picturesque the town is. The people are all friendly and warm. Her new apartment is dreamy too, minus the oddly persistent spider infestation.

Then Annie meets Sophie. Beautiful, charming, magnetic Sophie, who takes a special interest in Annie, who wants to be her friend. More importantly, she wants Annie to stop apologizing and start living for herself. That’s how Sophie lives. Annie can’t help but gravitate toward the self-possessed Sophie, wanting to spend more and more time with her, despite the fact that the rest of the townsfolk seem…a little afraid of her. And like, okay. There are some things. Sophie’s appearance is uncanny and ageless, her mansion in the middle of the woods feels a little unearthly, and she does seem to wield a certain power…but she couldn’t be…could she?

Published October 5th 2021 by Berkley Books | Goodreads | Bookshop

Congratulations to Rachel Harrison and the 2021 nominees for Best Novel:

The Queen of the Cicadas, V. Castro
Good Neighbors, Sarah Langan
The Burning Girls, C.J. Tudor
The Last House on Needless Street, Catriona Ward


We will post the full winners list tomorrow, but you can check out all of the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards nominees and winners posts here!

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