Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Episode 4: Fairytales and Horror

Book stack for the LOHF Podcast announcement

Fairytales are the original horror stories. Join Toni as she talks fairytales and horror with her guest J. Lincoln Fenn.

The Evolution of Fairytales

The fairytales that we all grew up hearing evolved from the stories that were told to children over 300 years ago. So lets take a short trip through the evolution of Fairytales


Toni Chats Fairytales, Horror and The Nightmarchers with J. Lincoln Fenn

J Lincoln fennFenn began her horror career in the 7th grade when she entertained her friends at a sleepover by telling them the mysterious clanking noise (created by the baseboard heater) was in fact the ghost of a woman who had once lived in the farmhouse, forced to cannibalize her ten children during a particularly bad winter.

It was the last slumber party she was allowed to have.

The author grew up in New England, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English, and lives in Seattle with her family.

In 2013, POE won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror and became a #1 bestseller  in both Fantasy and Horror on Amazon.


Horror Books Written by Women that Have a Fairytale Element

LudmillaThere was once lived a Woman who tried to kill her neighbor’s baby: Scary Fairytales By Ludmilla Petrushvskaya

Vanishings and apparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions haunt these stories by the Russian master Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, heir to the spellbinding tradition of Gogol and Poe. Blending the miraculous with the macabre, and leavened by a mischievous gallows humor, these bewitching tales are like nothing being written in Russia-or anywhere else in the world-today.


The Bloody Chamber By Angela Carter

The bloody chamberIn The Bloody Chamber – which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves – Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition.


Little Dead Red By Mercedes M. Yardley

Little dead RedLITTLE DEAD RED is a realistic fairy tale that creeps in the dark with modern day wolves and those who hunt them.





Currently Reading

The Nightmarchers by J. Lincoln Fenn

The nightmarchersIn 1939, on a remote Pacific island, botanical researcher Irene Greer plunges off a waterfall to her death, convinced the spirits of her dead husband and daughter had joined the nightmarchers—ghosts of ancient warriors that rise from their burial sites on moonless nights. But was it suicide, or did a strange young missionary girl, Agnes, play a role in Irene’s deteriorating state of mind?

It all seems like ancient family history to Julia Greer, who has enough problems of her own. A struggling journalist, she’s recovering from a divorce and is barely able to make rent, let alone appeal the court’s decision to give sole custody of their daughter to her ex-husband. When her elderly great-aunt offers her an outrageously large sum to travel to this remote island and collect samples of a very special flower, as well as find out what really happened to her sister Irene all those years ago, Julia thinks her life might finally be on an upward swing. She’s also tasked to connect with the island’s Church of Eternal Light, which her great-aunt suspects knows more about Irene’s tragic death than they’ve said.

But Julia finds this place isn’t so quick to give up its secrets. The Church is tight-lipped about the deaths that have contributed to its oddly large cemetery, as well as Irene’s final fate. The only person who seems to know more is a fellow traveler, Noah Cooper, who thinks that Julia’s not the only one on a mission to find the rare flower…which, if the rumors are true, could have world-changing properties.

What Julia does know is that the longer she stays on the island, the more the thin line begins to blur between truth and lies, reality and the fantastical…until she finds herself face to face with the real reason why the island is taboo


Recently Finished

The Fiends in the Furrows edited by David T. Neal and Christine M. Scott

The fiends in the FurrowsThe Fiends in the Furrows: An Anthology of Folk Horror is a collection of nine short stories that hew both to the earthy traditions and blaze new trails in Folk Horror.


My full review will be on my blog and the LOHF site shortly.

New Releases

City of Spells (Haunted Florida #3) | Gaby Triana | Nov. 16 |

The Rust Maidens | Gwendolyn Kiste | Nov. 16 |

Fountain Dead | Theresa Braun | Nov. 20 |

The Blood in Guthrie | Kira McKinney | Nov. 26 |

The Dinosaur Tourist | Caitlin R. Kiernan | Nov. 30 |


Rebecca Read along: We are 3/4 of the way through our Rebecca readalong, and the secrets of Rebecca’s past have finally been revealed. We are having so much fun reading Rebecca with the community. If you’ve already read Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, be sure to stop by the ladies of horror fiction website this coming Sunday to share your thoughts. And stayed tuned – on the next episode, we will announce which book we’ve selected for our next readalong.

We have something new coming to your ears. Keep an eye out on our Twitter to end out what I am currently working on.

Horror Community News

No Horror Community news this week.

If you would like to reach out to the LOHFpodcast, our email address is LOHFPod@gmail.com. We would love to hear about new releases, news in the community, and suggestions for the podcast. You can find out more about the members of the Ladies of Horror Fiction via our website at www.ladiesofhorrorfiction.com.

The music for this episode is from Nicolas Gasparini at thedarkpiano.com

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