Monday, January 21, 2019

The "Anticipated" Recap

We ‘anticipated’ seeing a lot of new releases.

Get it?



We are constantly on the prowl for upcoming releases for Ladies of Horror Fiction.  While the challenge was going on, some of these were either anticipated reads from TBR lists or anticipated releases.

If you missed last week’s recap, you can find it here: Moon

M_a_rubio shared with us her current read at the time that was also her most anticipated read, Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes.  This isn’t the first time Beukes has mad our Instagram challenge or even our recap posts, so it may be safe to say she is an author we should continue to anticipate!

“Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies, but this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world. ”

Tamsparks let us know about anticipation for an upcoming review book, Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw, which is the second installment in the Dr. Greta Helsing series.

“Contemporary fantasy in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, whose family has been keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well for generations.

When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery and skin disease in bogeymen — and hopefully at least one uneventful night at the Opera.

Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires — and not the civilized kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the darkest corners of the City of Lights, the maze of ancient catacombs and mine-tunnels underneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men’s bones.”

We at LOHF hosted our  first readalong with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and tracy_reads79 shared this pretty edition as her anticipation for the book and readalong grew!  We had a great time with this readalong and cannot wait for more of them!

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.”

Book.happy gave us this perfectly horrifying cover of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked by Christa Carmen.  This collection of horror shorts will make your skin crawl and are bloody in the best way.

“A young woman’s fears regarding the gruesome photos appearing on her cell phone prove justified in a ghastly and unexpected way. A chainsaw-wielding Evil Dead fan defends herself against a trio of undead intruders. A bride-to-be comes to wish that the door between the physical and spiritual worlds had stayed shut on All Hallows’ Eve. A lone passenger on a midnight train finds that the engineer has rerouted them toward a past she’d prefer to forget. A mother abandons a life she no longer recognizes as her own to walk up a mysterious staircase in the woods.

In her debut collection, Christa Carmen combines horror, charm, humor, and social critique to shape thirteen haunting, harrowing narratives of women struggling with both otherworldly and real-world problems. From grief, substance abuse, and mental health disorders, to a post-apocalyptic exodus, a seemingly sinister babysitter with unusual motivations, and a group of pesky ex-boyfriends who won’t stay dead, Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked is a compelling exploration of horrors both supernatural and psychological, and an undeniable affirmation of Carmen’s flair for short fiction.”

What are some of your most anticipated reads or upcoming LOHF releases?  Let us know below in the comments!  And do make sure you come check back with us next week for our Instagram challenge recap where we share highlights from “SUMMER” prompts.

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