Monday, March 25, 2019

The "Dark" Recap

Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap

We are finally here at the penultimate recap post from our first Instagram challenge!  This week we are sharing highlights from your “dark” posts and it was such an awesome week!  If you missed last week’s “underrated” post then you can go check it out here!

We are going to kick it off this week with this post from grumplstiltskin where we get to see this vintage looking cover of Women of Darkness by Kathryn Ptacek.

“Twenty original stories from the best of today’s women horror and dark fantasy writers cover every topic of terror. From voodoo and Navajo magic to cannibal cats and scary babies, these tales are perfect for Halloween.

risky_oak.s_book_den was ready to remind us of Beloved by Toni Morrison and just how amazing it is.

“Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Belovedis a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.”

There is something totally dark and eerie about the cover of The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan that teamsheltie chose for the “dark” prompt.  Her empty, blank face… just staring…

“There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister’s face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

Annah’s world stopped that day, and she’s been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn’t feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.

But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it’s up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return’s destruction?”

Last up for our “dark” recap is from tamsparks and we are shown Paper Tigers by Damien Angelica Waters.  I can confirm I am a lover of beautiful and dark horror, so I know this book is a must-read!

“In this haunting and hypnotizing novel, a young woman loses everything—half of her body, her fiancé, and possibly her unborn child—to a terrible apartment fire. While recovering from the trauma, she discovers a photo album inhabited by a predatory ghost who promises to make her whole again, all while slowly consuming her from the inside out.”

Make sure and check us out next week when we share highlights from the FINAL prompt of our first Instagram photo challenge!  It’s been quite a journey but we will end our recap tour with “The Past.”  Can’t wait!

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