Friday, January 31, 2020

It is Women in Horror Month!!!

February is one of our favorite months. It is still cold and the days are short. But our favorite reason is that it is Women in Horror month!! It is a month to celebrate women who are making amazing horror content. This includes movies, TV shows, books, and art. The LOHF has a lot of content planned for the month from AMAZING women authors and articles written to highlight the achievements that women have contributed to the horror community.

Never heard of Women in Horror Month (WIHM) keep reading!

What is WIHM?

Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative focused on encouraging supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.

WiHM celebrates these contributions to horror throughout the year via the official WiHM blog, Ax Wound, The Ax Wound Film Festival, and with the official WiHM event/project database in February. This database (http://—in conjunction with the WiHM social media fan base—actively promotes do- it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts, and any other form of creative media with the ultimate goal of helping works by and featuring women reach a wider audience.

This inclusive and positive movement is open to everyone, just as we believe the horror genre should be.

10 Ideas on Getting Involved with WIHM

The Women in Horror Month Press release lists the following 10 ideas on how individuals can get celebrate WIHM. If you have any more please comment below.

  1. Host a panel discussion (in person or video) with local horror artists and fans.You can get local horror artists and fans together and host a panel discussion about women in any and all facets of the horror universe. You can even contact your local college campus and reach out to the film and/or women’s studies departments.
  2. Put on a horror art show in your community or online. Are you a visual artist or fan of horror artwork? Put out a call for submissions for an art show! You can hold it in your house for friends or talk to people who run public spaces such as libraries, bookstores, or galleries about your idea. Art could even be auctioned with the money going to a charity of your choice.
  3. Create a skillshare event/workshop/meet up for women in your community. Are you excellent with horror FX/Makeup? Put together a workshop teaching other women your special skill (in person or online). Looking to network and meet local women genre artists? Organize a meet-up and have coffee together.
  4. Create something! Make a short film, write a short story, learn how to make creepy dolls, or work on that article you’ve been meaning to write. Use your imagination. Have fun!
  5. Use your blog and/or podcast to participate. You can do one post or even a full series on any aspect of women and horror during the month of February. This may include interviews, write ups on female horror characters, fiction/non fiction writers, there is no limit! Don’t think you will have the ability to blog during February? Help spread the word by sharing other blog posts you enjoy with your friends.
  6. Make a Massive Blood Drive Public Service Announcement (PSA). Create a short video PSA with a horror twist encouraging people to give blood! This could be a great way to pick up a camera for the first time while sending out an important message. Along side that, DONATE BLOOD! Send us a pic or video of your life saving deed and we will share it with everyone.
  7. Write letters to media outlets. Write to your local newspaper or relevant media outlets and tell them what WiHM is all about and why covering women artists is so critical to our advancement in the industry.
  8. Launch a film screening in your community. This can be small like in your living room with friends or as big as finding theater space and inviting the public.
  9. Host a Reading (at a venue or online) for Female Horror Writers. Are you a female horror fiction writer? Get some friends together and invite local writers to do a reading at a local bookstore or library. You can even have an open mic for the community to take part.
  10. Think Outside the Box. In 2011, horror fan and festival founder Jennifer Cooper, dyed her hair red and encouraged others to follow suit for February.

What is the LOHF doing for WIHM

We have some amazing guest posts from:

V. Castro is a London based Mexican American author. Originally, from San Antonio, Texas culture is her first inspiration.  She has many stories she could tell you, but she’ll save those for the books 😉 Her Instagram is littered with old photos of her early years growing up in Texas.  She’s also been fortunate enough to travel the world, which heavily influences her writing. Motherhood has also shaped what she writes and how she writes it.

Besides writing, she loves to cook, travel, try different cuisines, browse grocery stores in foreign countries, binge watch Netflix, watch horror with her sisters and drink wine whenever possible. Life is too damn short. 

Kathleen Kaufman is a native Coloradan and long-time resident of Los Angeles.   Her prose has been praised by Kirkus Reviews as “crisp, elegant” and “genuinely chilling” by Booklist.   She is the author of The Tree MuseumThe Lairdbalor, soon to be a feature film with Echo Lake Studios and director Nicholas Verso, Hag, and Diabhal due out in October 2019.   Kathleen is a monster enthusiast, Olympic-level insomniac and aficionado of all things unsettling.   When not writing, she can be found teaching literature and composition at Santa Monica College or hanging out with a good book.   She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, terrier and a pack of cats.  

Mary Rajotte is a Toronto-native which has a penchant for penning nightmarish tales that haunt and terrify. Sometimes camera-elusive but always coffee-fueled, Mary’s stories explore myths, dreams and nightmares.

Her story Creepy Crawleys is included in Northern Haunts: 100 Terrifying New England Tales by Shroud Publishing while her story Like Flies to Honey is in the Winter 2010 Issue of Shroud Magazine.

Her piece The Lockwood Collection can be found in The Scroll of Anubis anthology from Library of Horror Press. Husks can be found in Group Hex Vol. 2 from the Great Lakes Horror Company.

You can also read her story, The Culling, in Black Buttons Vol. 3: A Family Affair from Magnificent Cowlick media.

She also has a number of self-published stories, and is working on her first novel.

Jennifer Barnes is managing editor of Raw Dog Screaming Press and has been in publishing for more than 15 years. She spent four years as an editor for The Dream People Literary Magazine. Her children’s book, Better Haunted Homes and Gardens, illustrated by Kristen Margiotta, is a seasonal favorite. Jennifer graduated from The University of Maryland with a BA in English and a concentration in poetry. She is also an accomplished graphic designer.

Annie Neugebauer is a two-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author with work appearing and forthcoming in more than a hundred publications, including magazines such as Cemetery Dance, Apex, and Black Static, as well as anthologies such as Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volumes 3 & 4 and #1 Amazon bestsellers Killing It Softly and Fire. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and a columnist for Writer Unboxed and LitReactor. She lives in Texas with two crazy cute cats and a husband who’s exceptionally well-prepared for the zombie apocalypse. You can visit her at for news, poems, organizational tools for writers, and more.

The LOHF will also be hosting a readathon and a Ladiesofhorrorfiction challenge on instagram.

We will also be hosting a Valentine’s giveaway of The Apocalyptic Mannequin signed by the wonderful Stephanie Wytovich.

We’ll also have several articles written by the wonderful team of the Ladies of Horror Fiction.

Check back often and help us celebrate!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

YA/MG Horror Spotlight January 2020

The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is putting a spotlight on Young Adult and Middle Grade horror each month. Below we are featuring the books that were released in January as well as what our team has been reading and reviewing.

New Releases

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

The fifth installment in Seanan McGuire’s award-winning, bestselling Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down picks up the threads left dangling by Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones

When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.

Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.


Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by | Amazon | Goodreads

Blood Countess by Lana Popovic

A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula

In 17th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth BĂĄthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancĂ©, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.

Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Harry N. Abrams | Amazon | Goodreads

Young Adult Books Reviewed

This month Emily reviewed Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and The Lights by Carrie Pack. Be sure to check out her review of Anna (“I had a lot of fun reading this one, and can’t wait to read book 2!“) as well as her review of The Lights (“If you like horror stories with creepy kids, this is definitely one for you.“!

Currently Reading

Emily is currently reading The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (YA) and Jen is currently reading Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn (MG). Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of these as well!

Have you read any of the books we read or reviewed this month? Let us know what YA or MG books you have read recently!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

What We're Reading #36

Here’s a new batch of review link-ups of recent reads recommended by the Ladies of Horror Fiction! We hope you find your new favorite book.

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

A supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts about two young girls, a scary story that becomes far too real, and the tragic–and terrifying–consequences that follow one of them into adulthood.

Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real–and she could prove it.

That belief got Becca killed.

It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night–that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.

The night Heather killed her.

Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.

Amazon | Goodreads

Toni’s Teaser Review

Walter’s writing is very fluid. She really takes care with the pacing of the novel. Walter’s characterizations make the characters are three dimensional. Walter’s character building allowed the reader to experience everything that the main character was going through really put you in the main characters head.

Read Toni’s entire review at The Misadventures of a Reader.

Laurie’s Teaser Review

I loved the backstory and the entire mythos around the Red Lady. It was goosebump inducing. It’s easy to imagine how a group of young girls could become consumed with the appeal of it all. The coming of age story of these girls was a breath of fresh air.

Read Laurie’s entire review at Bark at the Ghouls.

Alex’s Teaser Review

Looking for a coming-of-age horror story that isn’t centered around boys becoming men? Look no further! The Dead Girls Club is your answer. Damien Angelica Walters crafts together a wonderful story that blends horror and thriller.

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Forest Underground Book Cover

Forest Underground by Lydian Faust

Luna was lost. Hospitalized following an incident in a local grocery store, she finds herself volunteered for treatment by the brilliant psychiatrist, Dr Sizemore.

As the doctor’s interest in her new patient grows, Luna reveals shocking details of her past. Ailing grandmothers, seductive strangers and a blood-soaked childhood are only the tip of the iceberg as her revelations paint a picture more akin to a twisted and nightmare-fuelled fairy-tale.

Detailing this case for the publication of a book, Dr Sizemore’s fascination reveals a dark history of her own. One that continues to haunt her to the present day. The pair take a journey, twisting and turning through the labyrinths of their psyches. Through lands, fertile with anguish and dread.

Join them if you dare, to a place where glowing eyes are forever watching, lurking in the shadows of this internal woodland; of this forest underground.

Goodreads | Amazon

Emily’s Teaser Review

Forest Underground was my first read of 2020, and it was a great pick! This was such an intriguing horror novella, and I loved the story.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.

The Twisted Ones Book Cover

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods.

When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher.

Goodreads | Amazon

Lilyn’s Teaser Review

Lots of adult horrors in here. Not in terms of graphic bloodshed or whatnot, but actual real-life adult horrors. Like the idea of having to clean out a dead hoarder relative’s house. shudders I mean, seriously, it could have been marketed as horror based on that alone. But there’s also a good dose of the supernatural stuff as well that kicks in around the 40% mark and just doesn’t let up after that.

Read Lilyn’s entire review at Sci-fi and Scary.

Thanks 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.

Monday, January 27, 2020

WiHM/February Photo Challenge

The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is excited to host another photo challenge next month in celebration of Women in Horror Month. Share your photos across social media using the hashtag #ladiesofhorrorfiction.

We hope you can join in! We can’t wait to see what #ladiesofhorrorfiction books you’re going to share. Please let us know if you have any questions about these prompts:

2: Possession
3: Red or Pink
4: Book you’ve been meaning to read forever
5: Ritual
6: Horror adjacent
7: Monsters
8: Cruel
9: LGBTQIA+ author or characters
10: Vanish
11: Current read
12: Revenge
13: Ghosts
14: Cover love
15: Dark
16: Obsession
17: Book and drink
18: POC authors or characters
19: Devour
20: LOHF book adapted for TV or movie
21: Vintage
22: Black and white
23: Thirst
24: Because of bookstagram
25: Villian
26: YA/MG
27: House
28: Witches
29: WIHM Wrap-up

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What We're Reading #35

Happy Wednesday! The Ladies of Horror Fiction have some recommendations to help you get through the week.

The Festering Ones Book Cover

The Festering Ones by S.H. Cooper

A monster lurking in the mountain.

A mysterious cult seeking a doorway.

An otherworldly evil waiting to be unleashed.

Faith York was a young girl when she saw her father dragged into the ground by a spider-armed woman, never to be seen again. Twenty years later, the events of that day continue to haunt her, and her need for answers has only grown stronger with time. After her estranged mother’s death forces her to return home, old wounds are reopened and Faith finally decides to face her demons. What started as a search for closure soon pits her against a shadowy cult known as The Gathered and the eldritch beings they worship. With reality becoming more blurred by the day and the thousand eyes of an alien deity fixed on her, Faith must decide if the dark secrets of White Crow Mountain are really worth losing herself over. 

Goodreads | Amazon

Toni’s Teaser Review

I really enjoyed Cooper’s characterizations. Her characters are three dimensional and you can care about them. You want them to win. You become very invested in the story. I really like Cooper’s writing style. It is a very quick read that you really don’t want to end. You want to continue reading the story of these women. The monsters….I want everyone to read just to meet Cooper’s monsters.

Read Toni’s entire review at The Misadventures of a Reader.

River of Souls by T.L. Bodine

River of Souls by T.L. Bodine

Undeath is a manageable condition.

That’s what the media says, anyway: with the help of the miracle life-extension drug, Lazarus, the Undead can retain their humanity and live normal, happy lives. Without it, they become violent, mindless walking corpses.

Davin Montoya was eager to believe all of that. Forced to drop out of college to take care of his teenage sister, Zoe, after their father drank himself to death, he was more than happy to sign the no-good alcoholic over to the government’s Lazarus House for treatment. That was one less thing for him to worry about.

Until an accident left him joining the ranks of the freshly deceased himself.

Now, keeping his death a secret is the only way to keep his sister out of foster care. But to do so, he must venture into the underground society of Unregistered Undead – a dangerous world of drug deals and government resistance. But when their access to Lazarus begins to run dry, the truth starts to unravel…and it’s not what anyone expected.

Goodreads | Amazon

Emily’s Teaser Review

I’ve been exhausted by zombie stories for a while now, but River of Souls interested me from the beginning. This book has an interesting take, and it stands out from other zombie story options.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.

True Crime by Samatha Kolesnik

True Crime by Samantha Kolesnik

Suzy and her brother, Lim, live with their abusive mother in a town where the stars don’t shine at night. Once the abuse becomes too much to handle, the two siblings embark on a sordid cross-country murder spree beginning with their mom. As the murder tally rises, Suzy’s mental state spirals into irredeemable madness.

Goodreads | Amazon

Tracy’s Teaser Review

Happiness and joy are only mere glimpses in this brutal and important coming-of-age style horror book. Kolesnik puts a magnifying glass up to very real and extremely graphic real life horror. Her female protagonist, Suzy, endures things no person should. Don’t think the events are in this book just for shock value. It IS a difficult, heavy read, and like all the great ones, a necessary one.

Read Tracy’s entire review at Sci-fi and Scary.

Thanks 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.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Preliminary Stoker Ballots Are In!!!

Awards season is upon us and the LOHF is really excited!! Just have a look at this list of amazing books by women that have made it to the preliminary round in the Stoker Awards.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • S.P. Miskowski – The Worst Is Yet To Come (Trepidatio Publishing)
  • Lee Murray – Into the Ashes (Severed Press)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Gemma Amor – Dear Laura (Independently Published)
  • Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken – Stokers Wild (Flame Tree Press)
  • Michelle Renee Lane – Invisible Chains (Haverhill House Publishing)
  • Rachel Eve Moulton – Tinfoil Butterfly (MCD X FSG Originals)
  • Sarah Read – The Bone Weaver’s Orchard (Trepidatio Publishing)
  • Caitlin Starlin – The Luminous Dead (Harper Voyager)

Superior Achievement in a YA Novel

  • Amelinda BĂ©rudĂ© – Here There are Monsters (Source Fire Books)
  • Ann DĂĄvila Cardinal – Five Midnights (Tor Teen)
  • Shea Ernshaw – Winterwood (Simon Pulse)
  • Liana Gardner – Speak No Evil (Vesuvius Press)
  • Dawn Kurtagich – Teeth In the Mist (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Kate Alice Marshall – Rules for Vanishing (Viking Books for Young Reads)
  • Jacqueline West – Last Things (Greenwillow Books)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Marjorie Liu – Monstress Volume 4: The Chosen (Image Comics)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • J.S. Breukelaar – Like Ripples on a Blank Shore (Collision: Stories) (Meerkat Press, LLC)
  • Pam Jones – Ivy Day (Spaceboy Books)
  • Farah Rose Smith – Anonyma (Ulthar Press)
  • Anna Taborska – The Cat Sitter (Shadowcats) (Black Shuck Books)
  • Sara Tantlinger – To Be Devoured (Unnerving)
  • Kaaron Warren – Into Bones Like Oil (Meerkat Press)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • Kiste, Gwendolyn – “The Eight People Who Murdered Me (Excerpt from Lucy Westenra’s Diary)” (Nightmare MagazineNov. 2019, Issue 86) 
  • Landry, Jess – “Bury Me in Tar and Twine” (Tales of the LostVolume 1: We All Lose Something!) (Things in the Well Publishing)
  • MacKenzie, Brooke – “The Elevator Game”(Who Knocks? Magazine Issue #2)
  • O’Quinn, Cindy – “Lydia” (The Twisted Book of Shadows) (Twisted Publishing)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Kat Howard – A Cathedral of Myth and Bone (Gallery/Saga Press)
  • L.S. Johnson – Rare Birds (Traversing Z Press)
  • Kate Jonez – Lady Bits (Trepidatio Press)
  • Sarah Read – Out of Water (Trepidatio)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Issa Lopez – Tigers are not Afraid (Filmadora Nacional, Peligrosa)
  • Teresa Sutherland – The Wind (Soapbox Films, Divide/Conquer, Mind Hive Films)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Jennifer Brozek – A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods (Pulse Publishing)
  • Octavia Cade – Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good (Upper Rubber Boot Books)
  • Ellen Datlow – Echoes (Gallery/Saga Press)

Superior Achievement in Non Fiction

  • Beal, Eleanor and Greenaway, Jonathan – Horror and Religion: New Literary Approaches to Theology, Race, and Sexuality(University of Wales Press)
  • Earle, Harriet E.H. – Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in American Horror Story: Critical Essays(McFarland)
  • Eighteen-Bisang, Robert and Miller, Elizabeth – Drafts of Dracula (Tellwell Talent)
  • Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra – Masks in Horror Cinema: Eyes Without Faces (University of Wales Press)
  • Kröger, Lisa and Anderson, Melanie R. – Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction(Quirk Books)
  • Stobbart, Dawn – Videogames and Horror: From Amnesia to Zombies, Run! (University of Wales Press)

Superior Achievement in Short Non-Fiction

  • Kiste, Gwendolyn – Magic, Madness, and Women Who Creep: The Power of Individuality in the Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Vastarien: A Literary Journal Vol. 2, Issue 1)
  • Renner, Karen J. – The Evil Aging Women of American Horror Story (Elder Horror: Essays on Film’s Frightening Images of Aging, McFarland) 
  • Robinson, Kelly – Film’s First Lycanthrope: 1913’s The Werewolf (Scary Monsters Magazine #114)
  • Weich, Valerie E. – Lord Byron’s Whipping Boy: Dr. John William Polidori and the 200th Anniversary of The Vampyre(Famous Monsters of Filmland, Issue #291)

Superior Achievement in Poetry

  • Linda D. Addison and Alessandro Manzetti – The Place of Broken Things (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • Octavia Cade – Mary Shelley Makes a Monster (Aqueduct Press)
  • Amanda Crum – Tall Grass (Independently Published)
  • Deborah L. Davitt – The Gates of Never (Finishing Line Press)
  • Donna Lynch – Choking Back the Devil (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Zoe Mitchell – Hag (Indigo Dreams Press)
  • Michelle Scalise – Dragonfly and Other Songs of Mourning (LVP Publications)
  • Marge Simon and Bryan D. Dietrich – The Demeter Diaries (Independent Legions Publishing)
  • Kyla Lee Ward – The Macabre Modren and Other Morbidites (P’rea Press)
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich – The Apocalyptic Mannequin (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

The LOHF wants to congratulate all preliminary ballot authors!!! But we are especially happy to see so many amazing women on the preliminary ballot.

Monday, January 20, 2020

A Bloody Valentine Event February 14th, 2020

Did you ever see an event and think to yourself that you really want to go to it, only to find out that it isn’t near you? Well, folks in Colorado are very lucky. On Valentine’s Day the satellite chapter of HWA Colorado will be hosting a special event to celebrate Women in Horror month.

Where: The Cottonwood Center for the Arts

When: February 14th, 2020 from 7-10pm. Door open at 6:30. The event is free and open to the public.


Program: In the Main Gallery there will be live and recorded readings by:

  • L.C. Barlow
  • J.A. Campbell
  • Hillary Dodge
  • Angie Hodapp
  • Kate Jonez
  • Gwendolyn Kiste
  • DeAnna Knippling
  • Shannon Lawrence
  • B.E. Scully
  • Angie Sylvanie
  • Sarah Read
  • Mercedes Yardley

Upstairs Theater:

Poetry Readings by:

  • Linda D. Addison
  • Andrea Blythe
  • Marge Simon
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich

Academic Segment: Featuring readings by:

  • Carina Blasset “Mapping the Collective Body of Frankenstein’s Bride.”
  • Alex Scully excerpt from Birthing Monsters: Frankenstein’s Cabinet of Curiosities and Cruelties.
  • An excerpt from Monster She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson.
  • A presentation by Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference co-chair Michele Brittney.

More than 35 signed copies of award winning authors and editors as door prizes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

To stay updated on this event, please consider liking the Colorado Springs HWA Facebook page ( or following them on Twitter (

If you are in the Colorado Springs vicinity on Valentine’s Day, please make sure to support all the wonderful people that made this event happen.