Tuesday, April 20, 2021

What We've Been Reading #93

We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations.

Abjectification by C. Kubasta

Abjectification mines our most intimate moments to flesh out the horrors of human interaction. In the isolated system of these stories, the past is animate and tangible, located in the body, fantasy & nightmare intertwined.

Like matter, what we’ve loved isn’t destroyed, it merely changes forms. A man thinks he’s found a haven from the past with a new love in “Freak Show”; Meghan seems sensitive to exposure, but she isn’t the woman Jeff imagines he’s been sleeping with at all. A small family begins remodeling their home in “Shedding,” but their six-year-old daughter Emmy discovers unsettling things in the walls. In “Hand-Me-Down,” Carly Jo welcomes her high school boyfriend back into her life after he moves home to care for his dying mother; she’s haunted by the mother’s presence in their lives and in their bed. Old friends reconnect, disregarding “Boundaries,” only to discover a force is whittling the group down, their new spouses and partners in lethal danger. Kubasta’s collection is creepy, haunting, and unapologetically sexy.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

I loved these stories. I loved the reading experience, I loved Kubasta’s varied narrative techniques and nimble writing that was sometimes very detailed and sometimes only offered the bare minimum. Kubasta specifically has a talent for ending stories, allowing them to resonate in you and resolve in a way that brings up more interesting questions to consider.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

The One That Got Away Anthology

What doesn’t kill me, might make me kill you!

30 women authors from around the world were challenged to write about The One That Got Away. Here you’ll find tales of unrequited love, blind dates gone wrong, stalkers and their prey, cursed guitars, alien symbiotes, sinister letters, and bitter acts of revenge. Dive into murky depths and discover what hides inside the minds of women scorned..

Book 3 in the Kandisha Press Women of Horror Anthology Series

#frightgirlwinter recommended reading!

With Foreword by Gwendolyn Kiste (Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of The Rust Maidens)

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Alex’s Teaser Review

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is a wonderful anthology comprised of stories written by 30 women all over the world! If that is not enough to spark your interest, then let’s talk about some of the themes and tropes you can experience: bad blind dates, supernatural, sci fi horror/tech gone awry, unrequited love, good old fashioned creature/slasher fun, predator and prey, fantasy, revenge, and so much more!

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Children of Chicago by Cynthia Pelayo

This horrifying retelling of the Pied Piper fairytale set in present-day Chicago is an edge of your seat, chills up the spine, thrill ride. ‪ When Detective Lauren Medina sees the calling card at a murder scene in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, she knows the Pied Piper has returned. When another teenager is brutally murdered at the same lagoon where her sister’s body was found floating years before, she is certain that the Pied Piper is not just back, he’s looking for payment he’s owed from her. Lauren’s torn between protecting the city she has sworn to keep safe, and keeping a promise she made long ago with her sister’s murderer. She may have to ruin her life by exposing her secrets and lies to stop the Pied Piper before he collects. 

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Emily’s Teaser Review

This book has some solid creepy scenes, and I enjoyed the plot overall. There’s more that I want to say, but can’t without going into spoiler territory, so just know that it’s a good horror read & you should add it to your list. If there ends up being a sequel, I’ll definitely be on board.

Read Emily’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.

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Laurie is one of our LOHF Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, oversees the Ladies of Horror Fiction directory, and manages our LOHF Goodreads group.

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

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