Thursday, July 29, 2021

What We've Been Reading #100

We are back for our 100th review round-up! We hope you’ll find a new book or three to add to your collection. If you’re looking for more reading recommendations please click either tag above which will bring you to our previous review posts.

Dracula, Motherf**ker! by Alex de Campi

Dracula, Motherf**ker! by Alex de Campi and Erica Henderson

Vienna, 1889: Dracula’s brides nail him to the bottom of his coffin. Los Angeles, 1974: an ageing starlet decides to raise the stakes. Crime scene photographer Quincy Harker is the only man who knows it happened, but will anyone believe him before he gets his own chalk outline? And are Dracula’s three brides there to help him… or use him as bait? A pulpy, pulse-pounding graphic novel of California psych-horror from acclaimed creators ALEX DE CAMPI and ERICA HENDERSON. 

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Audra’s Teaser Review

What if the story was about Dracula’s brides instead of the big man himself? Though I do enjoy the original Dracula, it’s long past time to give the brides a bit more recognition. Originally, they were nameless vampire women that have always been treated as sexy objects, part of the gothic decor, or something truly evil that the sweet, good Harker must resist. Look, patriarchy, we are over it. The ladies deserve some time in the (metaphorical) sun too.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

The Midnight Lullaby by Cheryl Low

Everybody has secrets…n

For years, Benedict Lyon has been living a lie. Not even his family knows the truth he’s been keeping from the world. Only Emmeline knows his secret—and she’s dead.

…some are darker than others…

When the matriarch of the Lyon family passes away, Benedict is summoned home for the funeral. Emmeline urges Benedict not to go, certain that if he returns to that house, neither one of them will escape.

…but are they worth dying for?

Their presence in the family home causes the spirit of Gloria Lyon to become restless, and as the remaining members of the Lyon family attempt to put their mother to rest, long-buried secrets, some deadlier than others, are unearthed. Who will survive…

The Midnight Lullaby.

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Laurie’s Teaser Review

It’s violent and chilling and emotionally satisfying and I highly recommend reading this novella if you enjoy any of these things.

Read Laurie’s entire review at Goodreads.

Moon Child by Gaby Triana

The Craft meets The Shining in slow-burn tropical horror.



“First-rate Southern Gothic horror.”

18-year-old Valentina Callejas was raised to do what her Cuban, Catholic grandparents say to do. But Valentina feels a different pull–an affinity with nature, tarot cards, and the occult. After ditching her church retreat, she knows it’s time to go off on her own. 

Visiting Macy–a half-sister she’s never met until now–in a little rotting town five hours from the big city where she was raised, Valentina discovers the abandoned, oppressive Sunlake Springs Resort. There she meets the “clairs,” young psychics drawn to the hotel’s haunted history who’ve been waiting for her to open a magical entryway to the spirit world. 

But Valentina’s sensitive hands tell a different story–of anguished spirits, menacing cracks, and hooded ghosts of Florida’s unsavory past. Even a local legend, the beautiful “Lady of the Lake,” hints to the hotel’s sinister history. To protect the clairs from the horrors awaiting them on the other side, Valentina must use her growing powers and decide, once and for all, if she’s the witch she was meant to be.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

There were some good gory and spooky moments, and I enjoyed the direction the story went in. If there’s a sequel, I definitely want to read it.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.

Alex’s Teaser Review

This is a fun Southern Gothic with family drama, supernatural elements, moments of horror, and atmospheric vibes you just can’t help but fall in love with!

Read Alex’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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