Wednesday, October 6, 2021

What We've Been Reading #107

Need some new books?! Of course you do! Our team is back with some recent reading recommendations to help you out with that.

Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters, edited by Sumiko Saulson

Imagine horror where black characters aren’t all tropes and the first to die; imagine a world written by black sisters where black women and femmes are in the starring roles. From flesh-eating plants to flesh eating bees; zombies to vampires to vampire-eating vampire hunters; ghosts, revenants, witches and werewolves, this book has it all. Cursed drums, cursed dolls, cursed palms, ancient spirits and goddesses create a nuanced world of Afrocentric and multicultural horror. Terrifying tales by seventeen of the scary sisters profiled in the reference guide “100 Black Women in Horror”.

Includes the stories Appreciation by Mina Polina, Death Lines by Nuzo Onoh, Sweet Justice by Kenesha Williams, Bryannah and the Magic Negro by Crystal Connor, The Lost Ones by Valjeanne Jeffers, Tango of a TellTale Heart by Sumiko Saulson, Blood Magnolia by Nicole Givens Kurtz, Labor Pains by Kenya Moss-Dyme, Return to Me by Lori Titus, Here, Kitty! by L.H. Moore, Left Hand Torment by R. J. Joseph, Dark Moon’s Curse by Delizhia Jenkins, Killer Queen by Cinsearae S, Sisters by Kai Leakes, Black and Deadly by Dicey Grenor, Trisha and Peter by Kamika Aziza, Alternative™ by Tabitha Thompson, and The Prizewinner by Alledria Hurt.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

An anthology of horror stories written by Black women, this is a wonderful collection that has introduced me to a bunch of new ladies of horror fiction! I can’t wait to find more works from these authors.

There is a lot to love about this anthology. First, I loved the wide range of stories. There are familiar tropes like werewolves or vampires—though all done with a unique twist—and also stories more strange and unclassifiable.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

The House of Little Bones by Beverley Lee

He thought he was untouchable…

David Lansdown, esteemed British horror writer and supernatural sceptic, is used to basking in the glow of the press. Until a hastily snapped photo hits the headlines and makes his affair with his publisher’s son public.

When David finds himself at Bone Hollow, a house with a glass wall overlooking a wild and desolate moor, his only concern is writing his next best seller to bury his misdeeds in the past.

But something stirs beneath the earth. Something bound to the land. Something determined to take everything from him.

Luca Fox-Waite is still in love with the man who cast him aside, but his own childhood demons lurk in his shadow. As he discovers more about Bone Hollow’s history, he finds himself ensnared in its story—a story steeped in time and tragedy.

Because curses lie in bones, and they do not die.

The House of Little Bones is a tale of avarice, adoration, and of how the sins of the past cling to the living as well as the dead.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

Beverley Lee is an author that I just love to read. Color me excited as heck when I got the opportunity to read an advanced review copy of THE HOUSE OF LITTLE BONES. 1) That cover is creeeepy and awesome. 2) We get some queer horror! 3) The story is so haunting, beautifully written, and totally engaging from beginning to end.

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Cat’s Teaser Review

I enjoyed The House of Little Bones as Lee dished out subtle chills and an eerie atmosphere.

Read Cat’s entire review at Red Lace Reviews.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a pulse-pounding neo-noir that reimagines vampire lore.

Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is just trying to survive its heavily policed streets when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, is smart, beautiful, and dangerous. Domingo is mesmerized.

Atl needs to quickly escape the city, far from the rival narco-vampire clan relentlessly pursuing her. Her plan doesn’t include Domingo, but little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his undeniable charm. As the trail of corpses stretches behind her, local cops and crime bosses both start closing in.

Vampires, humans, cops, and criminals collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive? Or will the city devour them all? 

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Laurie’s Teaser Review

It’s a bloody and brutal tale which I love.

Read Laurie’s entire review at Bark At The Ghouls.

Alex’s Teaser Review

The Mexican lore, mythology, and culture make this book a true gem. And I am in love with the dog in this book! All the characters, even the villains, were extremely interesting and all had their own issues to deal with. It made reading this book even more fun when I could count on the fact that no matter whose ‘story’ I was reading that I would be engaged. I already need more vampire crime-noir!

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Audra’s Teaser Review

With the addition of a techy, modified dog and a human sidekick companion, this is a fast-paced action novel that leads to a satisfying and bloody conclusion. These have to be the most interesting and unique vampires to ever grace the screen or page, and I tend to be pretty tough on vampires because they are pretty played out. But in Moreno-Garcia’s hands, we are gifted a new vision of what vampires could be. And: sequel anyone?!

Read Audra’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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