Tuesday, December 7, 2021

What We've Been Reading #115

Today our team members are sharing three recent and recommended reads featuring stories by T.L. Bodine, Mariana Enriquez and Caitlin Marceau. We hope you find something you’ll love!

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House of Lazarus by T.L. Bodine

Things were just starting to look up for Davin Montoya — 23 years old and freshly deceased, he’d at least found something like a family among his fellow Undead. But life as a reanimated corpse has its downfalls. Unemployment, for one, and the threat of discovery by the government’s anti-Undead Coalition, for another.

As Davin tries his best to care for his teenage sister — a YouTube journalist *this* close to cracking a major conspiracy, she’s sure of it — and navigate a new relationship with his zombie boyfriend, he stumbles upon a disturbing truth: There are many more Undead in Los Ojos than he realized, and they know some dark secrets.

Now Davin’s got a choice. He can get involved with these desperate zombie squatters and risk losing the life he has…or he can walk away from his best chance at uncovering the real truth of what happened the night he died. 

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Laurie’s Teaser Review

The best thing about this story for me is that its characters are doing their best to do the right thing, even when the right thing is the hardest thing. They’re good at heart and they kept me turning the pages.

Read Laurie’s entire review at Goodreads.

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez, translated by Megan McDowell

Following the “propulsive and mesmerizing” ( New York Times Book Review Things We Lost in the Fire comes a new collection of singularly unsettling stories, by an Argentine author who has earned comparisons to Shirley Jackson and Jorge Luis Borges.

Mariana Enriquez has been critically lauded for her unconventional and sociopolitical stories of the macabre: populated by unruly teenagers, crooked witches, homeless ghosts, and hungry women, they walk the uneasy line between urban realism and horror. The stories in her next collection are as terrifying as they are socially conscious, and press into being the unspoken — fetish, illness, the female body, the darkness of human history — with unsettling urgency. A woman is sexually obsessed with the human heart; a lost, rotting baby crawls out of a backyard and into a bedroom; a pair of teenage girls can’t let go of their idol; an entire neighborhood is cursed to death by a question of morality they fail to answer correctly.

Written against the backdrop of contemporary Argentina, and with resounding tenderness towards those in pain, in fear, and in limbo, this new collection from one of Argentina’s most exciting writers finds Enriquez at her most sophisticated, and most chilling.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

Yes and more yes! If you’ve already read Things We Lost in the Fire, then you already know the genius that is Mariana EnrĂ­quez. If you haven’t encountered her work yet—buckle up!

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

Laughlin Hills Community Magazine by Caitlin Marceau

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Laughlin Hills Community Magazine!

In this book you’ll find the latest announcements for city residents (remember, sacrifices for the equinox are due soon), important news, useful coupons, details for upcoming events, and so much more! Although Laughlin Hills has always been a close community, we hope this magazine can bring us all a little closer! (Figuratively, of course. We all remember the disaster with the black hole and the nursing home from ’97!)

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Laughlin Hills Community Magazine: Issue 01 / August 2021 is a horror-comedy work and a parody of a community magazine by author Caitlin Marceau. The chapbook features a collection of articles and advertisements from the fictional city of Laughlin Hills.

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Cassie’s Teaser Review

This was so good!! I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, but was VERY happily surprised. This reads like a real life community magazine in a world where monsters & creatures & tropes from our favorite horror media exist alongside normal humans, and I loved every second of it.

Read Cassie’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.

If you are a LOHF writer and have a book you’d like us to consider for a review please visit our review submission page here.

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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