Monday, June 27, 2022

LOHF Award for Best Collection

The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Collection. When this team was faced with a tie and the decision between having a tie-break or two winners, we went with two winners, of course!

Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap

“Am I dead?” Mebuyen sighs. She was hoping the girl would not ask. Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap’s debut collection jumps right off the page, from the joy in her new novella, “A Spell for Foolish Hearts” to the terrifying tension of the urban legend “Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez.”

Published February 9th 2021 by Small Beer Press | Goodreads | Bookshop

Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy by Hailey Piper

Love twisted into horrific shapes, nightmares driven by cruel music, and a world where what little light remains fractures the sky into midnight rainbows in eighteen stories tracing the dark veins of queer horror, isolation, and the monstrous feminine.

The universe unwinds to the tune of a malicious ice cream truck jingle in “We All Scream.” “The Law of Conservation of Death” dictates that a ghost pursue his prey across her every reincarnation. Superstitions thrive even in the distant future and across the stars when a colony shuttle mounts a witch trial in “Hairy Jack.” And try to “Forgive the Adoring Beast” as it scavenges a world of dead gods for tokens of bloody affection. Including two new short stories and a never-before-published novelette, Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy digs deep inside and clings to the beating nightmare heart you always knew was there.

Published May 7th 2021 by The Seventh Terrace | Goodreads | Bookshop

Congratulations to Isabel Yap, Hailey Piper, and the 2021 nominees for Best Collection:

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories, Mariana EnrĂ­quez, Megan McDowell (Translator)
Sometimes We’re Cruel, and Other Stories, J.A.W. McCarthy
The Ghost Sequences, A.C. Wise
SEEDS, Tabatha Wood

Stay tuned as we continue to announce the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards!

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