Wednesday, April 12, 2023

What We've Been Reading | April 12, 2023

Today our team members recommend a horror novella, a novel filled with body horror and an anthology benefitting Trans Youth in Texas. We hope you check them out and share your thoughts!

It Doesn't Go Away by Wendy Dalrymple

A woman on the brink. A long, endless hike. Something waiting in the woods.

There’s something waiting for her along the Appalachian Trail. Watching. Following. She knows it. She can feel their eyes on her at every corner. It’s only a matter of time before they catch up…

In the aftermath of a horrible traumatic incident, a woman sets out on a solo long-distance hiking trip along the Appalachian Trail. Despite her insistence to push through, dark forces manifest in strangers' faces and terror sets in. With every turn through the dense, dark wood, she discovers that running away from her past is more difficult than it seems, and in the end, it just doesn’t go away.

Laurie's Teaser Review

"It Doesn’t Go Away is a tense little novella filled with danger that lurks around every corner while slowly revealing some painful trauma. It’s a very creepy read and the dread hits you fast and never lets up."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.

Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder

Sister, Maiden, Monster is a visceral story set in the aftermath of our planet’s disastrous transformation and told through the eyes of three women trying to survive the nightmare, from Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lucy A. Snyder.

To survive they must evolve.

A virus tears across the globe, transforming its victims in nightmarish ways. As the world collapses, dark forces pull a small group of women together.

Erin, once quiet and closeted, acquires an appetite for a woman and her brain. Why does forbidden fruit taste so good?

Savannah, a professional BDSM switch, discovers a new turn-on: committing brutal murders for her eldritch masters.

Mareva, plagued with chronic tumors, is too horrified to acknowledge her divine role in the coming apocalypse, and as her growths multiply, so too does her desperation.

Inspired by her Bram Stoker Award-winning story “Magdala Amygdala,” Lucy A. Snyder delivers a cosmic tale about the planet’s disastrous transformation ... and what we become after.

Goodreads | Amazon

Heather's Teaser Review

"This book was gross but also kinda sexy. I'm not sure how that works, but it did."

Read Heather's entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie's Teaser Review

"This book is squirmy and gross and sexy too. If you’re a fan of body horror and like sex mixed in with your scares, you’re going to love that about it."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.

Your Body Is Not Your Body edited by Alex Woodroe & Matt Blairstone


Over thirty creators from the Trans/Gender Nonconforming communities come together to voice their rage, defiance and fearlessness in the New Weird Horror tradition that Tenebrous Press exemplifies.

A centaur seeks illicit surgery in an alien bodily modification club.

Two medieval monks react to their transformation and demonic pregnancy in very different ways.

A resourceful trans teen destroys sports bigots through the power of pluckiness...and gratuitious body horror.

A spacebound cathedral crosses galaxies to dump the corpse of God into a star; hopefully they won't be distracted from their mission by excessive psychedelic orgies.

A doxxed teen falls victim to violent assault...and dishes out some harrowing retribution of their own.

The rules of conventional Horror go out the f$%&ing window in this collection of stories featuring cosmic malice; technological killing machines; murderous pleasure-bots; acid-filled alien cops; Weird worm implants; witchcraft; mad science; proselytizing zombies; ghouls, sorcerers and cannibals...and that just begins to scratch the grave-dirt.

This anthology began in reaction to the attempted criminalization of trans/GNC youth and their families in the state of Texas. It has evolved into a rallying cry and Horror-drenched celebration of identity of every stripe. A portion of all proceeds go to Equality Texas.

Goodreads | Amazon

Teresa's Teaser Review

"An exceptional anthology that gives voice to the chronically unseen in horror. Each story and poem contained within is an unapologetic declaration that Trans and Gender Nonconforming creators are here and they are bringing the horror, reminding us all that they know what real horror is and they are reclaiming their space in the genre. These stories are weird, and gross, and terrifying, and beautiful."

Read Teresa'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.

We are currently accepting horror fiction and horror adjacent fiction written by diverse authors in print and epub format ONLY. If this is you, please visit our review submission page here.

Our Reviewers

Laurie is one of our Horror Spotlight Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, helps out with our Instagram/Twitter accounts, and is a contributing reviewer. You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads where she never shuts up about the things she's reading.

Heather is a contributing reviewer and helps out with the Horror Spotlight Instagram account. Find her online at Goodreads, Twitter as @HSquared_13, and on Instagram as @h.hellion.

Teresa creates the Shelf Edition posts, creates bookish lists and is a contributing reviewer at Horror Spotlight. You can find Teresa on Goodreads, and on Twitter.

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