My LIST OF 100 FEMALE HORROR AUTHORS YOU SHOULD BE READING RIGHT NOW!

Hey! It’s good to be back! And to the new followers, welcome!

Anyway, the reason why I took some time off from all the wedding planning madness is because this month is a very special month. For those who don’t know already, February isn’t just love month. It’s also Women in Horror Month. (Though I’m pretty sure a lot of people would agree that every month should be Women in Horror Month.)

The thing about the horror industry is that most people believe that it’s a male-dominated business.  Seriously, how many female horror authors can you actually name, right?

Right?

Well…

Right now, I’m naming at least a hundred. And these are just some of my recommendations…

Fact: It’s tough for female horror authors to get some recognition in the mainstream system.  It’s for that reason why a lot of us thrive quietly in the indie scene or find a home in the small press.  It’s also the reason why a lot of the most well-known female horror authors end up being shelved under other genres (Sci-Fi, Gothic, Dark Fantasy, Thriller, etc.) This reality prompted me to come up with my very own LIST OF 100  FEMALE AUTHORS THAT HORROR FANS SHOULD BE READING RIGHT NOW!!! Some of the female writers on this list are like rock stars in the genre. Some are legends. Some gained recognition only after they’ve left this world. That said, there are those who aren’t as popular but have instantly earned my respect after I’ve read a couple of their stories. Others are indie, self-published, and small press authors who deserve more recognition than they get. I’m proud to say that I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of these ladies.

If you click on each author’s name, you’ll be automatically taken to a page featuring one of her stories/books. Some are even free reads so you can have a taste of these writers’ awesomeness before you decide to purchase their published works. So, without further fuss, here’s my list of THE 100 Female Horror Writers You Should Be Fangirling On Right Now!

1) A.C. Wise

2) Alice J. Black

3) Amanda M. Lyons

4) Angela Carter

5) Ania Ahlborn

6) Angela Meadon

7) Ann Radcliffe

8) Anna Taborska

9) Anne Rice

10) Annie Neugebauer

11) Billie Sue Mossiman

12) Brooke Warra

13) Caitlín R. Kiernan

14) Caitlin Marceau

15) Caroline Kepnes

16) Chantal Noordeloos

17) Charlotte Baker

18) Charlotte Perkins Gilman

19) Christine Morgan

20) Damien Angelica Walters

21) Daphne du Maurier

22) Dona Fox

23) Eden Royce

24) Edith Wharton

25) Elizabeth Gaskell

26) Farah Rose Smith

27) Fox Emm

28) Gemma Files

29) Gerri Leen

30) Gertrude Atherton

31) Gwendolyn Kiste

32) Helen Oyeyemi

33) Holly Day

34) Jaelithe Ingold

35) Jeanie Rector

36) Jessica McHugh

37) Joyce Carol Oates

38) Julia Benally

39) Julianne Snow

40) Kaaron Warren

41) Karen Runge

42) Karen Russell

43) Kate Jonez

44) Kathe Koja

45) Kathryn M. Hearst

46) Kelly Link

47) Kerry E.B. Black

48) Lauren Beukes

49) L.B. Shimaira

50) Lindsey Beth Goddard

51) LinnieSarah Helpern

52) Lisa Lane

53) Lisa Mannetti

54) Lisa Morton

55) Livia Llewellyn

56) Lori R. Lopez

57) Lori M. Myers

58) Lori Safranek

59) Lori Titus

60) Louisa Bacio

61) Lucy Taylor

62)Margaret Atwood

63) Mary Elizabeth Counselman

64) Mary Shelley

65) Mercedes Yardley

66) Michelle Garza

67) Miracle Austin

68) Nadia Bulkin

69) Nancy Collins

70) Nancy Holder

71) Nina D’Arcangela

72) Octavia Butler

73) Paula Ashe

74) Priya Sharma

75) Rachel Anding

76) Rachel Nussbaum

77) Rebecca J. Allred

78) Rena Mason

79) Rie Sheridan Rose

80) Rose Hartley

81) Sandra McDonald

82) Sarah Langan

83) Scarlett R. Algee

84) Sharon Twizzell

85) Shenoa Carroll-Bradd

86) Shirley Jackson

87) Silvia Moreno-Garcia

88) Stephanie Wytovich

89) Sumiko Saulson

90) Susan Hill

91) Suzy Saylor

92) Tamara Fey Turner

93) Tananarive Due

94) Tanith Lee

95) Tawny Kipphorn

96) Theresa Derwin

97) Valerie Valdes

98) V.C. Andrews

99) Veronica Magenta Nero

100) Wendy Wagner

Just to be clear, there are more than 100 female horror authors that I admire. I created this list hoping to come up with a truly eclectic catalogue so that every fan of the genre can find what s/he’s looking for– be it hardcore horror, dark fairy tales, erotic horror, dystopian horror, etc.

So, who are your favorite female writers in the horror genre? I’m inviting you to come up with a list of your own and to share it with everyone. 🙂

Want to find out more about WiHM? Visit http://www.womeninhorrormonth.com

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Also, do visit Gwendolyn Kiste’s blog to check out a special WiHM interview series featuring yours truly and several other talented female horror authors. We talked about a lot of interesting stuff from the reasons why we feel drawn to the genre to our hopes concerning the trajectory of horror in the years to come.

Thank you so much for reading this post. I hope this has helped enrich your to-read list.

Bye for now! ❤

xox

K.Z.

Women in Horror

Hey!!! Missing you. Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day. ❤ ❤ ❤

Aaanyway, now that THAT’s over, let’s get down to the REAL meaning of February. February is WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH!

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Yes, for 28 days, we celebrate and highlight all the fabulous and filthy minded ladies in the horror industry. 😉 So I made a little list of my favorite female horror writers to update you on their latest works. They’re all very talented authors and I’m proud to call them my friends. 🙂 I hope that you check out their pages and support their projects because their stories really deserve to be read.

1) Lori R. Lopez has a bizarre and beautiful imagination.

Her latest collection, Odds And Ends: A Dark Collection is an assortment of the weird and wonderfully grim. The book consists of twenty-six original tales with various themes, flash fiction, micro-fiction, and essays.

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The multi-talented Ms. Lopez does her own artwork and book covers!

Lori has published several solo projects which you can view by visiting her amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Lori-R.-Lopez/e/B003WJFUN8

In fact, one of her stories, Spider Soup is currently FREE on Amazon!!
http://www.amazon.com/SPIDER-SOUP-Lori-R-Lopez-ebook/dp/B00OZROEZQ

Lori Lopez appears in several anthologies including Dead Harvest: A Collection of Dark Tales which consists of 50 scary stories from both big and soon-to-be-big names in the industry. This is definitely on my to-read list! 🙂

For updates on tours, interviews and published works, check out Lori’s site: http://fairyflyentertainment.com/
Or her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lorirlopez.author

2) I’ve always admired authors with a talent for combining the erotic and the horrific.

Magenta Nero’s writing is strange, scary, and sensual.

She is a regular contributor to The Pen of the Damned and this is a link to one of her excellent stories, “LaLupa” : http://penofthedamned.com/2015/01/13/lalupa/

Magenta’s works appear/ are to appear in several anthologies such as the soon-to-be-released title, Undead Legacy from J Ellington Ashton Press and WetWorks.

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Meanwhile, be sure to follow her blog: https://magentanero.wordpress.com/ to read some of her works of fiction.

Here’s a link to one of my favorite stories by Magenta Nero, “Lucia of the Gargoyles” :
https://magentanero.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/lucia-of-the-gargoyles/

3) Dona Fox writes stories that actually move you.

If you’re looking for quality horror stories then take a look at her Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Dona-Fox/e/B00GUQTWPM

Read Dona Fox’s Editor’s Choice Award-winning story: “The Grays of Ribbon Ridge” in The Grays anthology from JWK Fiction.
I’m also happy to announce that I’ll be sharing pages with Ms. Fox in a new Thirteen O’Clock Press antho, The Witch’s Cauldron, edited by Dorothy Davies.

Meanwhile, be sure to read one of Dona’s outstanding pieces in Rejected For Content: Splattergore (Volume 1), a collection of the most hard-core, blasphemous, violent, gory, explicit short stories available!

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4) Mary Genevieve Fortier is a brilliant poet. She is also one of the sweetest, kindest horror writers I’ve ever met. 🙂

Drop by Mary’s Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Genevieve-Fortier/e/B00GQCYXWM to discover some of her prose and poetry.
and visit her FB page https://www.facebook.com/MaryGenevieveFortierWriter to send her some love. 🙂

Here’s a link to a recent review of Floppy Shoes Apocalypse praising Mary’s very impressive poem, “Every Nine and Twenty”.
http://thehorrorfictionreview.blogspot.com/2015/01/reviews-for-week-of-january-19-2015.html?spref=fb

I’m very proud to announce that soon, I’ll be sharing another superb anthology with Mary Genevieve Fortier. Watch out for Ghosts: Revenge from JWK Fiction!

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5) And last but not the least, I highly recommend that you check out the written works of Paula D. Ashe who wowed me with her haunting stories in the Best of JWK Fiction 2013.

Here is a link to one of her most horrific pieces, The Mother of All Monsters
http://www.amazon.com/Mother-All-Monsters-Paula-Ashe-ebook/dp/B00D3VPCFQ
This story received an honorable mention from Ellen Datlow!!

Paula’s works of fiction appear/ are to appear in several anthologies such as the soon-to-be-released Axes of Evil II from J Ellington Ashton Press.

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Don’t forget to visit Paula’s site: http://pauladashe.net/

Discover, read, support WOMEN IN HORROR. ❤

xo

K.Z.

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