Horrific Women

Besides being Black History Month, February is also Women in Horror Month. (Who decides these things?) I thought I’d take a moment to highlight some of my favorite women horror authors, because what’s better than having a new book to read, or finding a new favorite author?

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Lee Murray has been a major force in fiction over the last few years, both as an editor and as an author of novels and short fiction. Her Taine McKenna series of novels, set in her native New Zealand and featuring a Maori main character, has garnered significant critical acclaim. One of her newest works, Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, edited with Geneve Flynn, is available in stores now and features stories by Southeast Asian writers. You can learn more about Lee and her books at her web site: https://www.leemurray.info/


Sarah Hans has written successfully in a variety of genres. One of her most recent works, An Ideal Vessel, a novella set around the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, combines steampunk and horror in a way I found very satisfying. She’s also edited a number of outstanding anthologies, including one with a story by yours truly. Sadly, those are all out of print at the time of this writing, but you can still find more by and about Sarah at her website, including news of her current projects as well as a link to her Patreon: https://sarahhans.com/

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Christine Morgan is a prolific author of novels and short fiction, known for embracing the wacky and weirder side of horror fiction and it’s many sub-genres. Her most recent novel, The Night Silver River Run Red, is available now from Death’s Head Press. To learn more about Christine and her work follow this link to her author website: https://christinemariemorgan.wordpress.com/news/

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Lucy Snyder is another prolific author, having penned Dozens of novels and short stories. One of her most recent works is Halloween Season, a short story collection published by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Lucy’s website, besides having a link to her patreon and a catalogue of her work, also features occasional blog posts and her awards and nominations. Check it out at https://www.lucysnyder.com/

Angel Leigh McCoy is veteran writer, having authored numerous books and other media – including work for tabletop role-playing games and video/computer games – during a career spanning two decades. Her most recent work is Dark Was the Night, a self-published collection of some of her her short horror fiction. More information and links to a number of her works can be found on Angel’s web site: https://www.angelmccoy.com/blog/

There are many, many more talented women writers, of course – this is just a few to get you started. Great reading pleasure awaits you from the pens of these – and many other – women authors, and this month is as good a time as any to explore the work that these talented women have to offer.

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