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Satisfy your craving for extraordinary authors and exceptional fiction: Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond.

Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband’s heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of Margaret “Mad Madge” Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of Shirley Jackson, whose novel The Haunting of Hill House was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You’ll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Coltor, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today’s vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales.

Part biography, part reader’s guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories.

©2019 Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Absolutely Inspiring!

An enchanting, inspiring read that made my TBR list grow about two feet! This should be mandatory reading for all speculative fiction writers. I'm so thrilled this book exists.

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Fascinating!

As a modern goth girl, this book was wonderful and informative! I learned about dark minds and “difficult” women from the long history of horror, pulp, gothic, and speculative fiction. As someone who is interested in, but not particularly familiar with literary history and terminology, reading this book was enlightening without being inaccessible. The authors don’t shy away from interspersing their own commentary in a way that feels very conversational and passionate. The reading lists are phenomenal! It’s clear to me that this book was written by nerds, and I mean that as the highest compliment!

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Fascinating

4 stars - It was really good.

This was a fascinating look at the women who have pioneered horror fiction. I hadn’t heard of very many of these women or their books before this. I am not a huge horror fan but I want to read more in the future so I will be adding some of these authors to my TBR. Also I loved that at the end of each chapter the authors provided a list of recommended reading if you were interested. I am going to have to get the eBook version of this book now just so I can reference those lists.

If you are interested in horror history, book history, or pioneering women, I highly suggest picking up this book.

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Amazing book recommendations and quick history lessons on prolific writers. 100% worth the time and download

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Fun, Interesting Read!!

"To all the girls who still sleep with the lights on, but read the scary stories anyway."

Praise be, to the mothers of horror!!! This one is so much fun! Set into eight sections, we get to explore every stage in which horror has grown and how women have contributed to that growth. Such fascinating trail blazers and oh how my TBR has grown!!

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Monster, She Wrote was extremely interesting and informative

I thoroughly enjoyed Monster, She Wrote. Lisa Kröger and Melanie Anderson did their homework and thoroughly researched their subjects. I now have a whole batch of new books to read by authors I had not been familiar with previously. I even purchased the Kindle version so I could have a list of the authors and titles. I am not a horror reader…more the cozy / ghost mystery listener, but there are some titles I now can’t wait to read. If you are interested in the early female authors, regardless of genre… this is a “MUST READ”.

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Better for more recent ages, I think…

It’s very informative and increased my TBR list a lot, specially the writers after the generations of Jackson and Daphne du Maurier.
That said, I think the authors are oversimplifying the older genres, as if they were targetting younguer audiences that wouldn’t know a thing about gothic classics. They end up comparing The Castle of Otranto’s murders to The Game of Thrones, which is absurd to anyone who knows the two. It doesn’t make the authors young and relatable, it makes them wrong and for that manner unreliable when mentioning the works that I don’t know.

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This was well researched and entertaining. I read it to learn and I did. Decent

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A Good Quick Read

It wasn't vedy long but I as a big fan of horror and literature, learning the history of Women's role in the genre was wonderful.

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great for a recommendation list

great list of books and authors covered, a recommendation for everyone in here somewhere