February is Women in Horror Month. On Shotgun Logic already you’ve gotten some posts about that. I wanted to keep the love going. Shane gave a list of women writers you should definitely be following. I wanted to take a little different tack and give a small list of some great books you should be looking at. Of course these are all from women authors.

It’s amazing to me that we’ve come so far in our culture but hang on to so much baggage. One of the burdens carried by the capital U—Us are our assumptions about gender. One of the stranger aspects of our time though is that social media has both opened wounds and healed them. It is almost impossible not to be aware of the lashing out of parts of the writing world, especially those in science fiction, film and gaming against the contributions, even the participation, of women. At the same time you will find both the women themselves working against those currents and many of us guys doing what we can to support them. It is my belief that the participation of all views, all experiences, enriches the culture itself. There are some who would place limits. They wish to protect their particular world view and their favorite safe places from change. I say there is room and comfort for all.

Stepping off the soapbox—who am I kidding, ask my kids if I ever step off it—here are a few women in horror and their books that make our world a little better. Enjoy, and find a new favorite book.

Xibalba, home of torture and sacrifice, is the kingdom of the lord of death. He stalked the night in the guise of a putrefied corpse, with the head of an owl and adorned with a necklace of disembodied eyes that hung from nerve cords. He commanded legions of shapeshifting creatures, spectral shamans, and corpses hungry for the flesh of the living. The Mayans feared him and his realm of horror. He sat atop his p
slaughter-sisters yramid temple surrounded by his demon kings and demanded sacrifices of blood and beating hearts as tribute to him and his ghostly world.

These legends, along with those that lived in fear of them, have been dead and gone for centuries. Yet now, a doorway has been opened in Georgia. A group of college students seek their missing professor, a man who has secretly uncovered the answer to one of history’s greatest mysteries. However, what they find is more than the evidence of a hidden civilization. It’s also a gateway to a world of living nightmares.

At the time of this posting, the e-book of MAYAN BLUE from Michelle Garza & Melissa Lason is on sale at Amazon for $.99. What a deal!



vbeautOne last taste of perfection… Sasha and Brynn descend upon the showplace home of their girlhood friend, Vicki, planning to celebrate her surviving cancer to reach her fortieth birthday.

As they gather around Vicki’s perfectly set dinner table, though, her husband shares devastating news. The cancer is back, and she doesn’t have long to live.

Her life is cut even shorter than Sasha and Brynn expect—the next morning, their friend is found dead, her flawless skin slit at the wrists.

But a tub full of blood is only the beginning. Before the weekend is through, they are forced to question how far they’re willing to go to fulfill Vicki’s last wish. A very specific, very detailed recipe that only the truest of friends could stomach…

Somer has become a friend through FB and Twitter and I can’t tell you how much I want you to love her books.

chills True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni . . .

It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won’t be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst.

The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable…

Mary and I shared a promo tour for our Lyrical Press books. My mystery was in great company.

Scursejtt. Louis in 1880 is full of ghosts — mangled soldiers, tortured slaves, the innocent victims of war — and Jacob Tracy can see them all. He stays out of ghost-populated cities as much as possible these days, guiding wagon trains West with his pragmatic and skeptical partner, Boz.

Trace gets a letter from the wealthy and reclusive Sabine Fairweather. Miss Fairweather admits to knowing about Trace’s curse, and suggests she might be able to help him — in exchange for a few odd jobs.

Trace has no interest in being her pet psychic, but he’s been searching eighteen years for a way to curb his curse. Miss Fairweather’s knowledge of the spirit world is too tempting to ignore. As she steers him into one macabre situation after another, his powers flourish. But Miss Fairweather harbors her own secrets, and her meddling brings Trace to the attention of something much older and more dangerous than any ghost.

Holly Messinger is a talented and local (to me) author with a great series starting here.

Mbluealiceollie Chandler is on the verge of joining a shadowy Order whose magical operatives, the Glymjacks, manipulate events of the past. As the only candidate for the role of Psychopomp, she must pass one final test before the job is hers.

The crumbling Blue Alice has been gathering ghosts for over a hundred years. Tenants have suffered violent poltergeist attacks by a vengeful spirit, complained of a spectral woman in black, reported hearing music when there should be none, and appealed to exorcists when tormented by a judgmental demon.

Mollie must use magic, ingenuity, and intuition to travel back in time to the source of each haunting, avert their circumstances, and change history. If she succeeds, she will have to give up everything she’s ever known to become a Glymjack. If she fails, Mollie will not survive – if she’s lucky. The alternatives to death are far worse.

Mollie has but one night to change the histories of the dead and plot the course for her own future. She is running out of time, and into the haunted heart of the Blue Alice.

This book and a few of mine share both publisher and an amazing cover artist. You should give this haunting novella a chance.

eighthAfter Paimon, Lucifer’s top soul collector, falls in love with a mortal girl whose soul he is supposed to claim, he desperately tries everything in his power to save her from the Devil’s grasp. But what happens when a demon has to confront his demons, when he has to turn to something darker, something more sinister for help? Can Paimon survive the consequences of working with the Seven Deadly Sins-sins who have their own agenda with the Devil—or will he fall into a deeper, darker kind of hell?

Stephanie is also the author of the dark poetry collections, BROTHEL and AN EXORCISM OF ANGELS.




Okay, that’s a good, round half-dozen. Let me know if you want to make it a full dozen. There are lots of other books and women in horror to be found.

Written by ROBERT E. DUNN