Women in Horror: Part IV

Hello, my loves as the title states I’m back to give you some spooky book recs. It’s been awhile and I missed this! Lately I’ve really been trying to fight through my depression and write. I want to don’t get me wrong but my brain tells me that it’s not good, I’m a failure blah blah blah bullshit that isn’t true but I can’t stop thinking it.

I’ll beat your ass depression and I’ll win.

Non mental health wise though I also wanted to change this series name because I’m all about aesthetic honestly. I also wanted to get out of this box of only featuring women who solely write horror. There are authors who do it all and whose books I greatly enjoy. Yes, they write chick lits but check out this bomb horror novel they ALSO wrote. I’m sure this only makes sense to my rabid mind and I swear I’ll stop rambling.

Let’s have a great spooky October and enjoy my fourth installment of Women in Horror.

As always you can check out the previous volumes here:

Women in Horror: Part IV

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

I am definitely late on the Gillian Flynn train but now that I’m here I have to say I’m quite happy and horrified. Mostly horrified.

We cheered for Gone Girl, wretched at Sharp Objects, and I’m just now starting Dark Places but already I’m horrified.

Gillian Flynn is a master of suspense, sharp with tone, and she knows how to weave a creepy and heart racing tale. It’s what she’s known for.

Last month I read Sharp Objects and watched the tv series and I don’t believe I’ve enjoyed a show like that in so long.. To me it is a mixture of southern gothic and psychological horror. There wasn’t a moment I wasn’t disgusted or scared. Sharp Objects forces uou to take a closer look at the damage toxic familial ties causes and examine how our behavior might just be set in stone. Please read this, please watch it and absoliutely do not look up at spoilers. It’s funny how once upon a time I would actively seek out spoilers but now in my very old age I rebuke them in the name of all that is holy.

Why are teeth so genuinely creepy??

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom. Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is on legendary status in my mind. I have read a few of her short stories, cried through Gods of Jade and Shadow and when it was announced that she had a new book coming I was elated.

When I read farther and found out this new book was POC gothic AND horror???

I. Screamed.

The Gods showed favor to me one day and I was actually granted an advance copy by Netgalley.

Of course I have written a full review here but you should know that this is a book entrenched in dark gothic horror. Silvia Moreno’ Garcia’s words are hauntingly lilting. You feel every emotion Noemi does and makes as though you are trapped in this increasingly sinister nightmare. And I can’t just wake up, I have to know how it ends. And I have to know why.

God Child by Kaori Yuki

Godchild by Kaori Yuki

International hit by the creator of Angel Sanctuary. Deep in the heart of 19th century London, a young nobleman named Cain walks the shadowy cobblestone streets of the aristocratic society into which he was born. Forced to become an earl upon the untimely death of his father, Cain assumes the role of head of the Hargreaves, a noble family with a dark past. With Riff, his faithful manservant, and Mary Weather, his 10-year-old half sister, Cain investigates the mysterious crimes that seem to follow him wherever he goes. Four gripping tales of murder and mayhem complete this chilling first installment from the renowned author of Angel SanctuaryGodchild is a manga series that gothic fans shouldn’t miss!

My 11th grade of high school I met a group of friends as nerdy as myself. These girls were incredibly smart, kind, and amazing. They also traded manga with one another like one trades Pokemon cards.

I immediately and of course had to get in on this.

THUS began an introduction to manga I’ve always wanted to get my hands on.

In the pile of books a few have really stuck out to me.

Kaori Yuki’s mangas are stunningly beautiful. The regal intricate atwork should be a stark contrast to the blunt and often brutal horror but instead it enhances it. I first read Angel Sanctuary by Kaori Yuki and it’s been awhile I admit but I distinctly remember being disturbed and feeling creeping horror while reading it.

And then I decided to buy and read Godchild. Godchild is set in Victorian century and is laden with murder and mystery. Kaori Yuki’s signature gothic lolita style is graceful and poignant. It leaves a mark and rises her amongst the ranks of best mangakas. With so few women horror mangakas her work is definitely a must read.

And the fashions darling…the fashions.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But now, someone has learned the truth and is determined to get even. The horror is starting again. There is an unknown avenger out there who is stalking them in a deadly game. Will he stop at terror-or is he out for revenge?

Lois Duncan definitely helped shape my interests book wise. We all know the movie even if we haven’t seen it. It’s a title that sticks to you. 90s horror s movies are EYE personally think a monumental period for us millennials. The movies were good and genuinely shaped the course and standard for horror movies to come. We had Scream, Candyman, Urban Legend, The Faculty, The Blair Witch and of course I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Again, it’s been awhile since I’ve read this but I do have a plan to re-read this and some of Lois Duncan’s other works. I distinctly remember reading her novel Stranger With My Face and loving it to literal tatters. She influenced me greatly in wanting to become a horror writer myself as her talent was unparalleled.

Christ and am I psychic or what?! Apparently I Know What You Did last summer is getting a tv series on amazon prime!! Yay!! I can’t wait 🙂

https://www.theloop.ca/i-know-what-you-did-last-summer-is-becoming-a-tv-show

Thank you for reading this fresh installment of my women in horror series 🙂 it feels so good to write about this again and I hope you join me again next time.

Please if you have any suggestions or simply want to talk books please comment on the post and remember to share with friends.

❤ Later days

5 thoughts on “Women in Horror: Part IV

  1. Fabulous list! And we are, as before, twins in every way. ❤ I also read Godchild and Kaori Yuki's works and LOVE her style and storytelling. It's so regal, detailed, and distinct. The ending to Godchild pretty much hurt, poor and dear Cain and all he went through!! ;-; I've also been meaning to re-read Angel Sanctuary again one of these days. Thrilled to see them mentioned and remembered as few 90s shoujo manga are.

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