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Lisa Morton

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Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of horror fiction, and Halloween expert. She is a winner of both the Black Quill and Bram Stoker Awards, and her short stories have appeared in more than 50 books and magazines. Her first novel, THE CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES, was released by Gray Friar Press in 2010, and her first collection, MONSTERS OF L.A., was published by Bad Moon Books in October 2011. She is a native and lifelong resident of Southern California, and currently resides in the San Fernando Valley.

Three years ago, I looked at how female authors were faring in the world of small press horror (click here for that original entry). The results were, to put it mildly, dismal, with an average of 7.07% of the authors being female.

Since I'm about to participate in an HWA Roundtable on Sexism in Horror (and since - if anything - it seems to be an even bigger topic in 2013 than it was in 2010), he... Read more of this blog post »
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message 4: by Jodi (last edited Jul 22, 2012 02:55AM)

Jodi From THE READERS' ADVISORY GUIDE TO HORROR 2nd Ed. by Becky Siegel Spratford, American Library Association, 2012, P. 43:

LADIES OF THE NIGHT
As is evident by the aforementioned authors [Joe Hill, Jonathan Maberry, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Dean R. Koontz, F. Paul Wilson, Dan Simmons, Briane Keene, Nate Kenyon, John Everson, Gary A. Braunbeck, Robert Dunbar, and Jeff Strand] horror is still a very male-dominated world, but that does not mean there aren't good female writers producing top-notch horror, namely, Sarah Langan, Alexandra Sokoloff, Lisa Morton, Deborah LeBlanc, and Sarah Pinborough. What unites these women is more than their gender; they all are known for creating entertaining, terror-inducing novels, but with a lighter touch.* The horror here is quiet. There can be gruesome scenes, but it is the creation of the unsettling atmosphere that rules the works of these women.

*From what I've been hearing, I'm guessing Spratford hasn't read WILD GIRLS yet. :)

Spratford, P. 44:

LISA MORTON
Lisa Morton is an award-winning short-story writer and collection editor. Her work is consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening. In 2010 she released her first novel, THE CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES, and has proven that she will be a force to be reckoned with from now on. The "castle" of the title is a theater of which the female protagonist becomes the new owner. But something is note right. It is quiet horror, where subtle, disturbing things, happen without any outright gory scenes. It is an introspective story, a ghost story, and a homage to the theater community, all in one. Fans of Sokoloff and Langan will love Morton.


Louise Thanks for the add, Lisa. :)


message 2: by Lisa

Lisa Morton Ben wrote: "hi lisa! good to see you here. :)"

Hi Ben - Likewise! And it was lovely to finally meet you in person as well. I've heard a lot about you from Dennis and Jodi Lester and Kelly. And I look forward to reading your collection. See you around the bookstores!


message 1: by Ben

Ben Loory hi lisa! good to see you here. :)


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