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Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction

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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.

Frankensteinwas 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
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Quirk Books
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Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kroger is a 2019 Quirk Books publication.

Just in time for Halloween, Monster, She Wrote, will give you a host of books to add to your Fall/Winter reading list!

This book is also a tribute of sorts and is a reminder of the major contributions that women have made to the horror, Gothic, and science fiction categories. These pioneers of horror fiction were trailblazers, creating some of the most thought-provoking
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Is your TBR becoming shorter? Neither is mine and now the wishlist is even longer.

These authors want you and I to know that there are tons of great Gothic/horror/ terror filled books out there and they are all written by fantastic female writers- some names I knew(Daphne Du Maurier, Shirley Jackson) but there were many more that were whispering from the shadows " I'm still here." Which sounds quite spooky but it fits with the whole atmosphere of this non fiction.

Divided into six categories,
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scream-mag
Well, this was only my second time reading a nonfiction book about the origins of horror and I must say that this was a lot of fun. I learned a lot, I took notes and I have a bunch of books I'd like to look for the next time I'm a secondhand bookstore.
Currently writing my review for Scream Mag and it will be published this October 2019
I will say that horror fans looking for some Gothic Lit or some dark, obscure reads that probably inspired modern horror writers, should pick this up!
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
An interesting read exploring the women who have paved the way for speculative fiction and horror. Split into sections like “pulp fiction writers” and “haunting the home”, this book dove into the lives of some famous writers of horror stories while also highlighting works of theirs that might not be as well known while also recommending other works similar to these writers’ stories.

Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warning: This book will definitely add many titles to your TBR list! Even if you've read these horror novels before, I guarantee horror lovers will be rushing to read them again after reading the facts shared in this book!

I love a good scary story! Whether it's a gothic supernatural mystery in a dark, dank castle or a crazed killer chasing co-eds, I'm always up for a good scare. This book starts back with the earliest female writers who terrorized their readers up to the more modern ones. A lot
Will I ever tire of books about books? (Answer: no.) This one was great fun, and was a pleasant reminder of my favourite course during my English Lit undergrad, on the Female Gothic. It's a very brief overview, but I found the selections interesting, and I've added several new books to my to-read list. The more modern selections had some strange omissions (no Hotel World by Ali Smith? No Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel? No Amelia Gray or Camilla Grudova?) and focused on some lightweight YA authors ...more
Michael Hicks
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review of MONSTER, SHE WROTE can be found at High Fever Books.

Almost immediately, I had to come to grips with what Monster, She Wrote is versus what I had hoped and wanted it to be. Without knowing much about the book beyond the awesome illustrated cover art and the premise as revealed in the title (The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction), I had expected a more thorough study exploring the various authors and a deep-dive into their eras, their work and legacies, and how they
Candace Robinson
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not the biggest nonfiction fan in the world but this has everything I love! Awesome info about horror and speculative fiction women writers, cool and creepy drawings, and all around interesting! Plus it had me by having the word monster in the title!
Anna Luce
Oct 08, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF 40%

Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction is an accessible guide/introduction to both major and minor female Gothic, Horror, and Speculative writers (from the 17th century until now). The illustrations are lovely, the writing is fairly engaging, and it seems to be catered towards younger audiences. It is not work of criticism or theory but a compendium that offers a few key biographical facts, the titles or summaries of these women's works, and recommended
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Very good history of women horror/sci-fi/fantasy writers. It starts with the classics but moves right up to modern day, and includes TV shows and movies as well. There are lots of book recommendations as well.

If you're a horror fan, it's worth the read.
Leah Rachel von Essen
"Perhaps the weirdest tale," write Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson in MONSTER, SHE WROTE: THE WOMEN WHO PIONEERED HORROR & SPECULATIVE FICTION, "is how we've managed to forget the women who created such amazing stories." This incredible book gave me a reading list 30 books long. Despite knowing more about feminist speculative fiction than the average person, I knew very few of the authors referenced in this book, which outlines the long history of women writers and authors in the horror ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

If you have any interest in speculative fiction or horror, I definitely recommend picking this book up! It is a fascinating, well-crafted non-fiction book about the women who pioneered those genres. The tone is both informative and fun, which makes is really accessible for any reader. The book is divided up into 8 sections, each including information on several women. At the end of each bio, there are suggested reading recommendations and I promise you will come away with
This book has been created with the idea of bringing together all the dark queens of literature.
I am completely clueless when it comes to genres of horror, gothic fiction, paranormal literature, ghost stories, and haunted environment and I wanted to learn about the most important/famous examples of these genres and it seemed a great starting point reading this book although it focuses only on women, which I believe is a good thing, since, behind most pseudonyms used in literature, there is a
Katherine Moore
This was the perfect book to start October’s screamathon:
A book about books, about female authors of horror and speculative fiction. It’s perfect for creating a list of must-read horror, covering books from Mary Shelley and Daphne du Maurier, all the way up to recent novelists Helen Oyeyemi and Mira Grant
Meticulously researched, it will make you super savvy if you need to write a paper on literary works by female authors.
A great read for any horror bookworm.
Jenna Moquin
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book, highly recommended. There are so many forgotten female authors, and I also just beefed up my TBR list (as if I needed any more books to add to it...). I just downloaded The Unforseen by Dorothy Macardle, next on my reading lineup.
Stephanie M. Wytovich
Absolutely inspired! I can’t recommend this enough. Mandatory reading for all Speculative Fiction writers.
Oleksandr Zholud
This is a non-fic about women-writers of horror and speculative fiction. The blurb mentions and her , so I assumed it will cover SF writers in detail as well, but this is not so. I’m not a fan of horror genre, it is hard to be frightened of ghosts if your grandparents saw people dropping dead from hunger and real women eating own children during the Great Famine of 1933 – life is more frightening than any fiction.

The book starts with several very interesting characters, namely Margaret Cavendish
Steve Wiggins
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. Although Quirk makes it look, in its characteristic style, somewhat juvenile, Monster, She Wrote is a somewhat lighthearted, but serious book about women who historically explored, and who continue to write, horror. It isn’t comprehensive. It isn’t exhaustive. But it is inspirational. The many women featured here were adventurers into territory chauvinistically claimed by males, and these women excelled in their explorations. Horror, however defined, is experienced by ...more
Disclaimer: I received this finished copy courtesy ofQuirk Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

This was such a fun, atmospheric read! I read this in and out of car rides while I was on vacation, and it was perfect. It was easy to pick it up and set it down, all while still being enticing to pick it back up.

These are the nonfiction
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So this was a My Book Box selection. I can't remember what month because I am behind. But it was cool because this book was on my list, and My Book Box delivered again. The non-fiction selections are usually pretty darn good. (The Mystery ones are a little more hit or miss, but more often than not a hit).

So this book is about the women who invented and contributed to the horror and gothic genres. Therefore the book starts with writers other than Mary Shelley. The choices are basically English
Nostalgia Reader
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-mcl-book
A great pseudo-bibliography of women writers of Gothic, horror, weird, and speculative fiction! While it's certainly not completely comprehensive (Molly Tanzer wasn't included in any of the chapters and I'm baffled by this), it's an excellent jumping off point for readers who want to read more works by women. Whether you like just one of the genres it encompasses or all of them, there's definitely something in here that you'll end up adding to your TBR. The timeline spans the entire history of ...more
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

I started reading Monster, She Wrote, with a pencil and notebook by my side thinking to jot down a few titles and authors that caught my attention. I would like to start this review by saying Do Not Do This! Within just a few chapters I had patted myself on the back for already having read Frankenstein and The Yellow Wallpaper, and having an Ann Radcliffe collected works downloaded since reading Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey (note to self,
Alex (Hey Little Thrifter)
This is an excellent overview of female horror authors throughout the centuries. Whether you're a lifelong fan or new to the genre I think you'll find something interesting here. I read it from cover to cover and now I'm going to flip back through it and make some notes of books to add to my TBR!

I am a big fan of reading horror written by women so even though there are plenty of authors within the genre that I have already read or am aware of I bought this book in the hopes that it would
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"These genres of fiction are instruments with which women writers can shake up society and prod readers in an uncomfortable direction... It's no surprise that women's fiction focuses on voice and visibility. Women might be told to be quiet, but they still speak up."

Monster, She Wrote is a refreshing and interesting overview of many female writers of the wider horror genre. It profiles the more well-known writers (Mary Shelley and Anne Rice), as well as many who have been influential but are in
Chris Clay
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Informative fun and helped me add lots of new authors and books to my to-read list. A fascinating history of the horror genre and the women who made it what it is today. Many authors I've heard of and many I had not. Will be buying this book (I read a library copy.) to my reference collection. Highly recommended.
The Library Ladies
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, non-fiction
(originally reviewed at )

Even though horror is hands down my favorite literary genre (or genre of any kind of consumable media), that doesn’t exclude it from my general lack of experience with ‘the classics’. Sure, I’ve read books like “Frankenstein”, “Dracula”, and “The Turn of the Screw”, but in general I have kept my horror experiences fairly solidly in the 20th century and beyond. On top of that, a lot of what I’ve read has been fairly male dominated. So when I saw that
Keith Chawgo
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women and horror are two things that are not normally associated with each other outside of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein but with this new book by Kroger and Anderson, we have a list of authors that show that this is commonly an untrue statement.

Starting in a time before Shelley’s Frankenstein hit the scene, we have a myriad of authors who wrote gothic fiction and had very successful careers. The book details a number of female authors through until modern time that have made a career or dip
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
Brimming with context and cross references, Monster, She Wrote is almost a reference guide, but its conversational tone and quirky illustrations stop it from getting too dense.

Kröger and Anderson walk us through different eras of horror literature, beginning in the 1600s and ending with speculations (no pun intended) about the future of speculative fiction. I appreciated the short chapters; that makes a book like this easier to get through, at least for me.

I also appreciated the diversity in
Loved this book celebrating women authors throughout history focusing on horror, hauntings and ghosts, psychological thrillers, serial killers, and speculative fiction.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, horror
WARNING -- your TBR (to be read) list will stagger under the weight of recs from this excellent book. A perfect seasonal read highlighting women authors in the history of horror and gothic. Be armed with a notebook to jot down titles.
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