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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.
 
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/>wasbeyond The
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Quirk Books
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Julie
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 a
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Erin
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
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, th
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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!
Kirsty
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 sha
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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 writiis
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Tracey
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
Gizem-in-Wonderland
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
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Bethany
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 co
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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.
Mandy
Disclaimer: I received this finished copy courtesy of Quirk 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. 

Thes
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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 sel
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Stephanie Wytovich
Absolutely inspired! I can’t recommend this enough. Mandatory reading for all Speculative Fiction writers.
Bex Wiles
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
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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
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Becca
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 e
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KC
Loved this book celebrating women authors throughout history focusing on horror, hauntings and ghosts, psychological thrillers, serial killers, and speculative fiction.
Angela
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.
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.
Kevidently
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been into a lot of books about horror lately. From Mallory O'Meara's The Lady from the Black Lagoon to Grady Hendrix's Paperbacks From Hell to the spooky chapter of Gabrielle Moss' Paperback Crush, I've been kind of reflecting on the whole world of horror fiction and film. Most people think I'm this balls-to-the-wall horror nut because I love Stephen King, but the weird fact is, I mostly just like Stephen King. I like horror quite a bit (and I've read horror beyond King this year, and plan ...more
Horror DNA
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This compendium of the women who crafted the genres of horror and speculative fiction (which we know and love!) will fuel the conversation for all the guests worth impressing at any cocktail party. In Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction, authors Lisa Kröger (Lost Highways: Dark Fictions From ...more
Liesl
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional compendium of female authors within the horror and speculative fiction genres. I have recently become more interested in exploring books within these fields during the last few years, especially after completing a reader's advisory training on horror last month, and this book has served to further fuel this curiosity. Authors are included from the 1600s through present day, covering a wide variety of topics related to the genres; I like how essential titles from each author are hi ...more
Mish
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this (uncorrected) prepub. I'm so excited for it to come out of edits and into published form, because I want to see the afterwords and bibliographies and etc.

(Yes, Nerd + Librarian present and accounted for, thanks!)

I really enjoyed all the information, and I'm amazed at the breadth of writing represented here.

Definitely looking forward to the published version!


N.B. I got this as part of a shipment of prepubs & arcs to my
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Annalisa
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book contains thumbnail sketches of a wide variety of women writers of horror and speculative fiction from the 1600s to the present. It serves as a great introduction to many of these writers but it doesn't go too deeply into any of them, so don't expect that level of detail. I learned about some writers and works that sound absolutely fascinating and that I've never heard of, and I can't wait to look into them!
Kate Grimm
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My “To Read” pile has just grown by 20... whoopsie!
Gary
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great summary of the many women authors that can scare the crap out of you. Added a bunch of titles To Be Read.
Lacy
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this through GoodReads giveaways.

I already had this on on my want-to-read list, but I'm really glad I had a chance to read it in advance of the release date. I have to say, that there are very few books that I read as soon as I get them, but the design of this book is so fantastic (including the wonderful illustrations throughout) that I couldn't resist opening it up and taking a peek. And once I did, I just kept reading. This book serves as an informative and en
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