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

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Weird fiction wouldn't exist without the women who created it. Meet the female authors who defied convention to craft some of literature's strangest tales. And find out why their own stories are equally intriguing.

Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein; but have you heard of Margaret Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier? Have yo
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Quirk Books
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Kirsty
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Gizem-in-Wonderland
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 wom
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Bex Wiles
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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 d
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edh
"[a] superb little directory [covering] women authors of the gory and fantastic, past and present."

⭐review in Booklist 6/1/19! Read my review here: https://www.booklistonline.com/Monste...
Jenny
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book gives a wonderful insight of female author's who have influenced the horror genre. The short biographies gave some insight into each author's lives as well as their most popular works. It's a shame that a lot of the influential female author's are left on the wayside for their male counterparts. I loved the insight and gained a lot more knowledge about the genre itself. I learned so much about the female author's that have influenced the genre to give me a deep appreciation for their w ...more
Andrienne
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reference book! Lots of examples and the reading guide is very useful! Has plenty of cool illustrations as well.

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.
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May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read. It was a nice quick and easy flow read. I enjoyed the timeline of writers and their influence and impact they had in the Gothic Horror genre. It was interesting to see how each writer not only opened up new stories and ideas in the genre but how their impact started a wave of new ideas of writing and capturing the audience. I really enjoyed how the recommended reading list. It gave me an ah-ha moment or I didn't think about that title as something similar. I love the idea th ...more
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May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is something very intriguing about this book. It is a combination encyclopedia, reference text, and reader's advisory. If you want to learn more about some classic women gothic/horror/science fiction writers or need some new books to read then this is a great guide!

Personally, I also love books where you can pick it up and turn to any given page for just a tidbit of information instead of being stuck reading from start to finish. It will certainly find a place on my shelves.
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Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only gave this three stars, because it was really more of a reading guide rather than a book. (Still counts for my end of year tally though.) I learned a ton about the history of the horror genre. It is so much more than gratuitous violence and pulpy gore. The book starts off with the women writers of the 1600s and 1700s who crafted the genre, moves into haunted houses, vampirism, spiritualism and the occult, and ends with a forward-looking chapter about contemporary writers taking the genre i ...more
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