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Under Her Black Wings : 2020 Women of Horror Anthology

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- A glamorous actress whose very flesh is reanimated by a beloved Hollywood icon
- A Boy Scout Troupe encounters a frightening mythological creature in an American forest
- A lonely woman finds a home among a group of lost-and-found souls, all cared for by a tentacled sea-creature called Mother
- A Faceless Woman attacks like a virus and takes on the identities of her victims
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Paperback, 293 pages
Published January 12th 2020 by Kandisha Press
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Brittany | Healing Happy Lee
Some of my favorite things this horror anthology contained:

Desolate Desert Landscapes- I absolutely loved the scenery of many of these stories. I live in the desert, therefore, I highly appreciated these little attention to detail moments. The smell of a monsoon, the humid rain heavy in the air, ugh the feels it evoked left my heart empty, covered in thick settled dust.

An Ocean Kingdom- I love mermaid horror stories. Horror and iridescent scales go so well together.

Revenge Parties- It's all fun
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Well Read Beard
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars - traditionally 4 is about the highest I go on anthologies. I am never going to LOVE all of the stories.

18 tales. 17 different female authors taking on the theme of "Women Monsters".

A funny idea comes to mind when thinking of female monsters. Well actually, the idea is more about the reverse of that. I kind of chuckle at the idea of how a male monster has to be justified with a glamour, mind control, magical powers of persuasion. That's how they get their female prey back to their la
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Mehsi
A delightfully creepy book featuring 18 spooky and creepy stories.


I had been meaning to read this one and then I saw on Twitter it was for free! I decided to immediately buy it, doesn’t matter it was midnight and I wanted to sleep. First get this book. After that my hubby had to steal my Kindle as I started reading. 😛

These 18 stories are about all sorts of spooky things. From vengeful ghosts to people raised from the dead to mythical beasts in the midst of forests to loneliness to tentacle monst
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Steve Stred
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s odd sometimes in the book world how things can get missed. Somehow, I completely missed checking this anthology out when it was announced at the start of the year. Now, whether that was because it was offered up on Kendall Reviews and someone else snagged it, or simply because there is SO MUCH amazing work coming out, for whatever reason, this wasn’t even on my radar until just last week, when Sonora Taylor put me in touch with Jill Girardi of Kandisha Press about reviewing Vol. 2. Jill ask ...more
Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees
3.5 stars. Full RTC
Kerry
Apr 17, 2020 added it
Kandisha Press put out its first anthology, Under Her Black Wings, in January, 2020, highlighting nineteen short stories by women writing horror. The title reminded me of the similarly-named Danzig song, which suits. Engaging cover art by Corinne Halbert looms like a demonic Little Orphan Annie, pupil-less and all!

International legends involving and written by women, some translated into English, rub shoulders. Demons with seductive faces, shape shifters, a “necromantic” serial killer, and other
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Wofford Jones
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The place where it is the darkest is Under Her Black Wings. High praise to Kandisha Press and Jill Girardi (who compiled all these works—that must’ve been a massive feat) for an excellent collection of horror collaborating with the top names of women writing horror today. All the stories within this collection affected me in different ways (or a combination of the following), whether I was unnerved by the creepy (and many of them had a high creep factor), shocked into open-mouthed wonder by the ...more
Heather Lynn Powderly
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the best compilations of short stories I've read, in quite some time. ...more
S.J. Budd
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lots of really creepy stories in here from some epic writers!
Catherine McCarthy
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Strong voices; diverse stories. I particularly enjoyed the multi-cultural aspect of the anthology. The first story, What you Eat, by Alys Hobbs, was an outstanding piece of writing, and one I'll come back to again and again. I loved it so much in fact that I immediately searched for other work by this author and was disappointed to find none. My other personal favorites were The Aztec, by Carmen Baca, Firstborn, by Jill Girardi, and Pontianak, by Tina Isaacs. As with any anthology, there will be ...more
Demi-Louise Blackburn
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Greatly enjoyed this read, there's a fantastic range of stories to choose from. Whether you're into horror that's steeped in melancholy, or appreciate a joke or two nestled between your suspense, you're going to find something you like. Some I enjoyed more than others and questioned whether they suited the overall collection, but that's inevitable with anthologies like this. What You Eat, Somewhere To Belong and Firstborn were my personal highlights. Looking forward to seeing more in the future. ...more
Meredith Morgenstern
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved these stories! Some are scarier than others, but the overall effect is that of talented women doing amazing horror writing. When does Under Her Black Wings 2 come out??? ;-)
Cassandra
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hey you! Yeah, you! What are you doing walking around the woods alone? Never mind, you’re with me now and I know these woods and I know this ain’t the place to be at nightfall, trust me, but since you’re here let’s talk about what scares you."

The first line few sentences of this Anthology pulled me right in. I was like, yeah, let's talk about that! In this Anthology there are 18 scary tales by female horror writers. The one thing I can say about nearly all of these stories is that the authors
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Jack Vessly
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this anthology. It's a healthy mix of voices from all over the world and it really shows the care the anthologist took to bring them together and the mixing was very well crafted.

My favorites:
Desert Kisses - The Sisters of Slaughter
Heart for The Heartless - Charlotte Munro
Cold Calling - Paula Readman
Sarah Smiles - Christy Aldridge
Sadie - Lydia Prime
Firstborn - Jill Girardi

Really, I found little fault with any story in this anthology.

Well Done!

5-Stars!!
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Valerie
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to have the opportunity to read this, the 2020 Women of Horror Anthology! Nineteen stories by some authors I am familiar with and most being my first chance for reading their works! This holds tales of strange appetites, woman scorned and the revenge they take, monsters both in physical form and monsters of the mind.

As each of us is different, each of these stories will horrify us differently! A couple that stuck with me were:Unplugged by Dawn DeBraal-woman wants to unplug from her
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Angie
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can read my full review at: https://mediadrome.wordpress.com/2020...

Although there were two stories that didn’t click with me at all, this is overall a pretty solid collection of stories by and about women. Although, as I mentioned above, I think the opportunity to have a quality foreword written by a woman as well was wasted. I am hoping that this will be remedied in Graveyard Smash, which I’m still definitely looking forward to!

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for Goodreads.
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Randa sperling
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great stories! Hard to pick one as my favorite and I usually don't have that problem. I definitely recommend this book. ...more
Heather
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Under Her Black Wings: 2020 Women of Horror Anthology is an anthology of all female-authored stories (19 of them). The overall quality is quite good, although I found one or two stories that didn’t entirely appeal to me. I also thought it was a little tone-deaf to have a man write the foreword for a book of all women authors, as if someone thought the book wouldn’t stand on its own without at least one guy involved.

The only content warning I have is for some animal harm and some gore. Nothing ex
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Joseph Hood
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Great Collection of Horror Stories:

This anthology is a great collection of horror stories written by women authors. I enjoyed some stories more than others, but found nearly all of them to be very well written. My favorites include: one about a boy scout trip, a vengeful ghost, a bloodthirsty village creature, and an apocalypse story.

If you are looking for something to read for Halloween, or just a handful of creepy stories to pass the time, this book will not disappoint you. I am looking for
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Vicky Coughlan
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
An anthology of different writers is always difficult to review... but the 4 stars given talk about my enjoyment of this book by kandisha press. Some stories stayed better in my mind like What You Eat by Alys Hobbs. The Aztec by Carmen Baca. The Riddled Path by Somer Canon was another good one. Desert Kisses was spooky and great. Goddess of the Lake another favourite. Abigayl’s Army was a good one with an unexpected ending that I loved. The Darkness by Stevie Kopas was really great. Loved the sp ...more
Trisha_loves_books
A collection of horror short stories. Some goid some bad. Favorite was Unplugged by Dawn DeBraal. Great anthology overall.
Kevin L
May 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
A generally uninspired collection with few frights, or thrills.

Most of the writing is serviceable but there is no passion or fire behind these stories.
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Jill Girardi is the author of Hantu Macabre, the best-selling novel featuring punk rock paranormal detective Suzanna Sim and Tokek the toyol. The book was shortlisted for the 2019 Popular/The Star Readers’ Choice Awards. Suzanna and Tokek will also be taken to the big screen, as a full-length film based on the characters is set to start shooting in 2021, with former MMA Fighter Ann Osman starring ...more

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