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We Are Wolves

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Once upon a time, there was a woman, and she was tired. Tired of pushing. Tired of being pushed. Tired of feeling alone. Tired of so much.

So she gathered together a pack of wolves, a band of mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, partners, friends, lovers, survivors, victors and brilliant, shining things, and she told them to sing.

And sing they did.

The result is We Are Wolves
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published December 4th 2020
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Sadie Hartmann
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-work
WE ARE WOLVES An Anthology. Proceeds go to help survivors of abuse and assault.
Compiled by Gemma Amor, Laurel Hightower, and Cynthia Pelayo
Intro by Gemma Amor- Gemma's introduction is brilliant in its raw honesty. She shares her own, personal experience unique to her in the details but familiar to so many women. I won't be reviewing this collection because I have a story in it but please do pay attention to my updates as I will share my thoughts on each & every story. xo
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I, like many women, suffered through harsh words, gaslighting, coercion and abuse. These stories gave voice to that. I found it hard to talk to my family, friends and especially other women. I felt I would be judged and then blamed. But by not talking I said it was ok. And it’s not ok. I’ve come to a place in my life where I am talking about it and it’s truly because of brave women and stories like this! Oh and horror...lots and lots of horror. My escape....
If you identify as a woman who still r
Michael Tichy
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A subject that regularly comes up in discussions of male privilege is the things women take for granted that men never think about. Basic self preservation means making sure someone knows where you are and who you are with, never leaving a drink unattended, having an exit strategy when you are meeting someone new. Put simply, there is a level of vigilance required to survive as a woman that most men never have to bother with. And it would be fair to begrudge us this ease, and telling a woman she ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I tend to read anthologies and collections in short bursts over a long period of time. I'll leave them on my bedside table and dive into them here and there, savoring them.

Well, I devoured WE ARE WOLVES in 2 days. It rendered me into a pool of fat and bones and left me sinking into the floor of my home.

This collection continues the 2020 trend of non-stop, impactful, important releases.

The voices featured within this book scream loudly, passionately, and provide a synchronous and amplified cal
Ross Jeffery
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We are Wolves

Intro - Gemma Amor

Gemma delivers a heartfelt and honest introduction that details where the idea from this anthology comes from, it’s a powerful introduction that perfectly sets the tone for the reader.

The Black Wallpaper - Cynthia Pelayo

A deeply distressing story of never being enough, of never having enough of you to spread about and fearing about where it will all end. Our protagonist we quickly learn is smothered by guilt, a deep rooted guilt of being everything to everyone but
Patrick R. McDonough
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ranging from the emotionally-driven to the fantastical, WE ARE WOLVES puts on a full display of contemporary's finest within the horror and dark fiction genres. The forward by, Gemma Amor, sets the tone of this collection with a powerful story that is both personal and uplifting. WOLVES is a call to arms. A call for not only women to be picked up and feel connected through their varying experiences of pain, treatment by society & men, and how they overcome their obstacles, but a call to allies t ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
**Review coming soon**
Hunter Shea
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a collection of powerful voices. I'm so glad I held onto We Are Wolves to read during Women in Horror month. These are deeply emotional, gut wrenching tales with doses of terror and gore to satisfy every horror fan. Special shout outs to The Black Wallpaper by Cynthia Pelayo, Though Your Heart is Breaking by Laurel Hightower, Angel by Gemma Amor, and The Parrot by Sonora Taylor. ...more
Rebeka Schwarz
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wrote a full review 5-star review at https://abitwordsy.blog/book-reviews/..., but I will say that I needed this book. I felt seen by it.

This anthology of very diverse stories by some amazing women in horror explores the many horrors that women and girls have to bear, sometimes on a day-to-day basis. Some very raw and dark.

I believe that any woman that reads this will recognise themselves, whether they’ve been through great trauma in their lives and I think any woman, even if they’re not a ho
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best

Having read a number of anthologies now, this is the first time - if memory serves - I have read one by women about women. Here are terrific stories whose nature you probably wouldn't see gain much space in those other books simply by virtue of this perspective, the essence of the female. These are stories of heart and blood, resonating with loss and pain, some of which spoke directly to me of my own loss and therefore felt extraordinarily personal. Whilst I know authors love to get shou
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow... A great anthology for a good cause.
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Powerful stories with profound messages behind them. I loved them,but to be honest, the introduction was one of the best parts of this anthology. I didn't know that I needed to hear/read this powerful speech and those words. Amazing! ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up! We Are Wolves is a powerful collection of stories and poems that highlights the courage, survival, weariness, and anger of women. This is a response to all the times when women are told to smile, to be silent, to be beautiful, because they are not worth more than that. But as this book brilliantly shows, women are a force to be reckoned with and those who stand in their way will pay the price.

The stories include a haunting look at a cry for help, a delightful twist on the grievin
Mar 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
The trigger warnings are not to be taken lightly. Nonetheless, the book was for a great cause. Hailey Piper and Beverley Lee's stories were highlights for me. ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gruesome yet oddly satisfying.
K.P. Kulski
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A strong and painfully beautiful collection. Too many women will recognize themselves in these pages and it is a reminder that we will rise, sometimes soaked in our own blood and sometimes in the blood of those who have hurt us, but most often in both.
Mar 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Wow, what a wonderful collection of stories. Throughly enjoyed all of these and found myself racing through it.
Erica Robyn Metcalf
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, anthology
We Are Wolves: An Anthology compiled by Gemma Amor, Laurel Hightower, and Cynthia Pelayo is an absolutely horrifying and gut-wrenching collection of tales that cover a broad range of topics. But what ties them all together is the power of women who have been pushed too far for too long and what they will do to rise up.

This collection will make you want to hug the special women in your lives extra tight the next time you see them. Post-COVID of course! I cannot wait to see my grandma and my mom w
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finished in one sitting

Great stories. Finished in one night . Could not put it down for a second . Highly recommend it. Yay
“Because we are not the sum of our damaged parts, we are not the Bad Things that happen to us, we are not the weariness we feel as we push, push, push. No, we are mothers, we are sisters, we are wives, daughters, partners, friends, lovers, survivors, victors … but we are also the shadows at the end of the bed, the eyes that gleam in the dark, we are alpha, the things with teeth and claws and hearts of hot blood, and we stand side by fucking side, as a pack, and you can hear us singing, if you li ...more
Scott Cumming
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent anthology showcasing the best of women's horror talent on the scene right now. The stories are powerful and memorable throughout. The message there for women to never be underestimated.

My favourite from the collection has to be "Angel" by Gemma Amor, whose writing continues to dazzle me. In this story, she pushes you to your limits and then beyond as she ratchets up the suspense from the go with a wondrous opening page to a tender end.

Other favourites include "The Parrot" by
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, unlimited, lohf
This is an anthology about women written by a diverse group of authors. While reading through the stories and a few poems, I was impressed with the inclusion of different styles and sub-genres. More than a few of the authors in this book were those that I had never read before so it was nice to be able to be introduced to them. I have already purchased one the author's books based upon their story in this book and I'm sure there will be several more that I will purchase.

I enjoy short horror fict
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A smart and thoughtful yet unsettling horror anthology exploring the role of women in horror and reality

Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
Brennan LaFaro
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the onset of Amor’s fierce introduction, WE ARE WOLVES never lets up for a moment. Delivering stories and poetry from some of the best women writing horror today, this anthology sings a symphony of beauty and strength, all the while ready to rip your still-beating heart out of your chest.

Cina Pelayo’s “The Black Wallpaper” is a demonstration of never feeling good enough, never feeling like you’re doing quite enough. It’s a powerful and heavy opening that lets you know exactly what you’re in
Stefanie Duncan
Mar 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Anthology and a must-read!

The proceeds of this books go to a selection of charitable organizations that offer direct support services to survivors. This Anthology and the authors of these stories are raising money for survivors of harassment and abuse.

These stories contain strong themes like sexual abuse, harm to children, bodily harm, self-harm, child death, and several other descriptions of abuse.

“… we are alpha, the things with teeth and claws and hearts of hot blood, and we stand
Rachel Dawn
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Women warriors

Stories that touch the heart and soul for those of us who can relate to these harrowing situations. Women wolves. Women warriors. Fighting back.
Tracy Jones
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a powerful read with women who have had enough at the forefront. Whether it be from abusive men, damaging societal pressure, parental trauma or horror tropes, the women in this anthology made their stand and fought back. Showcased are some of the most brilliant voices in horror and their voices will not be silenced!
Jennifer Soucy
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Join the pack, ladies!

I've been looking forward to this anthology since its announcement on Twitter. I already admire many of the ladies involved in the work, and the rest I simply haven't read yet (but now I'm a fan of them too!). The proceeds go to charity for survivors of abuse and assault, something which means so much to me as one of those survivors. And it's a horror anthology by women, for women--how could I refuse to read this?

Each story and poem is powerful, some even brilliant. This is
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
The proceeds from this anthology help survivors of abuse and assault.

Like most anthologies, there are high quality pieces here, as well as some that aren't quite as accomplished. Nothing here is terrible and there are a couple of stories that easily merit four stars.

This collection targets a very specific audience-- women who have felt helpless and who can enjoy a bit of vicarious bloody revenge. If you're male, this is not going to be a fun read. The antagonists comprise the worst of male beh
Dave Williams
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this year, I read the anthology “Nevertheless She Persisted,” which included sci-fi/fantasy stories by women — and “We Are Wolves” is the horror equivalent: Stories of women rising up against forces that try to keep them down.

The characters in these stories (and a couple poems) are tired of enduring the passive suggestions and physical abuse and downright murder. “Though Your Heart Is Breaking” involves a man telling Sarah to smile, despite the turmoil inside her. “A Key for Any Lock” in
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I'm a horror fiction author, podcaster, artist and voice actor from Bristol, in the U.K.

I write for the wildly popular NoSleep Podcast and various other horror fiction audio dramas. My traditionally published debut FULL IMMERSION is out from Angry Robot in September 2022.

Find me at @manylittlewords on Twitter and Insta.

Repped by Mark Falkin at Falkin Literary.


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