February is "Women in Horror" month!

If your valentine heart leaks, it may be because February is "Women in Horror" month, which celebrates women in the horror industry. I'm going to expand the definition to include literature.

Here are some of my favorite women authors who write horror and some examples of their works, from old favorites to new up-and-comers:

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
Anne Rice: The vampire Lestat, The wolf gift
Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake, MaddAddam
V.C. Andrews: If There Be Thorns, Garden of Shadows
Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel
Shirley Jackson: The haunting of Hill House, The lottery
Tanith Lee: Colder Greyer Stones, The puma's daughter, Under/above the water
Lisa Tuttle: His wolf, Windhaven
Caitlin Kiernan: Daughter of the hounds, Low red moon
Nancy Holder: Damned, Crusade (in YA)
Alexandra Sokoloff: Book of shadows, The unseen
Joyce Carol Oates: The accursed, The collector of hearts
Margo Lanagan: The brides of Rollrock Island (in YA)
Carrie Ryan: The Dark and hollow places, The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Jessica McHugh: A Touch Of Scarlet, Food for Thought
Octavia Butler: Fledgling , Mind of my mind, Bloodchild
Jennifer McMahon: The winter people, Don't breathe a word
Catherynne Valente: Deathless , The Labyrinth (in SF)
Elizabeth Hand: Available dark, Mortal love
Kelly Link: Stranger things happen, The summer people (in SF)
Nancy A. Collins: after dark, night life, vamps
Editors, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling: The Beastly bride, Teeth, Poe, The Dark.

These titles and more can be found in the FICTION section of WPPL.

To read more about women authors in horror visit Goodreads:

And to learn more about Women in Horror month, visit:

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