February 3, 2011

My Five: Favorite Women in Horror

If you pay a visit to Chris Zenga's blog or Day of the Woman, you'll find a very cool giveaway taking place to coincide with Women in Horror Recognition Month. One lucky winner will score a new illustration by Chris Zenga, and that guy has some very cool illustrations to his credit already.

To throw your name in the hat, all you have to do is let them know who your favorite woman in horror is. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is. But while I'm entering the contest, I thought I'd also share a list of five female horror authors. If you're not already familiar with their work, you should definitely remedy that.

  1. Lisa Mannetti - The Gentling Box is a work of art and an amazing debut novel, which earned Lisa a Bram Stoker award. Now, she's on the preliminary ballot in 2011 for Long Fiction (Dissolution) and Short Fiction ("1925: A Fall River Halloween"). Read my review of The Gentling Box, 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave Your Lover, and Deathwatch (includes Dissolution).

  2. Louise Bohmer - Her debut novel, The Black Act, delved into the darker aspects of fantasy, but she's also an accomplished editor to boot. She even edited Greg Hall's At the End of Church Street, which is on the preliminary ballot for First Novel. Here's my review of The Black Act, and expect a review of Church Street tomorrow.

  3. Amy Grech - More than a hundred short stories to her credit, Amy doesn't pull any punches with her dark tales. Here's my review of her collection, Blanket of White.

  4. Sarah Langan - Audrey's Door was an impressive, haunting tale, and that's just one novel to her credit. Read my review.

  5. Tonia Brown - If you didn't think zombies and erotica mixed, then you haven't read Tonia's Lucky Stiff. Check out my review.

And that's just five names. There are many more names I could mention, both long established and up-and-coming authors, but I'll keep this short and sweet. If you've got a favorite female horror author, share your opinion.


  1. what a nice way to recognize the ladies. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Thanks, Gef! I appreciate the addition for my sexy book. I hope to entice you to read some of my non-sexy stuff too. ;)

  3. Kara - It ain't much, but I thought it'd be a nice sentiment.

    Ryan - Good call.

    Louise, Lisa, and Tonia - You're welcome, Angels. :)

  4. i say woot for louise and tonia. i have to check out the other 3.

  5. Yes, you do, Velvet. And Louise posted even more names on her blog the other day.