Did you know that in addition to being Black History Month, that February is also Women in Horror Month? Actually, I have a feeling most readers didn’t know that. If February always makes you think “Valentine’s Day. Yuck!!” then perhaps you’d like to celebrate Women in Horror. We’re already past Valentine’s Day, but there’s still plenty of time to pick up one of these titles and settle in for a nice, dark read this month (or any month, really). As always, we have a few suggestions:
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
There’s nothing like reading a step-by-step descent into madness to bring on a serious case of the chills.
The Lottery and Other Stories
Jackson’s power as a storyteller is on display in this great collection which includes the classic story, The Lottery.
This collection of stories ranges from classic ghost stories to chilling, psychological terror. Typical for Oates, you’ll find complex, multi-layered fiction here.
Magic for Beginners
Link’s stories can be quite unusual, transforming stock themes of genre fiction into something else entirely. Highly original and thought-provoking.
Enlightening and riveting, these stories can get under your skin and linger long after you’ve closed the book.
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
Carter can be considered the literary godmother of contemporary masters of supernatural fiction that include Kelly Link, Audrey Niffenegger and Neil Gaiman. This collection features dark and subversive versions of familiar legends and fairy tales.