Monster, She Wrote

Monster, She Wrote

The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction

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Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn't exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband's heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of Margaret "Mad Madge" Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of Shirley Jackson, whose novel The Haunting of Hill House was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You'll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Coltor, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today's vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales. Part biography, part reader's guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories.
Publisher: Philadelphia :, Quirk Books,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781683691389
Branch Call Number: 809.38738 Kröge
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 21 cm


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RandomLibrarian Oct 17, 2019

Review excerpt: "The book is organized into subgenre sections, more or less chronologically, with titles like “The Women Who Wrote the Pulps” and “Haunting the Home.” Within each section are short (2 – 3 page) chapters about individual author, including a biography, a recommendation of what to read first by said author, and recommendations of other authors to try if you like the work of the chapter’s subject. The writing is clear and conversational, and includes a surprising amount of information in such a small space. There’s also a glossary and a list of suggested reading. The list of women is diverse and covers many different kinds of horror and speculative fiction, so there should be something here for everyone."

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