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Satisfy your craving for extraordinary authors and exceptional fiction: Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond.

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.

©2019 Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Absolutely Inspiring!

An enchanting, inspiring read that made my TBR list grow about two feet! This should be mandatory reading for all speculative fiction writers. I'm so thrilled this book exists.

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Fascinating!

As a modern goth girl, this book was wonderful and informative! I learned about dark minds and “difficult” women from the long history of horror, pulp, gothic, and speculative fiction. As someone who is interested in, but not particularly familiar with literary history and terminology, reading this book was enlightening without being inaccessible. The authors don’t shy away from interspersing their own commentary in a way that feels very conversational and passionate. The reading lists are phenomenal! It’s clear to me that this book was written by nerds, and I mean that as the highest compliment!

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Lots of great info.

This is a really good overview of a lot of authors, particularly the authors who have mainly been forgotten. It covers the original gothic and weird tales as well as ghost stories. It also delves into many of the modern well known authors. There is probably something for everyone who is interested in this topic. I think this is a must-read for those interested in the pulp magazines, such as Weird Tales because there is a lot of lost history about the women who wrote for these magazines.
The book is written in the form of lists of authors and lists of their must-read stories, but each section/author is researched and fleshed out with a backstory and the context of where the author fits into the the genre
The narrator speaks very clearly and is agreeable to listen to.

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Good information, not ideal for audio

This is definitely a book worth reading, but perhaps not one that lends itself to audiobook format. It's written in more of a "listicle" style than a narrative one, which I wasn't really expecting, and I had to keep stopping to jot down authors and titles to look into, or I would completely lose track. Not the end of the world, but I think I would have preferred the print version.

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why haven't you listened to this already?!

This book is so awesome it gets all the stars! I loved it very much and grew my TBR by 4 miles! Erin Bennett is great to listen to. Seriously, download this already. You won't regret it.

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Boost that TBR

loved hearing about all the female authors and their back stories. also my TBR has grown.

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Interesting and informative!

Monster, She Wrote
The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction
By: Lisa Kröger, Melanie R. Anderson
This was an interesting read with a list of women who wrote all sorts of speculative fiction and horror. I knew some famous ones but many were new to me, especially those before 1900. The book explained the type of books, examples, what got them writing, a bit about their life, and additional information if the reader wanted to follow up on a certain person. It was interesting.
Narration was fairly good.