Monster, She Wrote

Monster, She Wrote

The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction

Book - 2019
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Weird fiction wouldn't exist without the women who created it. Meet the female authors who defied convention to craft some of literature's strangest tales. And find out why their own stories are equally intriguing. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein; but have you heard of Margaret Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier? Have you read the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era? Or the stories of Gertrude Barrows Bennett, whose writing influenced H.P. Lovecraft? Monster, She Wrote shares the stories of women past and present who invented horror, speculative, and weird fiction and made it great. You'll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V.C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Coltor, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today's vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). And each profile includes a curated reading list so you can seek out the spine-chilling tales that interest you the most.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781683691389
Characteristics: 319 pages :,illustrations (some colour) ;,21 cm.


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IndyPL_KristenF May 03, 2021

When we think of the pioneering writers of horror the first authors who typically come to mind are men: H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and Bram Stoker just to name a few. But Monster, She Wrote celebrates the women pioneers of the genre. This book is fascinating and contains many writers I have heard of but never read, and quite a few I had never heard of, like Everil Worrell who wrote for the pulp magazine Weird Tales (issues of Weird Tales have been digitized and can be found at Each author entry in the book has a very helpful suggested reading list. I love this book.

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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