Friday, April 9, 2010

Who are the women in horror fiction?

I was just rereading an article on the book In Conversation: A Writer's Perspective, Vol. 1, Horror published in 2009 by the British Fantasy Society and how it focused solely on male writers. I know from experience how difficult it can be to find a list of the female authors that write horror, but here is mine - or the beginnings of it anyway. I'm having trouble finding the Word file as I write this... I am a bit disorganized lately... not good...

Anyway, start with these:

  • The Missing or Virus by Sarah Langan
  • The Feeding Ground or The Reckoning by Sarah Pinborough
  • Slights by Kaaron Warren
  • Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • The Secret Books of Paradys by Tanith Lee
  • Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice (she has to be listed)
  • Haunted (a collection of short stories) by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Sineater by Elizabeth Massie
  • The Price or The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Come Closer by Sara Gran
  • Generation Loss or Bibliomancy (contains dark short stories) by Elizabeth Hand

Then there are some classics:

  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus
  • Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper"
  • Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" (a must read)
There are also the paranormal romance/detective/urban fantasy writers:
  • Charlaine Harris's series about Sookie Stackhouse (vampires and weres)
  • Laurell K. Hamilton's series about Anita Blake (vampires and weres)
  • Kim Harrison's series about Rachel Morgan (witches, demons, vampires)
  • Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series (young romance)
  • L J Smith's Vampire Diaries (young romance)

For a more comprehensive list see Paula Guran's September 2009 blog on

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