Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WiHM: Six Female Writers Who Give Us Chills

On our next to last day of Women in Horror Month, Marie is spotlighting six brilliant women who give us chills by way of the written word.  Everyone should experience the thrill of reading something that prevents you from falling asleep - whether it is a book impossible to put down, or one that induces such terror that you have to leave the light on and listen to your knees knock. 

Here are six fine examples:


In 1948 she shocked readers of "the New Yorker" with her sinister short story, "The Lottery". Since then she has become one of the most respected (and feared) authors of gothic fiction. In 2007 the Shirley Jackson Award was created to awards achievements in psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantastic fiction. Her most famous piece, and my favorite haunted house story, is "The Haunting of Hill House", a tale of truly evil piece of architecture. She has also penned many short stories, some of which can be found in her posthumous anthology "Come Along With Me". If you haven't read her yet, you simply must! Light a few candles, but don't expect them to keep the chills away!


-We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962)
-The Lovely House (1950)


Although American Pulitzer Prize winner Wharton was mostly known for her novels and use of dramatic irony, she also produced quite a few ghost stories, and darn good ones, too! She actually began writing supernatural fiction to overcome her fear of ghosts! Because of this fact you will find a genuine sense of creeping dread within her words. A few of her most frequently published stories are "The Triumph of the Night", "The Looking Glass", and "The Pomegranate Seed".

-The Ghost-Feeler: Stories of Terror and the Supernatural (2002)
-Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton (2009)


Believe it or not, this lady started out writing raunchy gay fiction! Sex and the supernatural go hand and hand, no one understands that more than Anne Rice. She is the Queen of the Vampires, although she has written books featuring ghosts, witches, werewolves, you name it!  She puts immense details into her thick manuscripts, inventing entire bloodlines, histories, and even genetic mappings of her characters. If you only know her for her films, you must crack open one of her books.

-Interview with a Vampire
-The Witching Hour


A very popular writer in the Victorian era, and a prolific ghost story writer, Riddell has written novels and short stories abundant. She is often included in ghost story anthologies, some examples being Victorian Tales of Terror (1972), Gaslit Horror (1988), and a personal favorite of mine, The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000).

- The Old House in Vauxhall Walk (1882)
- The Haunted River (1877)
- Banshee's Warning (1867)


Known as the Queen of Crime, Christie had a passion for the mysterious and otherworldly. She has a great, gothic spooky style, and is a master of the formulaic whodunit.

- The Hound of Death (1933)
- In a Glass Darkly (1939)
- The Idol House of Astarte (1932)
-And Then There Were None (1939)


American editor Datlow isn't a writer, but she is probably the most well-known modern horror editor and anthologist. She works often with speculative fiction publisher Tor, and partners with fantasy editor Terri Windling; she has edited several editions of the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Below I have listed a few of my favorite anthologies she has edited.

-Supernatural Noir (2011)
-The Dark: New Ghost Stories (2004)
-Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (2002)
                                                               ~by Marie Robinson


Marian Skwigelf said...

I'm quite sure that you guys must get this all the time but: I can't believe I hadn't come across your blog before, it's pure perfection. I love it!
As a fellow lady interested (obsessed)in horror, it's a pleasure and a privilege to find a blog with so much quality content in it. Thanks a lot, keep up with the great work and congratulations! (Also, great author selection on this particular post). Sending all my love from Mexico!

Chris Hewson said...

The only author I've read on this list is the great Agatha Christie! She's awesome! And while she was the master of the formulaic whodunit, I love it when she goes un-formulaic! haha!

She also wrote another book that might come under that list on here-Something Wicked This Way Comes. It's been a while since I've read it, so I don't remember much about it, just that it was pretty macabre!

Christine Hadden said...

Marian: Wow, thanks so much for the kind words! And we're quite glad you found us!
Stay tuned, there's more to come...

Chris: Agatha Christie is certainly one of the best authors that ever picked up a pen.
However - she didn't write Something Wicked This Way Comes, that was the late, great Ray Bradbury. It's a stellar book, and if you liked it you should be sure to check out his other works. He too, is a master.
Thanks for reading!!

Marie said...

Marian: Yeah, what Christine said, we are truly honored you found us!!! Feel free to comment as often as you want, we love ladies who love horror.

Thanks for reading, Chris!!

Chris Hewson said...

Actually she DID write a Something Wicked This Way Comes-It has the same title as the Ray Bradbury book! haha! It's totally different, and is a Tommy and Tuppence whodunit.

Christine Hadden said...

Chris: I've never read this one, but I assume this is the title you meant:

I will have to check it out! Thx.

Chris Hewson said...

OOOH, damn, my memory's dead! haha! Yes, that is the one! I'm getting Shakespeare sentences mixed up! haha!

And yes, I definitely recommend it.

Marie said...

You're awesome, Chris!