Monster, She Wrote

Monster, She Wrote : The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 22.86mm | 580.6g
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • 1683691385
  • 9781683691389
  • 19,212

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2019 Bram Stoker Award(R) Winner for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
2020 Locus Award Winner for Non-Fiction
A 2019 Booklist Editors' Choice in Arts and Literature "I was elated when Monster, She Wrote arrived in my mailbox. It is a book I have been waiting to read for a long time...Lisa Kroeger and Melanie R. Anderson deserve a standing ovation."--Danielle Trussoni for The New York Times Book Review

"Inspired not only in the way it explores what the off-kilter, the monstrous and the half-known has meant to women for centuries but also in how it illuminates the often unusual lives of the women who crafted these dark worlds."--BookPage

"Your necronomicon for all women writing horror."--Book Riot

"The curatorial quality of a literary anthology, the historical rigor of an academic text, and the pleasure of a picture book."

"Kroeger and Anderson write in consistently engaging prose and display depth and breadth in their knowledge of literary matters. Besides demonstrating great synthetic acuity, they provide the fruits of original scholarship."--Locus

"A great gift for anyone fascinated with genre writing."--SFX Magazine

"Straddling the divide between highly useful reference and compulsively readable stories about the writing lives of the women of horror, this book will keep you up all night (one way or another)."--Booklist, starred review

"A perfect way to find your next spooky story."--Tulsa World

"It's like if you've ever spent a night hopping from Wikipedia entry to Wikipedia entry...because you're just devouring entry after entry...It's so entertaining."--BookRiot

"Presented in a breezy, conversational style that makes it easy to gobble up whole sections at a time...Anyone from casual fans to horror historians will benefit from reading this important book."--Cemetery Dance

"This biographical index will reawaken readers' admiration for established virtuosos of literary terror and inspire curiosity in lesser-known specialists in fictitious fear."--Publishers Weekly

"An engrossing, eye-opening encyclopedia on the pioneering women who went against convention and broke down barriers to mold the horror fiction genre, thereby inspiring generations of writers and even filmmakers with their works."--Geeks of Doom

"Unique, fascinating, extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library."--Midwest Book Review
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About Lisa Kroeger

Lisa and Melanie co-host the biweekly podcast Know Fear. Together they ve edited the academic titles Shirley Jackson: Influences and Confluences (2016) and Spectral Identities: Essays on Ghosting in Literature and Film (2013). Lisa Kroger s short fiction has appeared in Cemetery Dance magazine and the anthology Lost Highways: Dark Fictions from the Road (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2018). She s contributed to The Encyclopedia of the Vampire (Greenwood Press, 2010), and Horror Literature through History (ABC-CLIO, 2017). She holds a Ph.D. in English. Melanie R. Anderson is an assistant professor of English at Delta State University in Cleveland MS. Her academic publication Spectrality in the Novels of Toni Morrison (Tennessee Press, 2013) was a finalist for a 2014 Ohioana Library Association Award and winner of the 2014 South Central MLA Book Prize. Natalya Balnova has shown her work in galleries worldwide and been recognized by International Print Center New York, The New York Society of Etchers, The Society of Illustrators, and other professional organizations. Illustrator Nathan Fox lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughter. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, Print, Spin, and countless other national publications.
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