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. A celebration of ground-breaking female authors of horror, speculative, and dark fiction: From the earliest ghost and gothic stories to occult tales of the early 20th century; the pulp sci-fi of the Weird Tales Era, through more recent decades and notable authors working in these genres today. Covers iconic authors like Mary Shelley and Shirley Jackson, as well as groundbreaking but forgotten writers who deserve a new audience. Extended Biographical profiles of 40 female authors, short profiles and recomendations of dozens more; grouped in chronological chapters, with curated, annotated reading lists. Two books in one...part biography, part reader's guide. A survey of notable and weird stories that's great to curl up with on a quiet night, guaranteed to double the size of your "to read" list. A must-have for readers of horror fiction, supernatural and psychological thrillers, and the weirder side of sci-fi...and a great gift for the fiction reader in your life. Written in a colloquial, conversational style. Authors are two literature academics who bring their expertise, enthusiasm, and fandom to a book created for the non-academic reader. Contemporary spot illustrations add to the entertainment value.


  • 352 pages
  • 5.25 x 8 inches
  • 4 colors
  • Hardcover

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