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Satisfy your craving for extraordinary authors and exceptional fiction: Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond.

Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband’s heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of Margaret “Mad Madge” Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of Shirley Jackson, whose novel The Haunting of Hill House was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You’ll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Coltor, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today’s vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales.

Part biography, part reader’s guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories.

©2019 Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • 25-09-2019

Absolutely Inspiring!

An enchanting, inspiring read that made my TBR list grow about two feet! This should be mandatory reading for all speculative fiction writers. I'm so thrilled this book exists.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 03-01-2021

Interesting and informative!

Monster, She Wrote The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction By: Lisa Kröger, Melanie R. Anderson This was an interesting read with a list of women who wrote all sorts of speculative fiction and horror. I knew some famous ones but many were new to me, especially those before 1900. The book explained the type of books, examples, what got them writing, a bit about their life, and additional information if the reader wanted to follow up on a certain person. It was interesting. Narration was fairly good.

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