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. 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. "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 Colter, 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." -- Provided by publisher.
The Founding Mothers Haunting Tales Cult of the Occult The Women Who Wrote the Pulps Haunting the Home Paperback Horror The New Goths The Future of Horror and Speculative Fiction. Part one: the founding mothers Margaret Cavendish: Mad Madge Ann Radcliffe: Terror over Horror Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: The Original Goth Girl Regina Maria Roche: Scandalizing Jane Austen Mary Anne Radcliffe: Purveyor of Guts and Gore Charlotte Dacre: Exhibitor of Murder and Harlotry Part two: haunting talesElizabeth Gaskell: Ghosts Are Real Charlotte Riddell: Born Storyteller Amelia Edwards: The Most Learned Woman Paula E. Hopkins: The Most Productive Writer Vernon Lee: Ghostwriter à la Garçonne Margaret Oliphant: Voice for the Dead Edith Wharton: The Spine-Tingler Part three: cult of the occult Marjorie Bowen: Scribe of the Supernatural L. T. Meade: Maker of Female Masterminds Alice Askew: Casualty of War Margery Lawrence: Speaker to the Spirits Dion Fortune: Britian's Psychic Defender Part four: the women who wrote the pulpsMargaret St. Clair: Exploring Our Depths Catherine Lucille Moore: Space Vamp Queen Mary Elizabeth Counselman: Deep South Storyteller Gertrude Barrows Bennett: Seer of the Unseen Everil Worrell: Night Writer Eli Colter: Keeping the Wild West Weird Part five: haunting the home Dorothy Macardle: Chronicler of Pain and Loss Shirley Jackson: The Queen of Horror Daphne du Maurier: The Dame of Dread Toni Morrison: Haunted by History Elizabeth Engstrom: Monstrosity in the Mundane Part six: paperback horror Joanne Fischmann: Recipes for Fear Ruby Jean Jensen: Where Evil Meets Innocence V. C. Andrews: Nightmares in the Attic Kathe Koja: Kafka of the Weird Lisa Tuttle: Adversary for the Devil Tanith Lee: Rewriting Snow White Part seven: the new goths Anne Rice: Queen of the Damned Helen Oyeyemi: Teller of Feminist Fairy Tales Susan Hill: Modern Gothic Ghost Maker Sarah Waters: Welcome to the Dark SОance Angela Carter: Teller of Bloody Fables Jewelle Gomez: Afrofuturist Horrorist Part eight: the future of horror and speculative fiction The New Weird: Lovecraft Revisited and Revised The New Vampire: Polishing the Fangs The New Haunted House: Home, Deadly Home The New Apocalypse: This Is the End (Again) The New Serial Killer: Sharper Weapons, Sharper Victims.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 296-310) and indexes.