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I've found (via a tag search) that people's definitions of "horror" vary, and this is a broad one!
I'm thinking you could look for either strong women characters and/or women authors.
Probably a "classic" woman author who has written horror would be Ann Rice.
Others I am looking at possibly reading:
- The Lunatic Cafe / Laurell K. Hamilton
- Vittorio the Vampire / Ann Rice
- Sunshine / Robin McKinley
- Blood Bound / Patricia Briggs
- The Winter People / Jennifer McMahon
- Dead Ever After / Charlaine Harris
I will admit that I don't have any ideas for non-English, though.
Women & non-English
Louisa May Alcott
Joyce Carol Oates
>4 Moomin_Mama: Best of luck with your choice(s), whether you do the manga or not. :) I did find a couple sites that focused on Asian horror writers:
Wikipedia mostly focused on Asian horror movies rather than fiction, so I left out their pages.
Grotesque sounds interesting! I have Real World by her, but I don't think that one really fits into horror, so I'll have to keep digging through my stash for something written by a woman and/or an international book.
Oh, and thanks for mentioning something by Thomas Ligotti. I may read his book My Work Is Not Yet Done for our Pulp/Weird month (June). I hope you're able to finish the last two stories in Teatro Grottesco. :)
I'll definitely read more Thomas Ligotti, but not when I'm so busy or tired! He's an exceptionally good choice for June's 'Weird' theme as he's so different! Never have I read anything so 'dreamlike', although not what people usually mean by that (ie ethereal and surreal), but that odd, hard to describe 'deja vu' feeling of real (especially recurring) dreams, where everything is almost like real-life but ever so slightly skewed.
Just off to 'cat corner' for an update....
>13 Moomin_Mama: Moomin_Mama: I hope all goes well with your cat - fingers crossed!
Vampire hunter, Anita Blake, is dating werewolf Richard. While they try to sort out their relationship, Anita is called to alpha werewolf, Marcus, to help find out about some missing werewolves.
I am really enjoying this series (at least for now – I know that will change later). It does remind me a lot of Sookie Stackhouse (though I know Anita Blake actually came first). This book didn't seem as dark (that is, gory) as the others have been (to be honest, I don't remember them real well, but I took a look back at my reviews for a reminder), but there was plenty of action (especially at the end) and I am enjoying Anita and Richard trying to figure out where they are going.
I've heard a lot of good things about Thomas Ligotti, so I'm glad he doesn't disappoint. Thanks for the input. I already have one of his books penned in for June. Now I just need to get on this month's theme! :)
I'll check out the cat corner asap.
>16 MissPrudence: Welcome, Lisa! :) I've definitely seen the cover of The Orange Eats Creeps and always wondered what it was about. Looks good! And, yes, I think it fits in with this month's Women/Non-English theme. I don't think the author has to be both; just one or the other. Good luck with Threshold and The Black Spider as well. You have a great line-up so far.
>19 LibraryCin: It's been a few years since I've read The Lunatic Cafe, but I have my sister to blame/thank for getting me started on that series. I'm glad you liked it fairly well. Looking at my collection, The Lunatic Cafe was the last book I read in that series. I really should start on Bloody Bones next. Thanks for inadvertently reminding me about that series. :) I just may start Bloody Bones for this month's read. That is, if I can find it. ;)
>19 LibraryCin: I've never read any of the urban horror that I typically associate with Charlaine Harris. It's never seemed my sort of thing but this year has definitely made me want to broaden my horror reading.
>21 Moomin_Mama: This series is darker, I would say, than Charlaine Harris'. This particular book in the series wasn't as dark as the others were (using my previous reviews as a reminder of that!), but you could always give the first book in the series a try and see what you think. I believe the first one is Guilty Pleasures.
And nice! I hope you enjoy!
None of the different versions of what happened are consistent, but the theme that runs through them is the callousness of competition, ambition, and materialism. It portrays a world in which women have more opportunity than ever before but men haven't become less sexist as a result, resulting in an environment where women turn on each other while both relying on and despising men. The main narrator is a loner and the most independent but probably ends up the most twisted in her outlook (all the versions of the story are ultimately channelled through her).
Parallels are made with the story of the suspect, a Chinese immigrant. What I got from the book is mostly how a big difference between the haves and have-nots (of money, opportunity, status), coupled with the delusion that everyone can have if they only strive hard enough and do whatever it takes, is not only soul-destroying but a route to utter madness. It is a very dark vision of modern society and pressures and reads like a dystopia - but it is our present, not our future. For that reason it is definitely horrific, but not really a horror.
Recommended though - 4 stars.
>22 LibraryCin: I got a sense of the difference in tone by looking at the tags - the main difference seems to be 'paranormal' 'romance' for Charlaine Harris and 'horror' 'erotica' for Lauren K. Hamilton. I will see what I can find and what I can shoehorn into this year's read.
And that's a great way to check for differences!
I've moved on to Threshold, and a few pages in, I'm hooked. Looking forward to The Black Spider - it's so short I think I can read it too.
>19 LibraryCin: LibraryCin: I read the first few books of that series, and I really liked them. I don't remember why I stopped, except that people told me the story really got off the rails. The last one I read was Bloody Bones, which was my favorite. I'd like to start up again and see what happens...
>31 MissPrudence: Looks like neither of us have read a horror yet this month :)
Not true horror but it mainly takes place in a mental institution and there is something creepy going on.
The story was told mostly through the recollections of the central character's twin brother, her best friend, and the house, and these accounts give very different perspectives on events. Much is left unexplained, loose ends are left hanging, and the story is open to interpretation. Most of the time the haunted house and its manifestations weren't scary, but I did like the way the house was very much a character in the book.
Despite not being scary there were plenty of supernatural elements - ghostly appearances, a haunted house with a mind of its own, a psychomantium (a room used to communicate with the dead), the story of the soucouyant from Caribbean folklore, and Nigerian 'juju' practices.
It's not perfect, and some might find it pretentious, but I thought even this added to the charm - the pretentiousness was as awkward as the teenage years, and added to the atmosphere. I loved it.
Thought it fitted well with my other reads, what with the sexism (also a theme in Grotesque), and ghostly appearances being a symptom of mental disturbance (White is for Witching).
Nearly finished Hauntings and it's a nice way to end - it doesn't have such a strong feminist theme but was written by a strong woman, Vernon Lee (real name Violet Paget), a lesbian, feminist, aesthete and intellectual. Not that the other authors aren't strong women, but from my choices this month one could easily forget that women such as Violet Paget existed and forged their own successful paths in life. She was very much a liberated woman and although a feminist, her works seem much more concerned with the psychology of aesthetics than women's issues.
I also read The Black Spider, and thought that one was genuinely creepy as well. It was written by a German clergyman, and the story is definitely symbolic. The author wrote a book about the consequences of sin, but as the blurbs on the book note, there are a lot of possible interpretations to the story. It was definitely worth reading. The translation was really good. Loved it!