This September, Quirk Books is bringing readers a look at “the women who pioneered horror & speculative fiction”. In Monster, She Wrote, authors Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson examine the women who have helped mold the horror genre of literature.

Most people think of Mary Shelley when we talk about women in horror literature, but there are numerous women who came before and after Shelley who have changed the landscape for female writers. Penguin RandomHouse has described the book as “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”.


The book highlights the accomplishments and influence of these women, including Margaret Cavendish, V.C. Andrews, and Shirley Jackson, just to name a few. Beyond looking at what makes these women so great, Monster, She Wrote also includes fun little checklists such as “Spotting the Gothic”, a checklist to help you identify if the book you are reading is a gothic novel, as well as many other guides to many sub-genres of the creepy and macabre.

The authors, Lisa Kroger, and Melanie R. Anderson run the Know Fear podcast describing themselves as “academics who love all things horror”. While you wait for the book to hit shelves, be sure to check out their podcast which handles all things haunted and creepy. The Know Fear podcast is a great addition to those summer road trips and lazy days by the pool to get you in a spooky mood.

Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction will be released on September 17, 2019, but is available for pre-order now. Anyone else adding to their cart now? Let us know what you think on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!