Last year, following the Halloween Top 10 I wrote for The Guardian online, I realised I was incredibly ignorant of horror by women. In an attempt to change that, I have only read horror by female authors since.
So far, I have enjoyed the following books:
The Bloody Chamber and other stories by Angela Carter
Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite (I’ve since discovered that the author has reassigned his gender as male, so not sure this counts as horror by a woman. I suspect, however, that he may still have been female at the time of writing in the mid-nineties.)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough
The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough
Chalk by Pat Cadigan
A Nest of Nightmares by Lisa Tuttle
Skeleton Leaves by Helen Marshall
Path of Needles by Alison Littlewood
It’s been great and I have several more women authors on my hit list, including:
Syd Moore, Muriel Gray, Anne Rice, Alice Hoffman, Michelle Paver, Gemma Files, Sarah Waters, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Joyce Carol Oates and Kaaron Warren.
All suggestions welcome!