February is Women in Horror Month which celebrates the female authors of the genre. I’ve been honored this month by two other authors on their blogs. Check out the interview I did for Claire C. Riley and feature article from Blaze McRob. Thank you both so much! While you’re visiting their sites, check out their other Women in Horror posts for February as well as their own books/stories. You’re sure to find some great new reads!
To return the generosity, I want to tell you about a few of my favorite women in horror.
Claire C. Riley
BIO: Claire C Riley is a best selling British horror writer, a reader and writer of dark paranormal romances, zombie, and apocalyptic horror. She lives in the United Kingdom with her three young daughters, husband, and one scruffy dog!
Claire C Riley’s work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult-classics while still feeling fresh and cutting-edge. She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.
MY THOUGHTS: I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Claire. She puts a lot of thought, emotion, and action into each of her works. They’re well-written and fast-paced. I particularly like her Odium series – a zombie apocalypse tale full of vivid scenes and characters that are worthy of your love or hate.
Claire has been one of my Authors Give Back Features. Check out her generosity here. And she recently did an interview for Women in Horror month for Charon Coin Press.
You can find more of Claire’s works at her Amazon page.
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BIO: Eli Constant is a genre-jumping detail junkie, obsessed with the nature of humanity. She believes that there’s beauty at the core of most everything, but that truly unredeemable characters create the best stories. Eli is the author of “Dead Trees,” “Mastic,” “DRAG.N” and is a contributor to the charity anthology “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death,” benefitting the V Foundation.
Eli lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She is surrounded by battlefield country, farmland and lakes. Currently, she spends her days being a devoted mother and, of course, writing.
MY THOUGHTS: I first read one of Eli’s stories in the LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH anthology and was impressed with her ability to set a scene and draw me into the story from the beginning. I’ve since read DEAD TREES, a fresh take in the apocalyptic genre. Eli’s version reaches deep into the Earth’s depths and gives us subterranean humanoids which surface to create havoc upon the world as we know it. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
You can find more of Eli’s works at her Amazon page.
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Jennifer L. Oliver
BIO: During her many years of working at a daily newspaper, Jennifer L. Oliver honed her writing skills in secret. As an avid reader, she enjoys books that give her an entertaining and temporary escape from the ruckus of everyday life. Now, she hopes to bring the same enjoyment to others through her own work.
Jennifer is the author of The Haedyn Chronicles, and other dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers. She is also a freelance proofreader and always looking for the opportunity to help other authors reach their publishing dreams.
Although born and raised in North Carolina, she now lives on Florida’s gulf coast with her husband, two cats, and a Royal Bahamian Potcake dog – who is half her size and thinks the world revolves around treats.
MY THOUGHTS: The first thing I read from Jennifer was THE UNNAMED, the prequel to her HAEDYN CHRONICLES series. I was hooked from the first page. I love this series and Haedyn’s conflict between good and evil. There’s also a romantic interest for those who enjoy fantasy and paranormal romance. I’ve read everything in the series so far and am eagerly awaiting the next.
You can find more of Jennifer’s works at her Amazon page.
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BIO: After traveling the world, Alexie Aaron, a Midwestern native, returned to her roots where she’s been haunting for years. She now lives in a village outside of Chicago with her husband and family.
Her popular Haunted Series was born from her memories of fleeting shapes rushing around doorways, an heirloom chair that rocked itself, cold feelings of mysterious dread, and warm feelings from the traces of loved ones long gone.
Alexie also writes the Cin Fin-Lathen Mysteries. These cozies set in England and south Florida combine action and intrigue with a liberal dose of humor
MY THOUGHTS: I love Alexie’s HAUNTED series.These books center around Mia, a young woman who can see the paranormal and her friends from PEEPs (Paranormal Entity Exposure Partners), a professional ghost hunting group. They even have their own axe-weilding spirit on the team. Murphy is a hoot! The characters are so skillfully developed they feel like old friends. Each story is stand alone, but to get the full affect, I’d start with the first — THE HAUNTINGS OF COLD CREEK HOLLOW — and work forward. Ms. Aaron integrates humor with some really great skin-tingling, chill-inducing fear.
You can find more of Alexie’s works at her Amazon page.
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BIO: Mitzi Flyte’s been writing since she was twelve … for many, many years. She’s been published in nonfiction, poetry, and short story in various genres. A retired RN, Mitzi lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Morgan Reinbold, also a writer, a dog and various cats.
MY THOUGHTS: I first read one of Mitzi’s stories while working on the TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Her story, To E.A. Poe, was one of my favorites. I had no idea she had published a book last year, but I was fortunate to run across THE GUARDIAN’S PROPHECY yesterday. I started reading it earlier today and it was all I could do to put it down to finish writing this post. I can’t wait to get back to it! It’s a paranormal romance, with a fresh take on the Werewolf genre and I am thoroughly enjoying the read.
You can find more of Mitzi’s works at Amazon.
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I hope you’ll give some of these authors a try. They may not (yet) be the biggest names in horror, but they have what it takes. Each of them is unique in their own ways, but I love reading each of their works. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
As always — thanks for reading!