Monster, She Wrote

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 06 Dec 2019

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A fascinating book examining the female influence over the horror genre. As an aspiring writer myself, I found this book to be useful and beautifully presented.
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***Thanks to the publisher and #NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

For fans of horror and classical literature, this book gives an in-depth look into the monsters and the authors that wrote about them. I enjoyed learning more about gothic literature and was delighted that the recommended other books to read if you liked certain novels.
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Wow. I really enjoyed reading "Monster, She Wrote" because it took me back to my college days but better.  I loved that this book had a little bit of everything. I found this book to be interesting and I will definitely recommend it.
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I have to say, the e-arc doesn't do this book justice, but I was lucky to get my hands on a physical galley and it is is so, so pretty! The illustrations and fonts are gorgeous and it's just a pleasure to hold in one's hand. Besides that, it's great to have a book that outlines women's contributions to the genre. Of course, it's not comprehensive and is more like an encyclopedia with short bios and fact-dumping, but it's pretty long and full of interesting names not many folks know. Moreover, every chapter ends with a reading list, so that's really nice. It's a really good gift book for anyone interested in feminist studies and the genre; the language it's written in seems to be aiming more at teens and general audience - it is definitely not an academic book. 

Have to say, I'm kind of upset the three greats of the 20th century: Ursula K. Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, and Octavia Butler didn't get their own chapters. Like I said, the book isn't comprehensive at all, but does include less famous names, so that's great, I suppose... Just seems strange talking about women who "pioneered" speculative fiction and not talk about them. Overall though, I loved the book. Quirk books never disappoint.
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Will I ever tire of books about books? (Answer: no.) This one was great fun, and was a pleasant reminder of my favourite course during my English Lit undergrad, on the Female Gothic. It's a very brief overview, but I found the selections interesting, and I've added several new books to my to-read list. The more modern selections had some strange omissions (no Hotel World by Ali Smith? No Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel? No Amelia Gray or Camilla Grudova?) and focused on some lightweight YA authors when it would have made more sense to focus on literary authors who are writing great and unusual books while also really engaging with the topics mentioned. But still, I really enjoyed it, and would have happily read it at twice the length.
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This was a gorgeous little book to flip through. I'm all about my fellow women who create and love horror. Thank you for this book.
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This book has been created with the idea of bringing together all the dark queens of literature.
I am completely clueless when it comes to genres of horror, gothic fiction, paranormal literature, ghost stories, and haunted environment and I wanted to learn about the most important/famous examples of these genres and it seemed a great starting point reading this book although it focuses only on women, which I believe is a good thing, since, behind most pseudonyms used in literature, there is a woman trying to hide her real identity as a writer.
This unique collection of female authors, who have written unconventional stories, and their most prominent works and masterpieces are listed under special categories such as ghost stories, haunted homes, vampires, horror and speculative fiction. It is great to read their life journey and how it shaped the way they write about such unusual topics.
Female authors are often expected to be creative in romantic love stories and the examples in this book display the shocking fact that women can be as intense and unconventional as men when it comes to supernatural phenomena, suspense and horror, ghost stories and haunted houses, gore, and murder, violence, and erotism and paranormal activities. However, it is not easy to be accepted in society and publish your works since you're supposed to be all elegant and fragile as a woman(!).  These brave women push the boundaries of society and dance beautifully around gender roles. 
A great read for the lovers of the related literature and even though I do not really fancy the genre, I have enjoyed it and learned a lot. The only downside is my TBR list has skyrocketed.
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It’s been years since I took a deep dive into early gothic and speculative fiction, so I thought this would be a nice refresher. Kroger and Anderson have written a *readable* and engaging piece of non-fiction that delves into all the kick-ass women who wrote sci-fi, paranormal, and speculative fiction from the 17th c. on. Many of them wrote using male pseudonyms, but others started their own goddamned publishing houses just for women!

While I especially enjoyed the chapters on the early writers in the field, I also found many new authors to explore who wrote for the pulps, or who wrote under male pseudonyms. This book had me scouring my bookshelves for English and Victorian ghost story and short story collections to see if I actually had some of the stories referenced. I now have a stack of ghost story books all set for a summer reading project and am thinking about putting together a reading challenge for my library system using the authors referenced here.

This one’s a winner, folks!
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There is something very intriguing about this book. It is a combination encyclopedia, reference text, and reader's advisory. If you want to learn more about some classic women gothic/horror/science fiction writers or need some new books to read then this is a great guide! 

Personally, I also love books where you can pick it up and turn to any given page for just a tidbit of information instead of being stuck reading from start to finish. It will certainly find a place on my shelves.
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"These genres of fiction are instruments with which women writers can shake up society and prod readers in an uncomfortable direction... It's no surprise that women's fiction focuses on voice and visibility. Women might be told to be quiet, but they still speak up."

Monster, She Wrote is a refreshing and interesting overview of many female writers of the wider horror genre. It profiles the more well-known writers (Mary Shelley and Anne Rice), as well as many who have been influential but are in danger of being forgotten. 

This is an excellent guide: I would recommend getting it in print as opposed to a digital copy, as it is a book that you would want to revisit for reference. It is accessible to a wide audience, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a fun read. It was a nice quick and easy flow read. I enjoyed the timeline of writers and their influence and impact they had in the Gothic Horror genre. It was interesting to see how each writer not only opened up new stories and ideas in the genre but how their impact started a wave of new ideas of writing and capturing the audience. I really enjoyed how the recommended reading list. It gave me an ah-ha moment or I didn't think about that title as something similar.  I love the idea that it was not just about the writers but their creations and "monsters", and the lasting impact they had.
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This is a good book for starting out when new into the horror genre. It provides a rich overview of authors in various different giving insight into their backgrounds and how it may influence their writing. It’s reading lists not only offer titles of the authors to check out, but also provides a list of similar titles from other authors. The chapters were reminiscent of online top [number] lists videos and would be a good suggestion for readers who enjoy watching them. 
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I was enamored with this text. To give some context to my emotional response: book orders for next semester are due Monday at my university and I am trying to rework my course theme so that I can use it in the upcoming Fall. I thought the pacing was incredible for this kind of text; in the beginning, when the authors were mainly providing a background of the creation of the Gothic novel, the sections were very short and digestible for students who might not be as interested in biographical info. It gave us, the reader, a very fully painted idea without droning on too much. As the text went on and began to look more deeply at the way monsters and other spooky things evolved, the sections seemed to go into more depth in a way that really kept my interest. As a Carter fan, in particular, I loved section seven.  I also loved how the text really allowed a greater appreciation for the intertexuality in horror.  Great Text!
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This is a comprehensive and well-written collection of information and recommended reading from female horror writers. Some are well known and others have nearly faded into obscurity. The author of Monsyer She Wrote gives just enough information about each author to make the reader want to learn more. I can see myself purchasing this as a desk reference when I’m looking for new reading material!
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A fun, light read about Mary Shelley and her contemporary women writers in the genre of horror/ sci-fi. I knew a lot about Shelly but definitely learned a few things about the other authors. This book is well put together and a great starting place for finding out more about some lesser known female writers. Recommended.
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This book is a lot of fun. Everyone know about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Now get to know Shelley's work better and learn about her contemporaries in gothic horror and the women that succeeding them. It is a nice format, giving a biography of each author and then some literary criticism and reading recommendations.
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