Quirk Books announced with a press release earlier this week. "Women have always been at the forefront of genre fiction, crafting some of the most captivating, ambitious, and terrifying stories of our time. In Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction, horror academics and Know Fear podcast hosts Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson celebrate over 100 women, both famous and forgotten, who left their mark on horror, science fiction, and other speculative genres."
Each short biography reveals how these women defied expectations, influenced their male peers, and brought new life into genre fiction. Every profile is accompanied by a bibliography and suggestions for further reading, "straddling the line between highly useful reference and compulsively readable stories" (Booklist, starred review).
Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband's heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of Margaret "Mad Madge" Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of Shirley Jackson, whose novel The Haunting of Hill House was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You'll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Colter, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today's vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi).
"Kröger and Anderson bring their significant knowledge to the table, while still crafting a book that is totally accessible for those who might not consider themselves hardcore horror fans."