Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger

Monster, She Wrote

Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond. Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own lif...


Details Monster, She Wrote

TitleMonster, She Wrote
Author
Release DateSep 17th, 2019
PublisherQuirk Books
GenreNonfiction, Horror, Feminism, History, Writing, Books About Books, Biography
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Reviews Monster, She Wrote

  • Erin
    2019-08-27
    Is your TBR becoming shorter? Neither is mine and now the wishlist is even longer. These authors want you and I to know that there are tons of great Gothic/horror/ terror filled books out there and they are all written by fantastic female writers- some names I knew(Daphne Du Maurier, Shirley Jackson) but there were many more that were whispering from the shadows " I'm still here." Which sounds quite spooky but it fits with the whole atmosphere of...
  • Julie
    2019-10-04
    Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kroger is a 2019 Quirk Books publication. Just in time for Halloween, Monster, She Wrote, will give you a host of books to add to your Fall/Winter reading list! This book is also a tribute of sorts and is a reminder of the major contributions that women have made to the horror, Gothic, and science fiction categories. These pioneers of horror fiction were trailblaz...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    2019-07-30
    Well, this was only my second time reading a nonfiction book about the origins of horror and I must say that this was a lot of fun. I learned a lot, I took notes and I have a bunch of books I'd like to look for the next time I'm a secondhand bookstore. Currently writing my review for Scream Mag and it will be published this October 2019I will say that horror fans looking for some Gothic Lit or some dark, obscure reads that probably inspired moder...
  • Kirsty
    2019-05-26
    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 Gr...
  • Michael Hicks
    2019-08-28
    My review of MONSTER, SHE WROTE can be found at High Fever Books.Almost immediately, I had to come to grips with what Monster, She Wrote is versus what I had hoped and wanted it to be. Without knowing much about the book beyond the awesome illustrated cover art and the premise as revealed in the title (The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction), I had expected a more thorough study exploring the various authors and a deep-dive into t...
  • Candace Robinson
    2019-08-16
    I’m not the biggest nonfiction fan in the world but this has everything I love! Awesome info about horror and speculative fiction women writers, cool and creepy drawings, and all around interesting! Plus it had me by having the word monster in the title!
  • Gizem-in-Wonderland
    2019-05-17
    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 ...
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    2019-08-19
    "Perhaps the weirdest tale," write Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson in MONSTER, SHE WROTE: THE WOMEN WHO PIONEERED HORROR & SPECULATIVE FICTION, "is how we've managed to forget the women who created such amazing stories." This incredible book gave me a reading list 30 books long. Despite knowing more about feminist speculative fiction than the average person, I knew very few of the authors referenced in this book, which outlines the long hist...
  • Katherine Moore
    2019-10-02
    This was the perfect book to start October’s screamathon:A book about books, about female authors of horror and speculative fiction. It’s perfect for creating a list of must-read horror, covering books from Mary Shelley and Daphne du Maurier, all the way up to recent novelists Helen Oyeyemi and Mira GrantMeticulously researched, it will make you super savvy if you need to write a paper on literary works by female authors. A great read for any...
  • Mandy
    2019-08-27
    Disclaimer: I received this finished copy courtesy of Quirk Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. This was such a fun, atmospheric read! I read this in and out of car rides while I was on vacation, and it was perfect. It was easy to pick it up and set it down, all while still being entic...
  • Bex Wiles
    2019-04-20
    "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 w...
  • Keith Chawgo
    2019-08-29
    Women and horror are two things that are not normally associated with each other outside of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein but with this new book by Kroger and Anderson, we have a list of authors that show that this is commonly an untrue statement.Starting in a time before Shelley’s Frankenstein hit the scene, we have a myriad of authors who wrote gothic fiction and had very successful careers. The book details a number of female authors through...
  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    2019-09-07
    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsI started reading Monster, She Wrote, with a pencil and notebook by my side thinking to jot down a few titles and authors that caught my attention. I would like to start this review by saying Do Not Do This! Within just a few chapters I had patted myself on the back for already having read Frankenstein and The Yellow Wallpaper, and having an Ann Radcliffe collected works downloaded since readi...
  • Liesl
    2019-07-21
    An exceptional compendium of female authors within the horror and speculative fiction genres. I have recently become more interested in exploring books within these fields during the last few years, especially after completing a reader's advisory training on horror last month, and this book has served to further fuel this curiosity. Authors are included from the 1600s through present day, covering a wide variety of topics related to the genres; I...
  • Mish
    2019-07-25
    I loved reading this (uncorrected) prepub. I'm so excited for it to come out of edits and into published form, because I want to see the afterwords and bibliographies and etc.(Yes, Nerd + Librarian present and accounted for, thanks!)I really enjoyed all the information, and I'm amazed at the breadth of writing represented here.Definitely looking forward to the published version!N.B. I got this as part of a shipment of prepubs & arcs to my place o...
  • Lacy
    2019-07-12
    I received an ARC of this through GoodReads giveaways.I already had this on on my want-to-read list, but I'm really glad I had a chance to read it in advance of the release date. I have to say, that there are very few books that I read as soon as I get them, but the design of this book is so fantastic (including the wonderful illustrations throughout) that I couldn't resist opening it up and taking a peek. And once I did, I just kept reading. Thi...
  • Julia O'Connell
    2019-09-14
    Monster, She Wrote takes on the ambitious task of covering the progression of horror and speculative fiction and all of the major female writers who played a part in it over the course of four centuries. Meticulously organized, the book is divided into eight parts, grouping authors into categories both thematic and chronological. Within each part, the contributions of half a dozen specific authors are examined. Each chapter contains a section on ...
  • Alex
    2019-09-11
    Is your TO READ pile getting shorter? This book will solve your problems! I know the authors Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson from their hosting the Know Fear Cast along with Matt Saye (http://www.knowfearcast.com/ ). I really enjoyed how each chapter begins with an introduction that explains the era and its representative styles. It then follows with a number of exemplars of that era and style in both short and long fiction formats. I thought...
  • Emmy
    2019-07-10
    This was a really fun book. If you're interested in learning about classics of the horror genre, especially ones that might have been overlooked, then this book is an excellent starting point. Just as every reader has their own specific interests, this book is perfectly tailored to help the horror reader find titles more in their preferred sub-genre. For example, I was completely drooling over the Gothic novels section!The best part of the book i...
  • Katia M. Davis
    2019-10-03
    Well that bust my book budget for October. This was a great read, covering many years and many styles of horror and speculative fiction. Each section covers a variety of authors, gives a biography and a run down of their writing. It also includes suggestions for must reads and where to get them. I found myself with Amazon open on my phone looking up titles and sticking them in my basket as I read. Some were out of print and others were being offe...
  • Rosie
    2019-10-04
    It was nice to read about how women have become more prominent in horror. Despite the fact that this focused more on classic horror, which isn't usually my forte, it was still nice to see the progress of female authors. Once the book got to authors I'm more familiar with, then I enjoyed it more. I'd definitely recommend this to people who enjoy the history of how women have risen in horror.Thanks to Quirk Books for the free copy of this book!
  • Penelope (Penelope’s Picks)
    2019-09-17
    5/5This book is chock full of every sort of horror that you could possibly want to read, and BONUS: it’s written by badass women! What more could you want? 5/5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ See my Booktube Channel for full review 👻🕷(Link in bio.)Thank you to Quirk Books for sending me this book for review! 5/5This book is chock full of every sort of horror that you could possibly want to read, and BONUS: it’s written by badass women! What...
  • Lizzy
    2019-08-28
    *This is an ARC GoodReads First Reads Giveaway!*While I am not an avid reader of Gothic or Horror, I feel like I learned a lot about the history of women's literature in general while reading this book. I loved learning about the lives of the authors and how the genre changed over time. I was impressed with how the book is organized, and thought the biopics per author were the right length.
  • Stephanie Wytovich
    2019-09-24
    Absolutely inspired! I can’t recommend this enough. Mandatory reading for all Speculative Fiction writers.
  • Lily
    2019-06-23
    I only gave this three stars, because it was really more of a reading guide rather than a book. (Still counts for my end of year tally though.) I learned a ton about the history of the horror genre. It is so much more than gratuitous violence and pulpy gore. The book starts off with the women writers of the 1600s and 1700s who crafted the genre, moves into haunted houses, vampirism, spiritualism and the occult, and ends with a forward-looking cha...
  • J Earl
    2019-07-29
    Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction from Lisa Kroger and Melanie R Anderson is a fun and quick introduction to not just the pioneers but the history of women writers in the genre(s).This isn't written as an actual history since it focuses on the writers themselves rather than creating a coherent and comprehensive narrative. I think this works better for a light popular introduction. This is not even remotely...
  • Gizem-in-Wonderland
    2019-09-06
    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 ...
  • David Simms
    2019-08-26
    Wow. For anyone claiming to be a horror fan, this is an essential.While I'm somewhat embarrassed to not recognize many of the names in this book, I'm also thrilled by it.After meeting Lisa Kroger, talking to her until she ran away screaming (kidding, I think), I was wowed by the breadth of the insight both authors had into the importance of female writers behind the horror canon. Sure, we all know Mary Shelley and Ann Radcliffe, but the others be...
  • Victoria
    2019-09-17
    From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction and this book really makes for a fascinating insight into some incredible women. I loved reading this book. Finding out about all these glorious women has increased the books I need to read so much but I can only imagine it’s going to be wor...