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
Release DateSep 17th, 2019
PublisherQuirk Books
GenreNonfiction, Horror, Feminism, History, Writing, Books About Books, Biography, Language

Reviews Monster, She Wrote

  • Julie
    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...
  • Erin
    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...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    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
    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...
  • Candace Robinson
    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!
  • Michael Hicks
    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...
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    "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...
  • Gizem-in-Wonderland
    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 ...
  • Katherine Moore
    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...
  • Jenna Moquin
    This was a great book, highly recommended. There are so many forgotten female authors, and I also just beefed up my TBR list (as if I needed any more books to add to it...). I just downloaded The Unforseen by Dorothy Macardle, next on my reading lineup.
  • Mandy
    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...
  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    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...
  • Bex Wiles
    "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
    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...
  • Becca
    Brimming with context and cross references, Monster, She Wrote is almost a reference guide, but its conversational tone and quirky illustrations stop it from getting too dense. Kröger and Anderson walk us through different eras of horror literature, beginning in the 1600s and ending with speculations (no pun intended) about the future of speculative fiction. I appreciated the short chapters; that makes a book like this easier to get through, at ...
  • Bethany
    Actual Rating: 4.5 starsIf you have any interest in speculative fiction or horror, I definitely recommend picking this book up! It is a fascinating, well-crafted non-fiction book about the women who pioneered those genres. The tone is both informative and fun, which makes is really accessible for any reader. The book is divided up into 8 sections, each including information on several women. At the end of each bio, there are suggested reading rec...
  • KC
    Loved this book celebrating women authors throughout history focusing on horror, hauntings and ghosts, psychological thrillers, serial killers, and speculative fiction.
  • Kevidently
    I've been into a lot of books about horror lately. From Mallory O'Meara's The Lady from the Black Lagoon to Grady Hendrix's Paperbacks From Hell to the spooky chapter of Gabrielle Moss' Paperback Crush, I've been kind of reflecting on the whole world of horror fiction and film. Most people think I'm this balls-to-the-wall horror nut because I love Stephen King, but the weird fact is, I mostly just like Stephen King. I like horror quite a bit (and...
  • Liesl
    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
    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 I lov...
  • Chris Clay
    Great read! Informative fun and helped me add lots of new authors and books to my to-read list. A fascinating history of the horror genre and the women who made it what it is today. Many authors I've heard of and many I had not. Will be buying this book (I read a library copy.) to my reference collection. Highly recommended.
  • Tracey
    Very good history of women horror/sci-fi/fantasy writers. It starts with the classics but moves right up to modern day, and includes TV shows and movies as well. There are lots of book recommendations as well. If you're a horror fan, it's worth the read.
  • Kate Grimm
    My “To Read” pile has just grown by 20... whoopsie!
  • Lacy
    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...
  • Stephanie Wytovich
    Absolutely inspired! I can’t recommend this enough. Mandatory reading for all Speculative Fiction writers.
  • Julia O'Connell
    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
    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 ( ). 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...
  • Laura MacBride
    This is the book that I needed and fans of the genre needed. The book is divided into eight sections that correspond to time periods/trends/themes. Within each section is an introduction by the authors, Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson, followed by mini biographies and suggested readings on each featured female writer. The suggested readings include well known works, lesser known titles, and authors who have a similar feel (i.e. "if you like t...
  • Devann
    This book broke into my house and added 40 books to my TBR. So much for getting it down to 400 by the end of the year!Overall a very informative book with a lot of great books and authors featured. The book is split up into several sections based on the time period and 'movement' for which the authors were writing. Each author's section has a brief discussion of their life and circumstances and talks about several of their books, ultimately recom...