December 3, 2023

Mother Knows Best – New Women-In-Horror Anthology

Black Spot Books announces a new anthology, MOTHER KNOWS BEST: TALES OF HOMEMADE HORROR [Black Spot Books, May 7, 2024], a collection of original stories and poems inspired by the scariest monster of them all—our mothers—from some of today’s fiercest women in horror, coming Mother’s Day 2024.

Mother Knows Best EBook
Edited by Lindy Ryan [INTO THE FOREST], MOTHER KNOWS BEST includes seventeen original stories and ten original poems from women in horror. Featured contributors include Gwendolyn Kiste, Rachel Harrison, Kristi DeMeester, and Kelsea Yu, with an introduction from Mother Horror, Sadie Hartmann, and cover art from Najla Qamber.

About Mother Knows Best

“In our previous women-in-horror anthology, INTO THE FOREST, Baba Yaga provided a ready muse for tales of wildness and wickedness,” says editor Ryan. “Mothers—good, bad, or otherwise—are likewise powerful creatures. Sometimes Mother is the savior tucking us into our warm beds, other times she is the monster waiting beneath it. MOTHER KNOWS BEST is an exploration of the more monstrous aspects of motherhood—both for the mothers, and the mothered.”

Lindy Ryan is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated and Silver Falchion Award-winning author, editor, and short-film director. She previously served on the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Board of Directors, was a 2020 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, and is the co-chair of the Horror Writers Association Publishers Council.
Mother Knows Best will be available in paperback and e-book on May 7, 2024.


Black Spot Books is a women-owned and operated author-centric traditional press specializing in award-winning and bestselling speculative fiction, dark fantasy, and horror. Learn more about Black Spot Books at and connect with Black Spot Books on social media @BlackSpotBooks.

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