As we near the end of February, I wanted to create a post based on two works I read this month for #WiHM (Women in Horror Month)!
We Are Wolves – Edited by Gemma Amor, Laurel Hightower, & Cynthia Pelayo
Wow! This is a collection that belongs on every shelf. We Are Wolves is a collection written by women, about women. The tales in here have so much range. From real life horrors, to otherworldly horrors, every story will invoke some sort of emotion; sadness, disgust, pride, love, hate, revenge, and most importantly power. Women are strong, and this collection is one that I will always cherish. Also all the proceeds go towards helping the survivors of abuse and assault. Thank you to Hailey Piper (The Worm and His Kings, Benny Rose: The Cannibal King) for sending me this collection!
The Black Wall Paper by Cynthia Pelayo
Though Your Heart is Breaking by Laurel Hightower
A Key For Any Lock by S.H. Cooper
The Curse of She, Part 6: The Final Girlfriend by Hailey Piper
The Silence of Sarah Cross by Beverley Lee
A Marriage of Dust and Blood by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason
Clementine’s Awakening – by Jennifer Soucy
From Silver Shamrock Publishing comes Clementine’s Awakening written by Jennifer Soucy.
Clementine is ready to live her best life, starting with a new job at O’Hara’s Pub. But working as a server isn’t easy for a lifelong wallflower. She encounters a sympathetic ally in Rosemary, but there’s a problem: Rosemary’s a ghost, a former slave trapped for eternity in the pub. The girls form an unlikely friendship. Clementine offers compassion to the lonely ghost, who defends her by playing harmless pranks on rude customers and cruel co-workers. Their activities soon attract another spirit—Deadeye Abernathy, the madman who murdered Rosemary 150 years ago.
Deadeye joins the fun, turning the pranks into gruesome attacks. Clementine must find a way to stop him before he destroys her friends and the new life she loves. But how can a human survive a battle between two ghosts in the Most Haunted City in America?
I really enjoyed this story line. I am usually reading very brutal horror, such as splatterpunk tales, but it was nice for my mind to take a rest from that and enjoy a quiet(ish) and haunting ghost story. My favorite thing about this book is the main character, Clementine. Truly a character you feel for, in this southern city full of ghosts, dead and alive. This is the perfect read for someone who wants a horror novel with characters you love and root for, and of course a hateful villain. I could also see this as an appropriate YA novel for a teen that loves horror and anything spooky. This book is also very timely, and makes me want to definitely plan that trip to Savannah.
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