I recently listed my top ten favourite modern horror authors. I based my choices entirely on my own reading history and content opinion.
The very first thing to strike me as I created this list was;
THEY WERE ALL MALE AUTHORS.
Some blame should be apportioned to myself of course, but when I start reading from an author new-to-me I don’t take their demographics into account, I usually don’t even look. I mostly read about author bios after I’ve read their work, (catch my discussion on book diversity here).
Now to atone for my sins, here’s a little spotlight on some of the best current FEMALE AUTHORS of horror!
Born in Ciechanow Poland, Ania’s first novel, SEED, was self-published. It clawed its way up the Amazon charts to the number one horror spot, earning her a multi-book deal and a key to the kingdom of the macabre. Less than five years later, her work has been lauded by the likes of Publishers Weekly, New York Daily News, and the New York Times. – official bio
‘Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, internationally best-selling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and journalism. Her novels have been translated into 23 languages and are being developed for film and TV. Beukes is a former journalist and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her fiction has been described as high-concept and genre-blending, with a social conscience that examines the fracture points of society and who we are.’ – official bio
‘Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies and Providence. She has worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the upcoming adaptation of You. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts she now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles.’ – official bio
Joyce Carol Oates
‘Joyce Carol Oates is an American writer. Oates published her first book in 1962 and has since published over 40 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction.’ – wiki
My little spotlight here is a torch in space compared to the content created by some of my favourite folks including Sadie, Mindi, Lilyn and many many more, check out Ladies Of Horror Fiction for a beautiful, eye-opening celebration of fearsome females.