Here are the best books from great women horror writers to enjoy during October.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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Halloween is near, which means that fictional terror is the best genre to prepare for the spooky season. From the creator of the science fiction genre to the most famous gothic novels, here is a list with the best selection of horror stories to upgrade your bookshelf.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This Gothic romantic masterpiece was written by the genius Mary Shelley. "Frankenstein" was published in 1818, and its author is considered the creator of the science fiction genre. Romanticism parameters are what give the book pastoral and beautiful imagery. Nevertheless, it is the central facets of Gothic literature that make the book so terrifying. "Frankenstein," tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young Swiss scientist who creates life, and that creation then comes back to haunt him throughout the rest of the book. An unmissable classic for your bookshelf.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The book's about a young reporter who likes to tell life stories, and she has an interview with a man claiming to be a 200-year-old vampire. He begins to tell his tale by talking of an 18th century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis, having suffered a tremendous personal loss, which then descends into an alcoholic stupor. He is then confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. 1976's "Interview with the Vampire" launched Anne Rice into stardom and has become one of the most beloved vampire novels of all time.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Six years ago, the Blackwoods were eating dinner, and they did not know that their sugar was poisoned with arsenic. The only survivors were Constance, Mary Katherine, and their uncle Julian. The Blackwoods are a very wealthy family in the area, so the poisoning news was very big. As a result, the people of the village hate them. This story is bizarre, haunting, sinister, and twisted, leaving you with an ever-growing sense of unease.
Confessions by Kanae Minato
"Confessions" is a Japanese thriller and Kanae Minato's debut novel. In Asia, the book was a best-seller and won a prestigious Japanese Booksellers' Award. "Confessions" is told through five different perspectives (a middle school teacher, three of her students, and the mother of one of them). All of the stories focus on the death of the middle school teacher's four-year-old daughter. It is fascinating how the same event could be told so differently.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
"The Woman in Black," tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a British lawyer who goes to the town of Crythin Gifford and the house of Eel Marsh, where he needs to organize the papers of the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. He learns that the villagers are afraid to talk about anything related to the house, the family, and its history because the woman's spirit in black has been haunting the place, and she has caused many tragic things. This gothic ghost story has become a classic.
Horror writing has become a genre deeply explored by women. Thanks to this, all of these authors have received outstanding recognition from their readers. Which one of these novels makes you more excited to read?