Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction is set for release on September 17, 2019.
The book, which is described as one part biography and one part reader’s guide, is the latest from Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson who previously worked together on Shirley Jackson: Influences and Confluences and The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities.
Split into eight sections beginning with “The Founding Mothers,” Monster, She Wrote includes biographies of some of the most influential women in horror and speculative fiction, detailing their lives as well as providing reading lists of their work so that the reader can further explore the writings of these incredible women.
Some of these authors will no doubt be recognizable to readers. Mary Shelley, Tanith Lee, Shirley Jackson, Toni Morrison, and Anne Rice are household names while Edith Wharton and Charlotte Riddell have appeared on more college literature syllabi than I could probably count.
But then there are others.
Take, for instance, Margaret “Mad Madge” Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne who published a Utopian romance titled The Blazing World–largely considered one of the earliest works of science fiction–over 100 years before Shelley’s Frankenstein. She was also the first woman to attend a meeting of the Royal Society of London where she not only openly criticized but engaged in debate with Rene Descartes, Robert Boyle, and other leading male philosophers of her time.
Then there’s Jewelle Gomez, whose work has helped shape the literary subgenre of Afrofuturism and re-framed traditional vampire narratives with works like The Gilda Stories, which chronicles the life of an escaped slave woman who finds herself among vampires and who comes of age as an immortal over 200 years. Gomez has been a tireless advocate for LGBTQ women of color and her work beautifully reflects that.
These are just a few of the names that Kröger and Anderson explore in the new book which features amazing illustrations by Natalia Balnova.
You can pre-order a copy of Monster, She Wrote an Amazon and have it in hand next week when it is set for release.