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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Book Review: Strange Girls: A Women in Horror Anthology + giveaway

Strange Girls: A Women in Horror Anthology 
with stories selected by Azurra Nox
February 18, 2020
344 pages
Genre: YA Horror
For fans of American Horror Story, Shirley Jackson, and Creepshow.

You know them. Those girls that aren't quite like everyone else. Those girls who stand out in the crowd. Those girls that dare to be different. Those girls are dangerous.

In Strange Girls, twenty-one authors dare to tackle what makes the girls in this collection different. Vampires, selkies, murderous mermaids, succubus, and possessed dolls take center stage in these short stories that are sure to invoke feelings of quiet terror and uneasiness in the reader. Following the successful debut of Women in Horror anthology with My American Nightmare, Strange Girls is the sophomore effort to showcase these talented women in a genre that is often dominated by the male gaze.

Dare to take a walk on the dark side.

Stories in the Anthology:
  • 24 Hour Diner by Charlotte Platt
  • Sideshow by Jude Reid
  • The Doll's House by Alyson Faye
  • Blood by Red Claire
  • Self-Portrait with Pears by Rachel Bolton
  • Personal Demons by Angelique Fawns
  • Friends with Benefits by E.F. Schraeder
  • Night Terrors by Angela Sylvaine
  • The Girl Who Never Stopped Bleeding by Sam Lauren
  • Leda and the Fly by Marnie Azzarelli
  • Jenny's Bobo by Hillary Lyon
  • Extinguishing Fireflies by Rebecca Rowland
  • The Eyes of the Dead by Danielle R. Bailey
  • My Mirror Wife by Ash Tudor
  • Pattern of Faerytales by Azzurra Nox
  • Campfire Tales: The Bloody Rings by Emma Johnson-Rivard
  • Cracked by Regan Moore
  • Angel of Death by Phoebe Jane Johnson
  • Her Garden Grows by Maxine Kollar
  • Revival by Madison Estes
  • A Song Only She Can Hear by Wondra Vanian
  • Tribal Influence by Erica Ruhe

I am not usually one who picks up a book containing a collection of short stories. I thought myself one who prefers a complete tell from intro to ending. I liked the title and forward description so thought I would give this a go.

At first, I thought I was going to read about women or girls that had specific attributes which made them either villains or heroes. (Such said the forward). I even reread the forward to make sure. I would add to that forward the word “victims” as in some of the stories the female lead seemed less in control that controlled.

I would say all the stories gave a different look into a variety of female psyche’s and found that an interesting aspect. This read includes about 22 stories. Some sounded like an urban legend and others sounded as if someone were discussing a headline we might see in the “Star” news publication, while still others felt like everyday gossip regarding weird incidents. Most were a little dark and all had a discomforting story to tell.

I thought all of the authors showed talent but more than a few stood out in their writing and construction. I choose not to summarize each one but encourage you, reader, to journey into a variety of women's stories and find your favorite. I know there were some that I wanted to scream: “How does this turn out!” If nothing else, I just may have found some authors to look for when they write the full-size novels!

Getting “4” shorty sheep!

Jeanie G

About the Author:

Born in Catania, Sicily, Azzurra Nox has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce.

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  1. The cover is intriguing

  2. I like the cover but am more interested in the content. It sounds great!

  3. Thank you for the review & spotlight!