I have been reading all my life and was introduced to the Goosebumps series by RL Stine when I was eight. I then moved on to his Fear Street books in my teens and followed it up with Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Shirley Jackson. I read across genres and languages, and have a fondness for dark fiction. A random search for horror writers is filled with male writers, with the exception of Shirley Jackson and Mary Shelley. I realized most of the horror books from contemporary women writers come my way through recommendations from other writers; or I read an anthology, enjoy a writer’s short story, and then get hold of her novels. This drove me to research specifically about women writers in horror, find out all the books they have written, and analyze why they are hard to come by. When I started writing my piece, I listed all the books I had read so far, and those on my to-read list, and realized I had much more than thirty-one. (I was aiming for a listicle of a book a day) So, I then decided to list the women themselves – 31 women writers, editors, and publishers who have contributed richly to the horror genre around the world in multiple languages. My reading and writing journey got intertwined two years ago, when I started sending out work for publication. The feedback, response, encouragement, and support I received from the writing community was phenomenal, and I loved how these ladies backed each other. My piece is an ode to all these creators of horror literature.
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