The author of over 90 novels and 300 short stories, Tanith Lee has written some of the creepiest stories I’ve ever read. Her story ‘When the Clock Strikes’ was my first introduction to her work. That particular tale is a version of ‘Cinderella’ you’ll never read to your kids unless you like to hear them screaming from nightmares. The Secret Books of Paradys (I-IV) were mindblowing in their ability to take the reader into a world that was as soul-chilling as any I’ve ever read. Her many awards include the August Derleth Award, World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award.
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Perhaps her two best known works were Rebecca and The Birds, which were made into classic films. If you liked the movies, you will absolutely adore the writing. The short story The Birds, which I first read in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, made my skin crawl. Her National Book Award for her masterpiece Rebecca was well deserved.
You can’t talk women in horror without the author of Frankenstein coming up. And though this book is a result of Lord Byron challenging Mary Shelley to write a horror story, it reads more like science fiction. With this being one of the most recognized tales in the world (over 15 versions made in film and television), Shelley always merits being at the top of the list of women in horror.
And there they are, my five favorite Women of Horror in writing. While I do not claim to compare in any way, shape, or form to these amazing wordsmiths, I’d like to shamelessly plug my own horror books at this time. After all, it’s my month too! You can pick up Lilith and Lilith’s Return for your Kindle, Nook, or other reading devices at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.